Split verdict in Llenroc case, the formula almost no one understands, Wash Ave Armory and city at odds over dance parties again, 12 year old saves classmate

There was a split verdict in the trial of Annie George. The federal jury found her guilty of harboring an illegal immigrant at the Llenroc mansion. But it found her not guilty of doing so for financial gain, a more serious charge. She faces as much as five years in prison and a $250k fine. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [YNN] [Saratogian]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office says a correction officer at the the Albany County jail was arrested Friday after he allegedly conspired with two inmates to assault a third inmate. Said sheriff Craig Apple: An incident like this casts a shadow over all our men and women at that facility ... It really is disappointing." [ACSO] [TU]

A Times Union-obtained federal review of the 2011 death of a French immigrant being held for deportation at the Albany County jail concludes that missed and incorrect dosages of the drugs used to treat the woman's cardiomyopathy contributed to her congestive heart failure and her death "could have been prevented." [TU]

An elderly Troy woman died in a house fire Saturday night in South Troy (map). Heavy smoke and fire forced firefighters out of the house on their initial entry, and Troy's fire chief says barricaded steel back doors also blocked firefighters efforts to get into the house. [Troy Record] [TU] [TU]

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

The state's school funding formula is 67 pages long and said to be so complicated that only a few people understand it. [TU]

The CEO of MGM says the Cuomo admin's plan to build casinos upstate before allowing them in the New York City area isn't attractive to casino companies. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo's top environmental advisor has resigned. [TU]

The head of internal affairs at the Rensselaer County jail has filed a lawsuit over a disability request -- it's the second lawsuit from a jail employee in the last week. [TU]

The advance on the state's payments to Albany for the ESP has become a point of negotiation between the state Senate Republicans and Assembly Democrats over the state budget. [TU]

The city of Albany has again pulled the permission for the Washington Ave Armory to host large dance parties after it alleged the venue had violated the memorandum of understanding it had with the city. The city's commissioner of Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance says the Armory violated the agreement by not having a private security consultant. [WNYT] [TU]

Eric L. Green -- the man accused of stabbing a state trooper at the ESP -- has been indicted on charges that include attempted murder. [TU]

Police say a man arrested after he crashed into a ditch in North Greenbush Friday morning had a blood alcohol level almost five times the legal limit. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say a man was found unconscious in the street on Lake Avenue near Broadway early Saturday morning. SSPD says a taxi stopped nearby is thought to be involved. The man was in critical condition. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Name of a man Bethlehem police say was arrested after being found burglarizing a Delmar home: Nuke T. Jennings. Police say Jennings is wanted on charges in two other states. [TU] [News10]

Said the mother of Takim Smith at a stop-the-violence meeting Sunday in Albany South End: "I'm missing my son more and more every day, but I'm here today to make a change. The violence needs to stop and it needs to stop with us." [TU]

The village of Ballston Spa is fighting state Supreme Court decision allowing the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council to set up in a building downtown. [Daily Gazette]

A Stillwater 12-year-old is being credited with saving a choking classmate by using Heimlich maneuver. [Saratogian]

A window into some of the everyday tension over historic preservation in Center Square. [TU]

The Vista Technology Campus in Slingerlands, which currently includes a ShopRite and a few banks, has attracted its first tech tenant -- from the Harriman campus. [TU]

Developer Sonny Bonacio apparently has become very interested in Troy. His company recently renovated the Keenan Building. [TU] [Troy Record]

Redevelopment focus in downtown Schenectady: lower State Street. [Daily Gazette]

A plan to return summer collegiate baseball to Saratoga includes a proposed $450,000 stadium. [Daily Gazette]

The Saratoga Springs High School boys hockey team won the state title. [Saratogian]


ACSO: Correction Officer Arrest 03-08-2013

The Albany County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Correction Officer Craig S. Strizzi, a 15 year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff's Office. The arrest stems from an assault against an Inmate incarcerated at the Albany County Correctional Facility on March 6, 2013.
The complaint alleges on March 6, 2013 while on-duty Officer Strizzi conspired with two inmates, Matthew J. Chan, age 34 and Lauterio Santos, age 46 to assault a third inmate. The victim who was housed with special restrictions was out of his cell for recreation while the rest of the inmates on the tier were locked in their cells during their normal lock in times. As the victim exited the recreation yard, Officer Strizzi grabbed the victim pushed him up against a wall holding him against the wall as Cahn and Lauterio ran over and began punching the victim about the head and body while Officer Strizzi is alleged to have punched the victim about the body
After the incident it is alleged Strizzi filed reports stating the victim threw a punch at him which precipitated the incident and he was forced to defend himself as the other two inmates, Chan and Santos who were "tier runners" came to his aide.
Strizzi was arrested on this date and charged with Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, a class E Felony, Offering a False Written Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E Felony, Assault in the Third Degree, a class A Misdemeanor, Criminal Facilitation in the Fourth Degree, a class A Misdemeanor, Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a class A Misdemeanor, Making a Punishable False Written Statement, a class A Misdemeanor and Official Misconduct a class A Misdemeanor.
Strizzi has been suspended without pay by Sheriff Craig D. Apple and arraigned before the Hon. Norman C. Massry, of the Colonie Justice Court, and released on $7500.00.
Criminal charges will be filed against Matthew Cahn and Lauterio Santos early next week. Both of who are serving out sentences at the Albany County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges.


All of these dance party restrictions, are we living in the movie Footloose?

I don't understand the limitations that Historic Albany puts on homeowners trying to replace their windows. It took nearly two years for the windows in the building I live in to be approved and replaced because of this. (I was not involved in the process but did have to pay a higher cost for the replacement windows because of it)

As long as the shape of the window opening itself is unchanged, who in their right mind cares what material the frame is made from? No matter what the material is, it will be painted and look exactly the same from the road.

This is a great example of nitpicking over the most minute details which eventually leads to the buildings being destroyed. Leaky windows -> higher heating costs and weather damage -> less tenants -> foreclosure -> abandoned and demolished.

But at least we didn't allow those evil vinyl windows in the historic neighborhood!

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