Protest over Albany cabaret law, questions about assessments in Saratoga, shooting in Pine Hills, drought bad for pot crop, too many kittens
About 75 people turned up for a protest yesterday evening of Albany cabaret law, specifically a recent implementation of it that would make venues stop live entertainment at 2 am. An attorney representing Waterworks said he's looking at going to court over to stop the enforcement of the rule. Said Common Councilman Ron Bailey: "We're talking about a domino affect if we don't straighten this out, bars are going to close. People are gonna lose jobs." The law includes a provision for reviewing its implementation six months after its passage, which would be in October. [Troy Record] [YNN] [Fox23] [WNYT] [TU]
The state attorney general's office is reportedly investigating some property reassessments in Saratoga Springs after allegations surfaced that a consultant has been given the inside track on lowering assessments -- and, the allegation continues, she's been pitching that service to property owners. [TU]
Said pastor Willie Bacote at a North Central Troy neighborhood meeting about the recent rash of violence and suspicious fires: "The police are there to help us, police are there to further protect, but they can't solve our problems, we need to do the work." Frequent request at a at the meeting: more programs for young mothers and children. Troy police say they're still investigating the string of fires. [Fox23] [Troy Record] [YNN]
The Cuomo admin has been painting a bright picture of the state's economic condition lately -- but there are some signs things aren't necessarily headed in the right direction. [Troy Record]
More back and forth between Shawn Morse and Neil Breslin: Morse is pointing a finger at the Breslin campaign for allegedly hiring a private investigator to dig up dirt on Morse. Breslin's campaign accused Morse of making "wild, baseless accusations." [State of Politics] [TU]
More back and forth from the Albany County Democratic primary for DA: Lee Kindlon says David Soares has "fumbled" the ball on crime after local police departments carried the ball to the goal line. [TU]
One possible reason regional law enforcement agencies are turning up fewer pot plants this summer: drought. [Daily Gazette]
Now that Albany County is allowed to house out-of-state prisoners at its jail, it's looking at Vermont as a possible customer. [YNN]
A new proposal for the Latham Circle Mall property would include new construction. [TU]
A movie theater is apparently not part of the current plan for City Station in Troy, as has had been previously floated. [Troy Record]
Columbia Development has a proposal for redevelopment of the defunct Curry Road Shopping Center in Rotterdam (map). [Daily Gazette]
The downtown Albany property once slated for the large mixed-used "Amos at Quackenbush Square" development is now facing foreclosure. [TU]
The group trying to save St. Patrick's in Watervliet is at odds with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany over which engineering/architecture firm should give the structure a second review. [TU]
The volunteer group that tends the rose garden in Schenectady's Central Park wants the event fee for the garden to increase from $10 to $50 for residents (it's more for non-residents). The group says it needs the money for maintenance of the garden. [TU] [Daily Gazette]
The new housing complex at UAlbany is all single rooms -- and it's "green." [YNN]
A newly promoted Troy police sergeant is part of a family with three generations of Troy policemen -- his father served on the force, and his son is currently serving. [Troy Record]
Saratoga Springs is apparently more receptive to a tattoo shop aimed at women than Glens Falls. [Saratogian]
It's a big year for wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. [YNN]
The Saratoga County Animal Shelter is currently dealing with an overflow of kittens. [Saratogian]
APD: Reckless Endangerment Arrest
Albany police arrested a 28 year old Latham man for shooting at a Washington Avenue home early Saturday morning .
Officers responded to the 500 block of Washington Avenue, just after midnight, after receiving a call for shots fired. When officers arrived, the victim told them that he and Shamir Leflore, of 37 Lake Shore Drive, Latham, had an argument and that during the incident Leflore shot at him. The victim, who was not injured, was able to close the door and get inside. Leflore continued to fire three shots at the door and the front of the house.
On Saturday, just after 5:00 p.m., Officer Ryan Moore, who was familiar with the incident on Washington Avenue, stopped Leflore as he was walking at First and North Lake Avenues. He was placed into custody without incident.
He was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd.
He was arraigned Sunday morning in the Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.
On June 17th, 2012, Leflore was arrested for weapons possession after he was caught with a loaded handgun after he pointed it at a woman on North Manning Boulevard.
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