Fatal shooting in Schenectady, budget drama in Albany and Troy, proposed Shen policy for transgender students draws criticism, public transit facing funding gap

Schenectady police say one man was fatally shot -- and his brother stabbed -- in Mont Pleasant Monday evening. Witnesses reported hearing 10-15 shots. SPD was investigating and as of Monday night no arrests had been made. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [TWCN]

The man convicted of stalking a woman from Albany to Colonie where he attacked her and stabbed her this past August was sentenced 18 years to life in prison. The attack left the woman, a Gulf War veteran, blind in one eye. Said the woman at the sentencing: "My concern both during the attack and now is that this individual never again has the opportunity to victimize anyone else." [TU] [TWCN] [Daily Gazette]

It looks like December 17 could be the day the Gaming Facility Location Board releases the recommended casino sites. [TU]

A "a rally, march and speak out for justice" is scheduled for 5 pm outside Albany City Hall Tuesday in response to the grand jury decision to not indict in the Ferguson, Missouri case involving the death of Michael Brown. Alice Green, from the Albany-based Center for Law & Justice, on Ferguson situation: "The case has helped a lot of people understand the historical problems African Americans, especially African American males have had." [press release] [TU] [News10]

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The Albany city budget process is coming down to its deadline as conflict among council members about budget amendments (among other issues) stalled the process. [TU]

The Troy City Council appears to be headed toward grudging approval of the proposed city budget. Mayor Lou Rosamilia also says the recent discussion of police and fire position cuts was hypothetical and the idea didn't come from him. [Troy Record] [TWCN] [WNYT]

The Shen school district's proposed new policy for providing alternative bathroom and changing room arrangements for transgender students is catching criticism from social conservatives and LGBT advocates. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady City Council approved a group of land transactions for a large affordable housing project planned for Hamilton Hill. [Daily Gazette]

A report from the New York Public Transit Association concludes that upstate transit systems -- including CDTA -- are facing big gaps in the amount of capital needed for upgrades. [TU]

The lawsuit against the state over the Wandering Dago food truck being rejected from the Saratoga Race Course and ESP has been focused on the deletion of email. [TU]

Colonie police say they've recovered $3,500 in counterfeit $100 bills as part of a recent case that also included the arrests of two NYC men. [TU] [Troy Record]

A 22-year-old Long Island man has been charged with felony assault charge after Saratoga Springs police say he shot a man with a paint ball gun while driving along Division Street downtown early Sunday. [Daily Gazette]

More legal trouble for the Peter Young nonprofit org, this time a lawsuit accusing a supervisor of sexual harassment. [TU]

A look at Elise Stefanik's Albany roots. [TU]

Monolith Solar is looking for $700k in tax breaks as part its planned move to the Vista retail/tech campus in Bethlehem. [TU]

The city of Cohoes has bought two electric cars. [TU]

A Bethlehem father on his missing adult daughter and her heroin addiction: "I've come to the decision that it's just an insidious disease and some people just can't recover from it." [TU]

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