Tangled knot of violence in Schenectady, State Police car stolen, proposed Schenectady budget includes tax cut

Rosh Hashanah started Sunday evening and continues until Tuesday evening.

Stemming violence in Schenectady
Sorting through the tangled knot of issues that underlies violence and crime in Schenectady neighborhoods such as Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant: poverty, guns, the drug trade, and a lack of programs for kids. [Daily Gazette]

Role of email in corruption cases
Looking at how public officials used private email accounts in the recent round of public corruption cases involving Andrew Cuomo's former top aide and SUNY Poly. [TU+]

Sure in gun permits
County sheriffs around the greater Capital Region say they're seeing a large spike in pistol permit applications, apparently prompted by the November election. [TU]

Stolen State Police car
State Police say a woman being transported by a state trooper in Schoharie County Sunday managed to climb into the driver's seat after the trooper had gotten out of the car -- and then drove off. (Apparently she had been in the front passenger seat.) That prompted a seven-hour hunt for the woman before she was taken back into custody. [NYSP] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [News10]

Sentencing in fatal stabbing of Louis Haynie
The 22-year-old Albany man who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of Albany High School student Louis Haynie on Elberon Place in September 2015 was sentenced to 22 years in prison. [TU]

Sentencing in Saratoga bat assault case
The 21-year-old Galway man who beat his parents with a baseball bat in February 2015 and then fled to Buffalo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. [TU]

Latham motel fire
A fire a at motel on Route 9 in Latham Saturday prompted the evacuation of 25 rooms -- and one couple, who had lived there for years, lost most of their belongings. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Schenectady budget
Gary McCarthy's proposed budget for the city of Schenectady -- buoyed by new revenue from the Rivers Casino project -- includes a cut in the tax rate of more than three percent. City council president Leesa Perazzo says she'd like to get the cut up to five percent. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Cohoes budget
Shawn Morse's proposed budget for the city of Cohoes doesn't include an increase in the tax rate, but the tax levy would increase, requiring a tax cap override. [TU]

Saratoga Springs Code Blue shelter
A group of residents and business owners have sent a letter to Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen protesting the new Henry Street location of the city's Code Blue homeless shelter. [Saratogian]

Albany police
Albany police chief Brendan Cox and Alice Green of the Center for Law and Justice are headed to Europe to learn about decriminalization and diversion programs there. [TU]

Marijuana
New York State's medical marijuana industry is off to a shaky start. [TU+]

Invasive clams
Invasive Asian clams are continuing to claim more of Lake George. [TU+]

Stuff going on today

Capitol Hauntings
Monday-Friday: The very popular "Capitol Hauntings" tours of the state Capitol begin a new season this week. Many of the spots for the tours are already claimed, but at last check there were still a few available for the evening sessions, and a handful for the day tours. Monday-Friday 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm -- free (must pre-register)

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