APD officer moved to admin duty after video of interaction with busker, investigation into Niskayuna death, ring turns up almost 40 years later

Albany police busker incident
Albany police say an officer has been placed on administrative duty after a video surfaced on Youtube of the officer confronting a busker on Pearl Street downtown -- the officer appears to imply the busker needs a permit, appears to grab a phone being used to video the encounter, and the busker was cited for disorderly conduct. APD chief Brendan Cox to News10: "To my knowledge, there is no ordinance against busking." [YouTube] [TU] [News10]

Niskayuna death investigated
Niskayuna police are investigating what they're calling the "unattended death" of a man at a home on Union Street. NPD says officers had gone to to the home for a health and welfare check. On Monday State Police investigators were at the scene collecting evidence. [TU] [News10] [WNYT]

The Cuomo admin and women
Politico looked into gender breakdown among members of the Cuomo admin and concludes that "women still occupy a relatively small percentage of [the Cuomo] administration's top jobs." [Politico NY]

William Scarborough sentenced
Former state Assemblyman William Scarborough was sentenced to a year and a month in federal prison for filing $54k in phony travel vouchers. [TU]

19th Congressional District
Republican John Faso is set to jump into the pool to replace Chris Gibson in New York's 19th Congressional District. [TU]

Troy Democratic mayoral primary
Rodney Wiltshire's campaign says it's looking into what it calls "irregularities" at voting sites during last week's primary. (Wiltshire currently trails Patrick Madden by five votes.) [Troy Record]

Stockade flooding
The Schenectady Historic District Commission has again put off a decision on whether to allow a homeowner to move and raise her home in the Stockade out of the 100-year flood plain. [Daily Gazette]

Natural gas pipeline
The Albany County Legislature quickly moved along a law about blasting Monday in response to plans for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline. The pipeline would traverse parts of Schoharie, Albany, and Rensselaer counties -- and include a compressor station in Nassau. [TU] [Troy Record]

Schenectady shooter convicted
The man accused of a shooting outside a pizzeria on Crane Street in 2014 was convicted last week and faces as much as 40 years in prison. The shooting was captured on Schenectady County surveillance cameras. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

ATV crash in Albany
Part of Henry Johnson Boulevard in Albany was closed Monday because of an ATV crash, Albany police said -- and the driver allegedly ran from the scene. [TU]

Microbeads
A few details about the proposed Albany County law to ban microbeads from personal care products -- and its complications. [TU+]

The ring wanted to be found
A wedding ring lost almost four decades ago Lake George was found this summer and returned. [Post-Star]

Comments

RE: the APD officer harassing a busker on Pearl Street.

This is exactly the kind of hothead, bully cop who gives other officers a bad name. Even if this is a one-off incident (which I very much doubt), this kind of attitude sews the seeds of distrust in the community. This is the same Officer Glenn Szelest who was investigated for showing up drunk on the job:
http://news10.com/2006/12/01/albany-cops-allegedly-intoxicated-on-the-beat/

These kind of cops do a lot of damage. They need to be weeded out.

It comes down to mutual respect. More than likely if you act respectful towards an Officer, they will act respectful towards you. They deal with assholes and the dregs of society all day.

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