Plea deal rejected in Porreca case, Sheehan and Madden ask state legislators to assist cities, Bharara to visit Albany

Mayors seek assistance
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden were among a group of Ne York State Mayors who addressed legislators on Friday for financial assistance. Sheehan is seeking $12.5 million from the state to close a hole in the city budget. Madden urged legislators to fully fund a proposal to use $250 million for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects around the state.
[TU][TWCN]

Plea deal rejected in murder case
Sean Moreland, who allegedly drove the getaway car
in the Jacquelyn Porreca murder case, has rejected a deal from prosecutors that would have required a 15 year prison term. [TU]

Hoosick Falls Water
A temporary water filter is being installed in Hoosick Falls to help filter out PFOA contaminants that may be responsible for elevated levels of cancers, thyroid disease and pregnancy problems in the town. A larger permanent filter is expected to be installed by October. Hoosick officials say state the Health Department asked them to keep quiet about toxic chemicals found in multiple private wells in the town . The investigation into the contamination of the water in Hoosick falls began after the son of a a 68 year old man who died from kidney cancer began asking questions two years ago. [TWCN][Record][TU][Record]


Troy man indicted in death of wife
A Troy man has been indicted on charges of second degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of his estranged wife, [TU]

Hammer attack
Schenectady police have arrested a man for an alleged hammer attack on a city resident. The suspect also allegedly hurled a hammer at police and menaced them with a knife before he was arrested. [News10][TU]

Pedestrian struck by 18-wheeler
A Schenectady man was either pushed, or fell into traffic on Erie Blvd on Tuesday evening, and was struck by an 18 wheel Price Chopper truck.[TU][Gazette]

King Street/King Fuels demolitions
The EPA is investigating the controversial Troy King Street and King Fuels demolitions to determine whether the buildings were taken down without proper asbestos abatement. [TU]

Mr. Bharara goes to Albany
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is coming to Albany to address the Mayor's Conference and participate in a public forum.[TU]

MMA
An MMA Middleweight champ joined lobbyists for the sport at the Capitol on Tuesday, before the Senate takes up the legalization of the sport this week for its seventh time.[TU][Gazette][TWCN]

DWI x 2
A Scotia woman was arrested for DWI twice in the same day.[TU]

Powdered caffeine
The Senate health committee on Tuesday moved to ban powdered caffeine - a substance being that has been linked to 18 deaths. [TU]

No snow = more $
Cities, towns and counties are saving money because of the lack of snow this season. [Gazette]

HVCC housing
HVCC has awarded the construction bid for its first student housing project to The United Group of North Greenbush, led by Michael Uccellini. [TU]

Fund for Guilderland family
A fund has been set up to help the family of six that lost their Guilderland home to fire on Sunday.[TU]

Teen rescues school bus
A 16 -year-old is being praised for rescuing a bus full of students when their driver suffered a medical emergency. [WNYT]

Ready for New York?
Does the success of Trump and Sanders and (sort of) Hillary Clinton, show the country is ready to vote or a New Yorker for the first time since FDR? [TU+]

Daydream
A virtual reality start-up grows in Troy. [Business review]

Everyone called her Mamma
Mamma Rosa Ferrari, of Ferrari's restaurant, who loved to sing, dance and carry things on her head, has died at the age of 91 . [Gazette]

Happening today

Naked Influence
Today-Sunday: Capital Rep premieres Naked Influence, a new play by Suzanne Bradbeer. Blurbage:

A dancer's past. A woman's future. The seductive and lucrative world of strip clubs sets the stage for this spellbinding tale about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman. She wants to leave the club life behind for a fresh start, but is she powerful enough to untangle herself from her former life?

The production runs through February 14. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Sports

UAlbany basketball
The UAlbany men's basketball team takes on UMass Lowell at SEFCU Arena. The Great Danes are 4-2 in the America East, good for #2 in the conference standings. Wednesday 7 pm - $12 and up

Albany Devils
The Albany Devils face off with the Hershey Bears at the TU Center. Wednesday 7 pm - $16 and up

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