Trial begins for driver accused of killing cyclist in Albany, another attempt at cyberbullying law, a city cemetery not in the city

Pablo Cruz, the driver accused of hitting and killing a cyclist in Albany and leading police on a high speed chase, was warned by Albany County judge Andrew Ceresia that he could be removed from court (or gagged) if he acts out during the trial, as he apparently has during earlier hearings. [News10] [TU]

After Albany County's cyber bullying law was struck down by the state Court of Appeals recently, the county legislature is working on a new, narrower version of the law. [TU]

From a Times Union report about an Albany County legislature vote on a procedural step for proposed veterans housing on the site of the former Ann Lee Home: "At one point, an angry veteran -- one of dozens who spoke -- brandished a box of enemas and a can of fiber supplement for lawmakers continuing to oppose the vote." [TU]

A nurse at the VA hospital in Albany alleges she was demoted after unshackling a patient in the psychiatric ward who restrained for hours, a violation of hospital policy. [WNYT]

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New York State is getting $182 million as part of a $7 billion federal settlement with Citibank in a mortgage securities case. [TU] [NYT]

Chuck Schumer was at GE in Schenectady Monday banging the drum for the Congressional reauthorization of the US Export-Import Bank. (The what? GE is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the bank.) [Daily Gazette] [Vox]

North Greenbush police say the former Vanderheyden Hall School principal accused of falsifying his credentials had a forged a state administrator's license. The school says the issue was flagged during an internal audit of credentials. [TU] [Troy Record]

The EPA is planning further work on a mercury-contaminated Superfund site in Colonie to keep the heavy metal was leaking into the Patroon Creek. [TU]

Some details about the proposed plan to build a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County. [TU]

The Schenectady City Council voted to an accept a settlement in which the value of the downtown building that houses Subway will be assessed at a value lower than what it was purchased and renovated for in 2004. [Daily Gazette]

How Cohoes ended up with a(n unmaintained) cemetery in Halfmoon. [TU]

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