Response to Hurricane Irma, Habitat looking at West Hill project, state's highest court rules against assisted suicide, Amtrak upgrades

Hurricanes
+ Talking with local members of a New York State urban search and rescue team that's headed to Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. [WNYT] [Spectrum]
+ A New York Air National Guard air rescue wing based on Long Island is headed to the Caribbean to assist with hurricane recovery. [Daily Gazette]
+ Direct flights from Florida to ALB are sold out through Sunday. [TU]
+ The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society has taken in a group of dogs from Texas to help open up room in shelters following Hurricane Harvey. [WNYT]

Rensselaer County exec election
The recently surfaced recordings of an argument between Steve McLaughlin and a member of his state Assembly staff were one of the big topics during a Spectrum-hosted Rensselaer County executive Republican primary debate between McLaughlin and deputy county exec Christopher Meyer. Other topics: infrastructure, Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, the SAFE Act, and opioids. [TU] [Spectrum] [Troy Record]

Habitat looking at West Hill
Habitat for Humanity Capital District is looking at the possibility of a large mixed-use project in Albany's West Hill neighborhood similar to the recent Habitat project in Sheridan Hollow. [TU]

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State's high court rules on assisted suicide
New York's highest court ruled Thursday that people do not have a constitutionally-protected right to physician-assisted suicide. And the state legislature "has a rational basis for criminalizing assisted suicide." [Politico NY] [TU]

Sentencing in fatal Albany crash
The driver who pleaded guilty to charges that included second-degree manslaughter and DWI in the Western Ave crash this past January in which William Yager IV was killed was sentenced to 6-12 years in prison. [TU] [Albany County DA]

Conviction in Schenectady shooting
The man accused of firing a gun in the direction of his girlfriend and leading police on a chase through Hamilton Hill in January that prompted the lockdown of multiple schools was convicted on weapons and endangerment charges. [Daily Gazette]

Lake George BWI
There were 19 boating while intoxicated arrests this summer on Lake George -- there had been six total across the previous three summers. [Daily Gazette]

Vehicle in Central Park lake
Schenectady police say they're still not sure exactly how a minivan ended up in the Central Park's Iroquois Lake this week, but no charges are expected. [Daily Gazette]

Milton supervisor election updated
The Times Union originally reported that the New York Department of State confirmed that Milton supervisor candidate Scott Ostrander's security firm does not have a required license -- Ostrander disagrees the business needs the license -- but the TU updated its story Friday afternoon to report it's "unclear whether the business needs one." [TU]

Schenectady city employee background checks
The city of Schenectady is looking at doing background checks on prospective employees -- it came out recently that two city employees had undisclosed criminal records. [Daily Gazette]

Amtrak
The trains that Amtrak runs between NYC and Albany are in line for interior upgrades. [TU]

Beer and farms
A new grain hub in Saratoga County wants to be a link between breweries in the state and farmers growing grains. [TU]

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Note: The TU has performed a partial retraction regarding Ostrander’s business and the licensure requirement. The article has an unusual Editor’s Note and has been rewritten. It would be appropriate to reflect that change in the above rundown.

Editors: Updated. Thank you.

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