Cuomo on Sandy aid: "Show me the money," two local cases before state's highest court, nursing home says it didn't know of employee's rape conviction, just married -- with separate planes to catch
Andrew Cuomo on the back-and-forth about when Congress will vote on billions in aid for Sandy recovery: "I'm at the point where it's simple for me: Show me the money." The House is scheduled to vote on the first part of that aid -- almost $10 billion for flood insurance claims -- today. Update: The bill passed the House 354-67 (vote breakdown). [YNN] [AP/USAT] [NYT] [NYT]
Among the measures floated as part of preliminary recommendations for the state's preparation for events like Hurricane Sandy: a strategic gasoline reserve, generators for gas stations, updated building codes, text message alerts, and a voluntary registry of vulnerable people. [NYT] [WNYT] [TU]
Arguments before the state Court of Appeals Thursday: whether money from Steven Raucci's state pension could be seized by Raucci's victims (at issue: does the state's "Son of Sam" law supersede laws protecting pensions); and whether a Shen school bus driver who tested positive for marijuana can keep her job (one of the issues: whether a zero-tolerance policy was in place). [TU] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Daily Gazette]
A decade-long federal investigation of the Schenectady Police Department has concluded that the SPD has fixed problems related to civil rights violations. [TU] [Daily Gazette]
Local hospitals say they've seen a surge of of people with flu and flu-like illnesses over the last few weeks. (Flu shot finder.) [TU]
Saratoga County DA Jim Murphy says his office is investigating whether any charges should be filed in the death of an 85-year-old resident of the county nursing home who somehow exited the facility and had a heart attack on December 22. [TU] [Saratoga County DA]
The owner of the Loudonville Home for Adults told the Times Union the nursing home didn't know that a maintenance worker accused of sexually abusing a resident had been previously convicted of rape. [TU]
Albany County's social services commissioner has left the job just one year into her five year appointment, for reasons that are not publicly clear. [TU]
The next appeal in the state Senate 46th election is schedule for Monday -- and the state Senate is scheduled to convene Tuesday. George Amedore, who leads by 37 votes after the last count, has filed an oath of office. [TU] [Daily Gazette]
"Sources close to the situation believe" former Troy police assistant chief Anthony Magnetto will be named the city's new commissioner of police. [Troy Record]
A second person has been indicted in the fatal shooting of Sha-Kim Miller last March in South Troy. A third person has been indicted in the case, but the indictment is still sealed. [Troy Record] [TU]
The organizer of the gun show at the Saratoga Springs City Center next week says the show will not include military-style semiautomatic weapons. [Daily Gazette]
A teacher in Bennington, Vermont has turned in his rifle and checked in for a mental health evaluation after neighbors asked police for a "welfare check" following recent personality changes and behavior that included posting videos critical of school administrators. [News10]
About 20 people were at an anti-gun violence rally in Albany Thursday evening. [News10]
Albany police say a teen has been accused of mugging a 71-year-old man in Center Square late Wednesday morning (map). [APD]
Troy police say a father and son are facing multiple charges after the pair allegedly tussled with officers -- and police found a seriously emaciated dog -- during domestic disturbance call in North Central (map). TPD says the dog was in such bad shape it had to be euthanized. [Troy Record] [TU]
A Saratoga County judge heard arguments about whether the boy who accidentally shot Nicholas Naumkin in Wilton in 2010 should have to testify during a wrongful death civil case. [Saratogian]
A weekly paper for Mechanicville has added a paywall to it website. [Daily Gazette]
The city of Mechanicville has gotten a $100,000 state grant to help fix up an old commuter rail station. [Daily Gazette]
Lake George: still not frozen over. [Post-Star]
Albany officials remembered real estate executive James DiNapoli, who passed away this week -- he was instrumental in helping to set up the Downtown Albany BID. [TU]
Two Army soldiers from the Capital Region got married in ALB's observation area Thursday -- and then they hopped separate planes to head for training and deployment. [TU]
APD: Teen Arrested for Attempting to Steal From Elderly Man
Albany police arrested a 17 year old city resident yesterday for attempting to forcibly steal property from an elderly man on Lancaster Street.
On January 2nd, 2013, at approximately 11:10 a.m., The Albany Police Communications Center received a 911 call stating that someone had just tried to "rob" an elderly man in the area of Lark and Lancaster Streets. He gave dispatchers a detailed description of the suspect and told then he fled north on Lark Street.
Officer Adam Mantei, who was on patrol in the area, stopped a teen matching the description running in the area of Lark and Spring Streets. The teen, Tryze Miller, 17, of Albany, was identified as the suspect and was placed into custody.
Throughout the investigation, officers learned that Miller knocked the 71 year old victim down to the ground and attempted to steal his wallet. The robbery was interrupted when a Good Samaritan came to the man's aid and called the police.
Miller was charged with Attempted Robbery 2nd and Assault 2nd.
He was arraigned yesterday afternoon in the Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.
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