It's election day, asbestos removal at emergency demo site in Troy, local Medal of Honor recipient to be depicted as part of new USPS stamp sheet

It's election day. While there aren't Congressional or major state-level elections -- for say, the state legislature -- there are a bunch of local elections for positions such as mayor or council member in municipalities all around the area. Also: There are six state ballot questions -- one of which is about whether full casinos should be allowed in the state. (These ballot questions are apparently on the back of ballots, so don't forget to check for them.) Don't know where to vote? Here's how to look that up. You can also check with your county board of election.

An Andrew Cuomo robocall has been urging people to vote in favor of allowing full casinos in the state. [TU]

The man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in an Albany apartment last week was arrested earlier this year for allegedly beating the woman's former boyfriend -- including hitting the man with a hammer -- during a confrontation. [TU]

Asbestos removal has started at the demolition site on King Street in Troy (map) near the Green Island Bridge -- the building there were taken down in an emergency demolition ordered by the city fire chief, a decision that's been the subject of much finger pointing and controversy. [Troy Record]

In what appears to be a grassroots effort, a group is pushing for the re-election of the town of Ballston's supervisor -- who's not running. (There's one candidate on the ballot, running unopposed). [Saratogian]


Albany police say they're investigating a shooting in the South End Sunday night (map). APD says a man with a single gunshot wound walked into Albany Med's emergency department, was treated, and released. [APD FB]

Troy police are investigating whether the four men arrested following a shooting at a house just off Hoosick Street in Troy October 22 (map) were part of a group that fired at the house -- or were fleeing the house. [TU]

A Schenectady woman is accused of breaking into an apartment, threatening the resident with a golf club, and trying to steal a mitre saw and drill (block map). [Daily Gazette]

A Greenfield woman prohibited from having horses on her property by the terms of her probation from an animal neglect case has been accused of having horses delivered to her property -- again. [Saratogian]

Fire officials say the house fire that killed a 71-year-old man in Rotterdam last week started near the man's bed and may have been an accident caused by cigar smoking. [TU]

A family member says a Rexford woman drowned in Cape Cod this weekend in "a freak accident." Officials on Cape Cod say the woman was swept into the ocean after bending down to pick up her glasses. [TU] [Cape Cod Times]

About 3/4 of the PCBs targeted for removal as part of the Hudson River dredging project will be dredged by the time the project closes for the season later this month. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs city council approved a 2014 budget that includes an average tax rate increase of 0.76 percent. [Daily Gazette]

The Times Union continues its focus on possible corruption in the town of Halfmoon. [TU]

On Monday at the NanoCollege business and public officials discussed how to expand "Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools" -- a six-year tech-focuses program that starts in 9th grade. Two local districts -- Troy and Ballston Spa -- are prepping for the program. [YNN] [TU]

A group of transit advocates protested outside -- and in one case, on the property of -- Albany Med Monday in an effort to push the expanding medical center toward subsidizing bus fare for its employees. (AMC and CDTA are in discussions, apparently.) [TU] [@RichardConti2]

The membership drive for the startup Electric City Food Co-op is moving along more slowly than organizers expected. [Daily Gazette]

East Line Books in Clifton Park is closing around the end of the year. [TU]

Francis Currey, a Medal of Honor recipient from Selkirk, will be depicted on a new sheet of USPS stamps. [TU]


I'm pretty disgusted by Cuomo supporting casinos.

You would think with Albany losing even more of its tax base to the NanoCollege that they might try investing in our town with the Pathways to Technology Program. Our schools need help and this could be one way to invest in Albany's future. Provide opportunity to Albany's kids, gain future students who may be more likely to stay in Albany post-graduation...just a thought.

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