Burned body may be connected to Peace Pagoda fire, Lansingburgh residents raise concerns over violence and fires, Cuomo gives OK for Albany red light cameras

he burned body found in cohoes was determined not to be connected with recent Lansingburgh fires, but they now believe the man may be connected to a recent fire at the Grafton Peace Pagodaa. The investigation has shown that the man recently had a disagreement with the management of the Peace Pagoda

More than 200 people showed up for a community meeting on a recent outbreak of violence in Troy, including suspicious fires and a stabbing in the last week.Among the complaints was a call for a crackdown on the landlords of vacant buildings in the city. [WNYT][News 10][Record]

Victory church is offering a reward for information on the fires and the homicide. [WNYT]

Jury deliberations got underway on Tuesday and will continue today in the Pablo Cruz case. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing red light cameras in certain sections of New York State, including Albany. [TWCN]

Cuomo also signed a law on Tuesday that will officially extend Albany's residential parking system. [TU]

Following accusations of ugly politics and finger pointing, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has come to a three way agreement with the city and county of Albany over the financing of the in-construction ZEN building, whereby the city will get a $1.9 Million economic development grant and the county IDA will get a $1.9 million project fee. [TU]

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is expected to release new legislation today that would make
failure to report an oil spill crime punishable with civil and criminal penalties
. [News 10]

Global Partners says it's internal investigation into a recent crude oil spill near the Port of Albany shows it was caused by an emergency relief valved that opened too early, but the company claims the spill was only half as large as the 100 gallons initially reported to environmental regulators. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo ordered the now disbanded Moreland Commission to withdraw a subpoena sent to a media buying company that placed millions of dollars in ad buys for New York Democrats, including Cuomo himself. [NYT]

Police called to investigate the theft of a vehicle in Saratoga County arrested the men who allegedly stole the car, and then arrested the man who called them, who they say was growing marijuana on his property. [TU]

Said one Arbor Hill resident of the efforts to restore an historic Underground Railroad home on Livingston Avenue with the help of teens and other community members:
"We've got people coming here to see a historic site now instead of looking to buy drugs. Kids can finally play outside without worrying about dodging bullets."[TU]

Schenectady police are looking for a 52 year old man who wandered away from a treatment facility on Union Street last week without his medications. [TU]

Former Halfmoon Supervisor Melinda Wormuth was in Saratoga County Court briefly, Tuesday, to waive her right to a grad jury proceedingin the state case against her, but her attorney maintains her innocence.[TU][WNYT]

The Federal investigation into the Rev. Peter Young Foundation that has led to felony criminal charges against three people has forced the charity to shut down programs and lay off employees.[TU]

Albany Airport will get more than $4 million in federal funding to upgrade runways. [Record]

By the end of the year, Global Foundries expects to employ close to 3,000 people at its Malta plant. [Biz Review]

Schenectady's middle school is offering summer school to students for the first time, but not many are taking advantage of it. [Gazette]

Local casino applicants are expected to give oral presentations on their proposals sometime around labor day. [Record]

A newly sign law will allow Saratoga Casino and Raceway to give out more free play credits to help it stay competitive in the face of an increase in legalized gambling. [Gazette]


I wonder if the insurance companies will measure the increase in rear end collisions caused by drivers slamming on the brakes at the first glow of amber lights, fearful of red light camera tickets? I cannot recall the source of this situation from a few years ago.
Also, from July 18: http://www.newsforage.com/2014/07/thousands-of-chicago-drivers-have-been.html

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