Drue testifies at pre-trial hearing, Green Island considering limit on pets, towns say they'll fight Troy's land claim, developer argues Harriman campus was missed opportunity

In a bit of a surprise, Dennis Drue -- accused of causing the Northway crash that killed two high school students and injured two others -- testified at a pre-trial hearing Friday. Drue said statements attributed to him by police were fabricated. Testified Drue in response to a question from his attorney: "The only thing I stated was that it was an accident." [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [TU]

A lower rate of inflation is prompting a tightening of the state's property tax cap for municipalities. [Daily Gazette]

Green Island is considering limiting residents to three animals per household. Says mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan: "I can't possibly see why anyone would need more than three animals in their home." McNulty-Ryan says the potential law change was prompted by a case in which 10 dogs were found in an apartment. [Troy Record] [YNN] [News10]

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Leaders of towns adjacent to Troy say they'll fight the city's effort to claim a group of properties it argues belong to the city but have been paying taxes to the towns. [TU]

How the flood-ravaged Otsquago Creek near Fort Plain is rebuilt: one big rock at a time. [TU]

The Albany mayoral race: more bubble bath than blood bath, so far. [TU]

The Capital Region housing market is the near top of a national ranking for markets leading a housing "recovery." [TU]

A milestone for Sa'fyre Terry, the five year old seriously injured in a Schenectady fire that killed her father and three other children: she smiled. [Daily Gazette]

Police say the body of a missing Poughkeepsie man was found in Bethlehem Saturday at the site of an apparent motorcycle crash earlier this month. [YNN]

A fire that burned four apartments at a complex in Latham Saturday produced a smoke plume that could be seen from miles away. [Troy Record] [TU]

Former Siena basketball coach Bob Beyer, now an NBA assistant, was arrested in Saratoga Springs Thursday night in connection with an alleged fight inside a Caroline Street bar. [Saratogian]

Ethics question in Troy: Should a city councilman send out a campaign message on city letterhead? [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs city employee unions are irked with the way the city has gone about making changes to healthcare coverage. [Saratogian]

The Sage Colleges's finances are headed in the right direction, but are still vulnerable, according to a bond rating service (the colleges' bond status is still "junk"). [TU]

The developer who proposed an ambitious plan to redevelop the Harriman State Office Campus into a mixed use retail/residential neighborhood argues that if the plan had been accepted, Whole Foods would have ended up there in Albany -- not in Colonie. [TU]

There was a small chemical spill at the NanoCollege Saturday. [TU]

A jockey was injured -- and a horse euthanized -- following a crash at the Saratoga Race Course Saturday. [TU]

The life of a tugboat operator working on the Hudson River PCB dredging project: 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week. [Saratogian]

The salt level in Lake George has tripled over the last three decades because of the use of salt on nearby roads, according to an environmental scientist. [Post-Star]

A woman from Albany took part in the State of Liberty Swim in New York Harbor Friday -- in which people swim around the Statue of Liberty. [TU]

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