Silver indicted on three counts, redevelopment plan for Kenwood property, Amedore proposes term limits, the springs in winter

A federal grand jury handed up a three-count indictment against Sheldon Silver. The counts in the indictment allege extortion, honest services mail fraud, and honest services wire fraud. The indictmentdoesn't include two of the five charges in the original complaint against the former state Assembly speaker. Silver's attorneys say they will fight for his "total vindication." [US DOJ] [Capital] [NYT] [NYDN]

Chuck Schumer says the oil tanker cars that derailed and caught fire in West Virginia this week wouldn't meet the proposed new federal safety standards, even though they were of a more recent generation of tanker car. Protesters held another rally against the oil train shipments outside Albany City Hall Thursday. [TU] [WNYT]

State Police say two Halfmoon have been arrested after one of them allegedly threw a flammable liquid on a dog and then set it on fire, and the dog was burned on its face and ear. [NYSP]

Developer Sonny Bonacio has floated a $30 million plan to convert the former Kenwood Convent property on Albany's southern edge into a mixed-use apartment complex. [Biz Review]

The Clifton Park woman convicted of second-degree manslaughter for a crash that killed a father of five is headed back to prison after a year hiatus while a state appellate court considered, and rejected, her appeal. [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady man whose murder trial surfaced allegations that State Police forensic analysts cheated on a certification test for a new DNA technique is asking to have the trial delayed until the end of the testing investigation. [TU]

Republican state Senator George Amedore, who represents the 46th District here in the Capital Region, has introduced a bill that would limit state Senate and Assembly members to six two-year terms in office. [TU]

Eric Schneiderman is pushing for state legislation that would ban microbeads from soaps and other personal care products -- the tiny plastic beads pass through sewer systems into the environment. [TU]

Republican state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, whose district includes much of Rensselaer County, says he's considering a run for the House seat being vacated by Chris Gibson in two years. [Troy Record]

Is a proposed zoning change in Albany targeted to help one lobbying firm in Center Square and/or to address a citywide issue regarding home businesses? [TU]

Sarah Burger, the former Saratoga Springs city attorney who quit the position after a disagreement with the city council over the handling of the Collamer lot deal, is planning a run for city council. [Daily Gazette]

The Troy City Council's public safety committee has tabled the proposed drone ordinance in part because of concerns about how it affect toy airplanes. [Troy Record]

The Schenectady Fire Department put out a large house fire in a vacant building Thursday afternoon on the city's north side. [Daily Gazette]

How cold is it? In Schenectady, laterals that connect water mains to houses have been freezing. [Daily Gazette]

The latest turn in saga of a company's fight to open a hard rock mine in Nassau over the objections of town residents is a state appellate court victory in favor of the company. [TU]

A Saratoga Springs company offers sleep training for babies (and parents). [WNYT]

Yono's, recently named once again as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding wine program award, has about 1,000 different wines in its collection and uses 18 types of wine glasses. [Biz Review]

No longer at its State Street Schenectady storefront of seven decades, Rudnick's Uniforms lives on at a new space on Erie Boulevard. [Daily Gazette]

A photo set of the frozen scene surrounding the mineral springs in Saratoga Spa State Park. [Daily Gazette]

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