Cleanup continues after Tuesday's storms, missing juror faces contempt charge, NYRA is out of the red -CEO gets $250K bonus, Amsterdam casino could be disqualified, horse sales net 33 million

A pair of Albany police officers saved two women who were trapped on the trunk of a car on Hackett Boulevard by chest high water during the flash flood on Tuesday evening. The city is still cleaning up after what Mayor Kathy Sheehan called a 100 year event in which 3 inches of rain was dumped on the city within 45 minutes. Albany Water Department Commissioner Joe Coffey told WNYT that although the infrastructure is a century old, "When you get a hundred year storm event when you had three inches of rain in 45 minutes, there's no way our system, whether it was five years old or 105 years old could handle that quantity of water."[TWCN][WNYT][Record][TWCN][TU][WNYT]

Chuck Schumer, memorializing the late Major General Harold J. Greene, the former guilder land resident, and RPI grad who was killed this week in Afghanistan: He didn't ask for accolades. He just did his job and protected us.While the nation mourns an officer, a father mourns his son.[TU][Gazette]

A judge has declared a mistrial in a Schenectady murder case after a jury forewoman did not showing up for court on Tuesday. The missing juror was brought into court on Wednesday and is facing contempt charges that could send her to jail if an investigation finds that she willfully disobeyed court orders. [WNYT][Gazette]

NYRA CEO Christopher Kay will get a 3 percent raise and a $250,000 bonus, putting his total compensation at more than $550,000 this year. Kay's plans for NYRA may include closing one of the downstate tracks. NYRA's board announced a surplus at the meeting after overcoming a 13-point-one-million dollar deficit last year. [TU][Gazette][WNYT]

The New York Gaming Facility Siting Board will consider disqualifying the Amsterdam/Florida casino application today, due in part to an incomplete application and their issues with at the $50 million license fee.

Police have charged an Albany man with attempted armed robbery for allegedly using a BB gun to rob a Loudonville McDonalds on Monday. [TU]

A 16-year-old from the Bronx has been charged with the fatal stabbing of another teen at a Lansingburgh birthday party in July. Police say social media helped lead them to the suspect.[TWCN][TU]

An ongoing heroin investigation netted three more arrests in Albany on Wednesday. [TU]

An investigation into the Canadian tour bus that crashed on the Northway last month, killing a 14-year-old passenger shows there were no mechanical defects that contributed to the accident. [TU]

The owners of a pair of dogs that allegedly jumped from a Schenectady window and killed a smaller dog, turned the animals over to authorities this morning, after a judge threatened to have them arrested unless they handed the dogs over. [TU]

Residents of the village Salem voted 192 to 49 to dissolve the Washington County village and merge services with surrounding governments. [TU]

UAlbany and Albany law, which currently offer dual degree programs, are considering forming a closer affiliation. [TU]

What the census numbers tell us about a poor neighborhood in North Central Troy.[TU]

Catholic Charities in the Albany Diocese is looking into the possibility of housing some of the children who have been coming across the U.S. Mexico border.The idea was one of the items discussed at a recent round-table discussion on immigration held by Congressman Paul Tonko at The College of Saint Rose. [TU][News 10]

On a visit to Schenectady's Wildwood Programs for people with special needs on Wednesday, Chuck Schumer announced legislation that would allow family members of people with long-term disabilities to create tax-free bank accounts for their care.[News 10][Record]

The Thruway Authority board of directors has approved the controversial $256 million loan package that will partially fund the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo's campaign is contesting the New York residency of challenger Zephyr Teachout, claiming she has not lived in the state long enough to be eligible to run for governor, and citing everything from a drivers license, to a program from a community theater play she did in Vermont. [NYT]

Saratoga's City' Council unanimously approved a land deal that involves selling a Broadway parking lot to
purchase land on Union Avenue
for the construction of a firehouse and EMS facility. [Saratogian]

Fire forced the evacuation of Chianti restaurant in Saratoga on Wednesday night. The restaurant plans to reopen today.[Saratogian][TU]

The two day Fasig-Tipton horse auction brought in 33.28 million for 114 horses, up from 31.87 million last year for 108 horses. [Business Review]

The threat of bad weather is pushing thursday's Alive at Five event to the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the 787 overpass. [TU]


Mayor Kathy Sheehan called Tuesday's storm a 100 event, saying the city sewers were overwhelmed by the sudden downpour. While she and her staff have no solid solution to prevent the effects caused by Tuesday's floods, she said they're working on a system that could limit water heading into the drains.
"It is difficult to figure out what we're going to do about these 50 and 100 year rains that are happening more often than that, and I think we need to take that into consideration, as we continue to plan for the city," said Judy Doescchate, a Common Council member. - See more at:

Or... you can spend your time regulating behavior and morals, since you don't have a solid solution for infrastructure and other problems that are plaguing the city. I was hoping for a little bit of leadership coupled with administrative knowledge, since we cannot sell the city to a Chinese investor.

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