Trooper stabbed at Empire State Plaza, man killed after being hit by truck on Central Ave, funeral for Sha'hiim Nelligan, dance marathon raises almost $500k

State Police say a trooper was stabbed during an attack at the Empire State Plaza Sunday afternoon. NYSP say the attacker had struck up a conversation with trooper Rodney Smith, while Smith was checking the man's ID, he pulled out a steak knife and stabbed Smith in the neck. There was a struggle, the man took Smith's radio, and ran off. Smith was taken to Albany Med and is expected recover. The incident happened on the concourse, just inside the doors that lead out to Madison Ave. The attack prompted a large manhunt in the area around the ESP -- the suspect has not been found. Said State Police captain William Keeler: "It's just the fact that this individual is still out there is disconcerting to anybody. This was not a rational act, and if somebody would stab an armed trooper then who knows?" [NYSP] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [AP/WNYT] [YNN]

Update: NYSP have released a name -- Eric L. Green, 18 years old -- and photo of the person they're searching for.

A man died on Central Ave in Colonie early Saturday morning after being hit by a USPS tractor trailer (map). A witness tells YNN that it appeared the man's body had gotten stuck in the wheels of the trailer. Colonie police say the driver stopped, and when he got out of the truck, he was assaulted by one or more people who then took off. CPD says the driver has not been charged. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [TU] [WNYT]

Albany County sheriff Craig Apple is criticizing parts of the NY SAFE Act. [YNN]

UAlbany is requesting $293 million from the state for "critical maintenance" and upgrades to campus buildings. [TU]

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The Cuomo admin's push to consolidate and centralize state administrative functions extends to press calls and press releases. [TU]

More than half of NYSUT's approximately 500 employees make more than $100,000 a year. [TU]

The results of the property reassessment in Troy -- the city's first in 40 years -- are in the mail. [TU]

The Rensselaer County clerk's office reported its 13th straight year with a six-figure surplus. [TU]

Schenectady police say two men robbed the Key Bank on Eastern Parkway late Friday afternoon (map). SPD says the men implied they had a weapon. Investigators are looking into whether the men could be connected to two bank robberies in February. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [News10]

Supected cause of a large house fire in Delmar over the weekend: books next to a baseboard heater. [News10] [TU]

State Police say six SUNY Cobleskill students were injured Saturday afternoon when the Jetta they were riding in rolled over twice in Duanesburg. Two of the people were reportedly thrown out through the car's back window. [TU] [AP/WNYT] [News10]

A Malta 16 year old is accused of passing counterfeit $10 bills. [Saratogian]

The Indian woman who prosecutors say was kept as a servant at the Llenroc Mansion is set to testify at the federal trial of Annie George, scheduled to start Monday, via a Malayalam translator. [Daily Gazette]

Said one of the speakers at the funeral for Sha'hiim Nelligan -- the Schenectady 8-year-old who died last week, allegedly after being abused his grandmother: "He was like my little brother, the one that I never had. The one I still don't have, I guess." [Daily Gazette]

The owner of the proposed indoor gun range in Green Island says customers will be required to take a four-hour safety course before being allowed to use the range. [Troy Record]

Clifton Park officials are floating a plan that would emphasize mixed-use development in a towns center in at the Route 146/Exit 9 area. [TU]

The development company that owns the historic -- and vacant, and deteriorating -- Tudor-style homes on Holland Ave in Albany successfully fought to get their assessments significantly lowered -- and ended up getting a tax refund from the city. [TU]

Construction has started on a new hotel on Washington Ave Ext next to Crossgrates (map) -- the site for which had been the subject of legal fight between developers and Save the Pine Bush. [TU]

The mayor of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga County supervisors are no longer getting free box seats at the Saratoga Race Course. [TU]

Stolen: the bronze letters from the grave monument for Robert Furman, the tallest in Vale Cemetery. [Daily Gazette]

The annual student dance marathon at South Glens Falls High School raised almost $500,000 -- a new record. [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

In a Colonie industrial park, falconry. [TU]


It bothers me that they have not caught the guy who stabbed the cop at the plaza - and why isn't there a description circulating? I live a block from there. What does this crazy-stabby guy look like?? The plaza is lousy with cameras - they must have some idea what the guy looks like.

I am completely outraged about this:

The development company that owns the historic -- and vacant, and deteriorating -- Tudor-style homes on Holland Ave in Albany successfully fought to get their assessments significantly lowered -- and ended up getting a tax refund from the city. [TU]

I spoke to a friend about what I should do and their suggestion was

1. Call the mayor’s radio show or Call the mayor on his regular line
2. Letter to the editor
3. Call your council person (I suggest all three)

I plan on doing all three. It is awful that the city continues to impose higher property taxes on residents that actually live in the city while lowering the tax burden on Picotte Cos., who lets the properties sit vacant.

They are beautiful homes and there is no reason that they should be left vacant and that the city should be giving any money to the owners.

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