Suspicious string of fires in Troy, "disgusting politics" and "misinformation" alleged after NanoCollege pulls financing request, "net zero" apartments proposed

The Troy Fire Department says a string of six fires in short succession early Monday morning is suspicious. The fires were at multiple locations in Lansingburgh. Said mayor Lou Rosamilia: "I want to ask our residents to be our eyes. I don't want people to be nervous. I want them to be vigilant". [News10] [TWCN] [TU]

Troy police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 16 year old Friday night in Lansingburgh (map). The stabbing apparently occurred during an altercation at a backyard birthday party. It was Troy's sixth homicide of the year. Said the teen's mother a vigil Sunday: "Everybody is just beefing over nonsense." [Troy Record] [TU] [TWCN] [WNYT]

A resident of the Ezra Prentice Homes on concerns about possible mishaps involving oil tanker cars at the nearby Port of Albany: "If there is an explosion and anything happens to me, I want someone charged with first-degree murder." There have recently been a range of new safety procedures implement for the oil trains, though some have been applied unevenly. [TU x2]

A NanoCollege spokesperson initially cited "disgusting politics" as the reason the org pulled its request for $186 million in bonds for the in-construction ZEN building to be issued via an arm of the city of Albany. (Questions had arisen over why a fee associated with the project had been cut.) The next day the org pointed the finger at "misinformation in the media" about the situation. [TU x2]

Troy police are investigating a shooting in North Central Sunday night (map). TPD says the man was shot in the leg and the injury isn't life threatening. [News10] [TU]

The Code Blue Saratoga program -- which provides emergency overnight space for homeless people during the winter -- is looking for a location for this winter. [Daily Gazette]

The Army Corps of Engineers has opened a public comment period on the plan to create a harbor on the Mohawk River at the site of the proposed mixed-use/casino project in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

About the 100 companies said to be involved in the new chip research consortium announced by the NanoCollege, GE, and the state last week... [TU]

A "young female Democrat" on Andrew Cuomo's plan to create a Women's Equality Party line on ballots, to Liz Benjamin: "Thank goodness, because us girls just weren't sure where we should cast our votes." [Capital]

The Bethlehem school district says it's ending its Chinese language program because of a lack of qualified teachers. [TU]

How Joe Bruno's past actions help set the stage for a potential casino on the Rensselaer waterfront. [TU]

The company that owns Siro's has sued the city of Saratoga Springs over nearby streets being turned one-way during track season. [Daily Gazette]

The developer of a proposed apartment complex in Rotterdam says the complex would be energy "net zero." [Daily Gazette]

Pfeil and Co. is acquiring the former bank space that's part of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. (Odd real estate fact: the music hall building is a condo.) [TU]

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