Weekend of shootings in Albany, Ivy case headed for grand jury, questions about One Monument Square project, large warehouse party broken up

We had some technical problems this morning, thus the delay.

Four shootings in Albany
Albany police say they're investigating four shootings over from this past weekend. APD says a man was shot Friday night on Clinton Ave (block map). There was another shooting near Sheridan Ave and Lark Street Saturday afternoon (map). Then another shooting Saturday night on Livingston Ave (block map), and then another overnight Saturday to Sunday near Jeanette Street and Second Avenue (map). APD says it doesn't know if the shootings are connected. [APD x2] [TU]

Troy shooting
Troy police say a person was shot Sunday night near Prospect Park (map). TPD says the man was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be a shotgun wound. [WNYT] [TWCN]

Stabbing in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs police say a Schenectady man was stabbed multiple times early Saturday morning in the area of Lake Ave and Circular Street (map. SSPD says it believes the attack is related to an earlier incident in Schenectady. [TWCN] [TU]

Dontay Ivy case
The review of the April 2015 death of Dontay Ivy while in Albany police custody will apparently soon be heading to a grand jury. [TU+]

The $500 million
A look at the some of the recurring themes and ideas in the regional bids submitted for the three $500 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative grants. [TU+]

Andrew Cuomo and GE
As Andrew Cuomo tries to convince GE to move its corporate headquarters to New York, is he pulling punches on other issues related to the company, including the Hudson River PCB dredging project? [Politico NY]

NXIVM
Another Brendan Lyons look at NXIVM, this time about the extensive contact and coordination between the secretive org and the State Police investigator who had been handling an investigation into charges against a group of people accused of making unauthorized access to the org's computer systems. [TU+]

One Monument Square
Among the issues discussed at a Friday presentation before the Troy IDA for the One Monument Square project: whether the project design has changed significantly enough to warrant the city re-issuing a request for proposals, and the possibility that the Troy Farmers' Market might not end up occupying the street-level retail space. [Biz Review] [Troy Record]

Schenectady County dispatch center
Public officials in Schenectady County are criticizing the county's joint dispatch center for what they say are slow responses and short staffing. [TU+]

Albany utility pole fee
An example of how municipalities are trying to raise revenue without running into the state's property tax cap: Albany's proposed budget includes a utility pole registration fee that would charged to utilities. [TU+]

Albany High School
Albany school board president said during a tour of Albany High School this past weekend that the deteriorated condition of the school prompts kids from outside the district to not be nice to AHS students: "They tell our kids look at this place, nobody even cares about you, they don't care about your education. And that hurts and that's not fair to our kids. It matters to be able to have a facility you're proud of, because it shows the kids you're investing in them and in their education." [TU+]

Warehouse party broken up
Colonie police say they broke up a large party, apparently involving hundreds of UAlbany students, at a warehouse space on Railroad Ave Saturday night. CPD says about 500 people were inside and another 300-500 outside when officers responded. [TWCN] [TU]

Date Diane
A daughter's effort to use Twitter to help her 67-year-old mother get a date. [TU]

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