Concerns about more flooding, call for investigation of manhole explosions, OK soon for OK Slip, the South End Tavern closes

Authorities say it looks like an elderly woman was killed when a flash flood carried away her mobile Friday in Fort Plain. Said resident of the flooding in the Montgomery County village, to the Daily Gazette: "I was upstairs sleeping and my husband came in and said we had a river on both sides of the house ... I mean, on both sides there was just water flowing and boats going up here trying to see if people needed help. It's kind of weird to see a boat floating on by your house." With more thunderstorms in the forecast today, the threat of flooding continues around the region. [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

As part of a review of local elected officials' participation in the state pension system, the Times Union concludes that "records filed by elected officials in four local counties -- Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady -- shows that many county legislators have filed questionable, vague and, in some cases, illegible time sheets." [TU]

The state's new Justice Center -- created to investigate claims of abuse or neglect in the care of people with disabilities -- was scheduled to come online Sunday. [TU]

There was yet another report of manhole cover explosion in downtown Albany Friday. Albany County exec Dan McCoy is calling for an investigation by the state Public Service Commission. [News10] [Troy Record]

The city of Troy and Judge Development have ended talks on the redevelopment of the former city hall site. The city says it's now looking for other developers. [TU] [Troy Record]

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A state Supreme Court judge heard arguments Friday in the fight between Albany County DA David Soares and Albany city judge William Carter over whether Soares' office can decline to move forward with the cases against a group of Occupy Albany protestors. [TU]

The $20 million the state attorney general's office is offering up for land banks has prompted Albany County legislators to revisit land bank ideas that were rejected half a year ago. [TU]

One of the landlords that's been opposing Schenectady's recent push to tighten the rules for rental properties is facing more than $100k in fines for hundreds of alleged violations. [TU]

Amtrak has partially restored service west of Albany following last week's derailment of freight trains in Montgomery County. [TU]

Finch Paper's plans for the never-used Saratoga County landfill include not only dumping paper sludge, but also municipal garbage. [TU]

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department says a Saratoga Springs man was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting the mother of his child -- after posting bail and another alleged incident involving the woman. [Saratogian] [TU]

A state OGS employee has been arrested on the accusation that he stole gasoline from state-owned pumps on the Harriman office campus. [NYS IG]

A federal judge has OK'ed the feds' forfeiture of the Llenroc mansion in Rexford, as part of the case against Annie George. [Saratogian]

Prompted a system wide reformulation of pay rates as part of the merger that created St. Peter's Health Partners, a group of nurses tells the Times Union a lack of competition among hospitals has affected their ability to look for better pay. [TU]

After a bleak stretch, things are looking up for Latham-based fuel cell company Plug Power.

This fall the state is expected to open public access to OK Slip Falls in the Adirondacks, which haven't been open to the public for 150 years. (The falls are on former paper company land.) [Daily Gazette]

Alexis Broz is back chalking sidewalks in Saratoga Springs after she broke her leg in a motorcycle accident in Bali. [Saratogian]

In development: a camera that could site on the heads of jockeys during thoroughbred races. [Saratogian]

The South End Tavern's last day was Sunday -- and there were plenty of memories. [TU] [Troy Record]

Comments

So for the Troy City Hall site, they've gone from three proposals, to one, to... now what? I can't say I blame them for shooting down the Judge proposal, as it paled in comparison to the Nigro one from round one.

I didn't realize the Nigro proposal was thrown out because of 'affordable housing'? Obviously just based from the renders we aren't talking section 8 housing... so was it just that the proposed apartments/condos weren't 'luxury' (and overpriced for our market) like the majority of recent developments? It would be a shame if Troy ends up with a sub-par proposal for that site just because they got greedy over potential property tax revenues... hopefully negotiations will go better in round three.

@Paul -- the bulk of the apartments in the previous proposal were, quietly, intended to be federally subsidized housing:
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Clean-slate-after-Troy-bungles-project-4094689.php

It wasn't about property tax revenues, but about putting in the kind of housing that can sustain the kind of renaissance Troy is trying to cultivate.

@Carl- Thanks for that link. I was looking for more info on the reason the first proposal was thrown out, but couldn't find anything that spelled it out like that. Clearly subsidized housing isn't the best use of what might be the most desirable piece of property downtown. I just hope they don't go to the other extreme and make the property the Troy version of 17 Chapel. That building is very nice, but $600k apartment/condos are not in high demand in the area... (as the developers of the Mooradian's building and others have found)

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