Albany gets money for police body cameras, moose roams Troy and Green Island, street performers rally in Albany

Lansingburgh moose NYS DEC

The moose captured in Troy Monday. / photo: NYS DEC

Police body cameras
The city of Albany is line to get $133k from the feds for body cameras for officers. The grant requires a 50/50 match from the local municipality either in kind or in cash. APD chief Brendan Cox to the Times Union: "Purchasing the body cams are the easy part; the implementation and training is the difficult part." [US DOJ x2] [TU]

In light of the news that the feds have subpoenaed SUNY Poly as part of a look into the Buffalo Billion initiative, Chris Churchill reviews a timeline of announcements for developments on the Albany campus and donations by Columbia Development (and its affiliates) to the Cuomo campaign. On Monday SUNY Poly released a statement calling its model "open, transparent, and successful." [TU+] [SUNY Poly]

Parking ticket amnesty
The Albany Common Council approved a plan to offer amnesty on late charges for outstanding parking tickets, of which there are some 60,000 dating back to 2010 -- and if people don't pay up, the tickets will be farmed out to debt collection agencies. [TU]

Also at Monday's meeting: The Common Council passed a resolution supporting the "Raise the Age" campaign, which aiming to get the state to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. [News10]

Moose in Troy
The state Department of Conversation Conservation captured a moose in Troy Monday, after it apparently had wandered through the city, across the Hudson River to Green Island, crossed I-787 during rush hour, and then made its way back across the river to Lansingburgh (map). DEC says the moose was tranquilized and unharmed, and will be taken to a wildlife management area to be set free. It's mating season, so many young moose are, as a wildlife biologist told TWCN, "looking for love in all the wrong places." [NYS DEC] [Troy Record] [TU] [TWCN]

Albany fatal stabbing
Albany police identified the man who was fatally stabbed on Elberon Place near Washington Park over the weekend. [TWCN]

Attempted murder charge in Schenectady
Schenectady police say a man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly hitting a woman with a baseball bat and stabbing her multiple times late Monday afternoon in the Central State neighborhood (map). [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady mayoral race
Among the topics at the Schenectady mayoral candidate's forum Monday: the casino pylon sign, open government, recycling, and LED street lighting. [Daily Gazette]

Grade changes in Saratoga Springs school district
An state comptroller's office audit of grading systems in the Saratoga Springs school district concluded that "non-teachers routinely increased student grades from a failing 64 to a passing 65 without policy authorization," and criticized the district for lacking a clear policy about who can changes grades and with what sort of documentation. The district's superintendent said in a statement that the grade changes were made by guidance counselors at the direction of teachers, and that the district will be updating its policies. [NYS OSC] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Troy tax mistake
A mistake made by the city of Troy in compiling the tax roll has resulted in a $200k hole in the budget of the Lansingburgh school district. [TU]

Egg prices
How a range of local businesses are dealing with the sharp upswing in egg prices. [Daily Gazette]

Pink Palace
Bonacio Construction has a plan to turn the "Pink Palace" in Saratoga Springs into apartments. [Daily Gazette]

Street performers rally in Albany
The busker cited for disorderly conduct after an encounter with an Albany police officer downtown a week and a half ago (a charge that's been dropped) was back on Pearl Street as part of a small rally by musicians Monday. Among the performers was a "hobo folk clown." [TU] [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Yom Kippur
The Jewish High Holy Days conclude with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar, which begins at sunset on Tuesday.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
The touring production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder continues at Proctors. The show won the 2014 Tony for best musical. Tuesday-Saturday various times - $20 and up


"Department of Conversation" - I thought that all of state government was nothing but hot air and blather. ;-)

Editors: Erf. Fixed. Thank you.

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