Sheldon Silver convicted on all charges, Troy council votes for tax cap override, Washington Ave Armory looking for new uses, Avery Moses Day

Sheldon Silver convicted
A jury found Sheldon Silver guilty on all seven counts against him in his corruption trial in federal court. With the conviction Silver was automatically removed from the state Assembly, where he was still a member after being replaced as speaker. After the verdict Silver's attorney said there would be a "vigorous" appeal of the conviction. [NYT] [TU] [NYDN]

Silver's defense had argued he had been operating according to the rules and culture of state government -- so now that he's been convicted, does anything change? Maybe not. [NYT] [Politico NY]

Albany budget
The Albany Common Council voted to pass the proposed 2016 budget -- without a decision on how to implement a proposed new trash fee for residential buildings with 1-4 units. [TU]

Troy budget
After mayor Lou Rosamilia revised his proposed budget to include a tax increase of just under 5 percent, the Troy City Council voted to override the tax cap for the budget Monday (an override vote for 9.3 percent increase failed last week). Incoming mayor Patrick Madden on the budget: "It looks like his budget works, if everything falls into place ... It works on paper, but we're going to have to deal with reality." [TU] [TWCN] [Troy Record]

Troy shooting
Troy police say a man was shot multiple times in South Troy Monday evening (map). [News10]

Saratoga town councilman missing
Police say Saratoga town councilman Frederick Drumm is still missing after a search involving 200 people. Police say it appears Drumm walked from his home last Tuesday and hasn't been seen since. [TU] [Saratogian]

Investigation of Albany police officer in Colonie
A Colonie police detective sergeant tells the Times Union that CPD has sought out the Albany County DA's office for input on the "best course of action" regarding its handling of the case in which an off-duty Albany police officer is accused of roughing up a boy after he and some friends threw pears at the officer's house -- but the DA's office say a decision on whether to arrest is up to the police department. [TU+]

State Police
A woman has been appointed to the #2 job in the State Police for the first time. The new first deputy superintendent, Patricia Groeber, has been a trooper since 1986 and is a UAlbany grad. [AP/Daily Gazette] [News10]

Washington Ave Armory
The operators of the Washington Ave Armory are giving up the facility's liquor license and looking for new uses for the building. [TU]

Honest Weight
Comments from the Honest Weight Co-op member meeting Monday evening for a vote on potentially removing the co-op's board. [TU]

Albany treehouse spat
A family in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood is facing a Board of Zoning Appeals appearance over a treehouse after a neighbor complained. [TU+]

Avery Moses
Monday was "Avery Moses Day" in Albany, in honor of the seven year old who woke his family during the recent South End fire. [TWCN]

Stuff going on today

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Capital Rep's production of A Christmas Story, The Musical continues. It's based on the now-famous film. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

It's A Wonderful Life radio drama
Tuesday: The Immediate Theatre Project will be at Proctors for a production of Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It's A Wonderful Life in the GE Theater. Tuesday 7:30 pm - $35

Hoops
The UAlbany women's basketball team -- four-time defending America East champs, and coming off a close loss at #4 Tennessee -- take on Providence at SEFCU Arena. Tuesday 7 pm - $5 and up

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18 year old Whitehall man who was arrested for racist graffiti last year was arrested yesterday on illegal firearm possession charges after telling an undercover informant he wanted to “execute kikes, coons and get money for the crew.”

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