Search for Alkaramla continues down river, Rosamilia vetoes council's budget cut, closing arguments in Skelos trial, AG's warning for Springsteen fans


Noel Alkaramla search
The Search for Noel Alkaramla will move further down the Hudson River today. On Tuesday police dropped a rolling suitcase in the river to see how a suitcase containing the eight of a body would travel. Earlier this week the Alkaramla's stepfather told police to look for a suitcase. [TU[WNYT][Record]

Missing Mechanicville man
Mechanicville police are searching for a 39 year old man who was last seen on Saturday.[TU]

Rosamilia vetoes budget cut
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia has vetoed the City Council's decision to eliminate the parks and recreation director position from the city budget - the only cut the council made to the 2016 spending plan. [Record]

Does a voice vote violate Freedom of Information law?
The Albany County Legislature voted to approve a $610 million budget with a voice vote on Tuesday -- where legislators as a group shout yay or nay -- rather than an individual roll call vote -- which means you can't find out how your particular legislator voted - which some say is a violation of the freedom of information act.
[TU]

Skelos trial
In closing arguments on Tuesday, prosecutors said Dean Skelos pressured three businesses into giving his son, Adam, $300,000 in fees and benefits. [NYT]

Capital Region gun sales
Local gun sales appear to be on the rise [TU]

Pedestrian struck in Menands
An 81 year old pedestrian was hit by a car on Van Rensselaer Boulevard in Menands early Wednesday. [TU]

Lansingburgh school vote
By seven votes, voters in Lansingburgh narrowly supported an $18.1 million project to expand turnpike elementary school.

Anti-pipeline rally
Opponents of a proposed pipeline that could eventually run through the Capital Region will rally at the Capitol today, to ask Governor Cuomo to have the state Health Department evaluate e the risk of the project. [TU]

Fantasy sports hearing
Daily Fantasy sports game operators made their case to the Assembly Committee on Racing and Wagering at a public hearing on Tuesday. [TU][Capital NY]

Albany County drone law
Albany County had a public hearing Tuesday on its proposed drone ban, and none of the dozens of people who showed up to speak was in favor of the law. [News 10][TWCN]

Before you order your Springsteen tickets from a resale outlet
Eric Schneiderman is warning Springsteen fans and resale ticket outlets that offering "speculative tickets' - tickets the resale outlet does not yet own - may constitute deceptive advertising. [TU]

Capital Region's cheapest gas
Gas for $2.01 a gallon in Nassau. [TU]

Happening today

Matilda
A touring production of the Broadway show Matilda The Musical will be at Proctors this week. It's based on the Roald Dahl story of the same name. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

A Christmas Story
Capital Rep continues its production of A Christmas Story, The Musical, an adaptation of the classic film. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up


The Siena men's basketball team takes on Hofstra at the TU Center. 7 pm - $8 and up

Comments

Pedestrian safety. Every week or so it seems like there's another news story about someone being hit by a car. As a person who does most of my driving just before sunrise and close to sunset, is there anyone voicing the importance of educating pedestrians of what they can do to stay safe??!!
Wear reflective clothing!
Strobelights!
Anything so cars can see you!
If you have to walk along the side of the rode, choose on that has sidewalks!

It seems like such common sense. But I see it every day and with a few exceptions, people aren't doing it. Anything to spread the word.

Sometimes accidents can be prevented!

Pedestrian safety. Every week or so it seems like there's another news story about someone being hit by a car. Is there anyone voicing the importance of educating drivers of what they can do to safely and responsibly handle their dangerous, heavy, fast-moving vehicles??!!
Slow down!
Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists!
Turn off cell phones and avoid any other distractions!
If you have to travel when it's hard for you to see vulnerable road users, choose to take public transportation!

It seems like such common sense. But I see it every day and with a few exceptions, people aren't doing it. Anything to spread the word.

Sometimes accidents can be prevented!

Yup, that's also true. I was just speaking from my own experience. Most of the pedestrians I see are wearing dark clothing and doing unsafe things. And since there are fewer pedestrians than drivers it may make for an easier population to educate.

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