Cuomo applies for max federal aid, NYC transit opening limited and free service, Greenfield man charged with murdering his mother, final chapter in 72 year love story

Sheriff's deputies have charged a Saratoga County man with murder after finding the battered body of his mother buried under the shed in back of a home they shared in Greenfield. [TU] [YNN]

Governor Cuomo and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand surveyed the damage from Hurricane Sandy in NYC yesterday. Cuomo estimated the damage from the storm at somewhere around $6 billion and has already applied to the federal government for the maximum level of assistance for all the NY counties declared federal disaster areas.[NY1] [YNN] [Capitol Confidential]

Cuomo reiterated on Wednesday that climate change is a reality for New York. Experts are saying that extreme weather will become more likely in the coming years. [Capitol Confidential] [TU]

The death toll from storm Sandy in NYC is now at least 30. [News 10]

La Guardia Airport reopened this morning and JFK opened on Wednesday, but service at both is still limited. [NYT]

The MTA will have limited service as of today, and the Governor has waived all transportation fares for Thursday and Friday in an effort to help clear up traffic congestion. [YNN] [NYT]

Amtrak service remains suspended between Albany Rensselaer and Penn Station. [YNN]

Insurance companies will not be allowed to charge hurricane deductibles on top of regular deductibles in New York State, because Sandy was not a hurricane when it reached The Empire State. [Capitol Confidential]

Emergency responders from Saratoga County are on Long Island to help in the aftermath of Sandy.[Saratogian]

The New York State Canal System suffered minimal effects from the storm and is beginning to reopen. It should be fully operational by Monday, but shuts down for the season on November 15.[TU][News 10]

The discussion has begun over how storm Sandy will affect the 2012 elections.[TU]

Saratoga County's proposed $330 million spending plan comes with a 2.5 percent tax increase and includes plans to close a 40-bed wing of the Maplewood Manor county nursing home and eliminate about 100 jobs. The plan falls within the 2 percent state cap - which is being blamed for the tax hike and cutbacks. The spending plan is also contingent on the sale of the Northumberland landfill. [WNYT][TU][Saratogian]

A judge has ruled that the Lark BID had the right to suspend member Robert "R.A." DePrima for exhibiting what the BID said was threatening and abusive behavior toward a BID staff member, and dismissed DePrima's effort to sue BID officials and force the BID to pay his legal fees. [TU]

Rescue workers constructed an elaborate zip-line system to retrieve the body of a contractor who died Wednesday while working on the Watervliet Reservior dam.[TU]

Jaliek Rainwalker disappeared five years ago today, and his adopted grandmother continues to search for him. [TU]

The father of the 12-year-old Fort Edward boy who was shot with a 12-gage shotgun while playing with a 13 year old friend, wants to see the case go before a grand jury. [Post Star]

A Troy man is in the Rensselaer County Jail without bail for allegedly repeatedly raping a 14 year old girl in the city. [TU]

Four cows were killed when a barn collapsed in Berne yesterday. Later, a truck full of hay from the barn turned over on Route 1. [Record] [TU]

A Schenectady man who told a court he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, will serve up to five years in jail after admitting that he rushed police while wielding a knife in the lobby of the Schenectady Gazette building last fall. [Gazette]

Lehigh Norteast Cement Company in Glens Falls has been cited in connection with the death of an employee, for not properly training another employee on to use the front-end loader that accidentally killed Michael T. Corbett.[Post Star]

Tonight, the Troy City Council will vote on whether to cover the damages for the family whose car was slammed into by a city police cruiser responding to an emergency without running it's emergency lights. [TU]


Incumbent state Senator Roy McDonald's name will appear on the Independence line on election day, even though he has pulled out of the election, which leaves a question about how the race will be affected. [TU]

Crews have begun demolition on the old Railroad Place Price Chopper in Saratoga, to make way for the three story Bow Tie Cinema.

A 72 year old love story has come to a close.[TU]

A group of area dentists are running a Halloween candy buy back program today.[YNN]

Cinderella's coach, pony rides and candy bars wrapped in $100 bills.[YNN]

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