Preet Bharara speaks at Saint Rose, twist in Heimroth sentencing, former school board president indicted

Preet Bharara at Saint Rose
US Attorney Preet Bharara was at Saint Rose Thursday as part of a panel discussion about public corruption, and said he's confident the convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos will hold up during appeal -- despite a recent Supreme Court ruling that tightens the standard for public corruption cases. Bharara and prominent defense attorney E. Steward Jones also went back and forth on whether being a high-profile politician makes a person more or less likely to be a target of prosecution. [TU] [TWCN] [Daily Gazette] [News10]

Late twist in Heimroth case
The sentencing of Jacob Heimroth -- found guilty of the beating deaths of Allen and Maria Lockrow in their Lansingburgh home -- was delayed Thursday after his attorney alleged the prosecution had held back info about the unrelated prosecution of the son of the key witness in Hemiroth's trial, Laurie Rist, which the defense argues is a Brady violation. Heimroth's attorney said the info would have changed how he cross-examined Rist. The prosecution said it didn't know about the relation between the man and the witness, to which judge Andrew Ceresia said: "It is not a defense to say I didn't know about it." [Troy Record] [TU] [News10] [TWCN]

Church lots lost
A look at how the Victory Church ended up owning 14 parcels of land scattered around the city of Albany -- and then letting those parcel fall into foreclosure. [TU+]

Hoosick Falls
A group of women from Flint, Michigan visited Hoosick Falls Thursday to share strategies about how to respond to the water contamination issues in their communities. [TU] [Politico NY]

University president pay
Legislation in the state Senate and Assembly would cap SUNY university president pay -- with a special provision that would affect compensation arrangement like the one for Alain Kaloyeros. [Politico NY]

Deputy demotion
Schenectady County sheriff's deputy was demoted recently because, "people familiar with the situation" tell the Times Union, he allegedly took a TV home that had been confiscated during a drug raid. [TU]

Former school board president indicted
The former president of the Saratoga Springs school board, Charles Locke, has been indicted on charges related to the alleged theft of money from a school association. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady convenience stores
The Schenectady city council is considering a moratorium on new convenience stores as it sorts through potential new regulations for them, including mandating surveillance cameras. [TU]

Saratoga City Center parking garage
The Saratoga City Center has gotten approval from the city's design review commission for its long-sought parking garage. [Biz Review]

Summit Towers
The Summit Towers residential high rise in Schenectady is getting a $10 million renovation. [Daily Gazette]

Zoning
Brunswick is looking at new zoning that would include rules for "adult use" areas. [TU]

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