Thousand gather to celebrate new saint, Spitzer back in Albany, candidate pulls out of debate accusing opponent of "deceptions"
The mayors of Albany and Troy, as well as the Albany County exec, drive unmarked police vehicles -- with sirens and lights. [TU]
The Boy Scout of America files released last week as part of a civil suit regarding sexual abuse in the organization includes records of about two dozen leaders in the Capital Region being banned for allegedly abusing boys between 1969 and 2004. Some of the records include many details -- others just some tracking info. One of the detailed cases involved an adult leader from Troy. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]
The proposed Rensselaer County budget includes a 2 percent tax increase. [Troy Record]
Thousands of people gathered in Auriesville (near Amsterdam) Sunday to celebrate of the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha by the Roman Catholic Church. Kateri is the first Native American recognized as a saint by the church. Also canonized on Sunday: a woman who was raised in Utica. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [YNN] [NYT]
Albany police say a man was shot with bird shot early Sunday morning on South Pearl Street (block map). APD says his injuries don't appear life-threatening. [press release below]
Saratoga Springs police say they've made an arrest in the September 23 Broadway stabbing. [Saratogian]
Saratoga County sheriff's deputies say they've arrested three men for allegedly being involved with a string of burglaries in the county over the last month -- they allegedly stole from businesses, homes, and vehicles in Malta, Wilton, Milton, Greenfield and Saratoga Springs. [TU] [Saratogian]
State Police say a neighborhood in Stillwater was hit by a rash of thefts and vandalism overnight Friday-Saturday. [Fox23]
Eliot Spitzer was in Albany Sunday as part of a fundraiser for WAMC and shared his views on many topics -- except his future political ambitions. (It was reportedly Spitzer's first time back in Albany since 2008.) [TU] [YNN] [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]
The top issue in the 21st Congressional race -- incumbent Bill Owens (D) and challenger Matt Doheny (R) -- according to the candidates: jobs. [Daily Gazette]
Jennifer Whalen -- the Republican candidate for the 110th Assembly seat (the district currently represented by Bob Reilly) -- says she pulled out of a scheduled debate with Democrat Phil Steck Sunday because of "repeated deceptions" and "intentional misrepresentations" by Steck's campaign -- Steck called the move "political grand standing." [WNYT]
The horse racing industry had a $4.2 billion impact on the state's economy in 2011, according to a recently released industry report. [Daily Gazette]
As part of its look into state legislator per diems, the Post highlights some of the residential properties owned by legislators in Albany. [NY Post]
An audit of the Schenectady school district reports that the district counted $3.4 million in revenue that it hadn't yet collected -- and the school district board's president openly admits what the district did. [Daily Gazette]
At an anti-violence rally in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood this past Saturday two sisters explain how things have changed from when they grew up: "Back when, you could talk about it, fight about it and be over with it," said one, and added the other: "Now they shoot first and ask questions later." [TU] [Daily Gazette]
The city of Schenectady's building inspector estimates that only 25 percent of the city's landlords have the required rental certificate -- and the city is looking to crack down. [Daily Gazette]
The city of Schenectady is planning to keep its body shop, even though its expenses are projected to exceed revenue again. [Daily Gazette]
In Saratoga Springs someone collected a hundreds of campaign yard signs placed where they shouldn't be (but weren't taken in years past) and left them at the city's transfer station. City officials say they didn't give the order to remove the signs. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]
As Schenectady County municipalities consolidate their dispatch services, officials are looking to increase the use of surveillance cameras. [Daily Gazette]
Occupy Albany celebrated its one-year anniversary. [WNYT]
Proctors is the state-designated tourism promotion agency for all of Schenectady County, part of the theater's transformation into a multifaceted arts and entertainment operation. [TU]
The city of Schenectady's tourism guide -- who organized events such as the Stockade ghost tour -- has been laid off because of budget cuts. [Daily Gazette]
East Greenbush police say an 85-year-old driver accidentally ran his car into a doctor's office building Friday. [WNYT]
Albany police are investigating the shooting of a 28 year old Brooklyn man that occurred this morning on South Pearl Street.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. officers responded to the 100 block of South Pearl Street for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they located a victim who had been shot with bird shot ammunition.
He was treated at the scene by firefighters and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital. His injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
The investigation is ongoing.
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