Wormuth resigns, winner in Malta supervisor race after two ballots tossed, Guilderland teens charged under cyberbullying law, lighted tractor parade

Mindy Wormuth has resigned as Halfmoon supervisor, though "a person with knowledge of the matter" tells the Times Union the early exit is not part of a plea agreement for the multiple charges she's facing. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Republican Paul Sausville has won the race for Malta supervisor by one vote after State Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Chauvin, also a Republican, disqualified two absentee ballots cast for Democratic challenger Cynthia Young. Even though the ballots included clear votes for Young, they were tossed because the voters had written on the back of the ballot in the area for state constitution amendments. Said Young: "I feel pretty strongly that those two voters were disenfranchised, I think anybody that has seen the ballots can see quite clearly that that voter intended to vote for me." [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Saratogian] [WNYT]

GE made it official Thursday: It's shutting down its plant in Fort Edward and moving the operations to Florida. The closure of the plant will result in the loss of about 200 jobs. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

New York's highest court has rejected the "too intoxicated to be charged with murder" defense, upholding the convictions against three people for "depraved indifference murder" in their drunken driving cases. [AP/TU] [NYS Court of Appeals]

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The Capital Region had 2,700 more jobs in October 2013 compared to October 2012, according to the latest jobs report from the state labor department. Two categories with the biggest job growth: resources/mining/construction and health care/social assistance.[NYS DOL] [TU]

The move to annual performance reviews for teachers in New York State has prompted testing in gym classes. [TU]

The latest turn in the ongoing drama of the Troy Police Department's administration: police chief John Tedesco is being < ahref="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Police-chief-faces-probe-for-disclosing-brutality-5000999.php">questioned by internal affairs for allegedly releasing the results of an excessive force investigation to the person who was allegedly hit in the head by police, according to a memo obtained by the Times Union. [TU]

Kathy Sheehan has named a bunch of subcommittees and co-chairs for her transition team for topics ranging from public safety to economic development. [TU]

Niskayuna's town board approved a budget with a 3.54 percent property tax increase, which just fits under the tax cap. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police have posted video a suspect they're looking for in the reported armed robbery in a parking garage on Sheridan Ave Wednesday morning (the parking garage behind the State Education building). [APD FB]

Four Guilderland teens are facing misdemeanor cyberbulling charges for being the alleged creators of a vulgar music video posted to YouTube last week that talked smack about other students. Guilderland police say the teens turned themselves in. The teens are being charged under an Albany County law passed in 2010. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [WNYT]

An IT specialist at the O.D. Heck OPWDD facility in Niskayuna is facing a grand larceny charge after being accused of using a state credit card to make almost $10k in unauthorized purchases for personal items, according to the state inspector general's office. [NYS IG]

A fire at the well-known Love Apple Farm in Columbia County significantly damaged the orchard's farm stand, kitchen, and storage apples. The owner says they'll rebuild. [TU] [YNN]

The Schenectady school district is considering a plan that could close five schools as part of a reorganization of its elementary and middle schools. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

At issue for the Troy city council: Whether the property assessment for a former church now owned by an RPI fraternity should be cut in half. [Troy Record]

Public access to the Corning Tower observation deck is closed because of an elevator problem (the state is planning a $10 million overhaul of the tower's elevators). [Daily Gazette]

Photos from the Greenwich lighted tractor parade. [Saratogian]

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