Albany council considers resolution supporting casino, Amedore back in the pool for state Senate, Troy police review committee to see all civilian complaints

A spokesman for the developer hoping to building a casino in Albany says about 10 casino operators have been in contact about possibly running the gambling facility. The Albany Common Council is considering a resolution in support of the project. Monday's council meeting included some public comments concerned about the potential effects of a casino in the city. (Current tentative schedule for the council's consideration of the resolution, including public meetings.) [TU] [TWCN] [WNYT] [Councilwoman Leah Golby FB]

A Troy police captain says investigators are "still knee-deep in the investigation" of the Lansingburgh fire in which a pregnant woman, Vanessa Milligan, was found dead. Also still not clear: how the fire started and how the woman died. [TWCN] [WNYT]

George Amedore is officially into the pool for a rematch with Cecilia Tkaczyk for the state Senate 46th. Amedore, a Republican, lost by 18 votes to Tkaczyk, a Democrat, in the newly-created district during the last election. (district map) [TU] [Daily Gazette]


State comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he won't take part in the public campaign finance pilot program set up for the comptroller's race this fall -- the only office included in the trial. In a statement, DiNapoli said the trial program is "a poor excuse to avoid the real reforms New Yorkers deserve." [TU] [State of Politics]

Sheldon Silver on the possibility of a medical marijuana bill in the state legislature: "I don't think it has a future in this session." But Diane Savino, who's been pushing the legislation in the state Senate, says the bill is picking up "broad, bipartisan support" in the chamber. (The state Senate has been the road block for this legislation in past years.) [State of Politics] [State of Politics]

The NYSUT switch of leadership framed as evidence of a rift between Andrew Cuomo and public employee unions. [TU]

An state comptroller's office audit concludes Albany County may be missing out on as much as $2 million a year because its weights and measures department isn't inspecting all eligible businesses. [NYS OSC] [TU]

Troy's Police Objective Review Committee will soon be getting all civilian complaints to review, not just those that get a review by TPD internal affairs. [TU]

Rensselaer County has been added to a system for rating child care providers. The program, which includes funding participating providers, will start with a focus in Troy. [TU] [Troy Record]

Albany police say they're investigating an incident on N. Pearl Street early Sunday morning in which a man was found with one stab wound outside a bar (map). [APD FB]

A resident of the Regatta View neighborhood in Saratoga Springs says a recent string of break-ins has residents talking about arming themselves. [Daily Gazette]

A Canadian Pacific train carrying ammonia "came slightly off the track" near Glens Falls Monday. A spokesman says there were no leaks. [Post-Star] [TU]

Construction has started on Skidmore's 2 megawatt solar array in Greenfield. [Saratogian]

A Saratoga Springs software company has created a service for screening job applicants based on technical assistance from UAlbany's psychology department. [TU]

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