One Schenectady suicide reportedly prompted chain of attempts, Morris officially in the pool for Albany mayor, parents sue bars for $12 million, UAlbany student robbed at gunpoint

The suicide of a 17-year-old in Schenectady last fall appears to have started a chain reaction of five other suicide attempts -- two of which led to deaths. All five of the teens who subsequently attempted suicide apparently used the same method as the first teen. [Daily Gazette]

The heads of both the Albany Police Officers Union and the union's parent organization say they will not testify under oath about the ghost ticket scandal at tonight's meeting of the Albany Common Council. That may lead the council to take the unusual step of issuing a subpoena to the APOU's president. [TU]

Albany Common Council President Shawn Morris officially announced on Sunday that she's running for mayor. Morris says she wants to "open up City Hall to the people who own it." Morris has served on the council for 15 years. [Fox23] [TU] [CapNews9]

Rumors have apparently been circulating that Schenectady officials are talking about dissolving the city's troubled police force. After a Schenectady police sergeant reportedly left work during a shift to go to the dentist this past week, mayor Brian Stratton says he personally told two shifts of SPD officers that it was time to get their act together. [TU]

The parents of a teen killed by a drunk driver last year in Saratoga have filed a $12 million lawsuit against the estate of the driver and the two bars that allegedly served him. The widow of the driver filed suit against the bars last December. [Post-Star]

Saratoga Springs officials say they're starting to wonder if the state will pay up on the property tax it owes after taking ownership of The Track last year. [Saratogian]

One of Albany County's legislators is suggesting that the size of the legislature be cut from 39 to 19 members. [TU]

Police say a UAlbany student was robbed at gunpoint while walking along Western Ave near Partridge early Saturday morning. Last weekend a UAlbany student was robbed at knifepoint on the uptown campus. [TU] [Fox23]

The Troy PD says its new "ShotSpotter" gunfire surveillance system registered its first daytime shot on Friday -- right outside the building that will soon become city hall. [Troy Record]

The Rensselaer County Historical Society says financial problems may force it to close. [TU]

The first local person hired by the new GlobalFoundries -- the company building the chip fab -- is an HR director who currently works in an empty office. [Post-Star]

Local auction houses say they economic downturn is keeping them busy, but prices are down -- especially on items such as furniture. [Daily Gazette]

The biggest star on the court for tonight's MAAC basketball final between Siena and Niagra may be the 9-year-old who sings the national anthem. [TU]


I want to smack that singing Siena kid in the yet-to-form adam's apple. He can buff an ice rink with that uneccesary, and totally forced, vibrato. Just sing a song, kid. Don't try to be Beyonce.

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