Eye on flooding, retired lieutenant colonel alleges sexual abusers in National Guard air wing not punished, report: increase in New York tornadoes

All the recent rain has prompted concerns about flooding along waterways. NWS has issued a flood warning for the Hudson River at Troy until Friday night. The Mohawk River was expected to crest at Schenectady just above flood stage early this morning -- SPD was going door to door in the Stockade Thursday night to give people the heads up. [NWS] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

A retired lieutenant colonel alleges in a letter to a US Senator that alleged sexual abusers in the Glenville-based New York National Guard 109th Airlift Wing were not punished, "but instead are promoted." [AP/TU]

The father of Army Lt. Col. Todd Clark, the Albany area native killed this past weekend in Afghanistan -- shared details of the attack by an Afghan soldier that killed Clark and two other men from the Hudson Valley. [TU]

An abortion rights amendment to the Cuomo admin's women equality bill aimed at getting state Senate Republican on board fizzled. A key supporter in the state Senate of the bill -- Diane Savino -- said Thursday the abortion measure should be set aside so it doesn't endanger the bill's other nine measures. [TU] [AP/Saratogian]

The head of The Prevention Council -- an org in Saratoga County aimed at preventing alcohol and drug abuse -- was arrested for DWI in Warren County in March. The org says Heather Kisselback has been placed on 6-month probation with counseling. Said Kisselback in an email to the Saratogian: "I understand why people are upset with me. I'm upset with me! I truly am sorry. All I can do now is try to make it right." [WNYT] [TU] [Saratogian]

The Fulton County sheriff says the body of the man missing since the volunteer medical flight carrying him and two others crashed in May had fallen on a freezer, crushing it around him, leaving the body hidden from searchers who passed within feet of it for weeks. [Daily Gazette]

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The Cuomo admin announced a settlement with the Seneca Nation of Indians that includes about $400 million in back payments to the state from casino revenue -- and, if Andrew Cuomo's plan for upstate casinos goes through, no new casino in the Seneca's area of western New York. The settlement may also prompt the state Gaming Commission to look at prohibiting racinos -- such as the Saratoga Casino and Raceway -- from calling themselves casinos. [Cuomo admin] [TU]

The Cuomo admin has agreed to soften the planned $90 million cut to the the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities -- the cut had faced strong criticism in the legislature. [NYT]

A state legislature report concludes that New York State has seen an increase in the number of tornadoes over the last two decades. An Assemblyman says the state should be looking at expanded options for warning people about tornadoes. [NYSNYS/Troy Record] [YNN]

The turnout for many school budget votes is remarkably low. [TU]

State Police say a pedestrian was killed along Route 22 in Berlin Thursday night. NYSP says it's investigating -- "Visibility and road conditions were poor at the time of the accident due to heavy rains that were moving through the area." [NYSP]

Schenectady police are looking for the driver in an alleged hit-and-run involving a pedestrian Wednesday night on Erie Boulevard. [WNYT]

Police say a driver died Thursday in Charlton after she ran a stop sign and collided with tractor trailer. [News10]

The attorney for the Rensselaer County man accused of driving while intoxicated when he crashed last June -- and then allegedly left the scene leaving a friend behind who died -- is arguing in a motion that it's not clear his client was actually driving the car. [TU]

A letter obtained by the Troy Record sheds light on the "personal reasons" Troy city councilwoman Nina Nichols cited in not running for re-election. [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

The DEC has ordered TCI to stop operating at the Port of Coeymans because it doesn't have the proper permits -- the electrical equipment recycler moved to the port after the huge fire at its facility in Columbia County last year. [TU]

The Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council has continued with its move to Ballston Spa, despite efforts by village leaders to stop the move. [Daily Gazette]

Lane closures begin today at the Latham Circle. [News10]

Construction has officially started on the third phase of the housing redevelopment project in Albany's South End in the Morton Ave/Alexander Street/South Pearl area. [TU]

A construction materials company wants to redevelop two parcels along the waterfront in South Troy. [TU]

The Troy city council has signed off on lease for a group to operate the city marina this summer. [Troy Record]

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says it's planning to install more automated pay stations in state parks in order to free up parks employees to do other jobs. [Daily Gazette]

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