Justice Center accused of incomplete investigation and media seeking, allegation of "PILOT shopping" in Troy, high-end chains find their way here

Justice Center
Attorneys two women acquitted by a jury of charges brought in Niskayuna by the state's Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs in say the recently-created state agency investigated the case poorly, and they allege the agency was out for the media attention. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Development tax breaks
Troy's planning director described the recent decision by the developer planning a residential conversion of the former Record building to seek a better tax break deal from the county IDA after a smaller offer from the city IDA as "PILOT shopping." [TU+]

Watervliet police
Another Watervliet police officer has been placed on administrative leave as part of an internal affairs investigation. [TWCN] [TU]

Dontay Ivy case
At a rally planned for Monday morning, activists are set to call for charges to be brought against police in the Dontay Ivy case. It's been four months since Ivy died while in Albany police custody, and officials say the investigation of what happened is still in progress. [TU] [News10]

Shooting in Albany
Albany police tell WNYT that a man was shot in the arm while sitting in his car in North Albany (area map) Sunday. [WNYT]

Hamilton Hill
A look at at some of the history and factors that have contributed to the current state of the Schenectady neighborhood, which has been plagued by an outbreak of gun violence recently. [Daily Gazette]

Death on train tracks
The Albany County Sheriff's Office says a man apparently jumped in front of a train in New Scotland, killing himself. [TU]

Waterford fire
A neighborhood went back into a burning building in Waterford to walk a blind woman out of the fire. [TWCN]

Sam the Bugler
NYRA security escorted Samuel Grossman -- AKA, Sam the Bugler -- out of a jockey's locker room at the Saratoga Race Course Saturday and Grossman told the Daily Gazette he was worried about his job. But he told the Times Union "there are no problems" and he expects to back at the Track. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Central Park
Schenectady's Central Park is in line for $1.3 million in work on amenities. [Daily Gazette]

Albany County exec race
Dan Egan, a Democratic challenger for Albany County exec, says, if elected, he won't take campaign donations from county employees. [TU+]

Elise Stefanik
What Elise Stefanik has been up to in Congress during her first seven months in office. [TU+]

George Pataki
He's still not polling well in the Republican race for president, still not ready to quit. [TU+]

Canal system
The amount of revenue generated by state's canal system falls far short of the costs of operating the system, and much of the shortfall is filled in by tolls from the Thruway system. [AP/TU]

Cable deal
Charter, the company that stepped in to acquire TWC after the proposed Comcast deal was called off, is trying to make the case it's much more consumer-friendly than Comcast. [TU+]

High end
High-end wage growth in the Capital Region has been helping to draw more upscale chains. [TU+]

Tech Valley Center of Gravity
As the Center of Gravity prepares to move into its new space in the Quackenbush Building, Laban Coblentz -- one of the org's founders -- is preparing to take at a job at ITER in France. [Troy Record]

Cat in a tree
Noted: The fire department no longer rescues cats from trees. [TU]

Cardboard boats
A photo gallery from this year's Cardboard Boat Race in Schuylerville. [Daily Gazette]

What's going on today

Central Ave
The Rezone Albany project is focusing its attention on the Central Ave corridor this week, with a series of public events focused on how to potentially reshape the area. There's a hands-on design workshop at The Linda from 6-8 pm.

Baseball
The ValleyCats are at home through Friday.

Music: Joe Bonamassa at SPAC
Blues guitarist. 8 pm - $93.55 and up

Music: Justin Townes Earl at Helsinki Hudson
Folk rock singer/songwriter. 8 pm - $25

Music: Lady Palace III: Beach Bash Dance Party
Three DJs. 7 pm

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