Investigation into death of UAlbany student, another building for the NanoCollege, the ongoing soap opera of Troy politics

Albany police say they're investigating the situation surrounding the death of Trevor Duffy, the 19-year-old UAlbany student who died from what appears to have been excessive alcohol consumption during a gathering at a house on Hamilton Street. "A source who knew [Duffy]" tells the Daily Gazette that Duffy had been pledging an underground frat. Students tell TWCN that the house is the "known headquarters" of the unsanctioned frat. APD chief Steven Krokoff said it appears there was some sort of organization, but said it hasn't been determined if there was hazing. [TU] [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [News10]

State Senate Republican majority leader Dean Skelos said he supports a vote on a pay raise for state legislators before the end of the year -- but he won't trade it for legislative items sought by Democrats. [NYSNYS/Troy Record] [TU]

Among the topics at the public Q&A with Alain Kaolyeros at the Nano College: the new building planned for the Fuller Road campus, plans for more space in downtown Albany, and architecture. [TU] [Biz Review] [Troy Record]

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Troy police are investigating what apparently was an exchange of gun fire between a vehicle and a pedestrian Monday morning in North Central. There was evidence of multiple shots fired. [TWCN] [WNYT]

A Rensselaer County jail guard is accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend in Waterford. [TU]

Schenectady police are investigating two bank robberies on Monday, apparently not connected. [TWCN]

The ongoing soap opera of Troy politics: As the City Council and mayor look for ways to fix the city budget and keep the city's finances out of state control, a council member has filed a complaint with police over what he says was a threat from another member. [TU x2]

The legal fight over Albany County redistricting and minority representation is now focused on whether Albany County's attorney can be subpoenaed to take the witness stand. [TU]

SCCC faculty are pushing for a pay raise. [Daily Gazette]

The state is apparently getting ready to issue an RFP for development proposals for the land at the south end of downtown Albany that had been originally gathered for a convention center. [Biz Review]

Schenectady's first roundabout is planned for completion in 2016. [Daily Gazette]

Areas near Buffalo are being buried under 2-3 feet of lake effect snow. [Buffalo News]

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