More indictments in Hulett Street fire case, city of Albany and Albany County at odds over payments, arrest in alleged UAlbany rape, healing with horses

More indictments related to Hulett Street fire
Two more people have been indicted on federal perjury charges in connection with the 2013 Hulett Street fire in Schenectady that killed four people and seriously injured Safyre Terry. The feds accuse the one of the men of lying to a grand jury about events leading up to the fire, and the other is accused of lying about a car alleged to have been involved. Two other people -- Jennica Duell and Edward Leon -- are already serving time for perjury in the case, but no one has yet been charged with the deaths in the arson case. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TWCN]

Arrest in UAlbany rape case
A Guilderland man has been arrested after he allegedly entered a residence at UAlbany's Stuyvesant Tower early Sunday morning where a student was sleeping and had sex with her without her consent. The man, who is not a UAlbany student, is facing rape and burglary charges -- and was just recently released on parole. A university spokesman says they don't think the student knew the 25-year-old man. The university says it's investigating how he may have gotten into the building, which has a key card entry. [TWCN] [News10] [TU] [WNYT]

Conflict over veterans' school tax break
A state law passed in 2013 allows school districts to give a tax break to veterans -- which has put school boards in the uncomfortable position of choosing whether to extend the break and spread the cost to other tax payers, or face criticism that they're not supporting veterans. [Daily Gazette]

Man pulled from Colonie fire
Colonie firefighters say they pulled a 66-year-old man from a house fire on Osborne Road Saturday night. Three dogs died in the fire. [News10] [TU]

Lead in school water
A ongoing listing of results from tests for lead in the water at Capital Region schools. [TU]

Albany city/county conflict over delinquent payments
How the fight between the city of Albany and the Albany County Legislature is shaping up over a plan for the county stop reimbursing cities upfront for unpaid charges related to delinquent tax bills. [TU]

Schenectady County property auction
An auction this past weekend sold 45 properties that had been foreclosed on by Schenectady County. [Daily Gazette]

Firing Alain Kaloyeros
A look at how SUNY might go about firing Alain Kaloyeros from his faculty position at SUNY Poly. [TU+]

How universities handle alleged cases of sexual assault
The attorney for a former UAlbany student found not guilty by a jury last week in an on campus sexual assault case criticized the university student conduct process that expelled his client. [TU]

State legislature pay raises
It turns out state legislators aren't too keen to talk about where they stand on raising their own pay. [TU+]

State legislative election profiles
+ NY Senate 46th: George Amedore (incumbent R) and Sara Nicolli (D) [TU+]
+ NY Senate 49th: Jim Tedisco ( R) and Chad Putnam (D) -- this is the election to replace Hugh Farley. [TU+]
+ NY Senate 43rd: Kathy Marchione ( R) and Shaun Francis (D) [TU+]

Manufacturing in New York State
What might a Hillary Clinton presidency potentially mean for manufacturing jobs in New York State? [TU]

Tax breaks for downtown Albany residential projects
The Albany IDA has approved tax breaks for the residential projects at 760 Broadway and 191 N. Pearl Street, the first new-construction residential projects in downtown Albany in many years. [Biz Review]

Healing with horses
A program in Lake Placid using horses to help people with PTSD. [TU+]

Stuff going on today

Film Columbia
Monday-Sunday: The Film Columbia film festival started this past weekend and runs all week in Chatham and Hudson. As in years past, the festival will be screening many notable films set for release this winter and into next year. There are also talks, panels, and other events. (Many of the screenings and events sell out.) Monday-Sunday various times -- $12 day films / $16 evening films.

Psycho
The Palace's movie series is showing the Psycho, the Hitchcock classic. Monday 7 pm -- $5

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip series is back at The Low Beat. "A different kind of art event. Learn or practice drawing with live, alternative figure models with local artist and educator, Robert B. Eaton. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you sketch. All skill levels welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, but limited materials will be provided to get you started." Monday 7 pm -- $15 / $8 students with valid ID

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