APD: Suspect in fatal Washington Park hit and run, Albany officials explain plowing plan, AMC buys another Park South property, "This is not your fault"

Suspect in fatal Washington Park hit and run
Albany police a man now in custody on a parole violation is a suspect in the recent fatal hit and run in Washington Park -- they allege the Albany man rear ended a vehicle at Henry Johnson and Washington Ave, then fled through the park. APD says the woman killed in the incident, Rajine Martinez, had already been in the road semi-conscious before the crash and two bystanders where trying to help her. [News10] [TWCN] [TU]

Clinton Ave fatal shooting
Albany police have identified the man killed in the shooting in a Clinton Ave home early Sunday morning and say they believe it was not random. [TU]

Alleged safety violations at Warehouse District conversion
The developer behind the conversions of 960 Broadway and the Nipper Building is facing almost $170k in fines for allegedly allowing workers to be exposed to asbestos and lead as well as other safety issues at the 960 Broadway site. The developer is contesting the violations. [OSHA] [TU+]

Trump cabinet
+ Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand both voted against the confirmation of Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury. [US Senate]
+ Schumer and Gillibrand both voted for the confirmation of David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs (he was unanimously approved). [US Senate]

State aid for cities
The New York Conference of Mayors is pushing back on Andrew Cuomo's plan to make state aid to local municipalities contingent on developing local consolidation plans, arguing the plan is too complicated, overlooks sharing that already happens, and looks past the role of school districts in the overall tax picture. [TU] Earlier: Does Albany get a fair share of state aid?

State Senate
The latest back-and-forth between the would-be Democratic majority in the state Senate and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference included allegations of racism. [TU]

Rockefeller Institute
Jim Malatras -- a former top aide to Andrew Cuomo -- is now officially the new president of the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, a newly-created position with a $290k salary. [TU]

Schenectady building inspector dies
The girlfriend of Schenectady building inspector Eric Shilling tells the Times Union the man committed suicide last Friday -- and Paul Nelson reports that current and former city officials say Schilling had been demoralized with his job and unhappy with his interactions with city officials, an assertion disputed by mayor Gary McCarthy. Schilling's grand jury testimony has been part of the investigation into the fatal Jay Street fire. [TU+] [Daily Gazette]

Albany snow plowing
Albany DGS commissioner Dan Mirabile on how the city handled plowing during the most recent storm: "The main roads are definitely a priority. As you can see with the 30 trucks we have, there is no way you can possibly cover 670 streets in the middle of a storm." [TU]

Snow emergency: The latest Albany snow emergency is still in effect. It flips to odd side parking Tuesday at 8 pm.

State of Cohoes
Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse touted new development along Remsen Street during his state of the city address. [TU]

Albany County "ban the box"
The Albany County Legislature approved legislation that bars the county from asking a job applicant's criminal history. [TU]

The first year after prison
Talking with a Schenectady man about finding work after being released from prison: "The hardest thing is the first year ... If you can do that first year, you can do the rest of your years like that." [Daily Gazette]

North Greenbush ShopRite
The new ShopRite planned for North Greenbush will include a self-checkout service that allows shoppers to scan items as they shop. [TU]

Albany Med and Park South
Albany Med has bought 560 Madison Ave, the former Park View Pub building on the corner of Madison and New Scotland, and has apparently inquired about buying other properties on that block of New Scotland. [Biz Review]

Troy waterfront
Chris Churchill on a big, if perhaps unlikely, idea for the riverfront in south Troy. [TU+]

"This is not your fault"
NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Jason Gough on going public about being sexually abused as a child by a family member: "I want to let everybody know that this is not your fault. This has to come out. If you tell one person or if you broadcast it." [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Stories
The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "Love, of course." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Assisted Loving
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of Assisted Loving. It runs through February 19. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

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