Man shot to death by Schenectady police, no more Bruno bacon, conflict over dredging dump site, artist accused of stealing his own paintings

Schenectady police say an officer shot and killed a man wielding a butcher knife Saturday afternoon. Schenectady's public safety commissioner says the man moved quickly toward the officer -- and there's "nothing that indicates" the officer did not comply with department's laws and regulations. The Schenectady County DA's office says it will investigate. The officer who fired on the man had been shot in the line of duty ten years ago. Saturday's shooting was the first by an officer in Schenectady since 2002. [Daily Gazette] [CapNews9] [CBS6] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A state panel has concluded that the City of Albany's refusal to release "fixed" parking tickets could be a violation of state law. [TU]

With Joe Bruno no longer sending this bacon this way, the Capital Region's haul of state Senate pork is down 76 percent. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo has apparently "begun to embrace the possibility of a run for governor." [NYT]

It sounds like Carolyn Maloney is now leaning against challenging Kirsten Gillibrand in the Senate Democratic primary. [Politico]

There's conflict over whether the Texas dump site for the Hudson River PCB dredging project threatens an important aquifer. [Saratogian]

Not surprisingly, this has not been a great summer for tourism in the greater Capital Region. [TU]

Police boats had to rescue four people from the Mohawk near Peebles Island on Saturday after their boat capsized. The boat, which had been anchored, was tipped over by the current. The recent rain had pushed the Mohawk's significantly increased the Mohawk's flow on Saturday. [Troy Record] [CapNews9] [NWS/USGS]

Saratoga artist Frankie Flores has been charge with stealing a collection of his own paintings. Flores removed the artwork from a restaurant that belongs to his ex-wife. She says she got the pieces as part of their divorce, but he says his ex-wife's family was supposed to pay for them. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Negotiations over the contract for ambulance service in Saratoga Springs have broken down. [Saratogian]

Harry Tutunjian and Troy Republicans are criticizing the administration of a city council pork fund controlled the council's Democratic majority. It's the same fund that paid for the contested dog park in Beman Park. [Troy Record]

The section of Western Ave near Stuyvesant Plaza that always floods after a heavy rain is slated for construction that's aimed at fixing the problem. [Daily Gazette]

The Shen school district has been sued by the family of student who jumped off a file cabinet and -- according to the family's attorneys -- suffered a serious brain injury after he hit his head. [TU]

It seems that Schenectady loves its farmers' markets [Daily Gazette].

Jim Coyne is out as head of the Washington Ave Armory. [TU]

The Giants start pre-season practice at UAlbany today. Nearby restaurants are gearing up for the increase in business that usually follows. This is the last year of the Giants' contract with UAlbany. [CapNews9] [Fox23] [TU]


Is anyone else incredibly offended by the fact that that CBS article on the Schenectady shooting is in their "Local Sports" section?

I find it hard to believe that a teacher would encourage a student to perform such reckless behavior. All teachers I know are concerned about hugging a student because of the rules imposed on them. So for a teacher to let a student do such a thing is hard for me to fathom.

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