State Police: man arrested after making school shooting threat, Iron Gate Cafe owners say they're worried about new bus stop, Hatsgiving

Arrest after alleged school shooting threat
State Police in Queensbury say they arrested a South Glens Falls man after he allegedly "made credible threats to commit a mass shooting at an unknown elementary school." Authorities tell the Post-Star the man, who had been a student at SUNY-Adirondack, had given a note to an instructor there that he wanted to kill kids and the instructor notified campus security. He faces a felony charge of making a terroristic threat. [NYSP] [Post-Star] [TU]

Troy mayoral race
Among the topics discussed at the last Troy mayoral candidates debate/forum ahead of next week's election: development -- where it's happening, and how to encourage it. [TU]

State Board of Regents chancellor to leave board
State Board of Regents chancellor Merryl Tisch says she'll be exiting the job when her term ends next spring. Said Tisch Monday of the rollout of the controversial Common Core standards during her tenure: "Some people say it was implemented poorly. I say we disrupted stagnation. We disrupted complacency, and we tried to imbue the system with urgency." [TU] [NYT]

Cat hoarding
The Albany County Sheriff's Office says more than 40 cats were removed from a Westerlo home Monday. Sheriff Craig Apple said the home had become uninhabitable because of cat feces and garbage. Apple said the homeowner had said she had been partly living in a car: "So we got to get her out of here; we got to get her to a safe place and get her some help." [TU] [TWCN] [News10]

Sentencing in Crane Street shooting
The man convicted in the 2014 shooting outside of a pizzeria on Crane Street in Schenectady was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Prosecutors said the shooting had been captured by Schenectady County surveillance cameras. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Nonprofit exec sentenced
The former head of job training program connected to the Peter Young charities was sentenced to a $105,000 penalty and five years probation for stealing more than $50k from the nonprofit. [Daily Gazette]

Key Cuomo aide leaving admin
Joe Percoco -- a longtime Andrew Cuomo aide and "sometimes enforcer" -- is leaving the Cuomo admin for the private sector. [TWCN]

Malta supervisor race
A point on which both candidates for Malta supervisor apparently agree: encouraging more development at the Luther Forest Technology Campus beyond GlobalFoundries. [Daily Gazette]

Albany selling land in Coeymans
The city of Albany is set to sell 360some acres it owns in Coeymans to the state for a price less than it had planned -- but maybe still above market level. [TU+]

Mohawk Harbor
An update on progress at the Mohawk Harbor project, site of not-yet-licensed Schenectady casino. [Daily Gazette]

Iron Gate
The owners of the Iron Gate Cafe in Albany say they're worried about a new bus stop proposed to be built in front of their cafe's patio on Washington Ave. [TU+]

Hatsgiving
A Colonie 12 year old has raised more than $8k for a children's cancer charity and has also started an annual campaign to gather hats for kids who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Urban farming
Tuesday: The Madison is screening Plant This Movie, a documentary about urban farming, as part of a series with the city of Albany's Sustainability Advisory Committee. The doc's director will be there for introductory remarks, and there will be a panel Q&A afterward. Tuesday 7:30 pm (mixer starts at 7 pm) - $5

Music: New Found Glory + Yellowcard at Upstate Concert Hall
Pop punk. With: Tiger Jaw. 7:30 pm - $23.50 ahead / $27 day of

Comments

That such a sad story about Iron Gate.

I use this route daily, often stopping at Lark after work to shop and grab dinner. While I appreciate what CDTA is doing for me as a user, they really need to take in community input, as well as query users like me. I'm more than happy to have this stop position closer to Dove near the Albany County buildings, and world still find it a convenient location to use the Red line or local buses on. I have a feeling most users would too and would alleviate using a plan that could potentially impact a small business negatively.

Do we think that the Iron Gate is possibly being a bit emotional or hyperbolic? I know the place well and enjoy it often. I will NOT stop because of a bus stop. I believe they have built such a following that probably wont change much. Possibly this could be a boon providing a ride for customers, maybe the IG could offer some more night time activities and encourage imbibers to use the bus. Also, leverage this potential negative to get something from CDTA?

I'd like to know more about this bus stop, partially because of Iron Gate's comments but mainly because it sounds like a big shift in the transportation infrastructure. I'm with Steve B a bit here, and my gut reaction is to call it NIMBYism, but it's hard to say without a good look at the plan. Anyone have a good link or two, considering the story is on TU+?

I agree with a lot of what has been said here. Iron Gate, like it or not, located their business on a very busy main thoroughfare. They don't really get to complain that infrastructure is being installed. That said, CDTA could be somewhat more transparent with this process.

On the other hand, while I'm happy to see the stop be moved, it should be closer to Lark, not Dove, if its planned location is moved at all.

Aesthetics matters and making wise choices of where bus stops or other structures are placed does make a difference to the look & feel of our city. There are better options for where CDTA to put this bus stop rather than blocking the view of Iron Gate's beautiful & historic little spot. As a bus rider, I appreciate the new bus shelters too, in the right places.

While I largely support the proposed bus changes at Lark and Washington, and think they will provide a lot of win-win's for the community, businesses, pedestrians and mass transit users alike. While the owners do not feel the proposed changes will be an asset, and believe their clientele will abandon them with a new shelter, I think its important for the community to let them know this will not be the case. Please sign this petition affirming that a bus shelter will not scare you off from visiting this lovely establishment.

https://www.change.org/p/iron-gate-cdta-center-square-neighborhood-association-please-let-iron-gate-caf%C3%A9-know-bus-shelter-or-not-you-will-continue-to-patron-them

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