Albany County issues moratorium on expansion plans for crude oil at port, Assembly budget doesn't include money for Harriman lab, medical marijuana would cost more in New York

Icy roads are causing delays and closings around the Capital Region. [TU]

Albany County issued a moratorium on the proposed expansion of facilities for heating and transferring crude oil at the Port of the Albany. And county exec Dan McCoy also directed the county health department to "examine, investigate, and report" on the potential health threats posed the proposed Global Companies facilities. Tweeted McCoy: "The moratorium will remain in place until we have all the answers. Right now there are too many questions about possible health risks." The moratorium was cheered by environmental orgs. If the moratorium survives a legal challenge, it could supersede any state permits that Global is seeking to expand its facilities in Albany. [Albany County] [Albany County] [Albany County] [@MCCoyCountyExec] [TU] [NYT]

Sheldon Silver has confirmed that funding for a new public health lab on the Harriman State Office Campus is not in the current Assembly budget.[TU]

Clifton Park's planning board voted against a plan for development that would include a new Price Chopper, retail and restaurant space at the intersection of routes 146 and 46A. The developer is planning to revise the plan and resubmit it to the board.[TU][Saratogian]

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The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority has announced that the former MVP building on Liberty Street will be developed into 30 upscale apartments. [TU][Gazette]

The IBM/SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering agreement announced by Andrew Cuomo last month was actually signed last June.[TU]

Fifteen companies are now working on potential business partnerships with UAlbany under the START-UP NY plan. [Business Review]

An Albany police dispatcher took a plea deal to resolve a felony domestic assault case , pleading guilty to attempted child endangerment for throwing his ten-month-old baby into a corner of a couch and fracturing the child's skull.[TU]

Schenectady police are investigating the car jacking of a Schenectady Gazette delivery man early Wednesday morning in Hamilton Hill. [Gazette]

A UAlbany student was assaulted and robbed on campus, allegedly by two fellow students who lured him to Indian Quad claiming they wanted to purchase electronics. [TU]

A 65-year-old Scotia man was arrested on child pornography charges for allegedly using a computer to share sexually explicit videos involving children. [TU][WNYT]

A 19-year-old Stephentown man is charged with raping a 15 year old girl in Hoosick Falls. [TU]

A 43-year-old Albany man will spend five years behind bars for selling heroin. [WNYT]

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Troy this week to announce legislation he's pushing to increase the number of land banks and reduce the number of vacant "zombie properties." [Record]

An abandoned paper company building in Castleton will soon become a $250 million state-of-the-art paper recycling facility.[Record]

Two Albany school officials are getting substantial raises while the district is projecting a $6.2 million budget gap. [TU]

The Cohoes Marching Band played at the State Capitol as students from several schools carried tombstone signs to represent the classes and resources that have been cut over the last five years. [TU][WNYT]

Medical marijuana advocates from Colorado testified before New York legislators on Wednesday. If it's approved in New York State, medical marijuana would likely be more expensive here than in other states --about $1,000 per pound more than Colorado's $3,500 price. [TWCN][TU]

Schenectady is getting a roundabout at the intersection of Erie Boulevard and Nott Street. [TU]

South High made a record-setting $583,015.44 for charity in its annual dance marathon.[Saratogian]

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