Rensselaer council votes to give Flaum casino approval, Sheehan has no regrets about how Albany approached E-23 proposal, more Whole Foods coming to the Capital Region

Less than a day after word spread that that developer David Flaum was pulling out of the E23 casino proposal for the city of Albany, the Rensselaer Common Council voted 6-1 to give Flaum's group the necessary approval to compete for a casino that would go on the DeLaet's Landing site on the Rensselaer waterfront. [TU][TU][News 10]

Kathy Sheehan said Wednesday that she believes the Albany Common Council took the correct approach to the question of the E23 casino proposal.[TU]

More than 700 people gathered at Genet Elementary School Wednesday night for a public hearing on the proposed Casino at East Greenbush. Developers introduced a new traffic plan for the proposed casino.[WNYT]

A new television ad suggests a casino would reduce taxes for East Greenbush homeowners by 30 percent -- but will it? [TU]

About 30 people turned out in Saratoga Springs Wednesday for a special meeting on the racino expansion project, which turned out to be mostly a debate among council members. [Saratogian]

Andrew Cuomo has announced the first dozen Start-Up NY tax free business sites, none of which are in the Capital Region. [TU]


Expect more Whole Foods Markets in the Capital Region.[TU]

Police in Queensbury are searching for the person who shot a man in the parking lot of a Walmart on Wednesday.[TWCN]

Police are looking for two suspects who robbed the Western Avenue Sunoco in Albany and beat up an employee on Tuesday night. [TU]

A Brooklyn parolee has been arrested in connection with a fatal 2012 shooting outside a Schenectady nightclub.[TU]

An Albany man will spend 9 years in jail after using Facebook to rob a victim last year.[TU]

A Bethlehem woman was arrested for allegedly helping a Nigerian scammer, collecting more than $3000 from a family that thought they were buying a dog and another who thought they were buying a car.[TU]

SNUG is holding an anti-violence rally at Second and Judson streets in Albany on Friday -- the spot where two men were shot on Monday. [TU]

Special prosecutors say The Schenectady detective who has been on paid leave since an alleged road rage incident 13 months ago will retire as part of a proposed plea deal. [TU]

Dave Matthews weekend netted 49 tickets and 16 arrests in Saratoga. [Saratogian]

Zombie homes are a problem in the suburbs, too. [TU]

A debate over a Walmart is dividing the town of Ballston.
Recently pro-Walmart signs were slashed while nearby anti-Walmart signs were untouched .[TU][Gazette]

A train with four oil tankers intended to train first responders on how to deal with crude oil trainsis pulling into Albany today.[Saratogian/AP]

The YMCA is closing its branch at the Empire State Plaza.[WNYT]

The beach at Collins Lake in Scotia is closed for public swimming again, due to sediment that is making it too murky for public swimming. [Gazette]

Today at rush hour a group of Chicago firefighters riding from Wrigley to Fenway will pass throughout the Capital Region as part of a charity bike ride to raise money to cure pediatric leukemia. [TU]

Chuck Schumer will be sending Brooklyn lager and soft pretzels to Barbara Boxer's staff.[Daily Politics]


I get it, I'm naive, but seriously, what is wrong with people? I frequent that Sunoco station that was robbed. They guys who work there are always super nice, it breaks my heart that one of them was beaten during the robbery. Don't most people hate going to work each day? How much would it suck for someone to come and beat YOU up to steal your EMPLOYER's money. FFS. People are monsters.

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