Rensselaer County woman charged with daughter's death in Illinois, report concludes excavation caused Albany row house collapse, Cuomo a tough boss, local chef comes up just short on Food Network

A Rensselaer County woman has been charged with the murder of her four-year-old daughter in Illinois. She's accused of stabbing the child and then trying to kill herself last week. Prosecutors say the woman told police she killed her daughter to keep from being sold as a sex slave. [TU] [Troy Record] [Chicago Tribune]

The state Commission on Judicial Conduct found that former Saratoga County Family Court Judge Gilbert Abramson demonstrated "profound disregard for the rule of law" and "continuing insensitivity to the overriding importance of protecting the rights of litigants." In one case, the commission says a man served 268 days in jail after being sentenced by Abramson without counsel and without a hearing. Abramson resigned last month after losing a Republican party primary for the position. The commission says he would have been removed if he hadn't resigned. [NYSCJC] [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette]

Troy police say they're investigating an apparent shooting in South Troy early Saturday morning (map). Police say they had gotten a tip that something was about to go down in the area. [Troy Record] [WTEN]

Saratoga County DA James Murphy says law enforcement officials were able to bust a ring allegedly responsibly for more than 60 burglaries in the Capital Region. He says police got their break when a 62-year-old Ballston Spa woman followed a man who allegedly broke her house. As the woman said: "He was surprised that I was chasing him." [Fox23] [TU] [WNYT]

An engineering report on the collapse of the row house on Madison Ave in Albany this past August concludes excavation for construction on the adjacent lot was responsible for the collapse. Earlier: photos from the collapse [TU]

Notification letters have started to go out to state employees about layoffs. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo is apparently not an easy boss for whom to work. [NYT]

After his sit-in disguised as a tour in May, Jack McEneny has apparently been banned from giving tours of the governor's office at the Capitol. [TU]

An investigation into the use of the sick time by City of Albany gang prevention coordinator Ron "Cook" Barrett concluded that Barrett did use sick time inappropriately, but was not trying to intentionally defraud the city. The report recommends Barrett pay back or exchange the sick time for vacation and be placed on probation for six months. [TU] [WTEN]

A consultant's study of the potential dissolution of Schuylerville concludes the potential cost savings are minimal. [Saratogian]

Jerry Jennings seemed irked that prominent architecture firm EYP had been lured from downtown Albany to new offices at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. [TU]

The $6 million reconstruction of Watervliet's 19th Street corridor is officially finished after "two years of hell." [Troy Record]

Is the Capital Region getting more bike friendly? Sort of. [TU]

The Town of Colonie has budgeted $72,000 to pay for dry cleaning police uniforms next year. [TU]

A year after a a beagle was found bound with duct tape and nearly dead in a wooded area of Saratoga County, officials say they still don't know who did it. [Daily Gazette]

The plan to had a drive-thru to the historic Gillette House near the Stockade in Schenectady has been dropped. [Daily Gazette]

Vorheesville chef Giovanni Morina came up just short on the Food Network's Wedding Cake Challenge last night. [Fox23]

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