Construction worker buried alive, UAlbany student shot in the head, falling oil prices a sting for some, forced time off for city employees?

A construction worker died yesterday in Clifton Park after the walls of a ditch collapsed on him, burying him alive. Co-workers didn't notice the mishap at first, thinking the man might have gone inside to have coffee. The man had been digging the 8-foot-deep ditch for a home addition (pictures of the site). An OSHA official says there "clearly" were violations of safety regulations at the site. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [Troy Record] [TU]

A UAlbany student was shot in the head last night at the intersection of South Lake and Yates St in Albany (map). He's on life support at Albany Med. Police are looking for the shooter -- they say a motive isn't apparent right now. [CBS6] [TU]

It seems absentee ballots in Albany County were more screwed up than originally thought. Not only was David Soares not listed on all the appropriate lines, but neither were assemblyman Jack McEneny and state senator Neil Breslin. Also, some ballots apparently listed the wrong assemblyman for the district to which they were sent. One of the county's elections commissioners say the board is understaffed. [TU]

Both Governor Paterson's top advisor, Charles O'Byrne, and the state's top cop, Harry Corbitt, have yet to get security clearances from the FBI -- even though their applications have been in for six months. That means the two officials aren't allowed to view or handle secret intelligence from the federal Department of Homeland Security. [TU]

Falling oil prices have caused an unexpected headache: people who locked in a heating oil price this summer could be paying much more than if they had bought this winter. One local heating oil company says prices have dropped as much as $2 per gallon. [Saratogian]

Albany common councilman Glen Casey is proposing the city save money by forcing non-union employees making at least $55,000 per year to take a mandatory 10 days of extra, non-paid vacation next year. [CBS6]

The City of Albany is looking at building a new parking garage in the city's Park South neighborhood. The garage would provide spaces for new office buildings going up in the area. [TU]

The Newspaper Guild is offering a $1000 reward for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who attacked Steve Barnes and a friend Friday night at Stuyvesant Plaza. [Troy Record]

Cohoes mayor John McDonald says his city is working with RPI's lighting research center to possibly light the Cohoes Falls. The project could come together next year, though McDonald says a "strategic partner" is need to make it happen. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

I'm concerned about the shooting on S Lake and Yates not because it's on the end of my block, near where I parked my car last night, but because it's not like the "usual" crime near the student ghetto on Quail which is a block away. Usually people are mugged on weekends, between midnight and 4am, while drunk. Not at 11:15 on a weeknight near a well light, well travelled intersection. I hope this horrible act of violence isn't indicative of the spread of random violence in Albany's residential neighborhoods previously considered safe. That young man is in my thoughts and prayers. It could easily have been me.

Dang, this is a depressing day. I'm going to go google "unicorns and rainbows" in order to cheer myself up.

apparently right after the shooting, at approximately 11:30pm another UAlbany student was hit on the head and mugged at the corner of State and Ontario.

What is going on?!!?!?!!? I moved out of the student ghetto to Center Square after college to escape the muggings and meth labs (YES there was a meth lab on the corner of Hamilton and Partridge, but the police downgraded it to just a "drug lab" and the incident did not appear in any news media reports).

Then I moved from Center Square to off S. Lake to escape muggings and break-ins.

NOW I have to worry about being shot?! Which neighborhood should I move to now?!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Debbie's Kitchen has returned

Important lunch news update: Debbie's Kitchen re-opened Monday. (We've included a menu and a few pics.) Debbie Klauber announced back in August that she was... (more)

Metroplex at 20

This year is the 20th anniversary of the formation of Metroplex, the economic development authority that's backed by Schenectady County sales tax revenue -- some... (more)

Drawing: Tickets for Troy Prom -- a prom for adults -- at Takk House

Takk House is again hosting Troy Prom this November 24. It is "a grown-up themed dance party for anyone who might need to replace or... (more)

There's another public meeting coming up to talk about ideas for 1 Monument Square

The fifth major attempt to redevelop the 1 Monument Square site in the heart of downtown Troy takes another step November 5 with a public... (more)

Morning Blend

Review of man's 2017 death in Schenectady police custody The state Attorney General's office reported Friday that a grand jury had declined to hand up... (more)

Recent Comments

I ride every day to work, and also after work for exercise. I love the concept of being a person who happens to ride a bike. There's a level of bike riding, with the high performance gear and sleek clothing, that makes riding seem like its not for everyone. I try to avoid markers like that, and always wear regular clothing/shoes/backpack with dumpy-looking bike. One concession is bike gloves.

Drawing: Tickets for Troy Prom -- a prom for adults -- at Takk House

...has 10 comments, most recently from mike

There's another public meeting coming up to talk about ideas for 1 Monument Square

...has 4 comments, most recently from ace

A year later I'm still using a bike to get around town -- here are a few thoughts about how that's worked out

...has 14 comments, most recently from EdB

Gawking at the new Schenectady train station

...has 5 comments, most recently from Herbert

A collection of castle day trips

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jsc