More bits about the Hoffman's Playland to Huck Finn's plan, investigation into Cohoes fire, postal carrier attacked by dogs, 107 years old

Details about the plan to move the Hoffman's Playland rides to a site near Huck Finn's Warehouse in north Albany: The projected is said to ost $1.8 million and Huck Finn's owner is asking for a bundle of grants totaling $650k from the Albany County IDA. Said Huck Finn's owner to the Times Union in an email: "We are trying desperately to save the Playland for the Capital District ... To my knowledge, there are no other options to keep these beloved rides in the area." [Biz Review] [TU]

Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen has called for a "forensic investigation" into water system connection waivers granted to developers in the city. [TU]

Troy officials say the city is investigating a personnel complaint made by councilwoman Anastasia Robertson against police sergeant Thomas Hoffman, head of the PBA. (It was Hoffman who accused Robertson of trying to incite a crowd against two TPD officers during an incident in August -- Robertson produced video indicating that wasn't the case.) [TU] [Troy Record September 5]

Cohoes fire and police officials are treating an early Monday morning fire on Remsen Street as suspicious. Police have released surveillance video hoping for info from the public. [Troy Record] [TWCN]


The Albany County DA's office says a sex offender who had been out on parole pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault for following a woman from Albany to Colonie on the bus and then stabbing her in a wooded area in August. Authorities credited the woman, who's a Gulf War veteran, for fighting off the attacker -- she was treated for life-threatening injuries. The man now faces 18 years to life. [Albany County DA] [TU]

A 20-year-old woman has been charged with vehicular manslaughter for allegedly hitting and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Corinth September 5. [Daily Gazette]

The attorney for Anthony Repp, the Schaghticoke accused of beating his mother and stepfather to death in July 2013, has filed a motion to allow the jury to consider a verdict of not guilty by reason of mental illness. [TU]

Officials say a postal carrier in Schenectady was taken to the hospital money after being bitten multiple times by two dogs. Police say the dogs' owner could face charges. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Documents filed along with new tax fraud charges against the woman accused of embezzling money from John D. Marcella & Son Appliances point to the amount of allegedly embezzled money being more than $400k. [Daily Gazette]

A Bethlehem science teacher -- who apparently is known for "fiery" lab demos -- has been placed on administrative leave for the second time in a year as part of what the Times Union says is an investigation into his labs. [TU]

The proposed Schenectady County budget, with an under-the-tax-cap 1.98 percent tax increase -- is is a step closer to being passed later this month. Two people showed up to speak about the budget at a hearing Monday. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan told a state judicial panel that the city is not in a financial position to pay for legal services for low-income people, and instead advocated for aid from the state and federal governments. [TU]

At a debate between incumbent Chris Gibson (R) and challenger Sean Eldridge (D) for the NY 19th Congressional District in Kingston Monday the "punches and counter-punches flew fast and furiously," according to the Times Herald-Record. [THR]

The Cuomo and Astorino campaigns continue to bicker off debates. [State of Politics]

Saratoga Springs officials say the the plaster on the ceiling of the Canfield Casino has been temporarily stabilized. [Saratogian]

There's a proposed plan to turn the former YMCA building in downtown Schenectady into senior housing. [Daily Gazette]

Supplies of firewood in the region are said to be low this year. [Daily Gazette]

A forester says deer overpopulation is hurting forests in the area. [Saratogian]

A Schenectady woman turned 107 on Saturday. [News10]

Marv Cermak got a report of a sheep seen "parading" down Congress Street in Schenectady's Mont Pleasant neighborhood on a recent Sunday morning. [TU]


If Huck Finn's owners want the Hoffmans rides to increase traffic at their store, then they can pay for it out of their own pocket. Why the heck should the rest of us fund it?

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