Outpouring of support after slur, looking toward a new Schenectady train station, Mission Impossible was possible

Community support follow slurs
People in Wynantskill have been rallying support for a couple whose house was vandalized with anti-gay slurs -- and a local hardware store offered free supplies to help fix the damage. Said John McEnerney to the Times Union: "They didn't just attack our house ... They attacked our whole neighborhood. This is a nice place and it made people angry." [News10] [WNYT] [TU+]

Stephentown dog death
A Stephentown farmer to the Times Union on the incident in he which he says he had to shoot a neighbor's escaped dog because it was menacing his horses: "I feel bad enough because I love animals and now this will get all over social media and make me look like a bad guy." [TU]

Troy mayoral race
An effort to get Ernest Everett bumped from the Democratic mayoral primary failed after a judge ruled Thursday the challenge missed a deadline for filing. [Troy Record] [TU]

Sewage spill reporting
Environmental orgs are criticizing proposed state rules about public notification for combined sewer overflows into bodies of water such as the Hudson River, arguing the rule doesn't go far enough. [TU+]

Schenectady train station
The Schenectady train station is scheduled to be demolished this winter so a new train station can be built. [Daily Gazette]

Tracking devices
State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is pushing for the statewide expansion of an electronic system that allows missing people who have conditions such as Alzheimer's to be tracked. Schenectady County recently got more funding for its implementation of the system. [TU] [TWCN]

Dogs in hot cars
Niskayuna police say one of its officers tracked down a person who bystanders say left her dog in a hot car in a parking lot this week in order to check on the dog. [Daily Gazette]

Convention center walkway
A bit more about the plans for enclosed walkways connecting the TU Center, Albany Capital Center, ESP, Renaissance Hotel. [Biz Review]

Hand Melon Farm
The Hand Melon Farm in Washington County hassold its development rights under a conservation easement that the land can only be used for agriculture. [TU]

His mission...
A Voorheesville native wrote the music for the new Mission Impossible movie. [TU+]

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I hope they make the new train station ADA compliant and handicapped accessible. Every time I have had to travel via train I've had to go to Albany because of Schenectady's 100% inaccessible train station and track that required you to step up steps to get onto the train. As a Schenectady resident for the last 8 years, I find that completely shameful. And the first time I tried to take a train out of Schenectady (before I learned the reality), the Amtrak employee working at the station refused to answer my questions and went into the back until my train had come and gone. At the Albany station they are SO awesome with the helping and pre-boarding and accessibility. Schenectady needs to take a lesson as they build the new station.

Way to be Wynantskill. My new favorite place!

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