Fatal shooting in Schenectady, Faso and Teachout debate for NY-19, a day at dealer school

Fatal shooting in Schenectady
Schenectady police say a 17-year-old woman was fatally shot in the head in an apartment in Hamilton Hill Thursday night. SPD says it's investigating -- no one has been arrested. Neighbors say they heard gunshots and then the woman's mother screaming. It's the third shooting on the block in a year. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [News10] [TU]

Albany police Green Street incident
The man arrested Albany police say was arrested as a bank robbery suspect during an episode on Green Street that included an officer firing his gun is the same man whose story got local and national attention last year after he was fired from the East Greenbush Walmart for redeeming cans found in shopping carts. [TU]

Lawsuit filed in case of fatal shooting by Troy police
The family of Edson Thevenin -- the man fatally shot by a Troy police officer during an incident on Hoosick Street earlier this year in which Troy police allege Thevenin used his vehicle as a weapon against the officer -- has filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer arguing police were not in danger when the officer opened fire. [TU]

Attempted murder arrest in Schenectady
Schenectady police say an 18-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly tried to shoot a woman in the head but the gun malfunctioned. [TU]

Hulett Street fire
Rob Gavin, reading between the lines of what federal prosecutors have said about the Hulett Street fire: "Federal prosecutors in Albany clearly have a conspiracy theory about the Schenectady fire that killed four people and severely burned Sa'fyre Terry on May 2, 2013. They are just not ready to talk about it." [TU+]

Faso-Teachout debate
Among the topics discussed during the NY-19 Congressional District debate between Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout: economic development, Hoosick Falls, whether Faso missed too many votes as an Assemblyman, and whether Teachout's a carpetbagger. [WAMC] [NYSNYS/Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Donald Trump on New York
During a radio interview with Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 Thursday, Donald Trump called upstate New York a "death zone" because of the economy -- and said he still thinks New York is in play for the November election (polling indicates otherwise). Trump also said he and Andrew Cuomo "get along very well." [State of Politic] [TU] [NY Post]

GlobalFoundries
GlobalFoundries announced it will be spending billions more at the chip fab in Malta to produce even smaller computer chips -- though the effort won't involve hiring significantly more people there. [Biz Review] [TU]

Albany judges
Kathy Sheehan has yet to say publicly what she intends to do about appointing someone to the city court judgeship that will be vacated when Thomas Keefe resigns at the end of this month. [TU]

Albany vacant house demolished
A vacant home on North Lake near Central Ave was demolished Thursday after the city said an engineer had determined it was structurally unsound (map). [TWCN] [TU]

The Zen Building
Looking at some of the private companies that have become tenants of the new ZEN Building at the SUNY Poly Albany campus. (It's the large, curved glass building visible from I-90.) [TU+]

Dealer school
A day at the instructional program aimed at training card game dealers for the Schenectady casino. [Daily Gazette]

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I've found that anecdotes from neighbors, friends, or internet "strangers" can only take you so far. If you haven't already, I strongly recommend you get out there and visit these schools during the school year, during the school day to get a feel for things. In the last few months, my wife and I have made a series of visits to our local elementary, middle + high-school. During those visits, we had the chance to talk to multiple teachers and see the kids "in action". It was very VERY telling in a lot of ways - both good and bad.

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