Murder in Albany, Schenectady cops could get tasers, Hudson river dredging stopped again, Cohoes considers closing barn door

Albany police say a man was shot and killed in his apartment on Western Ave Sunday morning. They say they don't have a suspect, but it appears that shooter was someone the man knew. The location of this shooting, 158 Western Ave, is less than half-a-mile from where UAlbany student Richard Bailey was shot last year. [CBS6] [TU] [Google Maps]

Among the details from the state auditor's Albany ghost ticket report: a former Albany cop was put on the VIP list after he complained about getting tickets while working at his job at the state Education Department -- he then racked up 573 no-fine tickets. Jerry Jennings released a statement Friday that said his administration would be working with the Common Council to "quickly adopt a corrective action plan" for the city's parking ticket system. Said mayoral candidate Corey Ellis in statement released Friday: ""This report clearly shows that Mayor Jennings' administration is incapable of properly managing the issuance and collection of parking fines, a system that should be simple and straightforward." [AOA] [TU] [CapNews9] [Ellis press release not online]

Schenectady police chief Mark Chaires says he pushing for the department's officers to get tasers. The family of the man shot and killed by the SPD last week questioned why a non-lethal measure wasn't used in that situation. [TU] [CapNews9]

The state announced it will be building a new $40 million food safety lab at the Harriman State Office Campus. Where that leaves the plan to turn the campus over to private development is apparently anyone's guess. [Troy Record] [TU]

The EPA has shut down the Hudson River dredging project again because levels of re-suspended PCBs again exceeded the set limits. This is the second such spike in levels this month. The EPA says it's now conducting an engineering evaluation. [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Cohoes is considering a law that would ban farm animals in the city.

The price that Google is paying for the Clifton Park company On2 is too low, according to some shareholders. [TU]

Local developers and preservationists are excited about a new state tax credit for renovating historic properties -- it's expected to spur redevelopment in the downtowns of Albany, Schenectady and Troy. [TU]

Ridership on CDTA's NX commuter buses, which run up the Northway, has increased 35 percent since 2006.

Apparently you can take alcoholic drinks to your seat at SPAC -- depending on who the act is that night. [TU]

The Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale starts tonight at Fasig-Tipton. Some horses might sell for as much as $2 million. [TU] [Saratogian]

A man rescued three horses from a barn fire in Greenfield over the weekend. [Saratogian]

The Troy pool that's been closed since a near-drowning earlier this summer may end up being closed for most of the season. [Troy Record]

A Ballston Spa woman recently turned 107. [Daily Gazette $]

An 86-year-old man in Cohoes celebrated 64 years as a barber over the weekend -- 44 of those years have come in the same shop on Remsen Street. [Troy Record] [TU]

A St. Rose student from Albany is the national Yu-Gi-Oh champ. [TU]

Comments

I'm not sure which is more disturbing: Jerry Jennings improving the Albany police friends-and-family-free-parking policy, or the trigger happy cops in Schenectady getting weapons that they can use with less discretion than handguns.

Tasers? Great, the police force with the least amount of restraint gets new weapons for harassment...er, toys to play with...um, I mean, tools to keep Schenectady streets safe.

I read that as "pushing for the department's officers to get lasers," which would be significantly scarier.

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