Former Troy engineer testifies on demolitions, Senate Dems propose six anti-heroin bills, substitute teacher fired for retweeting racial slur, mandatory conference for casino applicants today

Democrats in the State Senate have proposed six bills aimed at combating the growing use of heroin in New York. [TWCN]

Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk says Senate Republicans have killed her bill to ban the shipment of hydrofracking waste from other states from being brought to New York for treatment or disposal, as a favor to the oil and gas industry.[TU][Saratogian/NYSNYS News]

A softball coach and substitute teacher in the Albany school district was fired for retweeting a post that contained a racial slur.[TU][WNYT]

Troy's former engineer Russ Reeves testified under subpoena on Tuesday night at a public hearing organized by the city council on demolitions that took place in the city -- one on King Street next to Bombers while there were patrons in the restaurant and another at the former King Fuel site. He claims both demolitions were uncontrolled, carried out with a disregard for safety and without his approval.
[WNYT][TWCN][News 10]

The State Gaming Facility Location Board is holding a mandatory conference today for casino applicants. The conference will be streamed live on their website. [Saratogian/AP ][Gamingny.gov]

Many neighborhood leaders and business people in Schenectady are coming out in support of a casino in the city. [Gazette]

Occupy Albany is speaking out against locating a casino anywhere in the Capital Region. [Gazette]

A former attorney who was disbarred in 1996 is facing charges of forgery, perjury and practicing law without a license for allegedly passing himself off as a lawyer to a female client. He allegedly provided legal documents, email and other paperwork, leading her to believe she had won a court ordered settlement. [TU][Record]

According to court transcripts, a Rensselaer County ADA says the two five year old boys whose mother and grandfather are charged with withholding food from them were so hungry they were taking food from school trash cans, but the defense claims the children have health issues and their mother was consulting specialists for them. [TU]

A stretch of State Street in Schenectady's Vale neighborhood has reopened after being closed due to a house fire early this morning. [TU]

Albany officials have lifted a stop work order and will allow a subcontractor to continue to remove asbestos from the roof of the Philip Livingston School.[WNYT]

The FBI and local police conducted an anti-terror drill this morning at Crossgates.[TU]

A Rhode Island man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges for giving drugs to a 23-year-old woman and trying to find customers to have sex with her at the Red Roof Inn on Wolf Road in Colonie.[TU]

Anti-gun violence activists rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday, thanking Andrew Cuomo for passing the NY SAFE Act but asking for even tighter gun laws.[TU]

Kathy Marchione has accepted the Saratoga County Independence Party's backing for reelection to the state senate.[TU]

Niskayuna officials say Standard and Poors has upped the towns credit rating to AA+, based in part on overall budget performance.[TU]

The State Senate has passed a measure to prevent sex offenders from becoming school bus drivers.[WNYT]

New York State will start testing for air pollutants in the neighborhoods surrounding the Port of Albany, due to the number of crude oil tanks passing through the area. [News 10]

A bill debated being debated in the Assembly would make SUNY tuition free in exchange for 250 hours of community service per year and a promise to remain in the state for five years.[TWCN]

Saratoga County was one of just five NYS counties to get an A for air quality in a recent report by the American Lung Association. [TU]

According to NYS law, drivers can only claim reimbursement from pothole damage to their cars from the state if the incidents happen during the summer.[NYT]

A pair of eaglets has hatched in a nest on the Gilboa Dam construction site. [News 10]

Recounting the loss of his mother and four siblings during the Holocaust, a 94 year old survivor from Chelm, Poland, now living at St. Peter's nursing home, says "It's hard to think about because it's so sad."[TU]

A WWII veteran who took up sky diving at age 75 is planning to make a jump in Fort Ann to celebrate his 90th birthday this Saturday. [Saratogian]

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