Investigation into afternoon shooting in Lansingburgh, Hoffman's Playland owners entertaining offers for rides equipment, 60 years of regulars

Troy police were investigating reports of shots fired in Lansingburgh Thursday afternoon. TPD said it got reports that people saw a man step out of a green SUV and fire into a crowd. News10 says one of its crews heard the shots around 2:30 pm as it interviewed people nearby about the recent violence in Lansingburgh, was able to grab a shot of the SUV as the vehicle left the scene. A state police helicopter assisted in the search. It appears no one was injured in the shooting. [TWCN] [TU] [News10] [Troy Record] [WNYT]

At Thursday's Troy City Council meeting the president of the Troy Police Benevolent Association accused councilwoman Anastasia Robertson of inciting a crowd against two TPD officers during an incident Saturday. Robertson says she has video that contradicts the allegation. Earlier in the meeting Robertson addressed the online comments she made about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri that have since drawn attention, saying she hadn't meant to offend anyone: "I'm an African American, as you're all more than well aware, so my experiences may be different from some other people and that's okay ... all I'm asking is that you respect that I do come from a different experience than you." [TU] [CBS6] [Troy Record]

The city of Saratoga Springs' sale/swap of the Collamer parking lot on Broadway for land to build a new public safety facility has prompted allegations among current and former city politicians that the deal undervalued the lot and the RFP was so narrow as to favor one buyer. [TU]

The owners of Hoffman's Playland have postponed the auction of the amusement park's equipment as they entertain offers from companies that would keep the rides in this area. [Biz Review] [TU]

Schenectady police say a man has been charged with second-degree attempted murder for allegedly firing into a Mont Pleasant residence in June, hitting a man inside. [Daily Gazette]

A former Waterford town police officer (who's running for political office in Halfmoon) quit his job after being suspended following an incident in which he says a man tried to grab his gun -- the situation involved video, a witness, and allegations of political payback. [TU]

Gubernatorial candidates Rob Astorino (Republican) and Zephyr Teachout (Democrat) participated in a debate Thursday on WNYC radio -- and spent much of the time going after Andrew Cuomo. [TU] [State of Politics]

Kathy Sheehan said Thursday it was time for Albany County Democratic chairman Clyne to be ousted from the job, comparing recent party actions to the time of longtime boss Dan O'Connell. [TU]

Schenectady schools superintendent Larry Spring on what he's planning to say to the federal agencies pointing the other way about where the district should address its complaint over not being fully funded according to the state's school aid formula: "I don't really care which of you takes it, but I think between you, one of you is responsible for enforcing the Civil Rights Act." [Daily Gazette]

Norlite has been fined almost $30k by the state for a chemical leak last summer at its facility in Cohoes. [TU]

The new director of planning for the city of Albany comes from a job at UAlbany as a campus planner. [Biz Review]

Paul Grondahl picks out a handful of details from Kirsten Gillibrand's soon-to-be-released memoir, many of them about Erastus Corning 2nd's relationship with her family. [TU]

A marketer from Ballston Spa is hiding $20 bills around the region for people to find. [TU]

Gershon's Deli in Schenectady is celebrating 60 years of being in business -- and many longtime customers. [Daily Gazette]

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