Looking at the state of assault weapons and the SAFE Act, Rensselaer riverfront part of local Amazon bid, SPAC to reduce ballet residency

Guns
Looking at the number of assault weapons in New York State, its laws about them, and the degree to which they're enforced. [Daily Gazette]

State AG review of Rensselaer County DA
A Rensselaer County assistant district attorney who was fired this month testified Friday before a grand jury as part of the state attorney general's office review of the Rensselaer County DA's handling of the fatal April 2016 fatal Troy police shooting. [TU]

Albany County Land Bank
A look at the progress of the Albany County Land Bank -- now the second biggest in the state -- and the challenges it faces in its mission to get vacant and foreclosed properties back into productive use. [TU]

Amazon
The Rensselaer riverfront is one of the sites highlighted in the Capital Region's bid for Amazon's second headquarters. [Biz Review]

1 Monument Square
ICYMI, as they say: The movie theater project for 1 Monument Square in Troy is off, the Madden administration announced late Friday afternoon. [AOA]

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Albany shooting arrest
Albany police say they've arrested a man for the non-fatal shooting in a Central Ave apartment last week. [APD]

Troy fire investigation
One thought as to why residents of the apartment building in Troy that caught fire last week didn't hear smoke detectors go off: The fire started in the attic where there were no detectors. [WNYT]

Colonie budget
The proposed Colonie town budget includes a less-than-2 percent increase in the property tax rate. [TU]

Troy police contract
The city of Troy says its reached tentative agreement with the Troy Police Benevolent Association on a new contract -- the PBA has been without one for almost five years. [TU]

Albany IDA audit
The state comptroller office's upcoming audit of the city of Albany Industrial Development Agency will include a look at how well it's enforcing job creation provisions of PILOT arrangements -- including the PILOT for the Hilton Albany, at which employees are currently protesting over a contract dispute. [TU]

Saratoga Springs government
A look at the debate over whether Saratoga Springs should change its form of city government. [TU]

Saratoga Code Blue
The Saratoga Code Blue shelter will be returning to its old spot on Henry Street because of the legal action holding off the planned new Walworth Street location. [Daily Gazette]

Gloversville
The Gloversville/Johnstown response to that Leader Herald series about the presence of the KKK: a meeting and rally to encourage peace and acceptance. Also: Difficult conversations about how to move forward. [News10] [Daily Gazette]

SPAC ballet
SPAC will be reducing the New York City Ballet's residence next summer to one week. [TU]

RPI protest
+ Hundreds of RPI students rallied outside an alumni gala on campus Friday to protest the administration's move to take management of the student union out of student hands (as it has been managed for 127 years). [Troy Record]
+ Chris Churchill: "The protest was impassioned but respectful. The students didn't interrupt the gala but made sure they were seen and heard. The supposed snowflakes showed their grit and free speech won the day." [TU]

109th airlift wing
Colonel Michele Kilgore is now the commander of 109th airlift wing of Stratton Air National Guard Base -- and the first woman to hold the job. [WNYT]

Halloween at the Riggis
The Riggis have decided to significantly roll back their Halloween display in Saratoga Springs this year. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Albany Community Policing Forum
Monday: The Albany Police Department has a community policing forum at the APL Washington Ave branch. The focus is on crisis intervention. Monday 6 pm

Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "It Is What It Is." Monday 7:30 pm

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Monday: Proctors is showing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the big screen in the GE Theater. various times -- $5

Music: TV Girl at The Low Beat
Indie pop. With: BrotherTiger, Titanics. 7:30 pm -- $10

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