Cuomo suggests postponing casino referendum, gun rally at Moreau arraignment, Confectionery owners to open Troy grocery store

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Andrew Cuomo suggested postponing a public referendum on casinos until election day 2014, in part because a lack of statwide races this November could reduce voter turnout..[TU][WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo is planning a tourism summit next Wednesday - like the recent beer and yogurt summits.

The owners of The Confectionery wine bar in Troy are opening up a small grocery store near Monument Square.[TU]

A Cohoes man is facing weapons charges after a police chased him on foot and two bystanders helped catch him.The police officer involved is being praised for using excellent communcation to avoid what could have been a violent situation.[TU][YNN][News 10]

A grassroots coalition of NY SAFE Act opponents held a gun rally this morning outside the Moreau courtroom where a Saratoga County man was being arraigned for allegedly trying to sell an assault weapon on Facebook.[TU]

Three college friends of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been arrested for allegedly trying to protect him.[News 10/AP]


Four people -- three of them children-- were killed in an early morning house fire on Hulett Street in Schenectady. It was one of two fires in Schenectady overnight. [TU]

A former Troy police sergent who admitted sending sexually explicit material to an undercover cop, thinking he was sending it to a 14 year old girl, will serve 5 years probation and have to register as a sex offender. [WNYT]

A Fulton County man will spend 2 to 7 years in jail on assault charges in connection with a 2011 stabbing outside of Northern Lights in Clifton Park..[TU][Saratogian]

A felon wanted for assault in West Virgina was arrested at a home in Rensselaer on Tuesday.[TU]

Troy police along with federal officials arrested a fugitive at a second ave home on Tuesday, who they say is connected to the assault and robbery of a bouncer at a club back in March. [Record]

Saratoga Springs police have arrested the man they believe robbed the Congress Street Trustco Bank in January. [Saratogian]

Police in Washington County caught a alleged robber by tracking his crime spree on GPS.[YNN]

A Saratoga County man was arrested for stealing more than $400 from a car wash change machine in Greenwhich.[WNYT]

Rensselaer's public works commissioner has resigned after a three-month investigation into allegations payroll padding allegations.[TU]

An ATV crash in the Essex County town of Westport claimed the life of a Ballston Spa man.[TU]

David Soares sent a memo asking his staff not to purchase anything from the Courthouse Cafe because they advertise with Citizen One blogger Teresa Grafflin, who disclosed confidential information on witnesses and victims - but it turns out the Cafe does not advertise on the blog. [TU]

New York's property tax cap is variable and can't exceed the rate of inflation, which has now dropped to 1.96 percent - not 2 percent - making the cap even tighter. [TU]

Plans are underway to put a Fresh Market in Saratoga. [WNYT]

After 35 years, Saratoga County will not renew its contract with the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, and is looking for a new partner to help them attract business [TU][Saratogian]

A Green Island gun shop that reopened at a new address on Wednesday is one step closer to getting a shooting range opened in the village.[YNN]

Farther afield: Snowcone Joe was arrested in Gloversville for harassing Mr. Ding-a-ling. [WNYT][YNN]

A group home for people with developmental disabilities, under construction in Guilderland, will be the area's first "smart home."[YNN]

The partial collapse of a one story Troy home on South River Street has left a 71-year-old Troy widown homeless.[Record]

Malta will conduct a balloon test on Saturday to help determine the visual impact of the proposed second Global Foundries plant. [Gazette]

The Broadway Arts Center in Albany is scheduled to close at the end of May because the artists who run it say they can't keep up with the maintenance the old building requires. [Gazette]

The NYS canal system opened to boaters for the season on Wednesday.[YNN]

Saratoga Lager from Olde Saratoga Brewing took top honors in the Hunter Mountain TAP NY Festival.[Saratogian]

Funny Cide will make an appearance at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.[Gazette]


"Farther afield: Snowcone Joe was arrested in Gloversville for harassing Mr. Ding-a-ling. [WNYT][YNN]"

First, we have the 'salon wars', then the 'dog poop cleaner-upper wars', and now the 'ice cream truck wars'. I think competition is great, but is there something in the 518's water that causing some small businesses to get mean and nasty? Or are the local news media sensationalizing what is business as usual?

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