Unexpected crowd floods downtown Troy, fatal shooting in Albany, NanoCollege finalist for new research center, what it costs to I (heart) NY

An estimated crowd of about 500 people -- said to be UAlbany students -- flooded Fourth Street in downtown Troy Saturday night after an event planned for the Atrium was cancelled and the crowd merged with the crowd for a party a nearby club. A Troy police captain described the scene as "organized chaos" and three blocks were closed for "unmanageable pedestrian activity" -- and a total of 11/10/8 police departments assisted (media outlets are reporting different numbers). TPD says were no injuries, no arrests, and no property damage. [Troy Record] [TU] [YNN] [News10] [WNYT]

Albany police say they're investigating a fatal shooting early Saturday morning -- after reports of shots fired near an intersection on Washington Ave near the downtown UAlbany campus (map), APD says Albany Med notified them a man with life-threatening injuries had been brought in and was pronounced dead. A neighbor tells YNN he heard five shots. APD says the man who died was 26-year-old Edward Maxim of Albany -- the man's aunt is vowing the person responsible will be brought to justice. [APD FB] [YNN] [TU]

Albany will be the first stop (this Thursday) in a series of reformulated forums for state education commissioner John King to talk with the public about the Common Core. The new series will be moderated by state legislators from the districts in which they're located. The < ahref="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Another-try-on-education-forums-4908580.php">original series was cancelled after King encountered a vocal and critical crowd in Poughkeepsie. [NYSED] [Saratogian] [TU]

Some Albany County legislators tell the Times Union they're concerned about the expansion in scope of the duties for two county investigators originally hired to look into fraud and employee misconduct. [TU]

A coalition of arts/entertainment orgs around the state -- including Proctors, the Palace, and SPAC -- are says it's concerned about the potential effects of full casinos on its venues, and is pushing for restrictions that would include a 1,000 seat limit for entertainment venues at casinos. [Daily Gazette] [Poughkeepsie Journal]

Over the last decade colleges in the Capital Region have collectively spent/plan to spend more than $140 million on athletic facilities. [TU]

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

The NanoCollege is reportedly a finalist for a $470 million next generation electronics manufacturing research institute. [TU]

The effort to raise the mandatory retirement age for state judges from 70 to 80 -- it's a question on the upcoming November ballot -- is being pushed by the "judicial establishment." [TU]

A recent decision by the state's highest court on how youthful offender status should be considered for older teens is starting to have an effect on cases. [TU]

The two young women who pleaded guilty to drawing Takim Smith to the Troy apartment where he was killed were sentenced to 10 years and six years in prison. [TU]

Troy police say a man was stabbed multiple times Saturday night during an attempted robbery outside a bar in Lansingburgh (map). TPD says it's investigating. [News10] [YNN]

Saratoga Springs police say two men on bikes were arrested after allegedly stealing items from more than a dozen cars early Saturday morning on the city's west side (map). [TU]

State Police say a tractor trailer driver was arrested after a call to the the Price Chopper Plaza in Malta -- NYSP < ahref="https://www.nyspnews.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=33524">alleges the driver had a .19 BAC (the legal limit for a commercial driver is .04). [NYSP]

A large fire at a dairy farm in Castleton on Friday killed 28 cows. [WNYT]

The proposed Rensselaer County budget includes a 1.9 percent property tax increase. [TU]

Popular topic for Schenectady city council candidates: cost cutting. [Daily Gazette]

The incumbent Hoosick supervisor, up re-election this fall, responding to criticism of his decision to cut off funding for the video recording of town for the public access channel: "Who wants to look at me on TV? ... Less than half of the town residents even get Time Warner cable and who wants to sit around home and watch a town board meeting anyway?" [TU]

The family of a 14-year-old boy who disappeared in Schenectady in 1971 is still looking for him. [TU]

Frank Serpico -- that Frank Serpico -- is engaged in an ongoing dispute property boundary with a developer in Stuyvesant. [TU]

The recent job cuts at GE's facility in Schenectady were prompted in part by a revenue decline for the company's power and water division. [TU]

Those big "I (Heart) NY" logos along interstates cost the state $50,000 to install. [Daily Gazette]

A church in Schenectady's Mont Pleasant neighborhood includes a boxing ring. [TU]


Still waiting for a time for Thursday's meeting re: Common Core. Would be nice to know with family, scheduling and such!

$50k for logo, ok.. Can anyone remind me how much was saved by closing rest areas along I-88?

OK, Common Core forum is (gasp) 4-6 at Myers Middle School. According to Assemblywoman Fahey's office, NYSED wanted it 3-5! So much for the ability of working parents to participate in a forum about the future of education.

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