APD investigating two shooting incidents, video in Mount case released, push for lower speed limits, Castleton Stewart's closes

Albany police say they're investigating two separate shooting incidents from over the weekend in which three people were apparently shot. APD says two people were shot during an incident in the South End Saturday night. And Sunday afternoon officers found a man who had been shot while responding to a call in West Hill. It's the second time in recent weeks there's been at shooting near South Pearl Street and Alexander Street in the South End, and Common Council president Carolyn McLaughlin says residents would like to see a stronger police presence in the neighborhood. Five people have been shot in Albany during October. [APD FB] [TWCN] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police have released surveillance camera footage from the start of the chase involving Daryl Mount Jr. The video was released at 5 pm on Friday. The city's police chief said the video was finally released 14 months after the incident on "advice from legal counsel." [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Saratogian]

A Colonie woman whose 18-year-old daughter died of heroin overdose is pushing for a state law that would increase penalties for drug dealers when a sale leads to a fatal overdose. [TU]

On Friday Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced a mandatory 21-day quarantine for anyone returning to JFK and Newwark airports from West Africa after having direct contact with anyone infected with Ebola. That resulted in a nurse returning from Sierra Leone being put in an isolation tent at a Newark hospital, despite not showing any symptoms, and testing negative for Ebola -- and she hired a civil rights attorney. After urging from the Obama administration, Cuomo said the policy would be adjusted and health care workers who didn't exhibit symptoms would be allowed to stay at home. [Cuomo admin] [NPR] [NYT]

Schodack police arrested a player after a game-ending fight between two high school soccer teams. [WNYT]

"Multiple people briefed on the case" tell the Times Union that the SUNY Research Foundation is expected to pay a $1 million civil penalty to settle an investigation by the US Department of Justice into audits involving Medicaid recipients. [TU]

The US Department of Justice has dismissed the Schenectady school district's complaint that the state's formula for education funding is discriminatory, and directed the district to the federal Department of Education -- which, in turn, says it can't hear the case. [TU]

The SI Group plant in Rotterdam has been fined $400k by the state DEC for pollution violations. [TU]

A look at campus security departments at a few local colleges. [Daily Gazette]

State records indicate the state Assembly has spent almost $75k on legal fees related the harassment case against Manhattan Assemblyman Micah Kellner. [TU]

A campaign profile of the race for the 46th state Senate seat, a rematch between Cecilia Tkaczyk and George Amedore. [TU]

NYPIRG's Bill Mahoney on the tax rebate checks the state issuing now: "Tammany Hall used to give out cookies; Gov. Cuomo's administration gives people checks before Election Day." [Daily Gazette]

There's a push to open to paths to jobs at at places such as the NanoCollege and GlobalFoundries for residents of neighborhoods such as Albany's South End. [TU]

One of the next traffic safety discussions in Albany: lowering the speed limit on streets. [TU]

Real estate agents say Downtown Troy and the city's Washington Park neighborhood are now in high demand by buyers. [TU]

Even as other library systems around the country drop late fees, many Capital Region libraries are holding on to them. [TU]

There is another proposal to be build a privately-owned dorm aimed at UAlbany students across Washington Ave from the uptown campus. [TU]

A developer is proposing a large-scale effort to redevelop parts of Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood. [Daily Gazette]

The state is reimbursing the Guilderland school district for damage to athletic fields at Farnsworth Middle School caused by overflow parking for a state civil service exam this past spring. [TU]

Albany County sheriff Craig Apple says the county got an order to lockout and evict the Fastrax Raceway at Crossgates Commons. [WNYT]

The Stewart's in Castleton -- which has been the subject pleas to the company to keep the location open -- closed on Sunday. [Troy Record]


Didn't Cuomo just come back from an overseas journey?? Perhaps he should be isolated / quarantined for a while...

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