Sex offender captured following lockdown at Skidmore, Sheehan and McCoy call for slower train speeds, Schenectady hot dog biz may close due to back taxes

A registered sex offender accused of violating his parole was arrested near Skidmore College Wednesday morning following a manhunt that put the college in lockdown. [TU] [TWCN] [Saratogian]

Kathy Sheehan and Dan McCoy sent a letter to the secretary of the federal Department of Transportation, asking him to immediately mandate slower speeds on oil trans passing through local cities. [TU][TWCN]

National Grid announced Tuesday that home heating bills are expected to be about 10 percent lower this winter. [TU]

A report from the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at UAlbany says state DEC regulators were "irresponsible" in their conclusion that airborne chemicals coming from the Port of Albany this spring were not a health concern. [TU]

Mike's Hot Dog's which has operated in Schenectady for 67 years, may shut down next month because the current owner owes more than $27,000 in back taxes. [TWCN][Gazette]

St. Peter's Health Partners broke ground Tuesday on a new $99 million health care facilities upgrade they it says will transform health care in Troy, Rensselaer County and the surrounding areas. [Record][Business Review]

William Scarbrough, a Queens state Assemblyman, was arraigned in Albany Wednesday morning on charges in connection with an investigation of his use of the legislatures travel voucher system. [TU]

Saratoga Springs has hired an attorney to replace city attorney Sarah Burger, who stepped down earlier in September over a disagreement regarding the land swap for the Collamer Lot on Broadway, citing "a fundamental disagreement in handling the city's legal matters." [TU x2]

East Greenbush police arrested two men and a woman on Tuesday morning for allegedly trying to strong-arm a Walmart employee and make off with about $1,550 worth of stolen merchandise. [TU]

East Greenbush police arrested a man for allegedly slashing car tires with a WWII vintage sword following an argument with a friend. [TWCN]

According to the New York Post, George Pataki may be considering a 2016 run for president. [NY Post]

Schools in Niskayuna and Voorheesville have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for their academic excellence.[WNYT]

ESPN will televise six regular season UAlbany hoops games this season. [TU]

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