Man dies in SPD custody, pedstrian struck in Colonie, Jimino not running for re-election, brewery planned for Albany

Man dies in Schenectady police custody
Schenectady police say a man apprehended after a short foot chase following a traffic stop died Thursday afternoon while in police custody. SPD said the man had complained of breathing problems and feeling dizzy while in a police car on the way to a station, became unresponsive, paramedics were called, and he was pronounced dead at Ellis Hospital. SPD says State Police have been called into investigate. [News10] [Spectrum] [TU]

Pedestrian struck in Colonie
Colonie police say driver struck a teen walking her dog along Albany Street Thursday afternoon -- the teen was taken to Albany Med and was in critical but stable condition, the dog died. CPD says the driver immediately stopped and called 911. CPD is investigating and asking any witnesses to call with info. [CPD press release] [News10]

American Health Care Act
+ Kirsten Gillibrand on the all-male group of Senators selected to work on the American Health Care Act: "We have 13 men writing this health care bill right now; I'd like to know what their personal experience is with women's health care." [TU]
+ More than 150 people lined a street in Schoharie Thursday to protest John Faso's recent vote for the American Health Care Act -- Faso was there to speak at the Schoharie County Republican Committee's Lincoln Dinner. [Daily Gazette]

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Sentencing in fatal Route 7 crash
Jessica Bellerose of Troy -- who pleaded guilty to charges that included second-degree manslaughter and DWI in the Route 7 crash in Colonie that killed Paige Ahearn -- was sentenced 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison. Said Ahearn's mother at the sentencing: "The unimaginable has happened to me. Not because of an illness. Not because of an accident. Not because of an act of God, but because of the reckless, selfish, irresponsible act of a drunk driver." [Albany County DA] [News10]

Questions about payroll info for state Senate stipends
Jesse McKinley reports that emails sent from the state Senate payroll office to the state comptroller indicate that "staff members of the Republican-led Senate have repeatedly sent false information to the state comptroller's office that allowed tens of thousands of dollars in payments to three renegade Democratic senators who are allies of the Senate Republicans." [NYT]

Jimino not running for re-election
Rensselaer County exec Kathy Jimino said Thursday she's decided against running for re-election to a fifth term this fall. Cue the scramble for politicians in both parties to position themselves for a run. [Troy Record] [TU]

Momentive strike
Momentive and union leaders said Thursday they've reached an agreement in which 25 workers fired ahead of/during the recent strike will return to work or take voluntary retirements or buyouts. [TU+]

UAlbany president search
UAlbany students have been rallying support for interim president James Stellar to get the job permanently -- but his "interim" tag disqualifies from the search without a waiver. [TU] [Politico NY]

Penn Station
Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie are calling for a private station operator to take over management of Penn Station from Amtrak. [Politico NY]

The Cuomo aesthetic
Dana Rubinstein on Andrew's Cuomo's focus on the style of projects, if not necessarily their underlying details: "It's a Cuomo aesthetic that prizes the superficial and expedient over the substantive and more strenuous. Some experts find it jarring." [Politico NY]

Animal neglect case in Berne
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says his office used a drone to investigate an animal neglect case in Berne. ACSO says more than 50 animals ended up being removed from the property. [News10] [TU]

Ticket bots
The state Attorney General's office announced $4 million in settlements with "ticket brokers that illegally purchased and resold hundreds of thousands of tickets in New York State since 2011" by using online bots to quickly scoop up tickets. OAG says two of the shows involved were in Albany -- Bruce Springsteen in 2014 and Ed Sheeran in 2015. [NYS OAG] [TU]

Normanside
It sounds like the Normanside Country Club and the town of Bethlehem are still at odds over some of the issues related to the Normanskill landslide. [WNYT]

Collegiate Scholars of Tomorrow
Albany Medical Center and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity of Albany have partnered on a program called Collegiate Scholars of Tomorrow that will set up and seed college savings accounts for third graders in the city and graduates of the Baby Institute. [TU]

Mount McGregor
Looking at the many plans a developer has for the Mount McGregor site in Wilton. [Saratogian]

Brewery planned for Albany
The latest craft beverage producer planned for Albany: Fort Orange Brewing at 450 N. Pearl in the Warehouse District. [Biz Review $]

Determination
One of the students graduating from HVCC this spring lived out of his car when he became homeless so he wouldn't drop out of school. [News10]

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