First week of Bruno retrial, bill would allow red light cameras in Albany, sour creaming alleged, Durkin retiring after this horse racing season

Joe Bruno retrial: Pork was the subject on Friday -- and whether the consulting payments made by companies associated with Jared Abbruzzese to Bruno had any connection with two pieces of it. A former Bruno aide testified one grant was disbursed not because of influence, but because a business associate of Abbruzzese had grown "impatient" and had persistently asked for it. The trial continues to this week. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN]

The city of Albany's state legislative reps have introduced a bill that would allow the city to install red light cameras. The bill would allow cameras at 20 intersections. Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the desire to consider the cameras is a public safety issue, not an attempt to generate revenue. [TU x2] [News10]

Albany police say a man was fatally shot Sunday morning in the area of South Pearl Street and Madison Ave (map). APD says its investigating. [APD]

Troy police say they found a handgun after responding to a call for shots fired Saturday afternoon in North Central (map). [TU]

Investigators looking into the case of an Albany Med nurse accused of stealing the identities of patients are now looking into whether the Social Security numbers of dead people were used. [TU]

A judge has granted a temporary restraining order to halt the state's planned closure of the Ark Community Charter School in Troy. [TU]

The Troy City Council is scheduled to vote Monday night about whether to issue subpoenas related to the King Street and King Fuels site demolitions. Also: The cost of cleaning up the King Fuels site has increased in part because of additional asbestos found. [TU] [TU]

The Schenectady school superintendent has again gone to the feds -- this time the US Department of Justice -- in an effort to protest how New York distributes school funding. [Daily Gazette]

Among the details from the contract for NYRA's CEO: He gets up to a year's pay in severance if the board doesn't renew his contract. [TU]

Republican candidates are already vying to replace Saratoga County DA Jim Murphy. [Saratogian]

There could be a plot twist in the ongoing NXIVM drama. [TU]

Like many of the Capital Region's urban centers, retail in downtown Schenectady is hard. [Daily Gazette]

Parts of Renssealer County still aren't wired for high-speed internet access (or cable TV). [Troy Record]

Two former residents of the new SCCC dorm are suing the private company that operates the housing, alleging they were improperly evicted. [Daily Gazette]

Among the candidates for the Mohonasen school board: a senior at Mohonasen High School. [Daily Gazette]

Second graders at a Schenectady elementary school have petitioned the school board to stop the use of polystyrene lunch trays. [Daily Gazette]

The artist currently draws DC's flagship Batman comic book is from Schenetady. [Daily Gazette]

An Albany man is accused of sour creaming (can that be a verb?) a real estate office in Saratoga Springs. [Saratogian]

State Police press release: "Runaway Cattle Rescued." [NYSP]

Tom Durkin -- who's called horse races at Saratoga, Aqueduct, and Belmont for 23 years (and horses races in general for more than four decades) -- is retiring after this upcoming season. [TU] [AP/Saratogian]


Oh no! Tom Durkin is the voice of Saratoga. He certainly deserves to retire when he likes, but it won't be the same without him.

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