Inauguration reactions, Sheehan: Albany is "committed to being a sanctuary city," remembering PK Miller

Inauguration
Many "New York Republicans at the presidential inauguration festivities" articles:
+ Local state Senator George Amedore on Trump: "We need a fighter in Washington to cut through the bureaucracy and the partisanship ... When you're in the ring and fighting every day tooth and nail because you got everything on the line, you may throw some punches or when a punch is thrown at you, you throw it back." [TU]
+ Chris Collins, the Congressman from western New York who was an early Trump supporter: "The inauguration tomorrow is really going to be the beginning of the change in this country." [TWCN]
+ State Senate majority leader John Flanagan on Trump being from New York: "Our new president! I don't know if I'm going to get tired of saying that. That's pretty cool stuff, right?" [TWCN]

Local protest
There's an "Inaugurate Resistance" series of events planned in Albany Saturday, including a march down Washington Ave to West Capitol Park. [Citizen Action]

Immigrants
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued "a legal roadmap for improving public safety by protecting vulnerable immigrant communities" for municipalities around the state. The AG's press release included a statement from Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan: "We are committed to being a sanctuary city and these guidelines will assist in our efforts to protect immigrants' rights and develop relationships that enhance public safety in our city." [TU] [NYS OAG]

State budget
Citing the possibility of cuts to federal aid by the new Trump administration, the Cuomo administration has inserted language into the state budget that would allow it to unilaterally reduce appropriations to local governments mid year if "receipts, including but not limited to receipts from the federal government, are less than the amount assumed" -- that's not going over well with the legislature. [Politico NY]

Tax cap
The state comptroller's office reports the next tax cap for school district budgets will be 1.26 percent. [TU]

Investigation of incident involving Schenectady mayor
Schenectady public safety commissioner Wayne Bennett told the Daily Gazette Thursday that he didn't have the report issued by Saratoga County DA Karen Heggen about how the last year's incident in which Gary McCarthy confronted two women was handled by city police. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady manhunt
A report of a shot fired in a Central State apartment Thursday morning later led to a foot chase and search in Hamilton Hill and two arrests. SPD says the suspected shooter has not been found. [Daily Gazette x2]

Schenectady schools
A group of about 100 Schenectady school district teachers told the school board this week they think student behavior has deteriorated to disruptive and unsafe levels. [Daily Gazette]

Sentence for former Troy mayoral candidate
Ernest Everett was sentenced to 90 hours of community service for the misdemeanor charges involving falsified nominating petitions in the 2015 Troy Democratic mayoral primary. [TU]

No longer lenient
Charting the apparent change in leniency by Albany County judge Peter Lynch. [TU+]

Big Rotterdam housing project
A developer is proposing a 680-unit "age in place" residential project for seniors on Helderberg Ave in Rotterdam. [Daily Gazette]

Mayors Cup
The Union men's hockey team beat RPI 3-2 in the Mayors Cup game at the TU Center.

PK
Remembering PK Miller, a unique and engaged Albany resident. [TU]

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