Governor signs bill opening way for Capital Region taxi regulation, reviewing Hillary Clinton's time as a Senator from New York, an away home game

Taxi regulation
+ Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation that allows CDTA to act as a taxi regulator across Capital Region municipalities (if the municipalities sign on). [NY Senate] [TU]
+ The Schenectady City Council is considering whether there should be additional regulation of the city's medical taxis. [TU]

Albany sink hole
Repair work on the South Lake Ave sink hole in Albany continues into week four. The water department is making use of the situation to install a new liner in part of the trunk sewer line and replace a section of a water main. [News10] [TU]

Held hostage then, held back from compensation now
A man who grew up in Albany and now lives in Troy was one of the hostages taken at the American embassy in Iran in 1979 -- and is now in line to miss out on settlement money because of when he was released. [TU+]

Missing Troy teen found dead
The body of a missing Troy 16 year old was found in the Hudson River in Menands Friday evening. The Times Union reports his death is an apparent suicide. [Troy Record] [TU]

Albany shooting
Albany police say they're investigating a shooting Saturday night in West Hill near Bleecker Stadium (map). APD says a man was shot in the leg. [APD]

Albany bank robbery
Albany police say they're investigating a robbery Friday afternoon at the Citizens Bank on Washington Ave just down the street from the Capitol (map). APD says a man passed a note implying he had a weapon and the suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash. [APD]

Track clerk arrested
Saratoga Springs police say a parimutuel clerk at the Saratoga Race Course was arrested after he an investigation concluded his drawer was short because he allegedly placed more than $11k in bets he couldn't cover. [Daily Gazette]

Troy police shooting a year later
Though they haven't spoken publicly about it, Troy police officers Joshua Comitale and Chad Klein have been speaking with other law enforcement agencies about the August 2015 incident in which they were both shot and Thaddeus Faison, the man they were pursuing, was fatally shot. [TU+]

Hillary Clinton
Reviewing Hillary Clinton's time as a US Senator from New York. [TU+]

Down-ballot local Republicans and Trump
Jim Tedisco -- who's running for succeed to Hugh Farley in the state Senate -- on Donald Trump: "I don't agree with Donald Trump on every issue, and sometimes I don't like how he expresses himself, but you never agree with what someone says all the time ... What I do know is that we can't afford another four years of the governmental malpractice we'll get with Hillary Clinton..." [Daily Gazette]

Troy pet limit blocked
The Republican majority on the Troy City Council says it will not support the proposal to limit the number of animals kept in a single housing unit to five. [Troy Record]

School zone
The Mohonasen school district wants to establish a school zone on a stretch of Helderberg Ave -- a move that requires the OK of the town of Rotterdam and Schenectady County, and the state legislature to pass legislation. [Daily Gazette]

Opioids
How the risk of addiction complicates the treatment of people with severe and/or chronic pain. [TU+]

Weather stations
How a network of farm weather stations around the state helps farmers run their farms. [TU+]

Garrett Whitley
Former Niskayuna baseball star Garrett Whitley -- the first round pick of Tampa Bay last year -- was back in town over the weekend as his minor league team played the ValleyCats. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Baseball
The ValleyCats wrap up a homestand at The Joe with a game against Hudson Valley (It's "SouthPaw's Not So Scary Halloween" night with trick or treating). They'll be back in town Friday to start another homestand. Monday 7 pm -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

Selected Shorts
Selected Shorts will be at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington with a strong lineup of readers: Robert Sean Leonard will be reading Liliana by Maile Meloy, Jane Kaczmarek will be reading Free Lunch by Karen Bender, and Jane Curtain will be reading Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People by Lorrie Moore. Monday 7:30 pm -- $30 an dup

Washington County Fair
The Washington County Fair will be at the fairgrounds in Greenwich. It bills itself as "New York's #1 Agricultural County Fair." (Admission does not include carnival rides. During the fair, ride tickets are $1.25 each.) Monday-Sunday -- adults $10 / children 13 and under are free / all-week pass is $30 / free admission for all active military service members with military ID

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