Albany council issues support for Rensselaer casino -- with conditions, armed escorts for some mail carriers in Troy, woman awarded damages for tainted mozzarella stick

At its meeting Monday evening the Albany Common Council passed a resolution generally supportive of a Rensselaer casino -- with some conditions, such as the city getting a written agreement from Rensselaer for a series of $1 million payments. Even as Rensselaer's deadline for an agreement approached Monday evening, mayor Kathy Sheehan said Albany hadn't received a written offer from Rensselaer. [TWCN] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Four USPS mail carriers operating in Lansingburgh and Troy's North Central neighborhood are being accompanied by armed escorts because of concern for their safety, according to the postal service. [TU]

A profile of Preet Bharara -- the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, and self-described dork -- who's been pursuing political corruption cases in New York State and investing the Cuomo administration's role in the Moreland Commission. [NYT]

How nearby businesses and offices are preparing for the Wellington annex implosion. [Biz Review]


There appears to be activity among many of the state's largest unions to, at the very least, not endorse Andrew Cuomo. [Capital]

There's some push in Troy for a stricter youth curfew law. [TWCN]

The Schenectady City Council focused on the city's animal shelter at Monday's meeting, and council members questioned staffing levels and the practice of feeding the dogs just once a day. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga County Sheriff's deputies say a toddler was injured in Northumberland early Monday after two men driving recklessly crashed and one of the vehicles hit a house where the toddler was sleeping. [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette]

State Police say an Albany man was arrested after he allegedly backed up at the Exit 25 toll plaza and then fled east on the Thruway after being questioned by a trooper. NYSP says the man got off the Thruway at Exit 24 and was later found in Albany after minor crash. He's been charged with DWI and other offenses. [NYSP]

Colonie police say a man arrested for allegedly robbing the McDonald's in Loudonville Sunday is under investigation for other similar robberies. (Troy police say they're investigating a robbery attempt at the McDonald's on Hoosick Street early Sunday morning in which the suspect gave the cashier a note demanding money.) [TU] [WNYT]

One of the suspects in the recent kidnapping of two Amish children in northern New York worked a few shifts at Samaritan Hospital in Troy as recently as this January, according to the hospital. [TWCN]

A jury awarded a Troy woman $205k for a 2009 incident in which the woman suffered injuries from eating a mozzarella stick contaminated with degreasing solution from a Schenectady Burger King. [Daily Gazette]

No bids were entered at the auction for the Glens Falls Civic Center Monday, which had a $1.5 million minimum. The city's mayor says it will be now be accepting sealed bids for the facility. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

Is the city-owned Collamer lot on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs worth $775,000 -- or $1.6 million? [Daily Gazette]

A developer is once again pushing a plan to build a large medical facility in Halfmoon -- though apparently they're trying to avoid using the "h" word (hospital). [Daily Gazette]

The South Colonie school district is aiming for the head of the class in school district solar arrays. [TU]

We couldn't get the websites for the Record or Saratogian to load this morning, so no stories from those outlets.

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