Federal government shutdown, details of alleged beating at Schenectady movie theater, father attempts to shame son on Hoosick Street, moose shot in Colonie

Many parts of the federal government are shutting down as a bill continuing funding of the government is used as a ploy in a fight between the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate over delaying the start of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare . The local and state effects of the shutdown could depend on how long it lasts. One immediate sign: Saratoga National Historical Park will be closed during the shutdown. Recent statements from: Chris Gibson | Paul Tonko. [NYT] [NYT] [NYSNYS/Troy Record] [TU] [Saratogian] [Chris Gibson FB] [Paul Tonko office]

Closing arguments in the trial of Gloria Nelligan were Monday, with the defense framing Nelligan's actions leading up to the death of her grandson as "discipline" and the prosecution calling it "torture". The judge could return a verdict Tuesday. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [TU]

The Schenectady County prosecutors allege a man was seriously beaten -- and his daughter also assaulted -- at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Schenectady in June after he told a group to quiet down during a movie. Three teens have been indicted on felony charges and police allege as many as 15 were involved. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Students in Capital Region private schools didn't really do any better on the new state standardized tests than students in public schools. (Database of private school scores.) [TU] [Syracuse Post-Standard]

The father of a 17-year-old made his son stand on Hoosick Street in Troy Monday wearing a sign explaining that the teen had been involved in a theft, smoked pot, and disrespected adults. The father called it "tough love." [News10] [WNYT]

Gazette articles continue be open-access because of a computer problem.


Andrea Gause -- the Troy woman accused of defrauding the Boston Marathon bombings victims fund of $480k -- has been indicted on larceny and fraud charges in Massachusetts. Authorities in the Capital Region have alleged that Gause tried to use a chunk of the money to buy a house in Saratoga County. [Mass AG] [TU]

Troy police say a group of recent arrests -- in Albany and Troy -- are suspects wanted in connection with recent shootings in North Central. One of the men arrested tells YNN a gun allegedly found isn't his. [Troy Record] [TU] [YNN]

There's an investigation looking into whether there's a connection between two recent -- and large -- early morning fires in Guilderland: one at a vacant mansion, the other at vacant eatery. [TU]

A State Police investigator said the Syracuse-area man accused of sexual misconduct with a Saratoga County teen met the boy at a school in Latham and had developed a relationship with his family. [Oneida Disptach/Saratogian]

Saratoga County is probably still more than a year away from selling its nursing home, which means budgeting for it for next year. [Saratogian]

A report by the state Authorities Budget Office raised questions about the connections between the Capitalize Albany Corporation and the city of Albany, specifically about land purchases CAC made from the city. CAC's president -- who's also Albany's planning commissioner -- defended the org's actions. [NYS ABO] [NYS ABO] [TU]

Clifton Park's proposed town budget again includes no town tax. [Daily Gazette]

Said a recent graduate of the Troy regional drug treatment court: "This has changed my life. I was a mess. I couldn't live like that anymore. It's no way to live." [Troy Record]

The Shelters of Saratoga says its supply of food and other items is running low and it's in need of donations. [Saratogian]

Troy is considering two proposals for zoning adult businesses. [TU]

Idea floated for protecting the Stockade in Schenectady from flooding: elevate 15-40 houses that sit in the 100- and 500-year flood plain. [Daily Gazette]

A Middleburgh woman is fighting possible jail time and thousands of dollars in fines for doing Irene-related repairs on her house without a permit. [Daily Gazette]

National Grid is projecting a 9 percent decrease in costs for heating a home with natural gas this winter. [WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that prohibits the sale of lighters that look like toys. [AP/Daily Gazette]

One aspect of a new health research partnership between upstate academic, medical, and tech institutions: access to the Watson system at RPI. [TU] [Troy Record] Earlier: A future timeline of Watson at RPI

The Watervliet Arsenal Museum is closing for two years to be reorganized and renovated. [TU]

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it shot a moose near I-87 in Colonie Sunday because it posed a possible danger to traffic on the interstate. [News10]


This debacle will only backfire on the Republican Party. After getting into bed with the tea party, I wonder how many Republicans are waking up this morning thinking: "The tea party was so good looking last night when I was drunk. How'd it get so ugly this morning"?

With the government shutting down, who will protect the enormous SUVs roaring down the highway at 80mph from all those terribly dangerous meese?!

i want adult stores in troy that my mother feels comfortable walking into....all this NIMBY foot stomping in troy is getting old, particularly the bit about "protect the kids"....please your kids are having sex on the playground at PS 16, seeing nipple clamps or a dildo isn't going to "ruin them".

I've been to Acadia, Yellowstone/Tetons, around the Adirondacks and Vermont, and I've yet to see a moose in the wild. Apparently, they've been hiding right under my nose this whole time.

Our government has been borrowing money to fund its activities to the unsustainable tune of $80+ billion per month. The interest rate alone, even at favorable rates, is starting to eclipse the amount of money brought in by taxes. So if you think we can sustain this kind of borrowing, pray tell - who, when, and how are we going to pay it back? At what point do we ask our government to reign it in?

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