Reasons for the Schenectady casino site selection, more ZIP code complaints, Albany cidery aiming to double production

Factors that played into the Schenectady casino site's selection, according to the Gaming Facility Location Board report released Friday: design and waterfront location, poverty rates for nearby areas, and perceived problems with other applications. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN]

Court papers filed by the Albany County Sheriff's Office in the Kenneth White case indicate investigators have tried to link boots worn by Tiffany VanAlstyne with tracks in the snow found near White's body. [TU]

A persistent issue for homeless single mothers with young children: the cost of child care makes getting and keeping a job very difficult. [Daily Gazette]

The Albany Convention Center Authority is aiming to start construction on the new facility the week of March 16. The convention center also recently hired a sales director who will start recruiting potential events/shows for the center. [TU] [Biz Review]

DWI arrests in New York State declined for the fifth straight year last year. [Daily Gazette]

Casey Seiler: The state's 90-day email deletion policy as Orwellian memory hole. [TU]

A look at the some of problems police officers face related to PTSD. [Daily Gazette]

Dan Egan is resigning from the Albany school board to focus on his campaign for Albany county exec. [TU]

The Troy school district is participating in the federal program that allows all of its students to get free lunches. (The Schenectady school district has also been part of this program, and officials there reported last year it had significantly helped attendance.) [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette 2014]

In high demand at local food pantries: feminine hygiene supplies, because they're not covered by food stamps. [Daily Gazette]

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed a $20.5 million plan to clean up the Kenco site in Glenville.

The Albany County DA's office has introduced a new website and mobile app for reporting animal abuse. [News10]

Albany police say an incident on Delaware Ave early Friday morning included an intentional crash, a struck pedestrian, a threat made with a knife, and an arrest on charges that included DWI. [APD FB]

Koto Japanese Restaurant in Latham has filed a lawsuit against insurance agent arguing the agent didn't set up the necessary insurance to protect the restaurant from the lawsuits it's facing in connection with the Dennis Drue Northway crash. [Daily Gazette]

A recent federal court ruling upheld the feds' ability to seize the Llenroc Mansion as part of the owner's conviction for harboring an illegal immigrant. [Daily Gazette]

Christopher Porco has continued to request information from the Thruway data, apparently in an attempt to shake loose something that might help his case. [TU]

Organizers of the new statewide weather monitoring system are recruiting farms to be sites for the system's weather instrument towers. [Saratogian]

Halfmoon isn't the only Capital Region municipality in which people have complaints about their ZIP codes. [TU]

Evidence that GlobalFoundaries has significantly stepped up production at the Malta fab: It's buying a lot more water from the Saratoga County Water Authority. [Daily Gazette]

Nine Pin Cider Works in Albany is aiming to more than double production in its second year. [Biz Review]

The city of Schenectady hasn't been clearing the ice on Iroquois Lake, so a resident has been doing it himself with a snowblower. [TU]

The owners of Funcycled in Troy were on the TV show Flea Market Flip. [Troy Record]

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