Video admissible in Crossgates shooting, D.A. report: Rotterdam police shooting justified, fired Walmart employee sentenced in bank robberies

Video admissible in Crossgates shooting
An acting State Supreme Court judge has ruled that a videotaped conversation between police and Tasheem Maeweather -- the man accused of firing a gun during the November incident in Crossgates that prompted a lockdown of the mall -- will be allowed as evidence in his attempted murder trial. [TU]

Rotterdam police shooting declared justified
Schenectady County DA Robert Carney released a report on Wednesday, stating that the Rotterdam patrolman who shot and killed a knife-wielding veteran in April was justified in the shooting. The report calls the event "an unavoidable tragedy."[TU][TU][Gazette]

Inmate charged with murder
A prison inmate serving time for a non-fatal Hamilton Hill shooting is now facing murder charges in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Angel Carrion in Schenectady's Mont Pleasant neighborhood. [TU][Gazette]


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Parolee/former Walmart employee sentenced
The parolee who made news when he was fired from Walmart for redeeming cash from retuning bottles found outside the store is headed back to prison for 15 years for his involvement in a series of bank robberies. [TU]

Schenectady raids
Five people were arrested and 11 guns were recovered in ttwo Schenectady house raids on Tuesday, carried out by the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office narcotics Unit and Schenectady police SWAT team. [Gazette][TU]

Three schools locked down
Three schools in the North Colonie district went on lockdown for a short time on Wednesday after a nearby home was invaded by men who reportedly had a crowbar and a shotgun in t

Comptroller plans Schenectady code enforcement audit
The NYS Comptrollers office has announced an audit that will focus on code enforcement in Schenectady -- an announcement that comes less than a week after the unexpected death of the city's code enforcement officer. [Gazette]

Cost of tourism signs
The 514 NYS tourism signs along major state highways that the federal government says are illegal cost the state $8.1 million.[TU]

Sharfenberger on Catholic politicians who support Planned Parenthood
While he didn't signal them out by name, Bishop Edward Sharfenberger criticized three Albany politicians, (Paul Tonko, Kathy Sheehan and Pat Fahy, for participating in last weekend's rally to support federal funding for Planned Parenthood. In his statement, the bishop addressed health screenings and non-abortion related services of Planned Parenthood saying "a man who beats his wife sometimes gives her flowers."[TU+]

NYS care for disabled
The father of a 13-year-old autistic boy who died 10 years ago at the hands of an aide at the O.D. Heck Developmental Center says the state is still not doing enough to protect its disabled citizens.[TU][TWCN] [WNYT][TU]

Casino arrests
Three people were arrested at Rivers Casino following a Sunday morning fight that apparently started over how many people would be taking part a tryst. [TU]

Former Hoosick Mayor dies
Longtime Hoosick Mayor Donald Bogardus has died.

75-years late
A library book recently returned to the Hudson Falls library was 75-years overdue, incurring more than $500 in (waived) fines. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Hoops
The Saints are back in action with a game against Manhattan at the TU Center. Thursday 7 pm -- $10 and up

Nancy Jo Sales
Journalist Nancy Jo Sales will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Sales will be talking about her recent book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. (Sales also wrote the The Bling Ring, which was adapted into a film of the same title.) Thursday 8 pm, uptown campus, Campus Center Room 375 -- free

American Carnage: Why Trump Supporters Are Not Idiots
Photojournalist Chris Arnade will be at Skidmore for a conversation titled "American Carnage: Why Trump Supporters Are Not Idiots." Blurbage: "Chris captures the often forgotten, misunderstood American communities that litter the country and proved decisive for Donald Trump's victory. During the course of 2016, Chris drove 57,821 miles back and forth across the country trying to understand the root of Trump's support. His conclusion: many voters feel years of angst over being forgotten and betrayed by the establishment, and it's time to start listening to them." Thursday 6:30 pm, Gannett Auditorium -- free

(From CJR: His photos are striking and real. But is Chris Arnade a journalist?)

LGBT legal issues
The LGBT law series at Albany Law continues with a program focused on legal issues facing LGBT older adults. Thursday 6 pm -- free (registration required)

Music
Balé Folclórico Da Bahia: Bahia of All Colors at Proctors
"This marvelous company, with its dancers, musicians and singers, represents the culture, the traditions, the beliefs, the history, the colors, the music, and the movements of the people of Bahia." 8 pm -- $20 and up

Marcia Ball at The Upper Room
"[R]ollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B..." 7 pm -- $25 and up

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine at Troy Musical Hall
Playing works by Prkofiev, Stravinksy, and Shostakovich. 7:30 pm -- $45 and up

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$8.1 million for 514 signs? That's $15,758 per sign! Are they gold plated?

It might be a little inflated but signs are expensive. Repairing a sign for my son's school is over $6000 (not an LED display, just letters and a light).

Amy, if you think you can install a sign and meet the specs at a better price, I'm sure New York State would welcome your bid. Maybe take into account that they don't just print a sign and throw it on the ground.

What is the return on investment for 8.1 million dollars in New York tourism signs in New York?

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