Multiple shootings over the weekend, stats indicate drop in Troy crime, Tedisco calls for tougher animal laws, big research grant for Siena

Schenectady police say a woman was shot in the face Sunday morning in her apartment in Mont Pleasant (map). Police say witnesses reported that a man had been ringing the woman's door bell repeatedly and then kicked in her door. The SPD says it's looking for the suspect. [Fox23] [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Albany police say a woman was shot yesterday evening on Broad Street. [Fox23]

Albany police say a teen was shot in the face early Monday morning in West Hill (map). The APD is looking for the suspect, whom the teen said he didn't know. [TU] [Fox23]

Colonie police are investigating the death of a man found outside a muffler shop on Central Ave Saturday (map). The man's body was reportedly leaning against a building. Police say no cause of death was found during the initial autopsy -- foul play is not suspected. [CapNews9] [CBS6] [Troy Record] [Fox23]

The City of Troy reported that federal stats indicate the city's overall crime rate was down 2.5 percent last year compared to the year before -- and violent crime was down 11 percent. [City of Troy Facebook]

An arbitrator has ruled that an Albany cop accused of pointing a gun at a clerk should serve a 30 day suspension. [TU]

Troy police say witnesses were uncooperative in identifying who fired shots outside a party Sunday morning in North Central (map). [Troy Record]

Almost 40 resumes have been submitted for the Albany police chief position. [CBS6]

Among the interrogation tools of police: donuts, coffee, pizza. [TU]

It sounds like the new principal at Albany High is running a tighter ship -- one that includes, for the first time in many years, pep rallies. [TU]

Kirsten Gillibrand and Harold Ford were both in town this past weekend for the annual conference of the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. They met briefly. David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo were also there -- at the same table, ignoring each other. [TU] [AP/Troy Record] [Daily Politics]

Jim Tedisco says it's time to strengthen Buster's Law, the law that makes it a felony to harm a companion animal (Tedisco sponsored the legislation 10 years ago). He says he's proposing new legislation that would require psychological evaluations for people convicted of committing crimes against animals. [CapNews9] [Fox23]

It looks like GE and the EPA are forming different ideas about how to proceed on the Hudson River PCB dredging. Results from the first year of the project are up for review. [TU] [Post-Star]

East Greenbush police say they found $7000 in counterfeit money after arresting two men for allegedly passing fake $100 bills at two stores in Rensselaer County. [Troy Record] [WTEN]

Siena is getting a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the upper atmosphere. It's the largest research grant in school history. [TU] [Troy Record]

While big residential projects in downtown Albany have fizzled, smaller scale developments are taking root. [TU]

Local thrift stores report that business is up over the last two years. [Daily Gazette $]

Local bald eagle populations appear to be growing. [Daily Gazette $]

A volunteer group called Saratoga Springboard is helping out Caffe Lena. [Daily Gazette $]

The cold weather may delay maple syrup season. [Daily Gazette $]

There were more earthquakes in Albany County this past weekend. [Fox23]

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Lots of stories on the possible closing of Thatcher and other State parks (and a facebook group to save it):

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=900638&category=&BCCode=&newsdate=2/15/2010

New Yorkers against Harold Ford:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=308021340974

So what exactly will we as New Yorkers have left? Our law- makers sit behind closed doors taking away everything that has made this area great! Is this what will bring people back to NY? Is this what will encourage tourists and businesses to make this state their home?

Find the money somewhere else Albany!

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