Cuomo: Federal default could cost New York $2 billion, Albany not-for-profits considering plan to help pay for services, more weirdness in Holloway house party case

Andrew Cuomo says a federal government default could cause a revenue loss of up to $2 billion for New York State. [Capitol Confidential]

Should Andrew Cuomo have taken a lesson from Mario Cuomo on how to handle the Moreland Commission? [TU]

More than half of the city of Albany's $11.7 billion tax base is exempt from property taxes, but a group of nonprofit organizations are working on a plan to voluntarily pay for some of the vital city services they use. [TU]

The man picked up by police on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to abduct two women in the area of UAlbany's downtown campus pled not guilty to charges of kidnapping, menacing and criminal possession. Meanwhile police have stepped up patrols in the neighborhood. [YNN][WNYT][Fox23]

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Police from a New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested a murder suspect wanted in connection with a Pennsylvania homicide in Schenectady on Wednesday. [TU]

The trial of the Schuylerville woman charged with shooting and killing her live-in boyfriend in July of 2012 has been postponed while she undergoes a mental health evaluation.[WNYT]

The man who pled guilty to fire bombing a home in Rotterdam will be sentenced today on arson and weapons possession charges. [News 10]

A pair of Schenectady brothers were arrested for allegedly selling a pair of fake tickets to the Phish show planned for the Glens Falls Civic Center later this month. [WNYT]

A Mafia-connected bookie known as "Florida Phil" pled guilty pled guilty to money laundering charges in US district court on Monday. The judge in the case did not honor a request by attorneys for "Florida Phil" go free while he awaits sentencing, calling him a flight risk. [WNYT][TU]

Troy police are asking for the public's help to find a 34-year-old city worker who was last seen in Colonie on September 30. [TU]

A Moreau judge ruled on Wednesday that the case agains the Saratoga County mother accused of hiring two strippers for her sons birthday party at a South Glens Falls bowling alley should not be dismissed. [WNYT]

Fire destroyed a home in the Schenectady's Vale neighborhood on Wednesday .[TU]

More on the story of Brian Holloway's Stephentown home -- including an invitation to teen volunteers to "come up here anytime you want," even if he's not there. [TU]

After considering a cost-cutting plan that included closing an elementary school, the East Greenbush school board voted to keep all its schools open.[WNYT]

A look at the xix candidates vying for Colonie's three town board seats.[TU]

A Kinderhook man who traveled to Antarctica to conduct doctoral research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is being affected by the federal government shutdown.[TU]

GE's Hudson River dredging project has been unaffected by the government shutdown. [Record]

Skidmore College is one step closer to building a solar farm in Greenfield.[Saratogian]

Road work will cause traffic delays around Latham Circle through Sunday. [Record]

Three months after a strange odor in Cohoes was traced back to the Norlite factory, the company -- whichproduces a ceramic aggregate used in asphalt and concrete -- is planning to host an open house. [Record]

Malalai Joya, an Afghan woman who has survived assassination attempts due to her criticism of the Karzai administration was in Albany on Wednesday. Joya told a crowd at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany that opium addiction, injustice against women, and a puppet regime are devastating her country. [YNN][TU]

The CEO of a Saratoga Springs investment company completed a solo swim across the English Channel.[Gazette]

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