Sheriff's sergeant in video resigns and is charged with misconduct, tax breaks for Playland move to Huck Finn's, memories from local veterans

Today is Veterans Day.

The Saratoga County Sheriff's sergeant shown in a video swearing at two men and apparently slapping one of them during an encounter Friday in a Halfmoon parking lot resigned Monday morning. And in the afternoon he was arraigned on an official misconduct charge and a harassment violation. Said county sheriff Michael Zurlo at a press conference: "His actions both as a police officer and a sergeant were completely inappropriate." The sheriff's office also released more details about the situation that prompted the encounter. Zurlo said an internal investigation will look at the actions of two other deputies on the scene who allegedly didn't report anything about the encounter. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU] [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

Two people have been charged with perjury for allegedly lying before a grand jury about the 2013 Schenectady arson that killed a father, three children, and badly burned another. One of them has been a subject of the investigation in the case, which is still not solved. The other is the mother of the children. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN]

Albany officials say an elderly man was pulled from the Hudson River at the Corning Preserve Monday evening after he drove his car into the river. Authorities say the man was still alive after being pulled from the car after 15 minutes. Albany's fire chief says they got a report that someone saw the man rev the engine before driving into the river. [TWCN] [TU] [News10]

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An Albany County Court jury found two men guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of Edward Maxim outside a bar on Washington Ave in October 2013. [Albany County DA] [TU]

Colonie police say they're investigating what prompted a landscaper to allegedly shoot a man five times Saturday night. [TU]

Schenectady police say they've made an arrest in the robbery of a Key Bank last week. [Daily Gazette]

Skidmore was locked down for part of Monday after a note was found indicating bomb threat. Officials declared the situation safe after a sweep. [TWCN] [Skidmore]

Among the options to address Troy's precarious budget situation the Rosamilia administration is examining: repurposing a fire house and leasing out the city's parking garages. [Troy Record] [TU]

The package of grants for the Hoffman's Playland move to Huck Finn's also includes about $80,000 in sales tax breaks. [TU]

Where local state legislators stand on a rumored potential pay raise for legislature members. [TU]

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner is leaving the job in December. [TU]

Global Partners, which operates a rail-to-river station for crude oil at the Port of Albany, has pulled plans for a similar facility in Orange County. [TU]

Albany police are investigating what appears to have been an armed mugging on Hamilton Street near Ontario Street. [APD FB]

A federal jury decided in favor of the Bethlehem police chief in a case in which a former officer alleged he had been retaliated against for exercising his First Amendment rights -- though the former officer's attorney called the verdict "a bit of a mind stretcher." [TU]

New York State has a collection of grant programs -- including student loan forgiveness -- aimed at getting younger people to become farmers. [Saratogian]

The story of a WWII veteran from Green Island who watched Douglas McArthur wade ashore in the general's return to the Philippines. [TU]

A Schenectady WWII veteran recalls his service and that of his brothers -- and his sister's creativity in a certain care package. [Daily Gazette]


In NYS the madness continues...

Biz guy "I'm starting a business"
NYS "What will it cost"
Biz guy "1.8 million dollars"
NYS "Do you have the start up money"
Biz guy "kinda, you see I could come up with the money, but spending 1.8 million on this particular business doesn't make sense because I don't think I'm gonna turn a profit
soon enough or maybe never turn a profit"
NYS "Gee whiz, I'd sure like to see you start that business. What if I gave you $650,000 that you didn't have to pay back"
Biz guy "What's the catch? Why would you do that?"
NYS "No catch, I figure you'll be creating some jobs, people like that"
Biz guy "What if I don't create as many jobs as I forecast"
NYS "doesn't matter you still don't have to pay it back"
Biz guy "What if I don't succeed, I close my doors and shutdown"
NYS "doesn't matter you still don't have to pay it back"
Biz guy "what if I sell the business in a couple years"
NYS "doesn't matter you still don't have to pay it back"
Biz guy "Awesome, but under the circumstances, why would you risk your money"
NYS "That's just it... it's not my money. This is money collected from millions of investors who only asked that I spend it wisely"
Biz guy "Won't your investors be worried that you're putting their money into a risky venture"
NYS "not at all, it's because each investor only contributes a very small amount, in fact less than a dime per investor, so each investor has very little to lose. These investors don't even notice that I'm putting their money at risk, Hell I could throw it out the window and they'd never know. Nobody cares about the money, that's the brilliance of my scheme, nobody holds me accountable...ever. I'm free to give the money out to whomever I wish, I'm like the Rain Man, only money is what falls from the sky"

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