Legislative session set to begin, employee escapes explosion at Port of Rensselaer, Schumer says Dems will hold Trump accountable, Bethlehem's Megyn Kelly heads to NBC

Port of Rensselaer explosion
An employee of a truck repair business survived an explosion that blew the front and back doors off a garage at the Port of Rensselaer on Tuesday, destroying the building. Power was turned off in the area and authorities say there is no danger of further explosions. [WNYT][TU][TWCN][News 10]

Legislative Session to begin
The 2017 session of the NYS legislature is set to begin today. Among the items on the agenda for this season, ride sharing, the battle against opioids, and government ethics. [NYT][News 10]

Man wrongly accused of fatal arson sues police
Robert Butler, the man who faced the death penalty after being wrongly accused of arson in connection with the fire that killed David Terry and 3 of his children, and badly injured Sa'fyre Terry, is suing the federal agents and Schenectady detectives who were involved in his arrest.[TU]

Petition to save Clifton Park open space
More than 7,000 people have signed a petition to keep the Shenendehowa School Board from selling 34-acres of land to a developer. [TU]

Saratoga Springs Charter debate
A Saratoga Springs commissioner is questioning the justification for the most recent effort to change the city charter. [TU]

Troy Emergency Response Team
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden says he's working to keep the police Emergency Response Team that was cut from the 2017 budget. [TWCN]

"America can not afford a Twitter presidency"
In his first floor speech as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will hold Donald Trump and the Republican majority "accountable" to the American people. [Newsday]

Saratoga man charged with abuse
A Saratoga Springs man has been arrested for allegedly entering an apartment of an acquaintance and sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl who was asleep on a couch. [TWCN][Gazette]

Heroin
The story of a CBA grad and son of a former Albany police officer who lost his battle with heroin abuse. [TU]

Clemency
"When you meet her you get a sense of her soul" --Andrew Cuomo on granting clemency to Judith Clark, who has been incarcerated for 35 years for driving a getaway car in a politically motivated armored car robbery where three people were killed. [NYT]

Megyn Kelly
Bethlehem Grad and Fox News host Megyn Kelly is moving to NBC where she will anchor a daytime and weekend news program. [TU]

Schenectady's Mom
Therese Jurczynski, the 91-year-old mother of former Schenectady mayor Al Jurczynski, known for her work with the YMCA and her efforts to create community in the city, died Monday. [Daily Gazette]

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