APD officer pleads not guilty to DWI, Green Island may get indoor shooting range, NYS Court of Appeals says Raucci can keep pension, bell removed from St. Patrick's

Max Etienne, the Albany police officer charged with DWI after allegedly slamming his vehicle into a row of parked cars in Pine Hills on Sunday morning and refusing a breathalyzer test, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.Two of the women whose cars were damaged say they believe Etienne may be getting special treatment because they've had a great deal of trouble getting information for insurance from the APD.[TU] [WNYT]

$33 million of the $50 million set aside for Governor Cuomo's competitive grant program for schools lat year went undistributed because many districts that chose to compete for the funding were not able to meet the requirements. [TU]

Green Island's Village Board voted on Tuesday to allow commerical indoor shooting ranges to operate in the village, helping to pave the way for a gun shop owner to open an indoor shooting range in his new facility. But the planning board tabled a necessary vote on the project until next month. [TU][WNYT][Record]

The NYS Court of Appeals has ruled that Steven Raucci will be able to keep receiving his monthly pension while in prison, reversing a lower court ruling that said Raucci's victims could sue him for the $5,800 monthly pension under the Son of Sam law - for now at least. [TU]

Police are looking for help in the search for a Waterford woman last seen outside her second Street home on Monday.[TU]

The bell from St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet was removed from the tower on Tuesday to prepare for demolition and the cross is being prepared for removal shortly - event though a lawsuit seekeing to stop the demolition is still active. [TU]

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NYSUT is planning to file a legal challenge today over the two-percent cap on property tax increases. [TU]

Troy's City Council will vote on a mandatory registration program for parolees this week.[News 10]

Schenectady failed a routine credit check for a loan to buy ten police vehicles. [Gazette]

The mother who took her clothes off at a recent school assembly at North Albany Academy will be evaluated for drug and alcohol use. [TU]

The Saratoga County DA s office says it's unlikely that the exotic dancers who performed at a birthday party for teens in South Glens Falls will be charged.[YNN]

A corrections officer and Patrol officer in Schenctady County earned more in overtime than they did in their base pay last year. [TU]

A Ballston Spa man died on Tuesday after being crushed by a falling tree while cutting wood on his property.[TU]

Andrew Cuomo said this week that the proposed Reproductive Health Act is not an expansion of abortion rights, but updates the state's reproductive rights legislation to fit with Roe V. Wade. [YNN]

Central Hudson Gas and Electric is warning customers that some of their personal information may have been compromised in a cyber security attack.[WNYT]

Rensselaer County's legislature will put $115,000 saved through a variety of cost reduction strategies, into a fund to reduce taxes increases for county taxpyers in the 2013 budget.
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A pair of Schuylerville residents who worked at a village market have been charged with grand larceny for allegedly Stealing $43,000 in lottary tickets from the market .[Saratogian]

The Saratoga City Center may soon be a polling place again. [Saratogian]

A fire at Jefferson Terrace in Saratoga on Tuesday is being considered suspicious.[Saratogian]

Fire officials in Schenectady say 10% of the department's budget is spent on answering false fire calls - which cost the department $500 per call. [News 10]

Proctors is now running Schenectady's tourism website. [Gazette]

New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie was quoted in a recent edition of the Glens Falls Chronicle as saying, "I'm not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues."Christie Denies the statement but does note that they were both raised by Sicilian moms and have a lot of the same values. [TU] [Capitol Confidential]

President Lincoln's Secretary of State, and Union College graduate William Henry Seward, will be the focus of Union's Founders Day keynote address on Thursday. [TU]

Three of the four dogs found in the back of a Uhaul last month are ready for adoption at the Mohawk Hudson Humane society.[News 10]

The Merry Monk has opened its new Saratoga location.[Saratogian]

Yono's, The Basement Bistro are semi-finalists for the Beard Award - the "Oscars for restaurants." [TU]

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