Fatal shooting in Albany, sale of One Monument Square site approved, should chimps be considered persons under the law?

Albany police say a man has died from injuries after being shot Thursday afternoon in West Hill (map). Witnesses tell TWCN they heard four shots. A search for a suspect led officers to a building on Clinton Ave -- it was surrounded for two hours and then entered, but the suspect was not found. Friday morning police were back in the area responding to a report of a person with a gun, but found neither the person or a gun. [APD FB x2] [TWCN] [News10] [TU]

At the direction of Andrew Cuomo, the SUNY board voted to adopt "a comprehensive system-wide uniform set of practices to combat sexual assaults on SUNY campuses." Cuomo said the set of policies could be turned into state law that could also apply to private colleges. [NYT] [SUNY] [TU]

The Troy City Council unanimously approved the proposed sale of the One Monument Square site to developers for a new mixed-use project. [TU] Earlier: The latest One Monument Square plan evolves

Police say an off-duty Rotterdam police officer fought with Schenectady officers early Thursday morning after the officers responded to a report of a domestic incident. RPD has placed the officer on unpaid leave. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A timeline of the two-day situation this week that ultimately prompted a manhunt in Saratoga Springs and a lockdown at Skidmore. [Saratogian]

The Schenectady juror whose absence from deliberations prompted a mistrial in a recent murder case was given a $1000 fine by a judge and (effectively) no jail time. [Daily Gazette]

JCE on Kathy Sheehan's proposed Albany budget: "history suggests the council can either try to fight the red-light cameras or save [fire department] Ladder 1 -- but probably not both." Sheehan's budget also includes $5 million in estimated revenue for selling the site of long-proposed (controversial) landfill site in Coeymans. [TU x2]

The Schenectady City Council is looking for $1 million to trim from the proposed city budget in order to avoid a 3 percent tax increase. [Daily Gazette]

The East Greenbush supervisor's proposed town budget includes no tax increase and the supervisor says it doesn't cut any programs or staff. (Possible casino angle: Backers of the Capital View project have tried to frame the town as being in a difficult financial situation.) [TU]

The state has given its final OK for Saratoga County to sell the Maplewood Manor nursing home to a private company. [Daily Gazette]

The Colonie zoning board of appeals gave the OK to the Afrim's soccer complex proposed for land next to the Memory Gardens cemetery. (The proposal had been rejected earlier this year after some protest, and a town law was changed in the interim.) [TU]

It sounds like the proposed public vote on a plan for a new or renovated Albany High School is up in the air. [TU]

After the National Guard t-shirt situation, the Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk school district is reviewing its dress code and could ban any clothing depicting any sort of (potential) weapon. [TU]

A software problem will end up costing National Grid $1 billion, according to an audit released by the state Public Service Commission. [TU]

After posting a roughly 4 percent operating loss in its fiscal year Siena College is planning cuts to pay and pension contributions for faculty and administrators. [TU]

Among the topics discussed/debated at a sustainability forum with Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge at SUNY New Paltz: fracking and the Keystone Pipeline. [Daily Freeman/Troy Record]

A panel of state Supreme Court justices will hear arguments that a chimpanzee in Gloversville should be considered a person under the law and released to go live with other chimps. [TU]

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