JCOPE report shows Silver's office shielded Lopez, Albany Dems endorse Sheehan, demolition of St. Patrick's tower underway

The long awaited JCOPE report on the Vito Lopez scandal was released on Wednesday. Among the details: Lopez told female employees to dress more provoctively, and asked them to do things like rub his hand or share an apartment with him, and threatened their jobs when they rebuffed his advances. The report also says the office of Sheldon Silver sheilded Lopez from public scrutiny and failing to investigate and refer initial harassment allegations . A special prosecutor in Staten Island who was conducting his own investigtion into the case found "no basis" for criminal charges against Lopez and also found Silver's office did not break the law, but "fell short of what the public has a right to expect." [NYT][WNYT][Capitol Confidential]

Albany's Democratic committee has endorsed Kathy Sheehan for mayor but not before Corey Ellis, who is also running for the seat, fought to table the motion to endorse Sheehan. [WNYT][YNN]

The 20-year-old son of the Schenectady woman charged with beating her 8-year-old grandson to death - who has been taking care of his three younger sisters while their mother is in jail - has been arrested for allegedly beating a pit bull with a shovel. [TU]

Demolition of the bell tower at the site of the former St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet was delayed again this week when someone vandalized the gas tank of a crane brought in to tear down the tower. Demolition has resumed this morning. [YNN][TU]

As crews tear down the last of St. Patrick's in Watervliet, a new Catholic church, formerly based in Troy, is opening in Watervliet. [News 10]

SaintRose_all-over-albany_generic_525x40.jpg

The five year old girl who survived the Schenectady fire that killed her father and siblings earlier this month is still in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center, suffering from sever burns. [TU]

The body of a homelessman was found Wednesday night on the Empire State Plaza.[Record]

State Police divers spent two days searching the Hudson after fisherman reported finding what appeared to be human remains.[Record]

Two Albany men are headed to prison for selling crack and heroin in the city.[Record]

State Senator Ceclia Tkaczyk is seeking to ban the dumping of hydrofracking waste from other states in New York.[WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo has tapped Alain Kaloyeros to help set up business incubators or "innovation hot spots"[Capitol Confidential]

Developers are considering turning two Troy warehouse buildings into apartments.[Record]

Bill McTygue, the brother of former Saratoga Public Works commsioner Tom McTygue is running for his brother's former post against incumbant Skip Scirocco, who won the seat from Tom McTygue in 2007.[Saratogian]

Troy's city council is considering a grafitti app like the one being used in Albany.[Record]

Over 200 people rallied against the NY Safe act in Glenville on Wednesday.[Gazette]

Heard yesterday at yet another day of testimony in Sno Kone v. Ding-a-ling : "Objection," replied Albanese. "I do not see Mr. Ding-A-Ling dancing to any music."[TU]

Saratoga County Sheriff Jim Bowen has endorsed former Stillwater town Judge and sheriff's department investigator Michael Zurlo for his job.
[WNYT]

A plan to save the Glens Falls Civic Center has fallen through , leaving the arena's future in jeopardy once again.[WNYT]

A cautionary tale for parents considering hiring a limo to take their kids to the prom.[TU]

Troopers cracked down on distracted driving on the Northway on Wednesday.[TU]

A cancer surviver's thoughts on the cost of the medication that saved her life, which was discovered by the doctors who will receive the Albany Medical Center prize tomorrow. [TU]

The town of Stillwater wants to reopen Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake.[Gazette]

Seniors at Shen decorated the home of Deanna Rivers in an annual Senior Night tradition.[WNYT]

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The Postal Bank

Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing legislation to spur the creation of a Postal Bank, which would offer banking services in all of the US Postal Service's... (more)

Katherine Applegate at Skidmore

Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate will be at Skidmore May 8 for an event organized by Northshire Bookstore. She'll be talking about her new book,... (more)

Cars and quality of life

Over at the New York Times there's an opinion piece -- "Cars Are Ruining Our Cities" -- that collects a lot of threads that often... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Bouck White, dropping knowledge, the expense of being poor, a well-lived... (more)

School House Rock Live! at The Palace

A touring production of School House Rock Live! will be at The Palace this Sunday, April 29. Tickets are $20 for adults / free for... (more)

Recent Comments

I have really enjoyed working with SEFCU Insurance Agency and have saved a great deal of money with them. If you are a SEFCU member, you will likely get an additional discount on top of bundling (auto+property, etc.) and other discounts most insurers offer. ...

The plan to fix a problem in Albany that's been a century in the making -- and the concerns about that fix

...has 7 comments, most recently from Paul

An end for plastic shopping bags in New York?

...has 3 comments, most recently from Jeff D

"Access to bikeshare seems to feed a demand for more bikeshare"

...has 1 comment, most recently from Steve

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend 2018

...has 1 comment, most recently from jsc

Approval for another big apartment project, Warehouse District reuse, Pine Hills demos, and more exciting tales of the Albany planning board

...has 8 comments, most recently from Blergh