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A look inside the new facility for NYSIO

RENSSELAER - When the power goes out, the New York Independent System Operator is immediately in the mix.

Tuesday, NewsChannel 13 got an inside look at their new $38 million dollar control center.

The new center features high tech monitoring technologies that the company says will make the power grid more reliable and secure.

The facility is located in Rensselaer County.

$1 million grant to help fight crime in NYS

A nearly $1 million grant will help fight crime in New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that $976,790 will be split among 31 law enforcement agencies as part of “Operation Impact Tools Grants.”

Grants in our area will go to police in Colonie, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rensselaer, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Each one will receive a grant between $18,200 and $50,000.

The counties who were able to apply have higher crime rates and were not already funded by the Operation Impact or GIVE programs.

The governor says the money will help fight and prevent crime by giving agencies the tools they need.

NY's electrical grid getting new high-tech control center

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) - New York's electrical grid is getting a new high-tech control center.
The New York Independent System Operator will officially unveil its new $38 million control center near Albany on Tuesday. Grid operators say the new control center will increase reliability and security.
The control center is part of "smart grid" initiative that will match electricity production with consumer demand.
The independent operator oversees the market as well as operating the state's electrical grid.

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Former Rensselaer police officer pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter

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Former Rensselaer City Police Officer Mark Fusco pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter on Friday.

Fusco, the son of Rensselaer Police Chief Rick Fusco, is accused of driving drunk and killing his friend in a car crash last year.

The ex-cop and son of the police chief in the city of Rensselaer is now on the other side of the law.

According to the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s office, he's looking at prison time.

Mark Fusco was facing a slew of charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter, for his alleged involvement in the deadly car crash a little over a year ago.

Investigators say Fusco's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he got behind the wheel.

They say he was traveling on Route 151 in East Greenbush when he went off the road and slammed into a tree.

Race for 19th Congressional District officially begins Thursday

Sean Eldridge is taking a position most politicians have not.  In the race for the 19th Congressional seat the 27 year old Democrat is not accepting any financial support from PACS or big business.

"Corporate interests are dominating in Washington and the voice of the middle class families is drowned out by corporate money and special interests," explained Eldridge, outside his Kingston campaign headquarters in Kingston on Thursday.

Eldridge's opponent, two term Republican Chris Gibson, claims that's an easy give for Eldridge.  Eldridge is a multi-millionaire who Gibson acknowledges will outspend him.

Scharfenberger ordained Albany's 10th Roman Catholic bishop

Bishop Edward Scharfenber smiles after being installed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of New York City has been ordained as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Hundreds of white-robed priests and bishops from across New York and New England attended the Ordination Mass at the gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex Thursday afternoon.

Scharfenberger was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when he resigned on Oct. 31, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. He served 37 years.

Scharfenberger, who is 65, has held a number of parish and administrative positions in New York City.

The Albany diocese has about 330,000 parishioners in 14 counties.

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