Interview with grandmother accused causing grandson's death played in court, Cuomo on Wandering Dago situation, fried appliances in Scotia, forensic odontology

In recorded interview with police played in court Monday, Gloria Nelligan tells a Schenectady police detective that she had hit Sha'hiim Nelligan -- but that her 8-year-old grandson had also been hurting himself and wouldn't stop. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

State budget issue raised by a good-government group: up to $3 billion that's set aside in the budget and distributed in an "effectively opaque" process. [TU]

The Cuomo admin announced new minimum admission requirements for teaching programs at SUNY schools, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and GRE scores. About 25 percent of the state's teachers graduate from SUNY schools. [Cuomo admin] [TU]

Andrew Cuomo on the Wandering Dago situation: "I think if you had a state official that didn't see the name 'Wandering Dago' and a buzzer went off or a flag was raised, then you would say that person was asleep at the switch, right? ... The name is obviously offensive." [TU Cap Con]


About half of the money in the proposed Schenectady County budget for 2014 is dedicated to paying for Medicaid. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

An attorney representing a man injured in a 20-foot fall while being chased by Saratoga Springs police in August say he has unidentified witnesses who saw things differently than the SSPD -- but they're not comfortable going to police with their statements because they fear harassment. [Saratogian]

Two current Rensselaer County corrections officers, and one former officer, have filed a federal lawsuit alleging jail officials improperly accessed their medical records. [TU]

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has filed administrative charges against 10 brokers who worked for McGinn, Smith & Co. (Timothy McGinn and David Smith were recently sentenced to prison on charges that included fraud.) [TU]

Coeymans police say a Selkirk woman came home Monday to find a person going their her things, they scuffled, and she barricaded herself in her bedroom to escape. [WNYT]

Name of the West Mountain event at which a 73-year-old man is accused of pointing a gun at a staff member because he was upset by noise: "Freedom of Expression Music Festival." The music from the event reportedly could be heard from a mile away. [TU] [Post-Star]

Guilderland police say a woman reported being robbed while out walking her dog Saturday night (map). [TU]

Police say they found about 70 marijuana plants in a hidden indoor grow room in Cambridge. Said the town's police chief to YNN: "One of my officers pushed on what appeared to be a shelving unit in the basement and the door basically popped open almost like you see on TV." It's the second recent bust of this type in the town. [Post-Star] [YNN] [News10]

A Sacramento man accused of moving 50 pounds of pot from California to the Capital Region took a plea deal that includes 1.5 years in prison. [TU]

Douglas Stewart -- who was shot by police in Clifton Park in August after police say pointed a gun at them as they responded to call concerned about Stewart's safety -- pled not guilty to the menacing charge against him on Monday.

Troy is moving toward contracting with a collections agency to go after unpaid parking tickets and other unpaid bills. [Troy Record]

A power surge in Scotia Saturday fried appliances and caused electrical outlets to "sizzle." [Daily Gazette]

A proposed "positive expression" graffiti wall in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood is now off the table after strong resident opposition. [Daily Gazette]

Ultimate goal for a researcher trying to launch a research center for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in the Adirondacks: "a tick-targeted" vaccine. [TU]

The GE turbine plant in Schenectady will be making turbines for Algeria's state-owned power utility, part of a $2.7 billion order. [TU]

A farmer on the trash left behind at SPAC by FarmAid attendees: "It looked like a war zone." [Saratogian]

Among the speakers at conference of homicide investigators in Albany Monday: a forensic odontologist for the State Police. [Troy Record]

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