Arrest in fatal Schenectady shooting, supporters of Marquis Dixon appeal heartened by judge's words, body found in Colonie fire, fighting asparagus

Arrest in fatal Schenectady shooting
Schenectady police say they arrested a 19-year-old man Saturday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Medina Knowles in a Hamilton Hill apartment Thursday night. ReaQwan U. Stover was arraigned on charges that include second-degree murder Sunday and held without bail. Police say Stover had recently started dating Knowles, but has yet to release info on a possible motive. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [News10]

Marquis Dixon
During oral arguments Friday, the justice hearing the appeal in the case of Marquis Dixon -- the Albany teen sent to prison for nine years for stealing a pair of sneakers -- brought up, unprompted, the issue of whether Dixon had incorrectly not been considered for youthful offender status. And that might be a sign that's Dixon's appeal has a good chance of being successful in some way. Also from Friday's session: Dixon's case hinged in part on an accusation that he had a gun when stealing the sneakers from another teen, an allegation his defenders have said had little evidence other than the word of the other teen -- and the attorney representing the Albany County DA's office pushed back on that point. [TWCN] [TU+] [WNYT]

Harriman campus land sale
The state's request for bidders to develop a large chunk of the Harriman State Office Campus -- a plan that's intended to help the city of Albany by adding taxable land -- netted no proposals by the deadline last week. [Biz Review]

Body found after Colonie fire
Firefighters in Colonie found a body in a burned home on Sebring Avenue Friday. The person hasn't been identified, but neighbors say the resident was an elderly person who need oxygen (there were noises in the fire that sounded like oxygen tanks exploding). [TU x2] [WNYT]

Arrest in Schnectady shootings
Schenectady police say they've arrested an 18-year-old man for two different shooting incidents earlier this month. [Daily Gazette]

Off-duty State Police member arrested
State Police say an off-duty State Police member was arrested following a domestic incident in Malta in August. [TU] [NYSP]

Controversial Troy Fire Department hire
One of the new Troy firefighters sworn in on Friday is a man with a conviction for vehicular manslaughter from a drunk driving case in 2002. [TU]

Oil trains
The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Friday that Global Companies must apply for a new air emission permit for its rail-to-river oil depot at the Port of Albany. [TU]

Hudson River PCBs
State attorney general Eric Schneiderman is pushing for the EPA to delay signing off on the completion of the Hudson River PCB dredging project until further testing is done. [TU]

Albany sinkhole
An update on the progress of repairs at the South Lake Ave sinkhole in Albany. [News10]

Nursing homes
Looking at federal ratings of local nursing homes. [Daily Gazette]

An overview of what GlobalFoundaries is making at the chip fab in Malta. [TU+]

Food for the weekend
Teachers say a program that sends Schenectady school kids home with food for the weekend results in kids showing up on Monday in better moods and ready to learn. [Daily Gazette]

The fight against asparagus
A Schalmont teen soccer star is fighting asparagus (it's what she's calling her cancer). [TU+]

Stuff going on today

Mapping the Green Book
Jennifer Reut, a senior editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine, will be at Skidmore for a talk about The Green Book, which guided African-Americans to establishments and accommodations that would serve them during the Jim Crow era. "She will be talking about her research on landscapes of race and travel between World War II and the Civil Rights Act." Monday 6:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

"My Stake in Your Dreams and Yours in Mine"
Attorney/advocate Diane Patrick will be at Union College for a talk titled "Don't Stand Alone: My Stake in Your Dreams and Yours in Mine," part of Union's presidential forum on diversity series. Patrick has chaired the diversity committee at the international law firm Ropes & Gray, which has been recognized for the diversity of its attorneys in the US. (Patrick is also the former first lady of Massachusetts -- she's married to Deval Patrick.) Monday 5 pm, Nott Memorial -- free

Front Parlor
The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany, with special guest host Truemaster Trimmingham. This month's theme: "The Sub." Monday 7:30 pm

Sip and sketch
The Low Beat hosts its first Punk Rock Sketch and Sip event with artist Robert B. Eaton and figure models. Artists are encouraged to bring their own materials. Monday 7 pm -- $15 / $8 students with valid ID


I think it is good that the State has not received any bids to develop part of the Harriman Campus. I strongly feel that the Campus needs a comprehensive development plan, not to be broken up and developed piece meal.

Ideally the Campus would have a central area for Offices, Labs, and Shops. Maybe on the periphery there could be some apartments/residences. Also maybe some park areas, maybe some roof top gardens/parks.

Also, the idea would be to create a City within the City. People should be able to live in the residences, work in the offices, and shop in the stores. Having residences as part of the plan would create built in foot traffic for any stores, supermarkets, restaurants. This could be supplemented with outside traffic and bus lines to bring people in.

The entire Project would be walkable with a lot of diverse stuff, maybe some museums, performance arts centers/theaters, libraries. Residents would not have to own cars, and car ownership would be an optional luxury rather than a necessity.

The idea is to create a walkable Community based on New Urbanist principles. This sort of development will not occur if there is no plan for the entire Campus. Developing parcels of land rather than the whole is a mistake, in my view.

The city of Albany is BLEEDING, from all the non taxed properties!
Green space, and fresh air are wonderful.
The TAX PAYERS of my fair city need help BIG TIME, no more schools, hospitals, state offices, or churches!
Albany Med & St.Rose have commercial use on their property yet Albany doesn't get one red cent from that!
This does not make any sense to me, whatsoever!
Will the last property owner please turn off the lights?

mg, name the commercial use on the St. Rose property.

Cities develop one parcel at a time. A 27 acre urban parcel is GIGANTIC, and necessarily will limit potential bidders to a handful of developers. Superblock megaprojects in cities have an overwhelmingly awful track record. Tear up the ring roads, establish a street grid, and sell off the land in lots of small parcels. A city neighborhood will develop.

There is a Star Bucks on their property, and maybe another commercial enterprise, I.D.K.
They took 10 parking spaces AWAY on Madison Ave & 10 on Western Ave to help students cross the streets safely. Students still JAY WALK!

Harriman campus seems like a great spot for the ultimate Albany shopping center of Costco, Wegmans and Ikea.

The Starbucks is run by the food operator on campus and is provided as part of campus dining. It's not a typical corporate store.

Students rarely jaywalk at the intersections you described, at least not dangerously. If anything I see more people waiting for the lights and pushing the buttons at those particular intersections than anywhere else in the city. You can deal with a couple fewer parking spaces for that.

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