Parolee dies in Albany shooting, Demolition of Latham Circle Mall approved, Spa City and County pushing for full casino at "racino"

A 23 year old parolee was shot to death on Ontario Street after pulling an unloaded gun on his armed attacker during an argument. [WNYT] [TU]

New York's "restacking" process, which uprooted some state employees and moved them to new workspaces, is just about done, and will have saved about $21.5 million by the end of the fiscal year. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs public safety commissioner and other city residents want the city to insist that assault weapons are not sold at the gun show planned for the City Center next month.[TU]

Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County are pushing for the city's Racino to be one of seven full fleged casinos in New York, should the amendment allowing them be approved. Governor Cuomo told his cabinet on Tuesday that he doesn't want the locations specified in the proposed constitutional amendment [WNYT] [Gazette]

Colonie's planning board has approved a plan to demolish Latham Circle Mall to make room for the Shoppes at Latham Circle to replace the Latham Circle Mall. [YNN]

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The former treasurer of the Charlton fire company, who is awaiting trial for allegedly stealing half a million dollars from the company, is now facing additionaltax evasion charges. [Saratogian] [TU]

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, chaired by former Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch, has released a new report that paints a bleak picture of New York's finances and indicates that the states financial woes have been "papered over with gimmicks" for decades." [NYT]

Governor Cuomo's mandate relief Council voted down 51 of 65 requests from school districts and local governments. [Record]

Day three of deliberations in the Troy ballot fraud trial begins today. The jury asked for a rereading of of the testimony of retired Board of Elections worker Mary Ellen LaPlante, who claimed her initials were on forged ballots but she did not know how those ballots got to her.and that she did not get them from Edward McDonough.[TU]

Troy police are looking for a man who tried to rob cash from a convenience store with a knife on Monday night made off with only a $1 cookie. "The flavor was not immediately known."[TU]

Green Island police are looking for a woman who was allegedly casing homes in the community on Tuesday.[TU]

A repeat offender argued with a Rensselaer County judge on Tuesday as the judge was sentencing him for robbing a Troy convenience store. [TU]

A member of the Bloods who is already jailed for his part in an execution style killing got 5 to ten years added to his sentence yesterday for plotting to kill a witness to the crime. [TU]

Rumors of a student planning to bring a gun to Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School turned out to be unfounded but in light of the shooting in Newtown,police will be posted at the school this week as a precaution. [News10]

Saratoga County Republicans have endorsed a member of the Halfmoon Town Council to replace Kathlen Marchione as Saratoga County Clerk when she beings her term in the State Senate, and Democrats have made and undisclosed endorsement of their own, but Andrew Cuomo may make his own selection. [Saratogian]

The union representing the workers from Saratoga County's Maplewood Manor nursing hoe has vowed to fight the Board of Supervisors plan to sell the facility to a private operator.[Saratogian]

Andrew Cuomo called his final cabnet meeting of the year on Tuesday where he touted New York's accomplishments in the last year [TU]

More than 180 school districts in New York State could lose millions in state aid because they still have no teacher evaluation system in place, and Governor Cuomo says he has no plans to extend the Jauary 17th compliance deadline. [WNYT]

Trips to the New York's DMV offices are expected to become faster, friendlier and less frequent. [Gazette]

Fox 23 and WTEN are now sharing staff as part of a behind the scenes consolidation plan. [Gazette]

The Children's room in the Saratoga Springs Public Library will get a $400,000 renovation early next year. [Saratogian]

Due to police staffing concerns, for the first time in the history of the First Night Saratoga celebration there will be no fireworks. [Saratogian]

An Asian clam infestation may move the Polar Bear plunge to a new beach this New Year's Day. [Saratogian]

A Shenendehowa senior is one of only 18 high school students who scored perfectly on a recent AP computer science exam. [Gazette]

A moon rock collected on the Apollo 17 mission will be displayed at the NYS museum from today through February , in honor of the missions 40th anniversary.[WNYT]

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