Another redevelopment plan for Monument Square site, family suing for $1 million alleging excessive force in Rotterdam, coffee for bitcoins

The city of Troy is scheduled to announce details this morning on the latest redevelopment plan for the former city hall site on Monument Square. [Troy Record] [TU]

Local school officials, already crunched for funding, say they worry the Cuomo admin's push to fund pre-K will end up pitting pre-K against K-12 for money. [TU]

An environmental advocacy org is arguing the state's Department of Environmental Conservation didn't follow its own policies properly in dealing with requests from a company using the Port of Albany to transfer crude oil shipments. [TU]

Two facts set up side by side by the Times Union: 1) Albany County legislature chair Shawn Morse "spearheaded" legislation that pardoned county employees who had violated the county's residence requirement 2) The day before the legislation's passage, Morse received $11k in political donations from a union that represents county corrections officers -- Morse and the union say the two actions aren't connected. [TU]

UAlbany president Robert Jones said in an email that "it is very premature at this time to be considering" expansion of UAlbany's new football stadium. Jones was responding to a Times Union story reporting that athletic department officials were already looking at expansion. [TU] [TU]

More than a million New York residents are currently without full representation in the state legislature -- including people in Saratoga County -- because their reps have left office midterm, and Andrew Cuomo has yet to call special elections to fill the vacancies. [TU]

An Albany woman's experience getting health coverage through the state's new health care exhchange illustrates how complicated the new system can be. [TU]

A Rotterdam family is suing the town for $1 million accusing a Rotterdam police officer of using excessive force in removing a teen from a school bus last fall -- it's alleged the teen's arm was broken during the encounter, which was recorded on video. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

One of the discussions related to the Kokopellis case in Troy: Are there better models for reviewing the conduct of police? [TU]

RPI has reported that one its students -- who was granted an immunizations waiver for medical or religious reasons -- has gotten measles. [TU]

Troy fire officials say a fire in two condemned buildings late Sunday is suspicious. [News10] [TU]

Glenville police say a man was arrested after he allegedly fled from police in a car down Route 50, lost control, the car rolled, and then ran from police for a short time. [TU]

The process apparently used by a woman who's pleaded guilty to a case in which it was alleged she was making meth in a Greenfield mobile home is known was either the "shake and bake" or "one-pot" method. [Daily Gazette]

The Rensselaer County judge overseeing the David Cassidy DWI case appears to be getting frustrated by a lack of progress a plea deal. [TU]

The local chiropractor who's currently spending 26 weekends in jail for not paying his taxes -- on account of moral objections, he asserts -- says he hasn't decided if he's going to pay them this year. [TU]

Is there a middle ground on a possible Saratoga casino?

A look at the record of the investment group that bought the Rotterdam Square Mall, which is, in the Daily Gazette's description, "pockmarked with malls that continue to languish or even failed after he took title." [Daily Gazette]

Only 35 percent of housholds in Rensselaer County have access to a broadband internet connection. [TU]

Before chips in Luther Forest, there were rockets. [Saratogian]

A Schenectady cafe is apparently the first business in the area to accept bitcoins. [Daily Gazette]

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