Everett facing charges related to Troy Democratic mayoral primary, former APD chief cashed out a lot of vacation time, latest attempt to fix SPAC lawn

Troy mayoral race
Former mayoral candidate Ernest Everett pleaded not guilty to counts of felony forgery and offering a false instrument Friday morning. The charges are the result of allegations that Everett falsified his nominating petitions for the Democratic mayoral primary, in which he finished third. The top two vote getters -- winner Patrick Madden and Rodney Wiltshire -- were ultimately separated by 50 votes, and on Thursday they traded claims over whether Everett's presence in the race did, or did not, sway the results. There were also dueling statements between the Wiltshire, who's still running on the Working Families line, and county Democratic Party chair Tom Wade about alleged elections shenanigans. [TU x2] [TWCN] [Troy Record]

Next Schenectady police chief
Mayor Gary McCarthy says his priorities for the next police chief are that the person will live in the city, and that the chief will make use of data-driven policing. (Current chief Brian Kilcullen is leaving for a job in Vermont.) [TU+]

Former APD chief vacation buyout
Former Albany police chief Steve Krokoff cashed out $134,663 in unused vacation time when he left the APD this year -- Krokoff tells the Times Union "it was an occupational hazard to take time off" while he was a member of the department's command staff. [TU+]

Albany County retirement home head
County exec Dan McCoy is asking the county legislature to formally hire Larry Slatky as the head of the county nursing home (he's currently serving in the role as a consultant) -- at $325k a year. [TU]

Schenectady schools
Among the planned interventions at the two Schenectady elementary schools tagged as "struggling" by the state: case managers for new students who will make home visits. [TU]

Plan for Troy transit center
The proposed plan for a CDTA transit center in downtown Troy includes bus-only lines that could flow counter to the typical one-way traffic on surrounding streets. [TU]

SPAC lawn
The latest attempt to provide a long-lasting fix for SPAC's grass-bare lawn: more than an acre-and-a-half of sod, at a cost of $75k. [Saratogian] [TU]

Seller's remorse in Niskayuna?
The town of Niskayuna sold 19 acres of land to a property developer with an inconsistent track record of follow-through -- and now it appears the housing subdivision planned for the site has stalled. [TU+]

Saratoga Springs resident appointed to NYRA board
Georgie Nugent Lussier, an engineer and horse owner from Saratoga Springs, has been appointed to the New York Racing Association board -- she's the only woman on the board. [Daily Gazette]

UAlbany east campus
One bit from this article about why UAlbany police don't patrol the university's east campus in East Greenbush: the campus is owned not by the university, but rather by the University at Albany Foundation. [TU+]

GE Global Research
Mark Little, the head of the GE Global Research center in Niskayuna, is retiring. (He's also an RPI grad.) [Daily Gazette]

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It's Friday. Hooray. Look for our "Stuff to do this weekend" list later this morning.


And how much overtime did former Chief Krokoff collect up front on the extra days he was working when he was not taking his vacation? I am aware that he was a member of not one, but two, police unions and I am not suggesting that anyone failed to follow the rules of the collective bargaining agreement. But, clearly, that agreement did not serve the people of Albany at all well. Not at all.

Someone look into that overtime question, please.

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