State and local reactions to Trump presidency, alleged hazing incident involving UAlbany students, call for lower speed limit on road where trooper was fatally hit

Today is Veterans Day. It's a federal holiday so some thing will be closed. Albany's annual Veterans Day parade starts at 11 am at Central Ave and Ontario Street and heads downtown.

Donald Trump
+ On Thursday Andrew Cuomo was using a gentler tone about Donald Trump's upcoming presidency, but Cuomo also told reporters: "I have grave philosophical differences with the positions that Donald Trump laid out in the campaign, and that is not going to change and that is not going to go away ... We won't allow a federal government that attacks immigrants in our state." [TU]
+ One issue on which New York State leaders and a Trump administration could be very much on the same page: big spending on infrastructure. [TU+]
+ Officials for RISSE, an org that assists refugees in Albany, say Trump's electoral victory has their clients worried about deportation and freedom of religion. [TWCN]
+ A political scientist's message to students at a UAlbany forum about Donald Trump's upcoming administration: "Organize, organize, organize." [Daily Gazette]

Rensselaer County jail harassment case
An order this week by the state Division of Human Rights brings the total that will be paid to a female former Rensselaer County jail sergeant found to have been harassed by co-workers at the jail to $2.15 million. [TU]

Alleged con involving Schenectady police officer
Colonie police lieutenant Robert Wynn on that case involving a con man, his boyfriend the Schenectady police officer, a possible luxury car scam: "The whole thing is a tangled web of deceit." (That article also includes mention of the sex party allegation that got so much initial attention -- Albany police chief says an investigation so far has concluded that claim "looks like a bunch of nonsense.") [TU+]

Guilty plea in Wilton crash that injured boy
The Wilton woman accused of crashing into a boy on his bike this past summer and then leaving the scene has pleaded guilty to felony leaving the scene of a serious physical injury accident. The Saratoga County DA's office says the boy was seriously injured and has required significant rehab. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons field house arson case
Schenectady police say three teens have been arrested for allegedly setting the fire that destroyed the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons field house. [Daily Gazette]

Alleged hazing incident involving UAlbany students
Albany police say seven UAlbany students were arrested Thursday for what appears to have been a hazing incident connected connected to a sorority at a house on Hamilton Street. The students are accused of blindfolding four students and forcing them to eat dirt while rancid food was poured on them. APD says one of the pledges had an allergic reaction and was taken to the hospital. UAlbany says the group is not a sanctioned sorority and the school has a zero tolerance policy for hazing. [APD] [News10] [WNYT] [TU]

Edward Smart
The state Attorney General's office announced it's gotten temporary restraining order prohibiting Albany pastor Edward Smart and his wife from obtaining funds from a charitable organization they're connected to in the city. The prominent pastor and his wife are facing allegations of financial misconduct involving non-profit orgs and dramatically understating their income to obtain Medicaid benefits. [NYS OAG] [TU]

Delanson building explosion
Fire officials say two women escaped uninjured when a Delanson apartment building exploded Thursday evening. Fire officials it looks like the explosion might have involved a propane tank or furnace. A neighbor said the explosion sounded like a train derailment. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU]

PFOA
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the steps the Taconic plastics company will be required to take to address PFOA contamination of the water in Petersburgh. [TU]

GlobalFoundries
One of the medical experts for the engineer suing GlobalFoundries and a supplier at the fab site in Malta over an autoimmune condition he developed alleges his client was likely exposed to contaminated soil at the construction site. [TU+]

Ballard Road
The death of state trooper Timothy Pratt has prompted Wilton's town board to ask the state to approve a speed limit reduction for Ballard Road. [Saratogian]

Thurlow Terrace Apartments
The Thurlow Terrace Apartments housing for seniors is in line to get a makeover and potentially a new PILOT deal with the city. [TU]

Saratoga City Center
Mark E. Baker, who's been the only head of the Saratoga City Center during its existence, is retiring at the end of this year. [Biz Review]

Schulyer Flatts
The Open Space Institute has turned ownership of the Schuyler Flatts park property over to the town of Colonie. [TU]

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