Arrest in Crossgates gunfire incident, leaders around area to respond to racist speech, woman dies from injuries in South Mall Towers beating,

Crossgates gunfire arrest
An Albany man has been arrested in connection with the gunfire at Crossgates Saturday. Guilderland police say they focused on the man because of security video and a witness picking him out of a photo lineup -- police then surveilled his apartment and was taken into custody at a car wash. Albany police chief Brendan Cox said Monday police believe the man got out of the mall during the initial rush of people to the exits after the shot was fired. Guilderland police chief Carol Lawlor said again on Monday police believe the incident was an argument between two people and no victim has been located. [TWCN] [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record] [News10] [TU]

Lockdown drills: A look at some of the lockdown drills stores in the mall had practiced previous to Saturday's incident. [WNYT]

Racist speech
+ Swastikas were discovered on pavement in Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs in recent days. Politico leaders of both parties in Saratoga County denounced the acts -- though they disagreed on what might be prompting them. [Daily Gazette] [Saratoga]
+ Fliers advertising a website against "AntiWhite propaganda" were posted around UAlbany's uptown campus Monday morning. UAlbany says the fliers were taken down because their posting didn't follow university rules about signs. [@epoppp] [TU]
+ Shen school superintendent Oliver Robinson on his letter to parents about recent incidents involving students saying racist things -- and the pushback the letter got on the district's Facebook page, to TWCN: "My concern is not politics; I don't care who people vote for or don't vote for ... My concern is how do we ensure that we have a school community that every single child can come to every day and not fearful of, will they be deported? Will they be criticized?" [Daily Gazette] [Shen FB] [TWCN]

Death following South Mall Towers beating
Albany police say the 63-year-old woman beaten at the South Mall Towers November 5 has died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident. APD says charges against man arrested in the case will be upgraded -- he's already facing an attempted murder charge. [TWCN] [APD]

OSHA fine in wood chipper death
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a local tree service more than $140k after an investigation of the death of Justus Booze this past May in Guilderland. OSHA says the company failed to train employees on how to safely operate the wood chipper. [TU] [News10]

SUNY Poly
Two top SUNY Poly execs left the institution last week -- one who was a legal adviser to Alain Kaloyeros, the other who oversaw financial and grant matters. [TU+]

Troy budget
Mark Robarge on the Troy budget being as much about politics as financials. [Troy Record]

Schenectady City Hall flooding
Schenectady City Hall is scheduled to re-open around noon Tuesday in a limited capacity following flooding from a water main break Monday. [Daily Gazette]

Momentive strike
Waterford supervisor Jack Lawler says he has safety concerns about the Momentive plant resuming operations with replacement workers. [TU+]

Cuomo 2020
Chris Churchill on current talk of Andrew Cuomo potentially running for president in 2020: "Stop it. Please. I'm begging you. No more." [TU+]

Buck Malen
Remembering Albany musician/artist/hair stylist Buck Malen, who died this past weekend. [TU]

ESP tree
The holiday tree is up on the ESP:

Stuff going on today

Charles Baxter and Joseph Lasdun
Fiction writers Charles Baxter and Joseph Lasdun will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Baxter will be reading from his newest short story collection, and Lasdun will read from his recently released novel. Tuesday 8 pm, campus center, uptown campus -- free

Front Parlor
The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Hangar in Troy. This month's theme: "I Wouldn't Have Believed It If I Hadn't Seen It." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Nitty Gritty
The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

Music: CRX at The Hollow
Rock, Nick Valensi from The Strokes. 9 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 at door

Music: Asking Alexandria at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon a Burning Body, Bad Omens. 6 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Music: The Stray Birds at Caffe Lena at The Parting Glass
Folk. 7 pm -- $22

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