Global Partners says moratorium on crude oil facility at Port of Albany is "unlawful," Astorino in Saratoga Springs, regional high school robotics competition

Global Partners sent Albany County exec Dan McCoy a letter calling the recent county moratorium on the expansion of crude oil facilities at the Port of Albany "ill advised, unnecessary, unlawful, and prejudicial to the company" and criticized the county for not consulting the state Department of Environmental Conservation. McCoy replied via statement: "Instead of Global Companies using its resources to cooperate with efforts to prevent catastrophic public health and safety risks, Global unleashes a cadre of lawyers in a transparent maneuver to intimidate and bully the County from safeguarding the public health. We will not be intimidated." The company and the county disagree over whether the county has the legal authority to issue the moratorium. [Troy Record] [Albany County] [TU]

Albany County's laws aren't cataloged in any one place -- and a Times Union review of county legislation concluded many commissions, panels, and initiatives have apparently been left to drift or have been forgotten. [TU]

At a gun show in Saratoga Springs Sunday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said he'd repeal the NY SAFE Act if he's elected. A separate event in Saratoga Springs over the weekend focused on how people could circumvent provisions of the NY SAFE Act that are scheduled to take effect soon. [Saratogian] [TU]

Albany police say they're investigating two reported shootings over the weekend -- one Friday evening near Washington Park (map), the other in West Hill early Saturday morning (block map). [APD FB]

Police say a Schenectady man was arrested after he allegedly fired two shots into the front door of a Scotia home Sunday morning (street map). [TWCN]

A chase the Northway from Wilton to Latham Sunday involving a motorcycle and State Police ended when the motorcycle crashed into a car head-on on Route 9. [Troy Record]

A look at the history and numbers about why it will probably be difficult for the Democrats to hold onto the New York 21st Congressional district, currently held by Bill Owens (he's not running again). [Saratogian]

An attorney for the Port of Coeymans says a zoning issue potentially endangers a port contract for Tappan Zee Bridge replacement work. [TU]

The city of Schenectady has money to knock down 80 of the 143 properties on its demolition list. [Daily Gazette]

The town of Colonie's director of planning and economic development on the apparently delayed plans for the Latham Circle Mall site: "[The developers] are telling us they have a couple of things to dot and cross. I get a sense they are still going forward." [TU]

Members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, based at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, returned from six months in Afghanistan. [TU]

The Capital City Rescue Mission Free Clinic in Albany, which draws people from all over the Capital Region, is planning a move to a larger space. [TU]

The North Colonie school district talked to police about a Twitter account that apparently planned to rank Shaker High School students by looks (the account was quickly deleted). [TU]

Beech-Nut, which has a baby food factory near Amsterdam, says it's redesigned its product line because more people are making their own baby food. [TU]

A dispatch from the regional high school robotics competition recently at RPI. [Daily Gazette]

How the memory of Maurice Sendak helped save a drive-in theater in Rensselaer County. [TU]


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Personally, I'm all for repealing the SAFE act. How exactly does a governor change laws though? Changing laws is the power of the legislature, not the executive.

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