DiNapoli: Colonie's fiscal health improving, former corrections officer sentenced for role in gambling ring, plane makes emergency landing on Saratoga County field, RPI alum to join International Space Station crew

Tropical storms Irene and Lee hit the region two years ago today, and the rebuilding continues. [YNN]

One of the Albany County Jail officers involved in a high-profile gambling ring that was run, in part, in the jail, will not do any jail time himself. James Cerniglia will have to forfeit $5,000 and will never work for the jail again. Two other defendants in the case -- a well-known bookie and a Clifton Park carpenter -- also avoided jail time. [YNN] [TU]

Only months after he called Colonie one of the most fiscally-distressed municipalities in New York, state comptroller Tom DiNapoli visited the town on Tuesday to praise the steps supervisor Paula Mahan has takento improve its financial status. [TU] [News10]

DiNapoli's office announced on Tuesday that local governments' required payments toward public employee pensions will go down slightly next year -- payments had spiked after the stock market crash in 2008.[TU]

An experienced pilot safely made an emergency landing in Saratoga County field along Middle Grove Road in the town of Greenfield Monday afternoon after his plane suffered what he says was catastrophic engine failure. [YNN] [Saratogian]

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Schenectady police have made three arrests in connection with 18 recent burglaries in the city's Northside neighborhood. [YNN][WNYT]

A Queensbury mother was arrested for allegedly helping set her sex offender son up to meet with underaged boys while he was on parole and not allowed to be around young children. The son was also arrested after he allegedly spent the night in a hotel room with a pair of underaged boys. [TU][YNN]

A man accused of shoplifting a computer from the East Greenbush Walmart allegedly tried to hide the stolen goods by wrapping them in a blanket and placing them in a baby stroller.[YNN]

Two men were charged after a Monday night brawl in a stable at the Saratoga Racecourse that involved a pitchfork and a shovel.[Saratogian]

A Ballston Spa man has been charged with 2nd degree grand larceny for allegedly robbing a Hollywood Avenue home in Albany on Monday. [APD Facebook]

Bethlehem Police have charged an Amsterdam man with hindering prosecution for allegedly warning the suspect in the recent Trustco bank robbery in Slingerlands that police were looking for him. [Record][YNN]

Police say the motorcyclist who died when he collided with an SUV outside the Luke Bryan concert at SPAC may have been speeding and attempting to beat a traffic light. [TU][Record]

Sam Grossman -- AKA, Sam the Bugler from the Saratoga Race Course -- pleaded guilty to DWAI and will have to pay a fine, enroll in an alcohol treatment program and forfeit his drivers license for six months.[TU][Saratogian]

An exercise rider is hospitalized after the horse he was working out broke down while breezing at full speed at the Oklahoma training track in Saratoga. [Saratogian]

The Central Avenue Hannaford in Albany is making plans to become a "healthy living center," offering everything from groceries to health insurance to massages.[TU]

Hoffman's Playland will open next season while efforts to find a new owner for the amusement park continue. [TU]

A former factory on Broadway in Schenectady is being converted into affordable housing.[Gazette]

An RPI alum will be part of the next crew on the International Space Station.[Record]

Air Canada ends all flights from Toronto to the Capital Region on Labor Day -- the only international flights at Albany International Airport. [TU]

A Bethlehem high school student has raised $3,000 to buy bulletproof vests for the Albany County Sheriff's Department's three K-9 members.[YNN]

A Schuylerville woman who gave birth to a baby boy last week says she never knew she was pregnant until she went into labor.[WNYT]

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