Sentencing in UAlbany bus incident, guilty verdict in the death of Medina Knowles, Albany tax break mistake, treasurer reports Albany budget surplus, big cat -- or really big cat?

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Sentencing in UAlbany bus incident
Ariel Agudio and Asha Burwell -- the two women found guilty of filing a false report as part of the UAlbany bus incident -- were sentenced to three years probations and 200 hours of community service Friday morning. [TU]

Guilty verdict in the death of Medina Knowles
A jury found Raekwon Stover guilty of all the charges against him, including second-degree murder, in the shooting death of 17-year-old Medina Knowles in her Schenectady home last year. He faces up to 25 years to life at sentencing. [News10] [Daily Gazette]

Troy police drug unit
The entire Troy police drug unit has placed on administrative leave, but no one from the city will officially say why. [News10] [TU]

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Albany tax break mistake
The Albany city tax assessor has acknowledged a mistaken interpretation of a property tax break that's part of state law after the mistake was flagged by the the Albany Business Review -- it appears some properties were paying thousands less in taxes per year than they should have been. [Biz Review]

Albany budget surplus
Albany city treasurer Darius Shahinfar reported Thursday that the city ended 2016 with an unaudited budget surplus of $6 million (about 3.5 percent), its first since 2012. [TU]

Arrest in Albany homicide
Albany police say they've arrested a man for the fatal stabbing on Elk Street in May, and he's been charged with second-degree murder. [APD]

ICE arrests in Saratoga Springs
ICE has arrested another group of people in Saratoga Springs -- 11 this time -- on allegations they are in the country illegally. And city leaders questioned the focus on the city and expressed concern for how the arrests would affect the city's economy. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

SUNY Poly
The Research Foundation for SUNY has had to correct its accounting for 2015 for the NanoFab X building at the SUNY Poly Albany campus, resulting in an increase in stated liabilities of $250 million and a confession of "material weakness in its internal control." [TU]

At the Capitol, at the end of the session
A look at the various issues that currently appears to be stuck in the end-of-session jam at the state Capitol. [Politico NY]

State Senate ethics committee
The state Senate ethics committee met Thursday morning -- for the first time in more than eight years. [Politico NY]

Leonard Hospital
The Troy City Council took the first step toward authorizing $162k in spending -- and eventually $2.5 million in bonding -- to deal with the Leonard Hospital property. (This is the property for which the council recently rejected a proposal for an affordable housing redevelopment.) [WNYT] [TU]

Troy playground closed
A playground in downtown Troy is still closed and city officials won't say why exactly. [WNYT]

Big cat or really big cat?
Did a trail camera in Poestenkill capture an image of a mountain lion? [News10]

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