Suspect's statements tossed out in Porecca case, more legislative PFOA hearings next week, six overdoses in 48 hours, Gold Star Families to get Albany monument

Statements tossed in Porecca case
Statements made to police by Sean Moreland -- the alleged getaway car driver in the Jaquelyn Porreca murder case-- have been ordered inadmissible by State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin, because they were taken after Moreland requested to have his lawyer present. [TU]

EPA and Hoosick Falls
"We were in very close communication with the state Health Department.There was absolutely not confusion on the EPA numbers; there was disagreement about what to do about it." U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck on Capitol Press Room Wednesday, defending the EPA's response to the Hoosick Falls PFOA crisis. The Senate and Assembly will hold joint hearings on the PFOA contamination next week. [TU][TWCN]

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Overdose deaths
Schoharie County officials are reporting six overdosesin a 48 hour period this week, three of them fatal -- all believed to be heroin related. [WNYT][TWCN]

Six figure public pensions
The number of retired public employees eligible for a pension of more than $100,000 is now more than 3,000. [TU]

Drought
24 Upstate NY counties have been designated Federal Disaster Areas due to drought. [TU]

NYSUT
NYSUT's Professional Staff Association is nearing the end of negotiations and may be facing a strike. This would not affect public school teachers represented by NYSUT. [TU]

Mastroianni
The now closed Mastroianni bakery in Rotterdam has filed for bankruptcy. [TU]

Entrepreneurs
Nearly ten percent of New York State's businesses are less than two years old. [TU]

Day and Night
Repairs are in store for Saratoga's well known Day and Night urns.
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Gold Star families
Efforts are underway to raise money to erect a monument to Gold Star Families in Albany's Lafayette Park. [TU]

Racehorse retirement care
"Getting hard figures and proving where these horses are going is proving harder than we believed," State Gaming Commission Executive Director Rob Williams on the challenges of providing retirement care for racehorses. [Gazette]

Happening today

The Track
It's the last week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course.

County fairs

County fair season wraps up this week with three fairs around the region:
+ Thursday-Labor Day: The Fonda Fair at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. It's the county fair for Fulton and Montgomery counties.
+ Thursday-Labor Day: The Columbia County Fair at the fairgrounds in Chatham
+ Thursday-Labor Day: The Schaghticoke Fair at the fairgrounds in Schaghticoke. It's the county fair for Rensselaer County. This is the 197th year for Schaghticoke Fair -- it's said to be the 3rd oldest fair of its type in New York State.

Deja View
The Deja View series in downtown Albany's Tricentennial Park will be showing Salt. "Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to view the movie..." Thursday 7:45 pm -- free

Wait, Wait
The popular NPR show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! will be at Tanglewood to record its weekly comedy news quiz episode. Thursday 8 pm -- $24 and up

Baseball
The ValleyCats start their last homestand of the season The Joe with a game against Staten Island, part of a three-game series. Thursday 7 pm -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

EMPAC
EMPAC opens its new season with artist Patricia L. Boyd, who will be presenting a new video work commissioned by EMPAC:

The project is grounded in Boyd's research into what she calls "the protocol of production-as-exhaustion," which acknowledges the debt (of time, vitality, and labor) that must be paid to capitalism by every living body, as well as the internal economics of self-preservation that a body must undertake to honor this debt. In light of such demands, Boyd's work depicts an "unproductive" body within a structure of "wasted" time.

Poet Anne Boyer will also read a new work to accompany the video. Thursday 7 pm -- $6

Paddy Kilrain
Paddy Kilrain at The Low Beat
With: Chelsea Takami, Francesca Shanks, Biota Fox, Triya Love. 7:30 pm

Comments

"Six figure public pensions -- The number of retired public employees eligible for a pension of more than $100,000 is now more than 3,000. [TU]"

Not mentioned in the TU article: The number of retirees with a pension of $100,000 or more is less than 1 percent of the total.

Also not mentioned: The average annual pension for all Employees' Retirement System retirees is $22,415. For new retirees, it's $28,364.

Also not mentioned: Employer costs for ERS pensions have decreased by 25 percent since 2014.

In my view, the TU is more invested in sensationalizing news on public pensions than it is in keeping its readers informed of the whole story.

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