Full house at Troy budget hearing, mother charged with lying to grand jury in fatal fire denied bail, Capital Region mayors announce plans to battle veteran homelessness

Rumors that the Troy's Engine 4 Fire Station was being considered for closure brought a large turnout to a public meeting on the city's budget on Wednesday, but city officials say there are no plans to close the station. The City Council was expected to vote on the $66.1 million city budget today but has rescheduled he vote for next Thursday .The budget, which is under scrutiny after state evaluations resulted in a warning that the state may take over financial control if it runs a one percent budget deficit, will be fine tuned this week before the vote. The city is dealing with an $800,00 deficit in 2014. Troy business owners say they are concerned that proposed cuts to the Troy BID will hurt downtown businesses. [TWCN][News 10][TU][WNYT][WNYT][TWCN]

The woman charged with lying to a grand jury about the Schenectady fire that killed her former boyfriend and three of their children was denied bail. A judge deemed that Jennica Duell is a danger to the community, including potential witnesses in the case. Prosecutors have suggested that Duell may be connected to the crime. [TU][Gazette][TWCN]

The alleged rapist captured in Fort Edward after what police describe as a cross country crime spree will remain incarcerated until his trial. [TWCN][TU]

At Wednesday's meeting about relocating Hoffman's Playland rides to land near Huck Finns's Warehouse, one environmental activist questioned whether it is wise to relocate the rides near liquefied propane storage facility. [TU]

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Republican Joel Abelove has been elected Rensselaer County District Attorney by 492 votes following a count of absentee ballots . [TU]

The Mayors of Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Amsterdam joined together on Wednesday to announce a joint effort to end veteran homelessness in the Capital Region. [TU]

NYRA Chairman Christopher Kay said Wednesday that the organization is expected to produce $1.5 million in surplus this year and millions more over the next two years. Kay also says there are no plans to extend the Saratoga season. [TU][Gazette]

The second round of New York's health insurance exchange begins on Saturday.Deductibles and copays are remaining flat and premiums are expected to rise about 4.5%.[TU][WNYT]

Seven women who worked as legislative aids for former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak are suing their former boss, his former chief of staff, Sheldon Silver, the Assembly and the statein connection with their allegations of sexual harassment agains Gabryszak.[TU]

A look at the question of reimbursing Joe Bruno's legal fees.[TU]

An Albany County Legislator and her boyfriend were convicted of trespassing after testing the outside of a neighbor's home for lead paint.[TU]

The ex Marine arrested in Clifton Park in 2013 in connection with the murder of a couple in the Philippines is due to be extradited next week to face charges. [TU]

Daniel Armstead, a 28 year old Albany man, has been reported missing. [TU]

One man was stabbed and two other people were hit in the head with bottles in an incident at Buddha Tea House on Sunday . [TU]

A 98 year old Scotia man spent his last day in his WWII uniform before passing away on Wednesday at a Scotia nursing home. [News 10]

An 11 year old boy is the newest honorary member of the Great Danes. [WNYT]

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They should close Engine #4 Fire House. It's known as the retirement Fire House, where they all go to catch up on Zzz's and pad their retirements. Shut it down.

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