Guilty plea in Jacquelyn Porreca murder case, investigation into Schenectady police conduct, Albany trying to cover budget gap

Jacquelyn Porreca case
The man accused of fatally stabbing Jacquelyn Porreca during a robbery at a barber shop in Colonie last year has taken a plea deal. By pleading guilty in the deal, Michael Chmielewski avoids a possible life sentence and instead faces a maximum of 22 years to life. The other man facing charges in the case -- Sean Moreland -- could accept a plea deal of his own later this week. [WNYT] [TWCN] [TU]

A year without homicides (so far)
Albany police chief Brendan Cox on the fact that there has yet to be a homicide in the city this year:
"I'm not about to declare victory when I've had 15 people shot this year ... A victory is zero people shot, and that's what we should expect as a society." [TU+]

START-UP NY
The number of new jobs in the Capital Region credited to the Cuomo admin's much-publicized START-UP NY program: 32. [TU]

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Schenectady police investigation
The Schenectady Police Department says it's looking into an allegation made by a woman who says a police officer dunked her head in a toilet bowl after she was arrested on a noise complaint. [TU]

"It was bad enough losing him, but for him to be blamed is worse"
A Clifton Park couple has been digging into the case surrounding the death of their son, an Army veteran and RPI grad, during a fight at a McDonald's Wasington, DC in 2011 -- and found details that cast doubt on the story produced by the original police investigation. [TU]

Alleged Lake George hit and swim
The Warren County Sheriff's Office says it's arrested a Brooklyn made after he allegedly crashed a boat into another boat, a dock, and an island -- and then swam away from the scene. [Post-Star]

Albany city finances
+ The city of Albany has put a hold on non-essential hiring and a limit on spending in an attempt to close a $6 million gap in the current year budget. [TU]
+ A former city codes inspector -- who says the city didn't payout all of his 1,465 hours in unused vacation when he left the job -- is arguing the city hasn't been uniformly applying its relatively new limit on unused vacation payouts, citing the case of former APD chief Steven Krokoff. [TU+]

Nite Moves tax case
The Colonie strip club Nite Moves is still tangled in a fight with the state over sales tax exemptions. [TU+]

Too early
Most school districts start their high school days earlier than recommended by pediatricians based on research of adolescent sleep. [Daily Gazette]

1 Monument Square
A closer look at the historic market replica being proposed for 1 Monument Square by a local sculptor. [Troy Record]

Lice
With the rise of treatment-resistant "super lice," there are now two businesses in the Capital Region that offer lice-removal services. [TU+]

Albany Center Gallery
Priced out of its current downtown Albany space, the Albany Center Gallery is looking for a new home -- one that might not be in Albany. [TU]

Big win
The Albany High School football beat Saratoga Saturday, ending a 70-game regular season losing streak that dated back to 2005. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam returns to the Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

Future Perfect
Tuesday: The Future Perfect series at the UAlbany Art Museum will have a talk with Colin Boyd about his ongoing work there. "Boyd has created a fully functional studio in the museum where he is shooting a stop-motion animation that is part nature documentary and part science fiction film." Tuesday 6 pm -- free

Comments

It would be a shame for us to lose Albany Center Gallery. With all of the redevelopment of the downtown it's hard to believe that a space cannot be carved out for the gallery.

Moving the gallery to Troy or Schenectady is a ridiculous notion.

Suburbanites use a tremendous amount of resources in the city of Albany. The city will never crawl out from under its financial disaster until a way is found to properly fund city government.

Yet there is never a word from the mayor or our joke of a treasurer about this subject. At least advocate for it.

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