Rain causes more flooding, Cuomo advises preparation for Joaquin, forced prostitution arrest in Colonie, it's city budget time, the search for Peppermint the Parrot

Heavy rains caused flooding and power outages in the region on Wednesday and sent sewage flowing into some area water ways.Homes in Colonie were flooded when a bridge shattered, causing some families to be evacuated from their homes for a short time. Meanwhile forecasters and the folks at National Grid are keeping an eye on Joaquin
and Andrew Cuomo is advising New Yorker's to stock up on supplies and be prepared. [TWCN][WNYT][TU][TU][TU]

Forced prostitution arrest
Colonie police arrested an 18-year-old Albany man for allegedly forcing a woman into prostitution . Police say the man had a handgun and a stun gun. [TU][TWCN]

Northeast Parent and Child lawsuit
The Northeast Parent & Child Society is being sued for the alleged abuse of a developmentally disabled child who lived in one of its facilities. [TU]

Alleged attacker's brother tipped off Schenectady PD
The brother of Harold Michael Ortiz, the man who allegedly attacked a schenectady man and buried him until a pile of boxes in a basement and left him to die, reportedly told police that his brother had told him about the attack. [Gazette]

Schenectady narcotics unit
The Schenectady County Sheriff's Department is hiring three new people and forming a narcotics unit to help battle the heroin epidemic in the region. [TU][Gazette]

Colonie's proposed budget includes no tax hike.
An anticipated increase in Schenectady taxes could be offset by a state rebate.
Budget plans for Albany, Schenectady and Troy are expected to be released later today.[WNYT][Gazette][TU][TU]

High Rock Lot
A $77 million plan for the High Rock Parking lo would include a 607 space parking garage, and a six story building with apartments and retail.[WNYT][TU]

Chinese may be interested in GlobalFoundries
A high-tech journal in Taiwan has reported that the Chinese government may be interested in buying GlobalFoundries.

Rob Astorino says he's still open to running for Governor.
Astorino has also announced that he is backing Jim Gordon in the Troy Mayor's Race.

Carey Gabay
Andrew Cuomo has created a fellowship and scholarship to honor f his former aid, Carey Gabay, killed in a shooting on a Brooklyn street over the Labor Day weekend. [Daily News]

Saratoga Hospital halts Clifton Park plan
A shortage of primary care doctors is being sited as the reason Saratoga Hospital is reconsidering a plan to add a primary care location near Clifton Park. [Business Review]

"Hey rock, I'd like you to meet hard place."

Chris Churchill on weighing high taxes against better schools in Albany.[TU+]

Rescued by iPhone
A pair of Albany teens credit an iPhone app with saving them when they were lost on Black Mountain over the weekend. [WNYT]

Peppermint the Parrot
If you see a parrot making kissing noises, screaming like a car alarm and saying something that sounds like "Ricky", please return him to Kayla Lussier of Schenectady. [Gazette]

The Godfather and the Piano Man
Andrew Cuomo is now the godfather of Piano Man Billy Joel's new daughter.[Daily News]

Happening today:

Lincoln's funeral train
Thursday: Stuart Lehman, assistant curator at the New York State Capitol, will be at the Albany Institute for a talk about Abraham Lincoln's 1865 funeral train and its stop in Albany. Thursday 6 pm - free

Not on Fire, But Burning
Thursday: Northshire Saratoga will be hosting a book launch party for Greg Hrbeck's new buzzed-about novel Not on Fire, But Burning. Hrbeck, who teaches at Skidmore, will be there for a reading. Thursday 7 pm - free

Film memory
Thursday: EMPAC artist-in-residence Jennifer West will be talking about the "remembered movie" with Los Angeles-based writer and curator Michael Ned Holte. Blurbage: "In a conversation of personal cinematic histories, each will perform memory (and movies) by capturing and reconnecting the places, spaces, and languages born from the movie-going experience." Thursday 7 pm - free

Thursday: Wild "Game Night" | Spoon & Whisk
Chef Dan Spitz on using wild game meats -- "You will be able to create masterpieces at home and order confidently when dining out." Braised rabbit ragout, roasted venison loin, spicy wild boar tacos. 7 pm - $45

Thursday: The Cowboy Junkies show at Helsinki Hudson is sold out.

Thursday: Particle at The Hollow
Jam. With: Dr. Fameus. 9:30 pm - $15

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