Arrests in Bailey murder, local officials stoked after Obama visit, national attention on Obama and Paterson, road rage blamed in triple stabbing

Albany police announced the arrest of three teens for the murder of UAlbany student Richard Bailey last year in Pine Hills. All three have pleaded not guilty. Police have accused the alleged shooter, who's already in prison on a separate charge, of robbing another person just seven minutes after Bailey's death. Officials wouldn't say what led them to the three suspects, but did say the case came together during the last few months. [Troy Record] [WNYT] [WTEN] [TU] [Fox23] [CapNews9]

Said Richard Bailey's father after the arrests: "It was shocking to see how young the individuals were." [TU]

One of the suspects -- King Modest -- was the subject of a Metroland cover story in 2007. [Metroland]

President Obama highlighted the role of education in building the "new generation of American manufacturing" during his speech at Hudson Valley Community College yesterday. He also said Upstate New York has been suffering through a "permanent recession for years." (Full text of the prepared speech.) [TU] [Saratogian] [AOA]

(There's a lot more about the Obama visit after the jump.)

Only a few hundred people got to attend the speech -- many others lined up along roadways to watch the presidential motorcade pass by. Air Force One was also a draw -- one person described the sound the plane made as "a big WHOOSH." (Photos of Air Force One landing, in flight and at ALB.) [Troy Record] [Fox23] [AOA]

A small group of protesters turned out for the POTUS visit. Everything seemed to stay civil. [Troy Record] [TU]

As you might imagine, local leader were stoked that Obama made a stop in the area. They're hoping to use the President's visit as a marketing tool. The region didn't get much attention on the national networks, though. [Troy Record] [Post-Star] [TU]

The one aspect of the Obama visit that people outside the region did seem to focus on was the White House's recent nudge to keep David Paterson from running for governor in 2010. Every handshake, comment and man-hug between the President and Governor was examined for signs of tension. Paterson apparently did not get any private alone time with the Obama. And the President was much more effusive toward Andrew Cuomo publicly. Though Obama apparently was sympathetic during a few whispered comments to Paterson on the tarmac at ALB. [NYT] [TU] [TU] [NYDN] [Buffalo News] [NYDN]

Of the White House's intervention in the New York gubernatorial situation, George Pataki said yesterday, "I just think it's wrong." Pataki says he's considering a run for US Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand. [PolitickerNY] [AP/WNYT]

Albany police say road rage precipitated Saturday's triple stabbing on State Street near Washington Park. They've arrested a Troy man for the crime and charged him with assault. [TU] [Fox23]

CDTA is getting $3.5 million from the feds to buy more hybrid buses. [TU]

The City of Schenectady has been trying to get Union College to make payments in lieu of taxes for properties its bought (and taken off the tax rolls) -- but the college has so far declined. [Marv Cermak]

People in downtown Troy are mourning the closing of Larry Shepici's three businesses (Tosca, Tosca Etc and the Illium). Tax problems appear to have done in the businesses. [TU] [Troy Record]


I am shocked and delighted that the suspects in Richard Bailey's shooting. I can't say I'm relieved though. This turned out to be the senseless crime I was afraid it was. To shoot someone dead and continue to rob someone else? That is a sign of utter depravity.

I was in Troy last night for something at the Arts Center and I was so excited for Illium since I'm never over there. I was so bummed it was closed and even more bummed that it looks like the closings are permanent. I can't help but hope Troy can assist somehow but then again, how do you get behind in your taxes by $14,000?!

I am appalled that the accessory to the triple stabbing on State Street was not charged with any crime. Vaneilya Goodwin may not have wielded a knife, but it was her assault that initiated the violence.

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