Troy police officer released from hospital, muggings in Albany student neighborhood, possible parking ticket amnesty in a can, Rice Building sold

Lansingburgh police shooting
Troy police officer Joshua Comitale was released from Albany Med Monday -- a week and a half after the shooting in Lansingburgh in which he was hit four times in the legs. (The other officer shot in the incident, Chad Klein, was released last week.) TPD chief John Tedesco said the department expects Comitale will return to duty after rehab. In remarks to the media Monday Tedesco again mentioned that the TPD has surveillance video of the incident in which Thaddeus Faison was shot and killed -- and he said the video would be made public eventually. [TWCN] [TU] [WNYT]

Colonie salon stabbing
A group of 50 State Police recruits were deployed Monday to help search the area near the Colonie salon where police say Jacquelyn Porecca was fatally stabbed a week and a half ago. Colonie police say they didn't find anything new. [WNYT] [TWCN]

Muggings in Albany student neighborhood
Albany police say there was a string of street robberies over the weekend in the section of Pine Hills in which many college students live (map). (Students from both UAlbany and Saint Rose recently returned.) A UAlbany student tells News10 that he was assaulted by a group of 8-10 people who took his phone and tablet. APD says it's made one arrest in a another incident in which four people were allegedly attacked by a group that punched them in the head and robbed them. [TU] [News10] [APD FB]

Saratoga Springs hit and run
Saratoga Springs police say a Ballston Spa man is accused of hitting pedestrian on Broadway at Caroline Street Saturday morning then driving away. SSPD says the pedestrian suffered multiple broken bones and taken to Albany Med via helicopter. Police say a tip from a city employee led them the alleged driver. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

Crash after chase
WNYT reports that a man fleeing Albany police crashed into another vehicle at Everett Road and Watervliet Ave Monday night. [WNYT]

Tire slashings in Albany
Residents of Grandview Terrace in the Second Ave neighborhood woke up Monday to find more than a dozen cars had their tires slashed overnight (map). The damages caused multiple people to miss work. [TWCN] [WNYT]

Troy mayoral race
Full Q&A answers from Troy mayoral candidates on public safety. [Troy Record]

Troy charter
The Rosamilia admin has released the final recommendations from the city's charter review commission, which include a proposed reduction in the size of the city council. [Troy Record]

Oil trains
A large group of environmental orgs has filed a notice of claim (the first step in a lawsuit) that alleges Global Partners' crude oil facility at the Port of Albany violated the Clean Air Act. [TU]

Amnesty in a can
A floated plan in the city of Albany would offer amnesty on late fees for parking ticket scofflaws in exchange for a canned food donation. [TU]

Schenectady schools
Schenectady schools superintendent to new hires Monday on the district's overarching goal: "To ensure that race, economics and disability no longer serve as a predictor of student achievement." [Daily Gazette]

South Troy bike trail
Work on a bike trail that will connect South Troy to other parts of the city is set to move forward in the spring -- with funding that dates back to... 1999. [Troy Record]

Rice Building
The beautiful Rice Building in downtown Troy is getting new owners who intend to restore spires that originally adorned the building. [TU]

Stuff going on today

The ValleyCats are at The Joe to take on Brooklyn. 7 pm

The Fonda Fair opens at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Music: Counting Crows at SPAC
With: Citizen Cope, Hollis Brown. 7 pm - $39.50 and up


In some sources the architect of the Rice Building is given as Frederick Clarke Withers. He partnered with Vaux on several projects (including the Jefferson Market Court House) and designed several notable gothic style houses in the Beacon-Newburgh area.

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