Cuomo heads to Israel, flood warnings continue though rain prediction scaled back, runaway bulldozer rides Albany rails, where did the Pollock go?

Andrew Cuomo is in Tel Aviv to express support for Israel in the Gaza conflict. Cuomo has declined an invitation to visit Palestinian territories on his visit to the region. The trip is being paid for with funds from his reelection campaign. [WSJ][NYT][Capitol Confidential]

A Schenectady judge has denied Michael Briggs' request to take back his guilty plea in the case of a murdered nun. [TU]

The Capital Region remains under a flash flood watch today, though forecasters have backed off early predictions and are now expecting about an inch or two of rain. [TU]

Train service was interrupted on Tuesday after a bulldozer caught fire at a construction site near 8 Railroad Avenue in Albany, then rode the tracks all the way to the First Prize Center after the operator escaped. [TU][WNYT][News 10]

A defrocked deacon from Holy Family Church on Central Avenue is on trial for allegedly molesting a six year old girl eleven years ago. [TU]

The Albany Mayor's office confirms that it is reviewing a plan for the implosion of the Wellington building, but says no decision has been made yet. [TU]

Police are looking into a shooting that occurred overnight in the same North Central Troy neighborhood where shots were fired last week. [TU]

Colonie police are seeking the public's help to find the person responsible for stabbing a fifty-year-old woman in a wooded are near Watervliet Shaker Road on Monday evening. [WNYT]

Rob Astorino's campaign claims they have filed the requisite signatures in support of a Stop Common Core ballot line this fall. [Poughkeepsie Journal]

Kathy Sheehan has accused the NYS DEC of illegally approving a surge in oil shipments in isolated segments [TU]

A Schenectady judge will decide next week whether a juror who failed to show up for court in the midst of a murder trial -- forcing a mistrial --will be jailed for her transgression. [Gazette]

New York's Division of Veteran's affairs has changed regulations after an investigation discovered that two counselors received inheritances from vets they assisted.[TU]

A chunk of scrap metal caused a tractor trailer to get wedged on a bridge crossbeam under a in Ravena on Tuesday, holding up traffic.[TU]

The developers behind the proposed East Greenbush casino are planning a job fair for next week, in spite of the fact that they still don't know if their casino will be approved. [Business Review]

Peebles, a Houston based department store, plans to open a store in East Greenbush next month. [TU]

Moody's Investor Services has downgraded The Sage Colleges due to a $21.1 million debt and stagnant tuition. [Business Review]

A Clifton Park developer wants to turn four of its office buildings into Apartments[TU]

Albany County is rolling out a new suicide prevention app for mobile devices. [TU]

Four years after he was injured while serving as a combat engineer in Afghanistan, a Glens Falls man has received the Purple Heart .[WNYT]

NYRA board members now say the organization may not, in fact, be required to return to majority private control. [Saratogian]

Lansingburgh's School District has a new mobile health unit to help provide preventative services and immediate care to children who need it.[TU]

According to a report by WNYT, NYRA announcer Tom Durkin will be replaced by Larry Collmus, who is currently the announcer at Churchill Downs, when he retires at the end of the saratoga meet. [WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo marked World Elephant Day on Tuesday by signing a law that targets illegal ivory trade. [Capitol Confidential]

A controversial soccer complex planned for a plot of land next to Memory Gardens cemetery in Colonie, was rejected in March but is expected to get approval from the town Zoning Board next week.[TU]

Taking selfies with wolves. [TU]

No, you're not in the wrong place, they've just moved the art.[TU]


The runaway fiery bulldozer (the return of Killdozer?) is the best thing to happen since the warehouse fire. We should ALWAYS have a burning bulldozer riding the tracks. Imagine what a tourist attraction that could be.

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