State concludes Tuffey's police officer certification expired, murder on Central Ave, student sues former Union roommate for $1 million, Friday's biz reportedly down after snakehead

A state agency has concluded that Albany police chief James Tuffey's certification as a police officer has expired. Tuffey can still serve as an "administrative" police chief -- but he can't carry a firearm. (Tuffey turned in his department-issued gun last week.) Common council president -- and mayor candidate -- Shawn Morris has called for mayor Jerry Jennings to fire to Tuffey for carrying a gun without a permit. [TU] [CapNews9]

A man was shot and killed Saturday morning at a club on Central Ave in Albany (map). Police say they have no suspects or motive. It was third time this man had been shot in his life -- he'd been hit by bullets twice as a teenager. [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

That state pension fund dropped almost 29 percent during the last fiscal year and that will probably mean... wait for it... higher taxes. [TU]

The state budget crunch hasn't stopped David Paterson from making frequent use of state aircraft. [TU]

Saratoga Springs Democrats have decided to back Ron Kim for mayor this year. Kim is currently the the city's public safety commissioner. [Saratogian]

Troy police say an Albany man has been arrested for last week's alleged car-to-car shooting. The man was picked up in Greenwich with the help of US Marshals. [CBS6] [TU]

State police used a helicopter and divers to search for a man who fell out of a canoe on the Mohawk in Colonie yesterday. Officials say the man has probably died. [Troy Record]

A now-former Union College student is suing his campus roommate for $1 million, alleging assault and verbal abuse that occurred during the school year that's just ending. The student, who's the son of a lawyer involved in an infamous case of securities fraud, says his former roommate also defamed him in the comments section of a Wall Street Journal blog. [Daily Gazette] [NY Mag] [NYDN] [WSJ]

Washington County dairy farmers say local milk production is being threatened by low milk prices and sprawl. [Post-Star]

Servers at the Clifton Park TGI Friday's say business has been way down since the snakehead incident. [CapNews9]

The new Price Chopper opening this week in Colonie will be able to operate independent of the electrical grid during power outages. [TU]

A Clifton Park adoption agency has started offering embryo adoption services. [TU]

A handful of vintage sea planes used Saratoga Lake as a landing strip on Saturday. [Saratogian]

The pools at Spa State Park are scheduled to open June 27 -- but park officials say they may open a week earlier if everything falls into place. [Saratogian]

Comments

Of all the violence and political drama I read in today's news, the thing that most got under my skin was the story of the man who fell out of his canoe while fishing. My husband and I used to boat near that part of the river, near the twin bridges. On hot days we would anchor, jump in and swim, and enjoy a couple of cold ones. It's disturbing to think that someone can be so easily swept away to their death when they simply set out that morning to have a peaceful day on the river. I never noticed any strong current when I swam there...perhaps the recent rains effected that. I don't know.

@Summer: Judging by this graph of measurements taken in Cohoes, it looks like the rain did push the level of the Mohawk up a lot over the last week.

The graph also shows a steep decline yesterday -- which tracks with the power plant-influenced drop mentioned in the Record's story.

Where is the new Price Chopper located?

I keep on seeing references to Rt. 5 & 155, but the "kosher chopper" is already on that plot. Are they knocking the old one down?

@ abby: Same plaza at Rt 5 & 155, just the other end. Brand new building, super green - the only gold certified GreenChill store in the Northeast. Look for lots more kosher offerings as well.

Dear Spencer Dreier,

If I could sue people for making fun of me, the playground courtroom would be filled to capacity with defendants. You are an idoit. Your fragile ego has now made headlines, and more riducule will follow. You stupid, thin-skinned, moron. Hire a lawyer and come and get me. Only this time, let's increase the stakes. I'm calling you a nincompoop - that should justify a $100 million dollar settlement.

Seaplanes = Awesome

Looks like Airstream in the....uh...air.

So THAT'S what that construction project next to Big Lots is all about.

I can't say I'll miss the Kosher Chopper. It's such a weird store. The signs out front are never lit at night, and every time I've gone there at night the parkin lot lights are out. Makes me feel incredibly unsafe.

The aisles go in different directions, and the fruit/vegetable section has a weird '80s vibe.

Hmm...maybe I will miss it.

I still wish to comment on the fact that the chief was not a certified officer when he handled the mayor's accident report... but oh well, you'll just disapprove this comment again. I guess someone must be friend's with the mayor, so nothing that might sound negative of him can be posted.

@Blehber: Is this the comment to which you refer?

Greg- my apologies! I don't know why I did not see that.

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