Federal judge won't dismiss Bruno charges, Greenfield man indicted in mother's death, Rotterdam arrest connected to alleged plot against Justin Bieber

A Saratoga County grand jury indicted a 27-year-old Greenfield man on second-degree murder and evidence tampering charges in connection with the death of his mother at their home on Daniels Road. [TU] [WNYT]

FBI agents and investigators from the state Attorney Generals office conducted a raid on Wednesday at three offices connected to a charity run by well known Albany priest Fr. Peter Young. No word yet as to exactly what they are looking for, but a lawyer for the organization believes it could be connected to an incident two years ago when an employee was found stealing large amounts of money. [TU] [WNYT]

A federal judge has refused to dismiss the two theft of honest services charges against Joe Bruno but the decision leaves room for Bruno's lawyers to appeal.
[WNYT] [TU]

A report by an Arizona TV station says Justin Bieber was the target of an alleged murder-for-hire plot that ended with an arrest in Rotterdam last month. [Fox 23] [Gazette]

A state Supreme Court judge has approved the sale of St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet, further clearing the way for a Price Chopper supermarket to be built on the property. [TU]

The Albany Zoning board of appeals heard two-and-a-half hours of testimony last night from residents of Albany's Ten Broeck neighborhood and members of Historic Albany Foundation both for and against the proposed Ravens Head Brewery proposed for the former St. Joseph's Church. Residents argued that the project would change the character of the neighborhood, proponents argued that it could bring young people to the area and that it might be the only way to save the building. [TU] [YNN]

Troy Police are looking for a man who fired shots in the 600 block of the city at about 9:30 Wednesday night.[Record]

A disbarred Albany attorney and former Albany County prosecutor who lost his law license in 2010 for falsifying documents and lying to a client about having obtained a divorce, is now facing federal wire fraud and obstruction of justice charges for allegedly scheming to defraud clients.[TU]

A Schoharie man arrested at a routine traffic stop was charged with stealing an ATM and cash from a juke box after police found 90 crisp $20 bills in his car.[News10]

Schenectady's school superintendent says a disproportionate number of black male students are being pulled from the city's classrooms and incorrectly labeled as "emotionally disturbed." [Gazette]

A second amendment rights discussion between students at Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School spread to a rumor that a student planned to bring a gun to school on December 21.[TU]

The Cambridge-Greenwich police department will hold a news conference this morning to duiscuss the more than five year old case of Jaliek Rainwalker.[YNN]

Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Wednesday making it a felony to practice law without a license. Until the law takes effect on Novemer 1st 2013, it's still only a misdemeanor. [WNYT]

Albany County executive Dan McCoy did not issue a veto by Wednesday of the Albany County budget, so it has been adopted. The budget includes funding for the county nursing home. [YNN]

A new Quinnipiac poll shows about half of New Yorkers would prefer to see Republicans and Democrats share control of the state Senate rather than have one party control the body. The same poll shows Andrew Cuomo has a 74-percent approval rating.[NYT]
[Fox 23]

Saratoga County supervisors adopted the county's 2013 budget in spite of continued debate over the sale of the Maplewood Manor nursing home. [Saratogian]

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimper and Sage president Susan Scrimshaw were among those who testified before the state Assembly Committee on Higher Education in a hearing on the high cost of college. [YNN]

Andrew Cuomo made it clear to Senate Republicans that he doesn't want to see the question of who controls the state Senate get in the way of campaign finance reform, stop and frisk reform, or raising the minimum wage. [YNN]

If you're traveling through downtown Troy expect some detours because of blasting and construction at the City Station East project. [Record]

A tale of bureaucracy and the dark lobby in Troy. [TU]

A case of a stolen Christmas tree that is just sad any way you look at it. [WNYT]

A Grammy award-winning composer has been commissioned to create an original composition to mark the 150th anniversary of the Saratoga Race Course. [Saratogian]

Olympic champion and Niskayuna native Jeff Blatnick was remembered on Wednesday at the first wrestling meet of the season at Burnt Hills High School, where he was a coach. [YNN]

A 13-year-old Niskayuna girl who died of a brain aneurism and had her organs donated to 31 people will be honored in the Tournament of Roses Parade. [Fox 23] [Gazette]

The New York National Guard celebrates 376 years today. [News 10]

A Brown School student who turned 12 years old on 12-12-12 used his auspicious birthday to help collect 1,212 pounds of food for homeless animals in the Capital Region.[Fox 23]

A Saratoga County man's collection of GI Joes is on display at the New York State Military Musieum in Saratoga. [WNYT]

Comments

What is most unfortunate in the Ten Broeck brew-ha-ha is the number of people who have emerged to support a not-yet-existent business and historic building over and against the wishes of the local residents who are directly impacted by the presence--and absence--of said venture.

While I appreciate the need to preserve such buildings, that preservation cannot come at the cost of disregarding the wishes of those who will be most effected--the people who actually reside there.

Finally, let's not ignore the "if the shoe were on the other foot" argument: if this were in a neighborhood where the current proponents for the brewery lived and *they* didn't want it, my guess is that many of them would be insulted that the desires of a business and of people not living in that neighborhood could trump their own.

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