Abbruzzese to take stand in Bruno retrial, Duffy says he won't run for re-election, Albany Med nurse charged with patient identity theft

Citing personal reasons, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy has informed Andrew Cuomo that he will not seek reelection. [Democrat and Chronicle]

Jared Abbruzzese, the businessman at the center of Joe Bruno's retrial, is expected to take the stand today. On Wednesday the court heard from two witnesses -- Abbruzzese's business partner Wayne Barr and Jerry Bilinski, a veterinarian and former trustee for the NYRA Racing and Wagering Board. A prosecutor in the case suggested that Bruno was behind an attempt to get rid of a member of the State Racing and Wagering Board, to make room for one who would support privatizing racetracks, which she argued was in step with the agenda of Jared Abbruzzese.[TWCN][TU][Record]

An Albany Medical Center nurse is charged with stealing the identities of patients and using them to set up fake credit card accounts online, with the help of her boyfriend. [TU][News10]

At a march down Fifth Avenue in Troy on Wednesday, pastor Willie Bacote called on the public to share information regarding the fire that killed 19-year-old expectant mother Vanessa Milligan in April. [WNYT][Record]

An Albany woman who police say had been stopped for speeding in East Greenbush, but drove off, led police from several agencies on a 10 mile chase on Wednesday before she was stopped and arrested in Watervliet. [TU][TWCN]


Onondaga County comptroller Bob Antonacci has announced he'll challenge Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli in the upcoming race for state comptroller, and has agreed to the public campaign financing pilot plan that DiNapoli turned down. [TU]

Rensselaer County executive Kathy Jimino says she's not interested in being Rob Astorino's running mate. [Politics on the Hudson]

A Mechanicville area man is charged with sexually abusing a child and possession and promotion of child pornography images.[TU]

An Gansevoort orthopedic surgeon is facing charges for allegedly selling oxycodone prescriptions. [Saratogian]

An Albany teen will spend 3 to 9 years in jail for his part in beating a man into a coma near Washington Park following the Capital Pride parade back in 2010.[TU]

Opponents of a proposed East Greenbush casino turned out at the Rensselaer County Legislature's monthly public meeting to express anger with already-passed resolutions supporting casinos.[TU]

Further environmental review will be required to address the widened scope of the proposed waterfront project on the old ALCO site in Schenectady, which now includes plans for a possible casino and a 50-boat dock.[TU]

The state Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that would expand access to a drug that can reverse overdoses of opioids like heroin and morphine.[WNYT]

In the last days of the legislative session, public financing may find its way back onto the agenda. [TU]

No one is running for two open seats on the Duanesburg School Board. [Gazette]

Precision Valve in Cohoes makes machines that are used to construct the iPhone. [TWCN]

Latham has dethroned Guilderland in the competition for the best-tasting water in Albany County. [CBS6]

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