Call to move residents from housing project near Port of Albany, officers suspended in connection with woodchuck death, the season of campaign sign stealing

Oil trains
Albany County exec Dan McCoy and environmental groups are cheering the recent decision by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to require Global Companies to submit a new application for an air emissions permit for its rail-to-river oil facility at the Port of Albany. McCoy is continuing to push for oil trains to moved off tracks directly behind the Ezra Prentice Homes. And Sierra Club president Aaron Mair is pushing for the residents of the housing project to be moved to a new location away from the Port of Albany. [Daily Gazette] [News10] [TU]

The death of Medina Knowles
Records from a 2015 menacing charge against the 19-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Medina Knowles include an allegation that he had threatened his then-girlfriend with a gun. The organizer of a youth program in Schenectady recalled memories of Knowles. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN]

Drinking water
Voorheesville school district officials say the source of the high levels of lead contamination at a kitchen faucet in the Voorheesville Elementary School was likely the solder used when installing new supply lines to the faucet earlier this year. Officials say families should have their primary care doctors do blood level tests of their kids for lead exposure -- the district will be offering reimbursement of the cost. [TWCN] [TU] [WNYT]

Arrest in Albany shooting
Albany police say they've arrested a 33-year-old man for a shooting last week in West Hill. [APD]

Rensselaer police woodchuck incident
The two Rensselaer police officers accused of running down and killing a groundhog at a Troy golf course have been suspended for 30 days. The officers haven't been charged with a crime, but Rensselaer city officials say they failed to notify the department of the investigation into the incident. [TU] [News10]

NY-19
Looking at the issue of alleged carpetbagging, from Hillary Clinton's run for the Senate in 2000 to the current matchup between Zephyr Teachout and John Faso for the NY-19 Congressional District. [TU+]

Church of the Holy Innocents
The demolition application to Albany's Historic Resources Commission for the Church of Holy Innocents has been delayed to next month. [TU]

Cohoes tax cap
Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse says the city won't have a tax increase in the next budget -- but it will still require a tax cap override. [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs city capital projects
Two different takes on the proposed $750k renovations of the Saratoga Springs finance office suite, from the Times Union and the Saratogian. [TU] [Saratogian]

Colonie clear cut
The town of Colonie has reached a deal with the developer who clear cut a stand of trees on Maxwell Road for a new housing development to spend $45k on planting new, mature trees. [TU]

Clifton Park park
Looking at the potential of turning a tract of undeveloped land in the heart of Clifton Park's busy commercial center into a park. [TU+]

RPI
The ongoing drama over control of the student-run union at RPI continues. [Troy Record]

Campaign sign theft
The Trump campaign sign that was surrounded by a fence to keep it from being stolen again has been stolen again. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Nitty Gritty
The Nitty Gritty poetry slam is back a The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

Troy public budget workshop
The last of three events for the public to learn more about the Troy city budget process is at the Troy City Hall offices (433 River Street). Tuesday 6 pm

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