State budget process inches ahead, larger budget surplus for Troy, Sheehan touts record ahead of formal announcement that's she's running again

State budget past deadline
The march toward a state budget continues a step or two at a time, though maybe not always forward...
+ The state Senate has gone home for the moment, but the state Assembly will be in session Friday "a long day" to take up more budget bills. [Politico NY]
+ Are leaders closer to a deal on the issues that are holding up the overall process? Maybe, who knows. [State of Politics]
+ One of the things still not nailed down is state aid for school districts, and the uncertainty is causing problems as local officials try to get district budgets set. [TU]

Troy budget
The projected general fund surplus for the city of Troy is $2.6 million, according to a report from the Madden admin, "derived from one-time unanticipated revenues, aggressive approach to revenue collection, non-recurring budgetary savings in expenditures, and tight spending controls." That's more than double the 2015 surplus. Patrick Madden: "I anticipate that there are going to be those who say, 'Well, great news, but why did you need a tax increase for 2017?' and there are going to be others who say, 'Excellent news. Now, we can fix the pools,' but I want to be careful. The factors that led to a surplus in 2016 are unique to 2016." [Madden admin] [TU] [Troy Record]

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Flooding
The rain this week had prompted concerns about flooding, but the NWS Albany office says it looks like lighter-than-expected rain will keep the flooding at "pretty minor" impacts. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Schenectady shooting
Schenectady police say a man was shot near Van Vranken Ave late Thursday afternoon (map). [Daily Gazette]

Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara says he's still not sure why he was let go as US Attorney after Donald Trump had initially asked him to stay on. [NYT]

Medicaid
The New York State Republican delegation in the House of Representative is continuing to push for a federal law that prevent New York State from having counties pick up some $2 billion in Medicaid costs. (You might remember this was a big subplot between Andrew Cuomo and John Faso during the larger drama over the American Health Care Act. ) [Daily Gazette]

Albany mayoral race
Ahead of her formal announcement Saturday that she's running for re-election, Kathy Sheehan touted the $12.5 million in state aid and projects such as Rezone Albany and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. [TU]

Troy City Hall search
A committee formed by the Troy City Council as identified a group of buildings that could potentially serve as a permanent city hall. [TU]

Green Island tax cap override
Green Island village officials say, because of the way the tax cap formula works, they have to override the tax cap so they can have a zero percent increase in taxes. [Troy Record]

Troy apartment conversion
Developers are now eyeing the the Marshall Ray building on River Street in Troy, recently slated for conversion to low-income assisted living units, for market-rate apartments. [Biz Review]

Schenectady apartment turnaround
Residents of subsidized-housing high rise in Hamilton Hill say new owners and a range of new security features -- including a license plate scanner -- have made the building feel much better. [TU]

Clifton Park ShopRite
Even with the Shen land sale voted down, ShopRite says it's still interested in building a store in Clifton Park. [TU+]

New RPI hockey coach
RPI formally introduced its new hockey coach, Dave Smith, who had been the head coach at Canisius. [Troy Record]

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