Closing arguments expected in Bruno trial, Albany Planning Commissioner to depart for Columbia Development, kids injured in bounce house incident in stable condition

Closing arguments are expected today in Joe Bruno's trial. On Wednesday the defense called an accountant who worked for the state Senate from 2003 to 2009, who testified that Bruno was a long-time supporter of racing and was concerned for the financially-strapped NYRA, as well as a lobbyist and attorney who discussed how lobbying works in Albany and said it's not uncommon for consultants not to file written reports.[TU][WNYT]

A badly decomposed body was found near a dam on the Mohawk River in Waterford on Wednesday. [News 10]

Albany city planning and economic development Commissioner Mike Yevoli will be leaving the city to join Columbia Development as a project manager.[TU]

The case for a "road diet" that would include timed red lights on Madison Avenue in Albany.[TU]

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Albany County's Land Bank Corporation has state approval and is expected to start restoring and replacing foreclosed properties next week.[TU]

Schenectady is seeking bids to demolish decrepit properties in the city with the help of a $2.5 million HUD loan.[TU]

New York Republicans, later today, are expected to announce party support for Rob Astorino's run for governor.[TU]

The long awaited Schenectady County shared emergency dispatch center opens today. [TU]

The Navy has agreed to $16 million funding plan that will keep the Kesselring Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program in Saratoga in operation. [TU]

A 19 year old Albany man pleaded guilty to violent felony robbery on Wednesday for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a handgun in a Lark Street apartment in February, and stealing an iPhone and money. [TU]

A 20-year-old schenectady man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to crashing a stolen car at Siena College and stealing another car to get away. [TU]

Jugs and Mugs, a Madison Avenue bar in the Pine Hills neighborhood, has closed and relinquished its liquor license after it was discovered during a raid that minors had been served and the bar was packed to three times its capacity. [TU]

The two young boys who fell nearly 20 feet from a bounce house that blew away in South Glens Falls on Tuesday are in stable condition at Albany Med. [Record]

A Wynantskill homeowner found an unexploded WWII era shell outside their home while they were tilling their garden on Wednesday.[WNYT]

The Saratoga Springs Fresh Market opened on Wednesday with a ceremonial cutting of cheese. [Saratogian]

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