Shuffle of potential casino sites, Global Partners says it's adjusting crude oil facility plan, Cuomo bangs drum for consolidation, bitcoin for burgers

The developer who was interested in a possible casino at the First Prize site on the Albany/Colonie border has moved on in favor of considering other local sites. The newest spot in the pool for a casino: Howe Caverns in Schoharie County. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A key part of the redevelopment of the former Alco site in Schenectady, which has also been floated as a potential casino site: remediating solvents in the soil and groundwater there. [Daily Gazette]

Global Partners says it's adjusting its proposal for a facility for heating crude oil at the Port of Albany. The company had proposed constructing a new building for the facility -- but on Monday it pulled its application for the building from the Albany planning board agenda for this week's meeting. [TU] [City of Albany]

North Greenbush police say a man is facing second-degree murder and other charges after he allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times in their home in Wynantskill Monday (map). NGPD says the investigation of what prompted the incident is ongoing and is asking anyone with information to contact the department. [TU] [News10]

Albany police say they're investigating a shooting/an attempted robbery at a store on Lexington Ave (map) Monday. APD says the victim reported that two men entered store, demanded money, and one of the suspects fired a shot that hit the man in the foot. [APD FB]

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As the state budget process heads into crunch time, Andrew Cuomo was joined by Albany County exec Dan McCoy, Colonie supervisor Paula Mahan, Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy, Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen and other local officials at the Capitol Monday to bang the drum for the property tax "freeze." Cuomo's appearance was focused on local government consolidation, but the governor didn't cite any specific examples of savings. [AP/Daily Gazette] [TU] [NYSNYS/Troy Record]

The state Senate voted down the DREAM Act, which would provide tuition assistance to the children of undocumented immigrants. [State of Politics]

"A generally reliable source whispered" to Marv Cermak that George Amedore is going to run again against Cecelia Tkaczyk for the state Senate. (Also: Marv watched Phantogram on Letterman.) Amedore says he'll be making an announcement soon. [Marv Cermak/TU] [Daily Gazette]

The state has revoked the charter for The Ark Community Charter School in Troy. [TU]

A move by a key chip industry player has prompted rumblings about an $825 million consortium based at the NanoCollege. [TU]

After two shootings this past weekend, SNUG has two anti-gun-violence rallies scheduled for Albany this week. [TU]

Two former Troy Housing Authority employees have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to an arrangement in which an employee was receiving his pension but still working as a consultant. The state attorney general and comptroller say the pair "submitted a falsified, backdated contract in an effort to cover the illegal retirement payments." [Troy Record] [NYS OAG]

East Greenbush police say two women were arrested after they allegedly "strong armed" the manager of the Walmart in the town Monday, took off with $400 in merchandise, and then led police on a start-and-stop chase on I-90, I-787, and the Green Island Bridge before crashing in Troy. The allegedly stolen items: a Blu Ray player and two Keurig coffee machines. (The Walmart is apparently a popular spot for alleged misdeeds.) [EGPD]

The van jacked from a Daily Gazette carrier last week in Schenectady turned up in Albany. [Daily Gazette]

The USS Slater, scheduled for repairs in State Island, is stuck in Albany because of ice farther south on the Hudson River. [TU]

At least two Albany businesses are accepting bitcoin. [Troy Record]

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The UAlbany women's basketball team got a #15 seed in the NCAA tournament. It will face West Virginia March 23 on ESPN in the first round. [NCAA]

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