Bruno's daughter and former boss face charges in alleged no show job, Sheehan leads Ellis in Albany mayoral poll, railroad puppy training as therapy dog

State AG Eric Schneiderman has filed charges against Susan Bruno and her former boss, the one time head of the SUNY Research Foundation, for allegedly filing time sheets showing Bruno was working when she wasn't. The charges allege this happened 47 times, and defrauded the public of $165,000. [TU][WNYT][Capitol Confidential]

An Albany County corrections officer was charged with harassment, coercion, and official misconduct for allegedly trying to blackmail the jail's former superintendent into changing his contract so he could save thousands of dollars in health care costs. Said Sheriff Craig Apple about the arrest: "We're not proud of the fact that we've had to arrest four or five of our own employees this year. It's disgusting. But I want to public to know that we're not tolerating it either."[TU][WNYT][YNN]

An overheated chemical tank was responsible for the foul odor that wafted through Cohoes late Wednesday night. The chemical, mercaptan, is used to add an odor to natural gas so people can smell a leak. The odor had subsided as of this morning and the mayor was advised that the smell did not create a health hazard. [TU][YNN]

A YNN/Siena poll of the Albany Democratic mayoral primary reports Kathy Sheehan leading Corey Ellis 54% to 23%. [YNN]

A 36-year-old Albany man who was born in prison will likely die there as well after being sentenced to 87 years in jail for dealing heroin. [TU]

The Troy woman accused of defrauding a fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims has waived extradition and will face charges in Boston.[TU]

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Police in Troy say they confiscated an AK-47 and other weapons along with drugs when they raided a Troy residence and arrested a city man on Fourth Street Wednesday. [YNN][Record]

A Schenectady man who was allegedly fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident caused a fire when he hit a gas pump at the Broadway Mobile station in his attempt to escape. [YNN][WNYT]

A group of New York State sex offenders who argued the state violated their rights by involuntarily committing them to mental institutions after they had completed their prison terms as part of a Pataki administration policy have lost their lawsuit against. [Record/AP]

An ex-con and witness in the murder trial of Rory Poulin in Troy exploded on the stand on Wednesday, yelling expletives at defense attorney Steve Coffey.[Record]

Llenroc owner Annie George is facing a six-figure state penalty for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance on businesses she owned. [Gazette]

A Troy man died Tuesday when he lost control of his car and hit a tree in Brunswick. [WNYT]

A 9-year-old is recovering from injuries after being hit by a truck on Delaware Avenue in Albany on Tuesday afternoon.[WNYT]

A Skidmore College vote today could put to rest a competition between unions vying to represent college employees. [Saratogian]

Saratoga Springs-based high-end bicycle maker Serotta will stop production in the next two weeks. [Business Review]

A public hearing is slated for tonight on a proposal to combine Thompson's Lake and Thacher state parks in Albany County.[TU] Earlier: Planning for the future of Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks

Sheldon Silver has appointed Judge Renee Roth -- a former New York County Surrogate Court judge, to fill the JCOPE seat vacated by Patrick Bulgaro earlier this week. [State of Politics]

Schenectady County Community College goes smoke free next month. [News 10]

A team of thoroughbred racing ambassadors have brought their bus tour to Saratoga to try to boost the popularity of the sport among young people.[Saratogian]

The remains of a fallen World War II sergeant from Herkimer, who vanished in the South Pacific in 1944, were discovered in New Guinea and will be flown to ALB today.[TU]

Emmott "Gus" DeMars Sr., a Korean War veteran who was well known for driving his renovated maroon Cadillac in Troy parades, has died. [TU]

Hudson, one of the "Railroad Puppies" abandoned on train tracks in Albany last fall, is being trained to be a therapy dog.[News 10]

Two new dog parks will be built in Colonie.[WNYT]

Guilderland High School graduate and Tony Award-winning sound designer Leon Rothenberg, was honored on Tuesday in Altamont.[TU]

The Saratoga Farmers' Market needs a new winter home.[Gazette]

Don't be surprised if you seen Andrew Cuomo riding his hog this weekend. [State of Politics]

Comments

Actually the chemical is called mercaptan not mercapan.

Editors: Fixed. Thanks.

on the topic of dog parks, we have our first officially sanctioned dog park in Troy.

https://www.facebook.com/KinlochParkDogPark?ref=hl

Me and Reece (my dog) are excited to make new dog friends and set up play dates, so if ya "like" the fb page I promise I will meet you and your dog there sometime soon (I'm tired of driving to Albany every other day, but I have to until we have sufficient traffic in Kinloch Park)

87 years for dealing heroin? I'm no fan of heroin or anything but that's ridiculous. That dude was BORN in prison and will DIE in prison. The judge basically told him he'd failed to get out of the system so now he can rot. Society makes it difficult if not impossible to extract yourself from that lifestyle, I can't help but think that society failed that dude and now we're throwing away the key on him. Kind of messed up.

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