It snowed, Schenectady officials deliver school funding complaint to the feds, another Uncle Sam beheaded, Albany chess queen headed to international competition

The Albany area got about a foot of snow over the weekend. It was the fourth-highest storm total in the period since 2010. [NWS] [TU]

Schenectady school officials delivered the district's discrimination complaint -- which alleges the state's funding formula shorts districts with many minority students -- to a federal Department of Education office in New York City Friday. Said superintendent Larry Spring: "They told us, 'we're interested in the case, we like that this has not been brought before,' and that they think they had a role to play." [Daily Gazette] [TU]

One member of the state's Board of Regents explains her opposition to the way the Common Core standards are being implemented -- she alleges state education officials are using "false information to create a crisis." [TU]

A homeless person was found dead outside near the Saratoga Senior Center last week. [Saratogian]

Occupancy rates are high in new residential units either being built or converted in Capital Region downtowns. [TU]

There are now at least 35 roundabouts in the Capital Region -- to the joy of traffic engineers, and apparently to the dismay of others. [Daily Gazette]

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A possible divide on the proposal for a two-year property tax freeze: state legislators from New York City, where property taxes aren't seen as a big issue, and legislators from the rest of the state. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say a sexual assault was reported on Caroline Street early Saturday morning -- SSPD said it does "not believe this is a random attack," though few details were released. [TU] [Saratogian]

Rotterdam police say a convenience store was robbed early Saturday morning by two men, each with a long gun (map). [Daily Gazette]

Guilderland police say a teen stopped on suspicion of shoplifting at the Crossgates Macy's pepper sprayed security staff, a Macy's employee, and another shopper before being arrested. [WNYT]

Troy report say another Uncle Sam statue has been beheaded. [News10]

Farther afield: In Whitehall (Washington County) police are investigating a situation in which it appears that 20 teen girls sent "sexually explicit photos" to at least 30 teen boys -- the photos spread and police say criminal charges could be filed. [Post-Star]

Christine Dickson of Troy -- the former RPI employee who embezzled more than $350k from the school -- was sentenced to 90 weekends in jail and restitution. [TU]

Soon-to-be Troy city council president Rodney Wiltshire has stirred up the situation with an email to other council members in which he used the n-word. [T-Spin] [TU]

Today in Saratoga Springs, two events: one anti-casino, the other pro. [TU]

A survey of the ever growing Proctors portfolio. [TU]

Among the ideas for helping improve the state of Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood: a business improvement district. [Daily Gazette]

A sale of the Kenwood Convent property in Albany is imminent, according to an agent representing the the Society of the Sacred Heart. [TU]

The winner of the election for a Supreme Court judge seat in the 3rd Judicial District -- current Rensselaer County DA Richard McNally -- spent about $90k on the race. [TU]

Schenectady city councilman Vince Riggi is suing the city over a water line. [Daily Gazette]

The last radio show for Jerry Jennings as mayor is this Friday. [TU]

Markets in everything: A retired Bethlehem police officer and former DARE instructor now offers a service in which drug-sniffing dogs are be used to search a home for drugs. [TU]

Proposed project in Saratoga Springs, related to the GlobalFoundries fab: a facility for diluting hydrogen peroxide. [Saratogian]

A few more details on the proposal to allow rock climbing in Thacher State Park. [AP/Troy Record]

A 9-year-old girl from Albany will be representing the United States at the upcoming World Youth Chess Championships. [TU]


35 roundabouts? Maybe it's time to stop and look how well they work.
The biggest issue I see that they are not scalable; roundabouts work terribly for high traffic areas and places with sharp increase in traffic are already feeling it.
Malta residents already started complaining about too-full roundabouts and even demanding an extra highway exit.

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