No tax hike in Albany's proposed budget, National Grid truck pulled from Hudson, SUNY Poly's financial woes, Capital Region leads state metro areas in economic growth

Albany budget
Albany's proposed 2017 budget contains no tax increase, but Mayor Kathy Sheehan says she'll be looking to the state for more payments in lieu of taxes for state properties. [TU]

Truck in Hudson
Authorities are trying to figure out why a National Grid Truck crashed into the Hudson River in Troy overnight. It took three tow trucks to pull the vehicle out of the water. The truck was reportedly involved in a police chase just prior to crashing through the gate and into the river. Rescuers pulled a body out of the river. [TWCN][TU][WNYT][News 10]

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SUNY Poly financial woes
SUNY Poly had reportedly been showing signs of financial stress before the recent bid rigging allegations. [TU]

JCOPE head on bid rigging scandal
"We learned perhaps to pay some close attention to this, closer attention," JCOPE head Seth Agata on the recent bid rigging allegations at the first meeting of JCOPE since the scandal broke. [TU][WNYT]

Teachout/Faso
A new Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll shows Republican John Faso leading Democrat Zephyr Teachout by only a single point in the race for the 19th Congressional District race.[TU]

Economic growth
A new report from the Commerce Department shows the Capital Region led New York's metro areas in economic growth last year. [TU]

Sentenced for sex abuse
A Corinth man will spend 69 years to life in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing two young girls over a six year period, beginning when they were 8 and 9 years old. [Saratogian][TWCN]

Forged credit cards
State police arrested two men at a Thruway traffic stop in Bethlehem and uncovered 22 forged credit cards. [TU]

Troy library
Troy voters approved a $1,122,550 budget for the city's public library on Tuesday. [TU]

Schenectady School renovations
Schenectady School Superintendent Larry Spring is working on a plan for a $50 million renovation project on the city's 11 elementary schools, which would need voter approval. [Gazette]

Constitutional convention
New York's former chief judge has voiced his support for a constitutional convention to address civil legal services for the poor. [TU]

Garage/rec center
Schenectady City Council Candidate Alex Jurczynski is proposing converting a city-owned abandoned parking garage into a rec center with a basketball court, and a track. [Gazette]

Pastures renovated
Renovations are complete on Albany's historic Pastures . [TU]

Happening today

Outside Mullingar

Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep opens its production of Outside Mullingar. Blurbage:

This charmer of a play by John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Doubt, whisks you away on a delightful journey to the farmlands of Ireland. Outside Mullingar is the story of an unlikely romance between two rural, middle-aged neighbors: Anthony, an introverted farmer and Rosemary, the woman who vows to have him - at all costs! Poetic, uplifting, dark and funny, Shanley lovingly spins a tale infused with a deep yearning for heart, homeland, faith and a sense of belonging.

The production runs through October 16.

Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Wednesday: Alice Cooper at The Palace
Grandfather of shock rock. 8 pm -- $39.75 and up

Wednesday: Alanna Royale at Parish Public House
Rock/pop/funk/soul. 8 pm

Wednesday: The Coteries at Albany Tricentennial Park
Last September in the City Art Fair show. 11:30 am-2 pm -- free

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