State leaders discussing session to address gun laws, oil tanker damaged in Hudson River, First Night fireworks back on, gasoline price scuffle

Andrew Cuomo and Democratic leaders in the legislature have reportedly pushing for a special session next week to address the state's gun laws -- though when asked about getting a session before the end of the year, Cuomo told Fred Dicker: "I highly doubt it." The focus, according to Cuomo, when/if the legislature does end up taking on the issue: dealing with rumors of threats planned for today because of the end of the world stuff. Rumors have been circulating all week -- and school district officials say they've yet to find a credible threat. [Troy Record] [Fox23]

A nine-count indictment -- including one count of second-degree murder -- was handed up against Jason Guynup, accused of killing Nikki Hart in Schodack last weekend. He pleaded not guilty to all the counts. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Troy teen arrested this past summer in connection with her father's shooting death has been charged with second degree murder and first degree manslaughter. Police say Trinity Copeland told them she and her father had been fighting and he told her to shoot him. [Troy Record] [TU]

Edward Braim -- the Saratoga Springs police officer charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with an incident on Caroline Street -- has taken a plea deal that forces him to resign from the SSPD and take anger management classes. The charge will be dropped as part of an "adjourned in contemplation of dismissal" arrangement. [Saratogian] [TU]

The Saratoga County District Attorney's office has asked for a grand jury extension as it considers charges against Dennis Drue, the driver accused of causing the Northway crash that killed two Shen students and seriously injured two other teens. [TU]

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A cyclist hit by a vehicle on Route 22 in Hoosick this past September has died from his injuries. [TU]

A state comptroller's office report concludes that the state is facing a funding gap as large as $89 billion for infrastructure projects over the next two decades. [NYS OSC] [TU]

Albany County has fired the sheriff's inspector who'd been out on injury leave, but still on the payroll -- even though he had turned in his badge and moved to Florida. [TU]

A state appeals court has revered the assault conviction against the Delmar man accused of injuring a woman outside a Pearl Street bar by throwing a plastic mug at a woman, ruling that the judge in the case should have allowed the jury consider if the mug throwing was self defense. (The original trial included multiple threads of drama, some of which weren't even directly related to the case.) [TU]

Lauterio "Frank" Santos -- a former owner of the Frank and Giovanni's grocery store in Albany -- was sentenced to six months in prison for his role in what prosecutors say was a $6 million food stamp scam involving multiple people. [TU]

An oil tanker leaving from the Port of Albany was somehow damaged near Bethlehem Thursday morning, puncturing its outer hull (it's a double hull ship). There was no report of oil leaking. [TU] [YNN]

The fireworks for Saratoga First Night are back on after Sonny Bonacio reached out to a bunch of philanthropists in the city and raised the money for the event. The fireworks had been canceled because the city told organizers it didn't have the money for police to cover the event. [Saratogian] [TU]

The purchase agreement under which Historic Albany took ownership of St. Joseph's from the city of Albany includes a clause stating the preservation org can hand the building back to the city if, "after good faith efforts," it fails to "establish an economically viable end-use for the Building." [TU]

Cohoes mayor John McDonald during his last state of the city address: "I can honestly say I am leaving Cohoes in much better shape than when I found." He also described the city as "the Capital District's up and coming bedroom community." (McDonald will become a state Assemblyman with the new year.) [TU] [Troy Record]

GlobalFoundries has spent about $1 million trying silence a hum that's been bothering neighbors of the Malta fab -- and the problem persists.

Looking ahead to the possibility of a full casino in Saratoga, SCCC wants to add a degree program in casino and gaming management. [Daily Gazette]

A price war between two gas stations in Colonie prompted the price of gas to change 20 times over a 24 hour period this week. [Daily Gazette]

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