Fatal fire in Saratoga County, Albany budget passed, the Cuomo admin and Sam Hoyt, Joe Biden at Proctors

Fatal Saratoga County fire
A mother and daughter died in a house fire in Corinth Monday morning. Three other people, including two young children, were rescued and taken to the hospital. Officials have not yet indicated was caused the fire. [TU]

Albany budget
The Albany Common Council approved the 2018 budget 12-0 with a few changes, including a small reduction in the trash fee for multi-unit buildings and two-percent raise for council members. [TU]

Troy trash fee
Is a 17-year-old plan the way for Troy to move toward a pay-as-you-throw trash system? (A trash fee is currently a key issued for the Troy budget.) [Troy Record]

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Mechanicville murder charges
The two teens facing a host a charges, including murder, for the death of David J. Feliciano in August both pleaded not guilty at their arraignments Monday on the superseding indictment in the case. (The Saratoga County DA empaneled a new grand jury in the case after the judge noted their might be problems with the earlier grand jury proceeding.) [Saratogian]

Parked on the sidewalk
The contents of a running car parked on the sidewalk near Morris and Robin Sunday morning, as alleged by Albany police: a passed out man, a loaded handgun reported stolen in North Carolina, and more than a pound of pot. [APD]

The Cuomo admin and allegations against Sam Hoyt
Chris Churchill says the Cuomo admin never should have hired Sam Hoyt, now accused of sexual harassment, for a job with ESD because he had an affair with an intern while in the Assembly. [TU]

Colleges and sexual assault
A look at a case in which a judge has blocked RPI from informing another school about an investigation that concluded a student from the other school was found guilty of sexual assault in an RPI campus proceeding. [TU]

SUNY Poly / Columbia Development
Docs that surfaced in the federal case against Alain Kaloyeros indicate that Columbia Development was in line to make $3.8 million on that $24 million student housing project planned for the Loughlin Street (now Sandidge Way) property adjacent to the Albany campus. [TU]

State Senate Democrats and IDC
Chuck Schumer is the latest Democratic official to call for the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate to join back up with the Democratic caucus. (The IDC has formed a majority coalition with the Republicans.) [NYDN]

Schenectady bridge repair
The city of Schenectady is moving toward repairing the Oak Street bridge in the Bellevue neighborhood, which has been closed since 2013. [TU]

Smart city Schenectady
Gary McCarthy and Schenectady's traffic signal superintendent just got back from a "smart cities" conference in Spain. [Daily Gazette]

Pledge of Allegiance
The mother of a North Colonie school district elementary student says her daughter, a Jehovah's Witness, was forced by substitute teacher to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. [CBS6]

Sports betting
If the the Supreme Court opens the way for states to legalize sports gambling, Sara Foss is against it for New York. [Daily Gazette]

Transgender Day of Remembrance
A group of people gathered to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance in Schenectady Monday. [TU]

Northeast Music
Northeast Music music is closing its Latham store after 39 years and moving the business online. [TU]

Joe Biden
A recap of the Joe Biden event at Proctors Monday night. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Bolshoi Ballet
Tuesday: Proctors is showing a Bolshoi Ballet performance of Taming of the Shrew in the GE Theater. Tuesday 2 pm and 6:30 pm -- $15

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm


The best way for Troy to deal with sanitation is to eliminate their sanitation department and require people to contract with a local hauler. The local hauler is responsible for dealing with the garbage and the recycling. People pay for the size of container they need. City saves lots of money by eliminating sanitation positions and trucks. The problem with the currently proposed pay to play trash systems is that many people are just going to dump trash on the street and let someone else deal with it. The best thing Troy could do though is to privatize the system. It even supports what Eliot Spitzer's buddy and occasional RPI professor Steve Breyman supports, since private hauling encourages recycling and allows people to decide if they want to pay more or less depending on the amount of trash they generate. A true free market system. Bottom line - get it out of the taxes.

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