APD acting chief addresses taser use, lower speed limit for oil trains -- but not here, questions about job creation numbers, red beards

Albany police taser
Acting Albany police chief Brendan Cox on the incident this past weekend in which a man said to be fleeing from police was tasered, and then apparently lost consciousness afterward: "Based on the totality of circumstances with Mr. Townsend he was certainly perceived as potentially carrying a deadly weapon. He was told give up, if you don't give up you're going to be tased and he chose to be tased." Cox said APD officers used a taser 62 times in the 283 "use of force" arrests in 2014 (there were 5,700 arrests total for the year). [WNYT] [TWCN] [News10]

Oil trains
The feds have issued a new order that limits oil trains to no more than 40 miles per hour in "high threat urban areas" -- a designation that doesn't include the Capital Region. [US DOT FRA] [TU]

West Wind Acres
West Wind Acres Joshua Rockwood was back in Glenville Town Court Monday for a hearing about how much might be owed for the care of horses taken from the farm in March -- the total floated was $7,600. Rockwood's attorney said afterward the animals had proper living conditions at West Wind Acres and never should have been seized. [TU] [News10] [Daily Gazette]

Saint Rose MB in post ad 2014-fall

William Scarborough
The Times Union reports state Assemblyman William Scarbrough is "scheduled" to plead guilty next month in the federal case accusing him of submitting $40k in fraudulent travel vouchers with the state. [TU]

A third term
Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he intends to run for re-election as governor -- because of course he did. The camps for Eric Schneiderman and Kirsten Gillibrand also threw cold water on recent rumors he state AG and US Senator were thinking about about a gubernatorial run. [TWCN] [Capital] [TU]

Questions about job creation numbers
Similar to an earlier episode involving the Slingerland ShopRite and Columbia Development, Colonie's Industrial Development Agency is looking for explanation why the job creation numbers at the ShopRite on Central Ave in the town have come up more than 100 jobs short. [TU]

Child support payments
A former employee of Carmine Sprio alleges the local restaurateur deducted child support payments from his check but didn't send in the payments -- and says the state hasn't done enough to help settle the matter. [TU]

A little too close to the park
Bonacio Construction is seeking an easement for a slice of Congress Park encroached upon by the Park Place condominium project in Saratoga Springs. [TU]

Anasha Cummings
Anasha Cummings formally announced Monday that he's running for an at-large seat on the Troy City Council -- perhaps the first local campaign announcement event to include red costume beards. [Troy Record]

Quote

"I got death threats over it and everything ... They've been calling, emailing. I've been called names I didn't even know were invented yet."

-- Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple to the Daily Gazette about the decision to kill the escaped bison. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today (Tuesday, April 28)

Hamlet
Capital Rep's new production of Hamlet continues. The TU calls the production "Vivid, brisk, emotionally resonant and achingly tragic." Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Music: The Used at Upstate Concert Hall
Alt punk rock. With: Every Time I Die, Marmozets, The Eeries. 7 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

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