Reaction to guilty verdict in Troy murder trial, protest of police conduct in Troy, talking with Carolyn McLaughlin

Reaction to guilty verdict in the death of Noel Alkaramla
+ Debra Napoli -- Noel Alkaramla's mother, and Johnny Oquendo's former wife -- after Oquendo was found guilty Friday of murdering her daughter in Troy in 2015: "I'll never hold my child. I'll never be a grandmother. There's no time that can fill the empty space that he's left me in my heart ... Johnny, God's got a place for you and not in his kingdom. There's a place you will be going below, reserved in Hell." [Troy Record] [WNYT] [Spectrum]
+ Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove on Andrew Botts, the ADA who prosecuted the case and the subject of criticism from the trial judges for procedural issues: "He is the consummate professional, and this verdict bears out all the hard work he put into the case." [Spectrum]
+ Oquendo's attorney says he's planning to appeal. [TU]

Cuomo admin accused of not responding to sexual harassment complaint
The woman who's accused former Empire State Development Corp. regional president Sam Hoyt of sexually harassing her alleges in a lawsuit that the Cuomo administration exhibited "deliberate indifference" to her complaints about the state official. Cuomo admin counsel Alphonso David called the allegation "patently and demonstrably false." [NY Post] [NYT]

Local ethics boards
A Times Union review of local municipal ethics boards around the Capital Region "revealed many of the panels meet only 'as needed' and do not update their codes or proactively conduct investigations -- throwing them into a state of dormancy that can last years." [TU]

CDPHP small business in-post-ad 2017-September


Protesting police conduct in Troy
A group of people rallied in Troy Saturday to call for the prosecution of the police officers who shot Dahmeek McDonald this past August and Edson Thevenin in 2016. They also called for the resignation of Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove. [TU] [Spectrum]

Fatal 2015 Jay Street fire
Statements made by Schenectady city building inspector Kenneth Tyree related to the inspection of 104 Jay Street will be allowed at trial, and the content of the statement has surfaced in a court filing. [Daily Gazette]

Sentencing in Elbo Room shooting
The man convicted on charges that included attempted murder in the shooting at Elbo Room in Albany in 2016 was sentenced to 20 years in prison. [Albany County DA]

Borne back ceaselessly into the past
The Warren County Sheriff's Office says a man is accused of stealing a painting from a Saratoga Springs art gallery and had also been trying to sell tickets to a fake masquerade ball called "The Great Gatsby." [Post Star]

Republican tax plan
Paul Tonko and local officials were at the Quackenbush Building in downtown Troy Sunday to call attention to the elimination of the federal historic tax credit in the Republican tax plan. The credit has been a key part of the funding for the renovation of a bunch of properties around the Capital Region. [TU] [Troy Record]

Kirsten Gillibrand and Bill Clinton
Chris Churchill on Kirsten Gillibrand's recent comment that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency over what happened with Monica Lewinsky: "It might have been courageous if she had said it in 2006, when Bill Clinton endorsed Gillibrand's congressional candidacy and even came to Colonie to campaign for her." [TU]

Glenville adding police
Glenville is moving to add police officers, in part because of higher night traffic attributed to the Schenectady casino. [Daily Gazette]

Laws for landlords
Should landlords in Schenectady County be required to hold items left behind by evicted tenants for up to six months? [Daily Gazette]

Mohawk Harbor sign
Schenectady's Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a variance that will allow the Mohawk Harbor project to have a 265-square-foot LED sign that sits 30 feet off the ground. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Downtowner
The sale price for the Saratoga Downtowner motel in downtown Saratoga Springs: $4.55 million. [Biz Review]

Carolyn McLaughlin
Talking with Albany Common Council president Carolyn McLaughlin about her time her many years in office and her run for mayor this year. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Joe Biden
Monday: Joe Biden will be at Proctors for an on-stage conversation. Monday 7:30 pm -- $75 and up

Front Parlor
Monday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Telling Tales - Stories about Stories." Monday 7:30 pm

The Last Waltz
Monday: The Palace's film series is showing the The Band's The Last Waltz. 7 pm -- $5

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They should turn Maiden Lane into a stepped pedestrian street, like they have all over Europe. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, they do steep small streets pretty well across the pond, let's look for some precedents... Human scaled lighting is critical too, that goes for the whole city. And we don't need paint on the road, just signage perpendicular to the flow of traffic at the bridge entrance. I also echo the call for basic, ongoing maintenance to our current infrastructure. How about some weed removal in sidewalks, etc?

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