Legislation extends time to sue in situations like Hoosick Falls, questions about Troy property sale, remembering Nathan Lebron

Hoosick Falls
On Thursday Andrew Cuomo signed a bill extends the period in which people can file personal injury lawsuits related to pollution at Superfund sites to three years. The legislation was prompted by the situation involving the contamination of the Hoosick Falls water supply. [TWCN] [TU]

Farther afield: The city of Newburgh is pushing for the state to do blood tests of residents in order to determine levels of exposure to a chemical found in the city's drinking water that's similar the chemical in the Hoosick Falls water supply.

Hudson River PCBs
A year after the end of the Hudson River PCB dredging project, the federal Environmental Protection Agency says tests indicated that PCB levels in fish from river are declining. [TU]

Questions about Troy property sale
Troy City Council members are questioning why the city released the reverter clause on a city-owned property that was sold to a then-city employee in 2015 for $3,500 -- and is now listed for sale at $65k. [TU]

Saratoga Springs mayor censure
The chair of the Saratoga County Republican Party is pushing for Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen (a Democrat) to resign following her censure by the city council over a conflict-of-interest case -- Yepsen called the recent episode "political theater." [Saratogian]

Excessive force lawsuit in Schenectady
A Schenectady man has filed a lawsuit against the city of Schenectady and two police officers alleging police used excessive force during a 2014 arrest and he's now not able to work because of the injuries. [Daily Gazette]

Possible removal of bridge over Northway
The state Department of Transportation is looking at possibly removing Nelson Avenue Extension bridge over the Northway in Saratoga Springs and Malta because it's reaching the end of its life and doesn't get a lot of traffic. Nearby residents are petitioning to keep it open. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

DEC building poop arrest
State Police say they've arrested a man for allegedly placing containers of feces and urine inside the DEC building in downtown Albany. [TU]

DNA on a rubber band
A man is facing federal drug charges prompted by a 2014 heroin overdose death in Schenectady and the alleged evidence cited against him is DNA that investigators say was found on a rubber band around packets of heroin. [Daily Gazette]

Troy residential conversion
The developers backing the conversion of School 1 in Troy's North Central neighborhood into 28 apartments say many of the units will rent for less than $1000 per month. [Troy Record] [TWCN]

Baby Institute
Looking at how literacy is a core part of the recently launched Baby Institute in Albany's Arbor Hill, West Hill, and the South End neighborhoods. [TU+]

Inclusive playground
A new playground in Wilton was designed so that kids with disabilities could also play on the equipment. [Saratogian]

And they're off
There would be no running out of the gate Friday morning at the Saratoga Race Course. (There was running right after that.) [News10]

Nathan Lebron
Remembering local political figure Nathan Lebron, who died this week at age 45. [TU]

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