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Last updated: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:48:39 GMT

 Friday is deadline to register to vote in NY primaries Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:59:17 UT

New Yorkers who wish to vote in next month's primary elections have until Friday to register to vote.

People can register at their local boards of election, by mail or by using the state's online voter registration application service on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Mailed applications  must be postmarked no later than Friday and received by the board of elections no later than Aug. 23.

 Albany eyesore getting make-over Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:52:44 UT

ALBANY — A longtime eyesore on the Albany skyline is being seen as a massive art project by its new owner, a New York City man who holds one of the nation's largest collections of that city's recovered architectural treasures.

Evan Blum recently purchased the hulking, vacant Central Warehouse, off Montgomery Street, with plans to revive the building and use it as part of his eclectic business, which involves plucking pieces of history from historic building before they are torn down.

The New York Times recently described his business, Demolition Depot & Irreplaceable Artifacts, as having the nation's largest assortment of historic windows, doors, toilets, tubs and light fixtures, and even entire saloon bars, building facades and paneled room interiors.

Blum has a warehouse is Ivoryton, Ct., that he is filling up, and sees Albany as his space. At 510,000 square feet, the Central Warehouse is twice the size of his Connecticut facility. He routinely sells to high-end designers, trendy hotels, and film production companies.

Blum said he intends to remake the appearance of the decaying warehouse, which is scarred by graffiti and broken windows, as a kind of public art project. "I see it as a blank canvas," he said.

Blum bought the building for an undisclosed price from owner Sunmark Federal Credit Union, which had the building, which dominates an industrial neighborhood between downtown and Interstate-787, for $199,000

 Troopers: Fatal crash caused by Ballston Spa driver shopping on cellphone Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:52:25 UT

A Saratoga County man was arrested on a manslaughter charge in connection with the June 8 fatal crash on the Thruway in western New York, State Police said Thursday.

 Teacher who made 'tithe' charge at charter school gets $2,000 check Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:40:10 UT

A math teacher in Utica, who alleges that his taxpayer-funded salary was illegally "tithed" by a charter school with ties to a Turkish religious movement, received a $2,000 reimbursement from the school earlier this month.

An attorney for the Utica Academy of Science, however, says the reimbursement to its former teacher, Ersin Konkur, merely came after a review of regulations found that the school was not allowed to take a reimbursement payment from Konkur for immigration-related attorney fees.

 Glenville woman helps find dog tags, possible remains of WWII soldier Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:28:54 UT

ALBANY (AP) — A local military aviation researcher got more than she bargained for on a dream trip to a battle-scarred South Pacific island — the chance to help solve the mystery of an American soldier listed as missing in action from World War II.

Donna Esposito, who works at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville, visited Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands this spring and was approached by a local man who knew of WWII dog tags and bones found along a nearby jungle trail. The man asked if Esposito could help find relatives of the man named on the tags: Pfc. Dale W. Ross.

 Woman reports possible coyote attack on bike path Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:23:59 UT

Police have issued an alert after an animal attack -- possibly a coyote or coy dog -- on a woman using a Washington County bike trail on Wednesday.

 Upstate Bruegger's stores to be sold for $4.6 million Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:07:03 UT

Bruegger's Bagels is selling 28 of its upstate stores, including a dozen Capital Region locations, for $4.6 million as part of its bankruptcy plan.

 Stop DWI mobile app enhanced with ride-sharing services Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:16:10 UT

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee announced an enhancement to its "Have a Plan" app, the free phone download that is meant to prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel while drug or alcohol impaired.

 State court spokesman fired after 'butt-dial' admission Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:18:00 UT

David Bookstaver, a longtime spokesman for the state court system who butt-dialed the New York Post Wednesday and said, "I barely show up to work," has been fired.

 Carl Paladino removed from Buffalo school board Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:11:13 UT

Carl Paladino, the brash Buffalo businessman and former Republican candidate for governor, has been removed from the Buffalo city school board by the state education commissioner following a controversial tenure.