Shooting death in Albany, Bruno says he feels vindicated, sheriff says DWI sweep netted mother with kids, forklift used for robbery

Albany Police say a man was found shot and killed at an apartment complex on North Pearl Street late last night (map). There have now been three shooting deaths in Albany during the last 11 days. [TU] [WNYT]

Prompted by the recent spike in violent crime, three Albany Common Council members -- including mayoral candidate Corey Ellis -- called on the city yesterday to implement the recommendations of the Gun Violence Task Force, which issued its final report in January. Jerry Jennings said yesterday that he was tired of people "politicizing the tragedies we are having in the city." [TU] [CapNews9]

While Andrew Cuomo's investigation of the State Police (pdf) did not find evidence of special political unit, the AG's office says it found "several troubling situations in which, at the highest levels of the State Police, political considerations played an improper and determinative role." In a letter, David Paterson said he was concerned about "troubling politicization of certain actions and decisions that occurred at highest levels of the State Police." This investigation grew out of the "Troopergate" scandal -- in which Joe Bruno accused the Spitzer Administration of using state police to spy on him. Bruno said yesterday that the report makes him feel "totally vindicated." [NYS AG] [TU] [NYT] [CapNews9]

The state Committee on Open Government has concluded that the Schenectady School District should have released the entire report produced by its Steven Raucci investigation. [Daily Gazette $]

The 11-year-old girl who was pulled unconscious from a Troy pool earlier this summer has died. A teenager has said that he pulled the girl out of the pool -- and reported that the lifeguards on duty were not nearby at the time. Troy Police say their investigation of the incident is almost completed. [Fox23] [Troy Record] [TU]

Among the changes brought to Albany High School by its new principal: student photo ID cards that must be swiped to get into the building. (Might these cards have played some role in the long line to get into the school yesterday?) [WTEN] [TU] [@pattigibbons]

Chuck Schumer was at St. Rose yesterday to pitch legislation aimed at overdraft fees charged by banks. "Debit cardholders are getting scammed by their banks," said NY's senior senator. [TU] [Troy Record]

A federal judge has ruled that New York State violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by placing more than 4000 people with mental illness in institutions instead of integrating them into the community. [NYT]

A former OMRDD employee alleges that he was told by superiors not to cooperate with the state inspector general's investigation of the death of Jonathan Carey. [Troy Record]

The Albany County Sheriff says his department's Labor Day weekend DWI sweep netted a mother with two children in her car. [TU]

CDTA says the consolidation of 100 bus stops will make bus service "more efficient for the customer." [AOA] [TU]

Schenectady police say two suspects knocked over the bank at Van Vranken and Nott yesterday. The suspects reportedly implied that they had a weapon. [WTEN] [Fox23]

It appears that thieves used a Washington Ave Ext truck company's own forklift to bust in and steal $160k worth of stuff. [TU]

A dump truck carrying concrete overturned on the Thruway near Rotterdam last night, taking out three cars. State police say the injuries to drivers were not life threatening. [CBS6] [CapNews9] [Fox23]

If the ESP really was built by Rockefeller in order to impress Dutch royalty, it seems to have accomplished its goal. [TU]

Comments

"One, I am a little tired of is people are politicizing the tragedies we are having in the city."- Jerry Jennings

Really, dude? Really? You're the mayor. There are people out there that feel (and they may be right) that they will do a better job at running this city than you and your band of flunkies. If members of the common council have a plan to reduce crime in this city then it would be a shame NOT to politicize these murders. This administration has to face the music and stop reacting with surprise and silence to the warts in this city.

Lot's of interesting things going on in the dutch visit story.

"Your mayor is open to it (bicycling)" - God we hope so. This bicycle master plan the city is doing has been long anticipated. Hopefully it makes some great reccomendations.

- The woman who moved here from Holland and didn't notice the Dutch influence. Of course! We tore most of it down. The construction of 787, the ESP, and various other projects wiped out a great deal of our oldest, most beautiful buildings. He's embarrassed about the city's landscape so to make up for it Rockafeller tears it all up. Somehow the Dutch Royalty still love it?! It's not very bike or pedestrian freindly and a large section of the city was wiped out. They smiled and played nice. Afterall you can't go to a friend's house after a major remodel and go "WHAT THE F$%& DID YOU DO THIS THIS PLACE?! What are you, BLIND?" That last part would not go over well with the current Gov.

Hmm - I noticed that Mayor Jerry didn't have a problem with politicizing the gun violence task force when he included it in his campaign ad. If he's so proud of the task force, why doesn't he get off his orange duff and appoint some people to implement its recs? Too busy posing for photos?

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