APD reviews shooting, Schenectady getting a new police chief, luxury condos planned for Union St, SPAC still trying to revise stack of pancakes, legendary Cohoes restaurant sold

The two Albany police officers who fired three shots at a suspect Tuesday night are now on administrative leave while the APD investigates the episode. The department says a loaded gun and some crack were found in the alley where the shooting went down. Police chief James Tuffey says it appears the officers followed protocol. It's the first time the APD has fired shots on duty since a bystander was killed by a stray police bullet on New Year's Eve in 2003. [TU] [CapNews9]

A report from the Troy Police Department has criticized a "no-knock" police raid that busted down the door of an innocent women this summer and tossed a "flash bang" grenade into her apartment. The woman's attorney says the raid "scared the hell out of her." The report recommends re-organizing the unit that conducted the raid. [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

Mark Chaires will reportedly become the next police chief in Schenectady. He'll be the first African-American to hold the post. His father, Arthur Chaires, was the city's first African-American officer. The soon-to-be chief has a masters in criminology and is working toward a PhD. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The principal of Guilderland High School has resigned. He had been on leave after accusations he had made inappropriate jokes about sexual-orientation and race. He'll be paid through the end of the year. [TU]

A plan to build high-end luxury condos on Union Street in Schenectady has been approved (map). The developer says the new buildings should be ready by next summer. [Daily Gazette]

The revised design for the new SPAC facade is still stuck in the planning process. The original design was criticized for looking like a stack of pancakes. The new look is said to be "much more conservative." [Saratogian]

The feds say a retired New York State police helicopter pilot didn't pay taxes during his last three years on the job. The pilot has also been accused of being involved with a company that marketed schemes for evading taxes. [TU]

Smith's Restaurant in Cohoes has been sold. The new owner of the century-old establishment says he will operate the place as a restaurant when it eventually re-opens. [Troy Record]

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