Troy sorting difficult budget options, the buzz from rescuing Buzz, sentencing in attack on Schenectady police officer, a more walkable Western Ave

Troy budget crunch
With the city facing a $5.8 million budget gap after all the recent budget/tax cap override drama, Troy mayor Patrick Madden says his administration is trying to figure out what options it has -- and how it might lay off as many as 90 city employees. [TU]

Crossgates gunfire incident
The Albany County DA's Office says the man accused of firing a gun in Crossgates -- 20-year-old Tasheem Maeweather of Albany -- has been indicted on a group of charges that include second-degree attempted murder. An off-duty state trooper testified during a preliminary hearing that he had witnessed the Maeweather get into an altercation outside the Apple store and that's when Maeweather allegedly fired a gun. [Albany County DA] [TU]

Rescuing Buzz
Lt. Colonel David Panzera, of the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia on his unit's involvement in the medical evacuation of Buzz Aldrin from Antarctica: "We've made in essence a dangerous mission safe." Also: "A hero to both the Air Force and to the United States at the elevated level of Col. Buzz Aldrin, you bet it's exciting." [TU] [TWCN] [News10]

Cuomo and the state legislature
On a potential special session for issues such as legislature term limits, and why a Republican-controlled state Senate lines up with Andrew Cuomo's interests. [TWCN] [Politico NY]

New York's highest court
A state commission has released a list of nominees for the upcoming vacant seat on the state Court of Appeals. [TU]

Momentive strike
Reps from the New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association walked the picket line at the Momentive strike in Waterford Thursday, and raised the issue of possible safety concerns from using replacement workers. Sam Fesina, president of the firefighters' union: "They want to pick a fight with labor, well they've got a fight with labor. They woke the monster." [Saratogian] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Sentencing in beating of Schenectady police officer
The MMA fighter convicted of beating Schenectady police officer Mark Weekes during an encounter on State Street in 2015 has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. [TU]

$50 allegedly offered for bus stop beatdown
Stillwater police say a woman is accused of offering a kid $50 to attack a 12 year old -- and then allegedly taking matters into her own hands. [TU] [Saratogian]

Well-known attorney suspended
Prominent local defense attorney Gaspar Castillo has been suspended from practicing for three years. [TU]

Proposed Albany Med facility in Latham
Albany Med has floated a plan to build a medical facility at the site of the former Michael's Banquet House on Route 9. [TU]

Walkable Guilderland
Going over the results of study looking at how to make Western Ave in Westmere safer for pedestrians and more walkable. [TU+]

Not that Price Chopper
The Price Chopper supermarket chain based in Kansas City has been reassuring people this week that it's not the Price Chopper being mentioned in reports of a possible sale. [TU+]

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