Speculation about Tuffey's resignation, state Ed Department looking into kegger, Bethlehem cops go weeding, new row houses planned for Center Square

Speculation continues about the departure of Albany police chief James Tuffey. His retirement announcement -- by many accounts sudden -- came after a group of department commanders retained legal counsel and told city hall they would not deny a incident in which Tuffey is accused of using a racial slur. Mayor Jerry Jennings says he did not ask Tuffey to resign. The union that represents Albany police officers is saying that the resignation was forced with the help of the department's command staff -- and is accusing the city of using Tuffey's departure to stall contract negotiations with the union. [TU] [CapNews9] [WNYT] [Fox23] [Troy Record]

Jennings says there will be a "national search" for a candidate to replace Tuffey. Because of a charter change in 2007, the Common Council will have veto power over the mayor's choice for the position. Common Council president Shawn Morris says she wants Jennings to talk with the council about criteria for the candidate search. Citing Jennings' five other picks for chief, Morris said, "It's time to broaden the search." [CapNews9] [TU] [CBS6] [CBS6]

The New York State Education Department now says it will be looking into photos that popped up on Facebook of a Schenectady school board member and his wife -- a teacher -- at a kegger celebrating their son's high school graduation. Schenectady's schools superintendent says the district is "looking at [the situation] internally." [WTEN] [Upstream] [TU]

A Troy woman pleaded guilty yesterday to stabbing and killing her former boyfriend last year on a Troy street. The woman had originally said she stabbed the man in self-defense. The plea deal includes 10 years in prison. [TU] [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

Two men sought for the shooting last week near Union College have turned themselves into police. Police allege one man fired the shots and the other served as a driver. [TU] [CapNews9]

Bethlehem police pulled up 58 pot plants yesterday from locations around the town. The police say they found the plants through air surveillance and tips from neighbors. The plants are reportedly worth $10,000. [CapNews9] [TU] [Fox23]

Police say a man pulled a gun at the Funplex miniature golf course in East Greenbush yesterday. [CBS6]

Albany County is giving people a break on late property tax penalties in an attempt to bring in more revenue. [Fox23]

Saratoga Springs will be spending more than $400k on repairs and upgrades to the Canfield Casino. [Saratogian]

A developer has proposed building new row houses on the empty lot on Jay Street in Albany's Center Square neighborhood. [TU]

Freedom Communications -- the parent company of WRGB CBS6 -- filed for bankruptcy yesterday. [AP]

The developer building condos at the corner of New Scotland and Whitehall in Albany wants to turn the site of the demolished garage into a city park. [TU]

This has been the third wettest summer on record. [Daily Gazette]

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Park at the corner of New Scotland and Whitehall? Yay!

Police say a man pulled a gun at the Funplex miniature golf course in East Greenbush yesterday.

Must have been a six-shooter, since most holes have a five-shot limit.

Jennings says there will be a "national search" for a candidate to replace Tuffey.

Millions, from around the country, have a dream. Tens of thousands will reach for the stars. But in the end, there can only be one. Join us, as the nations most talented candidates are put to the test to determine WHO has what it takes to become Albany's NEXT TOP COP!!!!!

Some great developments - haha, yes pun intended. Who doesn't love infil?! I have to disagree with historic resources about the garages. Take a stroll down Lancaster, Irving, Chestnut, Garden Alley, and Spring Street. There are more than a handful of elegant homes that incorperate garages into the facade. "It's not the charachter of the neighborhood." Hello... carriage houses? I hope the developer gets what he wants on this proposal.

Boopsies was indeed an eyesore.

Now... if we could get a visonary developer to address the blight on the eastern corners of Washington and Ontario.....!!!!!

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