Reaction to downscaled Albany convention center, Troy installing surveillance cameras, Colonie approves tougher rules for Central Ave motels, the oldest man in the world

The proposal to build a smaller Albany convention center between the ESP and TU Center seems to be getting a cautiously warm reception from local officials. Said Jerry Jennings: "It's time for it. We've been talking about it for years and years." [Troy Record] [TU] [YNN]

From a 911 call played Thursday during the trial of Rory Poulin, charged with murdering his longtime partner in North Greenbush: "There was a gunshot, and she's just sitting there with half a skull." [Troy Record]

The feds are seeking "very substantial" prison terms for Timothy McGinn and David Smith, the Albany-based brokers convicted of defrauding investors -- the max sentence is life in prison. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The city of Troy says it will be installing surveillance cameras at a handful of spots downtown. The city council president says there will be six cameras in the pilot program. [Troy Record] [YNN]

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One of the people accused of improperly accessing medical records from the Rensselaer County jail says he didn't need to get access to the records of a neighbor bitten by his dog -- because he already had them. [TU]

Four residents of Albany's West Hill neighborhood have filed suit in an attempt to stop the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless from opening a drop-in center at a former Catholic school on Sheridan Ave (map). [TU]

The Colonie town board approved new rules that will make it harder to get approval for new motels along Central Ave. (The motels already there -- and complaints about their long term residents -- have be an ongoing issue in the town.) [TU] [WNYT]

Troy police are looking for a man who was reported to have tried to grab a woman in North Central Thursday. The same thing reportedly also happened to a second woman in the neighborhood recently. [TU] [News10]

Harnessing racing trainer Brian D. Allen was found guilty of -- and then, in a separate case, pleaded guilty to -- criminal sex acts with two teens in Saratoga County Court; he faces three years in prison. [Saratogian] [WNYT]

The man who pleaded guilty to attacking and sexually abusing a girl as her family walked home from last year's Gazette Holiday Parade was sentenced to three years in prison. [Daily Gazette]

State Police say there are no charges expected in the June confrontation between a youth baseball coach and and umpire in Ballston Spa. [Daily Gazette]

The helicopter flying over Colonie Thursday was looking for a missing Iowa woman -- she turned up in Albany. [TU] [Troy Record]

Nurses in the Capital Region get paid less on average than both the statewide and national averages. [TU]

The Schenectady school district is trying to avoid having a large number unexpected kindergarten students show up at the start of the school year -- it had 200 unexpecteds last year. [Daily Gazette]

Time Warner was trying to fix an internet access outage that affected customers in areas around the Capital Region Thursday. [TU]

What's up with that big box store parking lot in North Greenbush -- that doesn't have any big box stores. [TU]

Three Vermont Air National Guard F-16s are scheduled to fly over Scotia this morning as part of training. [New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs]

Farther afield: the world's current oldest man -- aged 112 -- lives in Grand Island, New York, near Buffalo. [AP/Saratogian]

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