Support lining up for Schenectady casino, car pulled from middle of lake, fatal collision with bicyclist, Palace suing Engelbert Humperdinck

A majority of the Schenectady City Council has apparently decided to back a resolution supporting a casino in the city -- without a formal public hearing on the topic, though there was a presentation by the developer and operator pushing the project. A majority of the crowd at a Schenectady County Legislature hearing on the topic also appeared to be in favor of the casino, according to a Gazette estimate. And in the neighborhoods right near the proposed site? It might depend on which side of the tracks you're on. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Charles L. Wilkinson, 69, has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of his wife, Kathleen Wilkinson, at their Malta home, according to the Saratoga County DA's office, which alleges the woman was strangled to death. Law enforcement officials allege Wilkinson, a former police officer on Long Island, stayed in the house with his wife's body for as long as a day and a half. County sheriff Michael Zurlo said had deputy had stopped at the house for a welfare check on Kathleen Wilkinson after a call from family. [Saratoga County DA] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Saratogian]

An inmate testified Monday during the Adrian Thomas retrial that Thomas told him in jail that he'd caused the death of his infant son by bouncing the boy off a bed. [TU]

A car that had been reported stolen last November was pulled from Iroquois Lake in Schenectady's Central Park -- police aren't sure exactly how it got there, but one theory involves the car being driver out onto the frozen lake and then falling through the ice. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

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Troy police say a bicyclist died after being hit in downtown Troy Monday night (map). TPD says the cyclist crossed the street into the path of the car -- no charges are expected to be filed against the driver. [TWCN] [TU] [News10]

Schenectady police say a man was shot in the face Monday night in Mont Pleasant (block map). SPD says the injuries aren't considered life threatening. [TU] [TWCN]

The sentencing in the Albany hurled-plastic-beer-mug case included a letter from Maya Angelou. [TU]

The state is arguing that the SUNY Charter School Institute's decision to close the Ark Community Charter School in Troy is not reviewable by the courts. The judge has yet to rule on the status of the case. [TU] [Troy Record]

Andrew Cuomo's pledge to help the Democrats regain control of the state Senate -- part of his bid to keep the Working Families Party line in the November election -- has apparently resulted in a roadblock for contested bills in the state Senate, including a minimum wage change. [TU]

A bipartisan group of state legislators is pushing a bill aimed at fighting workplace discrimination against pregnant women. [TU]

The mayors of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy gathered to push a state bill to address "zombie properties." [TU]

The acting commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, one of the state's biggest agencies, has resigned. [TU]

Shen superintendent Oliver Robinson topped the list of Capital Region school administrator pay, according to analysis of data from the New York State Teachers Retirement System by Buffalo Business First. [TU] [BBF]

The Niskayuna Barnes & Noble is closing at the end of June. [TU]

The Palace Theatre is suing Englebert Humperdinck for more than $70k over a canceled 2011 show. [Daily Gazette]

Bobby Farrelly -- of the Farrelly brothers, the Dumber and Dumber and There's Something About Mary directors -- is this year's commencement speaker at Albany Academy. [TU]

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