State to pay for home filtration systems in Hoosick Falls, Troy officials show video of a fatal shooting, board supports Saint Rose president

Hoosick Falls water
The Cuomo admin announced that the state will be directing $10 million to install filtration systems in 1,500 homes in Hoosick Falls. It said the state is planning for a possible alternate water supply. More than 900 people in the village have signed up with the state for blood tests to screen for exposure to PFOA. The heads of the state Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation were in the village Saturday at a blood testing event. [TU x2] [TWCN]

$12.5 million for Albany from state
Among the details about the $12.5 million in state funding for the city of Albany included in the Cuomo admin's budget amendments: It's a "spin-up" on the PILOT schedule for the Empire State Plaza (so the money is being peeled off the back end of the state's payments for the ESP), and it requires the city to develop a "comprehensive, long-term financial plan that is structurally balanced without reliance on continuing special state assistance..." [TWCN] [TU]

Video of fatal Troy shooting involving police
From Friday: The Troy Police Department released video of the incident in Lansingburgh last August in which Thaddeus Faison exchanged gunfire with two TPD officers, Joshua Comitale and Chad Klein -- Faison died from his injuries and the two officers were wounded. TPD chief John Tedesco said the video depicts the officers acting according to their training: "These are two officers who obviously paid attention to their training. There's no question it's that training that saved their lives. I have nothing to critique here." Cornelius Clark, pastor of Holy Serenity Church of God in Christ, appeared at the released with city officials: "Based on what we observed, everything went according to the way it should have gone, so we don't see any things that we could contradict here." [TU] [Troy Record] [WNYT]

Saratoga County undersheriff resignation
The attorney for Saratoga County undersheriff Kevin Mullahey says the department veteran resigned under pressure of termination based an an allegation made by a drug dealer in a situation that, "a person briefed on the case" tells the Times Union, may have involved a compromised drug investigation. [TU+]

Troy water main break after effects
It appears that water from that big Lansingburgh water main break seeped in around some house foundations and then froze during the extreme cold recently, significantly cracking at least one foundation. [TU]

Fight over homeless services at Albany church
A state appeals court has tossed an Albany Board of Zoning Appeals decision that allowed a church on New Scotland Ave in Albany to offer services to homeless to families. [TU]

Shuffle of top Albany officials
Kathy Sheehan's chief of staff, Matthew Peter, is becoming the head of the Albany Parking Authority. And Rachel McEneny is set to become the city's new budget director. [TU] [Sheehan admin press release]

Hudson River dredging near Rensselaer

The DEC is proposing to dredge the Hudson River in Rensselaer at the site of the former BASF plant to remove toxics such as heavy metals. [TU]

Saint Rose
After the no-confidence vote by faculty earlier in the week, the Saint Rose board of trustees publicly supported president Carolyn Stefanco. Board chair Judy Calogero in a statement: "The Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Stefanco to lead Saint Rose into the future. We are exceptionally pleased with her leadership in this challenging time, and she has our full support and confidence." Stefanco on the situation, to TWCN after the board meeting Friday: "We are a very face-to-face place, so it's not like you can hide from each other, so that's what we'll do. We'll continue to focus on good communication." [Saint Rose press release] [TWCN]

Casino jobs
The Rivers Casino in Schenectady has started the hiring process for a handful of jobs. [Daily Gazette]

Fundraiser for son of family killed in Latham murder suicide
Friends of 15-year-old Noah Roman raised more than $50,000 for him over the weekend at a bowling fundraiser. Said an organizer: "It is my hope that this event tells Noah that there are a lot of people who are standing by him and love him." [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Stuff going on today

Award-winning poets
Award-winning poets Randall Horton and Jacqueline Jones LaMon will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Tuesday 7 pm, University Art Museum - free

Music: St. Lucia at Upstate Concert Hall
Synth pop. With: Tigertown. 8 pm - $17 ahead / $20 day of

Music: Il Volo at The Palace
Italian pop trio. 7:30 pm - $45

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