Dean Skelos and son sentenced to prison, Troy city finances described as "not well at all," the island of misfit vegetables

Skelos and son sentenced
+ Former state Senate majority leader Dean Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison (and a $500k fine) for his conviction on federal corruption charges. His son, Adam Skelos -- for whom Dean had helped arrange no-show jobs -- was sentenced to six and a half years. They'll also have to jointly forfeit $334,120. [NY Post] [TU] [NYDN] [NYT]

+ Dean Skelos' wife, Gail, to US Attorney Preet Bharara as she left the courtroom, according to Politico: "You can go to hell." A Skelos nephew is also facing a misdemeanor assault charge for grabbing a New York Daily News reporter during the press crush after the sentencing. [Politico NY] [NYDN]

+ Bharara released a statement Thursday about the Skelos sentencing, and Sheldon Silver's last week: "These cases show - and history teaches - that the most effective corruption investigations are those that are truly independent and not in danger of either interference or premature shutdown. That will continue to be our guiding principle in exposing and punishing corruption throughout New York." That "truly independent" line is almost certainly a reference to Andrew Cuomo's early shutdown of the Moreland Commission. [US DOJ] [Politico NY]

Troy city finances
The Troy City Council's Republican majority released an auditor's report that details potential steps to fix the city's finances -- including tax increases, a hiring freeze, and a public safety fee for colleges. One of the accountants hired to do the audit described the city's finances as "not well at all" and another said they were a "two and trending down" on a scale of 1-10. Mayor Patrick Madden and the city council's Democratic members said they had been shut out from the report and were only seeing it for the first time at Thursday's release. [TU] [Troy Record] [TWCN]

Jim Tedisco
As expected, Jim Tedisco officially announced he's into the pool for the state Senate seat held by Hugh Farley since the dawn of time. He pledged to be an independent voice and stand up to the leadership of the chamber. Fellow Republicans George Amedore and Kathy Marchione were both at the announcement supporting Tedisco. (There are two other Republicans already in the race -- Christian Klueg and Nancy Nugent.) Democrat Chad Putnam, who's also running for the seat, said in a statement: "With Jim Tedisco, we will have, in effect, Hugh Farley's 21st term." [Saratogian] [TWCN] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [News10]

More lawsuits against former Albany police officer
It turns out there were three lawsuits filed against former Albany police officer Michael Geraci, Jr. -- who's now working for the Schenectady County Sheriff's Department -- over traffic stops in 2013 while he was with the APD. [Daily Gazette]

Switching Albany County jobs
Detailing the various switches that have kept attorney Thomas Marcelle employed with Albany County while he also holds part-time Cohoes City Court judgeship. [TU+]

Apartments at Curry Road Plaza
A developer that's built several upscale apartment complexes around the area in recent years is planning a 208-unit development at the former Curry Road Plaza site in Rotterdam. Metrolplex is putting up $350k to demolish the vacant buildings currently there. [Daily Gazette] [TU+]

Misfit veg
Hannaford is trying out a plan to sell odd-looking for misshapen produce at a discount at its stores in the Capital Region. [TU]

Bears
Something to keep in mind during bear season: black bears really like snacking at bird feeders. [News10]

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