Troy council rejects Scolite site deal, fatal fire in Lansingburgh, plans for Mohawk Harbor development in Schenectady

The Troy city council voted against the sale agreement with the Valente Companies for the former Scolite site in South Troy. Among the concerns cited: increased truck traffic through the nearby neighborhood and the terms of the agreement. [Troy Record] [TU]

Momentive Performance Materials is apparently headed toward filing for bankruptcy. The company employs about a thousand people in Waterford. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Troy Fire Department says a woman died in a fire in Lansingburgh overnight (map). Officials aren't releasing the woman's identity. Willie Bacote tells the Times Union the woman's family goes to his church and she was soon due to give birth. Investigators from the Office of Fire Prevention and Arson were on the scene. [TU] [WNYT] [TU] [TWCN]

Michael Anderson of Albany -- convicted of the stabbing death of Tonette Thomas in Albany in 2012, along with the stabbing of two other women -- was sentenced to 45 years to life in prison Friday morning. [Albany County DA]

John Halacy -- the Rensselaer man who avoided a rape charge last year because of a prosecutor's error -- was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for an unrelated burglary in Colonie. [Troy Record] [TU]

Albany County sheriff Craig Apple said that it appears the county jail inmate who died from a drug overdose had smuggled the drugs into the jail in his body in March, "based on information from a very credible source." [TU]

A man brought to the Capital Region by a resettlement program for Middle East refugees was convicted of raping a woman he met in downtown Albany last year -- he's the third person in the resettlement program to be convicted of a sex crime since 2010, according to the Times Union. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

State Police say two 40something men have been arrested for their alleged connection to a string of robberies from Home Depots in the area. NYSP allege the men stole items from the Home Depot in North Greenbush on then led police on a high speed chase into Albany. [NYSP] [TU]

An SUV was impaled by a guardrail on the Slingerlands bypass in Bethlehem early Thursday morning -- the driver was taken to the hospital in critical, but stable condition. [TU]

A Loudonville attorney was censured by the state Supreme Court's Appellate Division for filing a lawsuit in the name of his former neighbors -- without their knowledge. [TU]

The Cuomo admin's property tax "freeze" as carrot for property owners and stick for school districts. [TU]

Said a Schenectady school board member of the budget cuts on the table for closing the district's budget gap: "We have to decide which of our students we're going to hurt." [Daily Gazette]

The Galesi Group (sort of) unveiled plans for $150 million mixed-used redevelopment of the former Alco site in Schenectady as "Mohawk Harbor." Among the issues at the site: The entire site has to be raised 2-4 feet to be out of a flood zone. [Biz Review] [Daily Gazette]

Albany Med draws patients weekly from each of 27 counties in part because of a shortage of specialists upstate. [TU]

The Albany metro ranked #133 in the nation for the lowest level of urban sprawl, according to a study by the org Smart Growth America. [TU]

Albany city treasurer Darius Shahinfar and his wife -- county legislator Noelle Kinsch -- have bought a house right next door to Kathy Sheehan in uptown Albany. [TU]


It's often disturbing to me how we've normalized a lack of driver agency in traffic "accidents." "Guardrail impales SUV"? Um, a drunk driver veered into a guardrail; c'mon TU!

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