Albany facing deadline from Rensselaer over casino deal, downtown Albany building implosion scheduled, 100 years for Perecca's

Rensselaer mayor Dan Dwyer says the city of Albany is facing a Monday deadline to accept to a proposed agreement that provide Albany with $1 million a year for 10 years from the proposed Hard Rock casino development in Rensselaer. [TU]

Columbia Development's plan to implode the Wellington annex in downtown Albany received the OK from the city and is scheduled for Thursday morning. [TU]

Albany police say they're investigating the events surrounding a police officer crashing a patrol car through a fence in West Hill -- resulting in the car getting stuck between two trees -- Saturday night. The roof of the patrol car had to be cut off to remove the officer. [TU] [WNYT]

Troy's fire chief says a fire in vacant building in Lansingburgh Sunday is suspicious and similar to the suspected arsons in July. There have been no arrests for the July string of fires. [TU] [TWCN] [News10]

Officials say two people were arrested for allegedly kidnapping the two Amish children last week in northern New York near the Canadian border. The St. Lawrence County DA says the two children had been assaulted. [AP/TU] [TWCN]

State Police say they arrested a man for DWI in Clifton Park after he was stopped for driving along Rt 146 with a tire missing from his pickup truck. NYSP say troopers followed the scratches left by the tireless wheel and determined the man had drive more 10 miles without the wheel. [NYSP] [WNYT]

State Police say they arrested a man for DWI in Albany after "finding him asleep in the driver's seat of his vehicle which was stopped in the center of State Street in front of the Legislative Office Building" early Saturday. [NYSP]

The state Education Department reports that student scores in grades 3-8 showed "significant" progress on state math tests and "slight" progress on English tests. NYSED says 35.8 of students scored high enough to be considered "proficient" in math, and 31.4 percent in English. [NYSED]

PEF, one of the two big state employees unions, endorsed Zephyr Teachout for governor. [TU]

A consultant says Rotterdam's half-a-century-old water main system requires "vast improvements." (The town has been suffering through a series of water main breaks recently.) [Daily Gazette]

A Union College geologist is warning that the proposed Mohawk Harbor development in Schenectady could increased flooding in the Stockade neighborhood. [Daily Gazette]

Columbia Development is in line to acquire and renovate 27 properties near RPI that had belonged to Campus Habitat. [TU]

Among issues to be discussed by the Schenectady City Council about the city's dog shelter: the smell (because it's next to a sewage treatment facility). [TU]

Upcoming topic for a Troy City Council committee meeting: the city's youth curfew law. [Troy Record]

The two parcels on which the historic Winans-Crippen house stood in Saratoga Springs (demolished after a long fight) are now each up for sale offering a "custom dream home" for $1.35 million (map). [Daily Gazette]

The owner of an old grocery warehouse on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady has big plans for the building's redevelopment (map). [Daily Gazette]

John Desmond, founder of the Desmond Hotel in Colonie, has passed away. [Biz Review]

Raymond F. Joyce Jr., a former Albany city treasurer and planning board chair, passed away last week. [TU]

Perecca's Bakery in Schenectady celebrated its 100th anniversary this past weekend. [Daily Gazette]


PEF link appears incorrect (links to later item about Raymond Joyce).

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

Does anyone know what's up with all of the recent graffiti tagging on all of the bridges along 787? Street art is cool, but tagging looks like a terrible mess.

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