Stefanik faces tough questioning from crowd, investigation of Siena coach widening, Albany County Legislature leadership shuffle, Stewart's (on paper) millionaires

Elise Stefanik faces questioning from public
At a "Coffee With Your Congresswoman" event Thursday in Moreau, Elise Stefanik said federal EPA head Scott Pruitt should resign, and she tried to separate herself from Donald Trump on multiple issues. The capacity crowd of 200 people had a series of pointed questions for Stefanik, and some of her answers prompted derisive laughter and boos. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [NY Now]

Schenectady County jail employee resignations following raid
State Police say a former Schenectady County jail guard was arrested last week as part of a drug investigation, which prompted an internal investigation by the Schenectady County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Dominic Dagostino says four jail employees have resigned as a result. [Daily Gazette]

Troy police drug unit closed
New Troy police chief Brian Owens has closed the department drug unit that had included members now facing charges related to an alleged coverup of a warrantless search, and says he's focusing the department on community policing. [TU]

Brendan Lyons walks through the allegations connected to a Halfmoon townhouse raided by the FBI last week was allegedly used for sexual encounters with the NXIVM's leader and where the feds allege a woman became a victim of sex trafficking and forced labor. [TU]


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Siena basketball coach investigation
Siena says the scope of its investigation of men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos has "broadened," and the Times Union reports the inquiry is also looking whether per diems were improperly withheld from players and team aides. A prominent local alum tells News10 that the he believes the coach is abusive to those around him. [TU] [News10]

No charges in Coeymans raccoon case
Albany County DA David Soares said the Coeymans police officers who used their vehicle to kill a rabid raccoon won't face charges because the situation "did not meet the elements that would justify a formal, prosecution for animal cruelty." Soares says his office will be working Mohawk Hudson Humane to provide training to police departments on how to deal with similar situations. [News10] [TU]

100 pounds of pot
Albany police say 100 pounds of pot was seized as part of an investigation that spanned Albany and East Greenbush. [TU]

Albany County Legislature shuffles leadership -- again
The Albany County Legislature has selected Guilderland Democrat Dennis Feeney as the new majority leader after Gary Domalewicz resigned the position after less than three months. [TU]

Saratoga Code Blue shelter
The Saratoga Springs planning board tabled the decision on the Code Blue shelter location after another round of passionate public comments. [TU]

Tappan Zee Bridge
How much is the new Tappan Zee Bridge ultimately going to cost -- $4 billion or $5 billion? [Politico NY]

Price Chopper / Market 32
Neil Golub tells the Biz Review that Price Chopper/Market 32 is not looking to sell the chain and is considering acquisitions. [Biz Review]

Stewart's is worth more than $910 million, based on the pricing of the company's private stock -- and it says 67 current or former long-time employees have $1 million or more each in stock in the company's employee stock ownership program. [TU]

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