Rosamilia not running for second term, more VLTs where?, top judges wonder why they're even hearing Albany case

Lou Rosamilia announced Monday that he will not be running for re-election as mayor of Troy. Rosamilia's term has been marked by a series of challenges and controversies, including the city's shaky financial position, a federal investigation into demolitions, and the frozen water pipes situation in Lansingburgh. Said the mayor at the press conference: "Each night, before I go to bed, I look in the mirror and I ask myself: 'Did you do the best thing you could do for the City of Troy?' And I've gone to bed with peace of mind, and comfort that I did my best." [Troy Record] [TU] [TWCN]

Schenectady officials have identified the fourth victim of the Jay Street fire. The brother of Robert Thomas tells the Times Union his sibling was "loved by everyone who came in contact with him." [Daily Gazette] [TU]

"Several state lawmakers" tell the Times Union that they were pitched a plan to add 200 VLTs to the Capital District OTB location on Central Ave in Albany. Also: Some of the elected officials cited last week as supporting the proposed 1,000 VLT facility at DeLaet's Landing in Rensselaer tell the Times Union they don't actually support the plan. [TU x2]

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The NYS Gaming Commission has OK'ed the plan to to seek bids for a casino in the Southern Tier. [TU]

A state Supreme Court justice has bounced NYSUT's suit challenging the property tax cap and freeze. [TU]

The apparent reaction from the judges from New York's highest court to the dispute between the Albany County DA and an Albany City Court judge over the arrests of a group of Occupy protestors: Why is this even before us? Chief judge Jonathan Lippman described as the situation as "a personal issue back and forth" between the DA and city court judge. [TU] [WNYT]

Saratoga County Public Defender Oscar Schreiber was arrested on a DWI charge Sunday night in Saratoga Springs. County officials have suspended him without pay. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Gary McCarthy has picked Schenectady County Public Defender Mark Caruso to fill the open judge spot in Schenectady City Court. After the announcement, Caruso and his family planned to go to Massachusetts to be with family -- police there said his niece was killed last week. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals rejected the variance for the proposed City Center parking garage. [Saratogian]

A rally at the state Capitol Monday pushed for a $15/hour minimum wage. [NYSNYS/Saratogian]

UFC star Ronda Rousey was at the state Capitol Monday lobbying for the legalization of professional MMA. [NYDN]

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection is proposing a plan to regularly release water from the Schoharie Reservoir in an attempt to better control flooding. [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say they've made an arrest in the stabbing in Arbor Hill over the weekend. [APD FB]

An Albany family says their child's wheel chair was stolen right out of their driveway last week. [TWCN]

That time Jay Leno stopped at Mike's Hot Dogs in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

The last WWII veteran in Rotterdam's VFW post has died -- Anthony Farina participated in the Normandy invasion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. [TU]

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