Fatal stabbing in Albany, question about policing of panhandling, award for Hudson the Railroad Puppy

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Fatal stabbing in Albany
Albany police say two men were found with stabbing injuries overnight Saturday-Sunday on Elberon Place, near the western end of Washington Park (block map). One man was pronounced dead at the hospital, the other was treated for non life-threatening injuries. APD spokesman Steve Smith: "This appears to be an isolated incident between two groups who are known to each other." [APD] [TWCN]

Shooting in Albany
Albany police say a man was shot Saturday afternoon in West Hill (map). [TU]

"Sources" tell the NY Daily News that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office has subpoenaed SUNY Polytechnic Institute as part of an investigation of the Cuomo admin's "Buffalo Billion" economic development plan. [NYDN]

$15 minimum wage
In comments made Friday, Andrew Cuomo indicated he'd be seeking a business tax cut as part of a trade-off to get the proposed increase in the state minimum wage. [TU]

The watchdog of the watchdog
The watchdog panel tasked with reviewing the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics doesn't appear to have many teeth. [TU+]

Albany police
A review by Chris Churchill of the arrest reports from the past year filed by the Albany police officer who was moved to administrative duty after the recent incident involving a busker indicates an "overwhelming majority of his arrests and summonses target those who are asking for money," many of those people apparently homeless. [TU+]

Albany County Legislature attorney out
The Albany County Legislature's Democratic majority and its chief counsel, who has been suspended since June for reasons not made public, have reached a settlement in which the attorney will be paid through the end of the year. [TU]

Former Albany County sheriff's sergeant files notice of claim against sheriff
A former Albany County sheriff's sergeant has filed a notice of claim (a precursor to a lawsuit) -- with an intent to seek $20 million in damages -- against the the sheriff and a county attorney alleging they had disclosed a separation agreement, thus making him "unemployable" by another law enforcement agency. It's the same sergeant who had fatally shot a man on a road near ALB and had been under investigation for alleged improper use of a taser in another case. [TU]

Pedestrian-vehicle crashes
Two pedestrians were hit by vehicles in separate incidents this weekend in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Records filed in Albany County Court in a NXIVM-related case include emails attributed to a former inner circle member of the org in which it's alleged the org had hired investigators to sift through the financial records of judges, Chuck Schumer, and employees of the Times Union. [TU+]

Breaking bread
Among the ways the nearly century-old Mastroianni Brothers bakery in Schenectady is evolving its business: adding smaller loaves to its lineup of products to appeal to today's smaller households. [Daily Gazette]

Hudson the Railroad Puppy
Hudson -- one of the "railroad puppies" who was found nailed to railroad tracks in north Albany, and who now sports a prosthetic paw -- was honored as a hero by the American Humane Association for his work as a therapy dog. [TU]

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