The charges against the Rensselaer County DA, examining school segregation, perspectives on the rising minimum wage, 150 years in downtown Albany

Charges against Rensselaer County DA
+ From Friday: Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove was arranged on charges of felony perjury and two misdemeanor counts of official misconduct in connection with his handling of the fatal shooting of a man in 2016 by Troy police. The state Attorney General's office alleges that Abelove withheld evidence from the grand jury that initially reviewed the shooting case, "took the extraordinary step" of granting immunity to the police officer who testified before that grand jury, and then made a false statement to the grand jury reviewing his own conduct. [TU] [NYS OAG]
+ After the arraignment, Abelove said he's done nothing wrong and will not resign. [Troy Record] [News10]
+ The Cuomo admin says it's reviewing the situation, and while it's possible the governor could initiate a removal of the DA, experts say it's unlikely. [The Alt]
+ Independent of the charges on Friday, there are signs of problems in how the Rensselaer County DA's office is being run. [TU]
+ The office is up for election next year -- reviewing the the field of potential candidates. [TU]

Body found in Delmar
Bethlehem police say a hunter reported on Saturday finding human remains on the hillside behind the Hoffman's car wash on Delaware Ave. BPD says the body was decomposed to the point it was initially difficult to tell much about it. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. [News10] [WNYT] [TU]

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School segregation
Both nationally and locally, charter schools are among the most segregated schools -- and while there's a long history of segregated schools being bad for students, charter advocates that might not be true in their case. [TU]

Minimum wage
+ Listening to a bunch of different viewpoints as New York State's minimum wage is set to increase again. [Daily Gazette]
+ What life is like for four people earning the minimum wage in the Capital Region. [Daily Gazette]

Remsen Street fire
+ The count of buildings in downtown Cohoes destroyed or damaged by the Remsen Street fire is now 32 or more. [TU]
+ Chris Churchill: "... Cohoes didn't quit. It never does." [TU]

Sentencing in Schenectady murder
The man convicted of fatally shooting Angel Carrion in Schenectady in 2014 was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady fire death trial
Key question in the trial of the Schenectady man accused of setting his stepfather on fire: Were his actions intentional retaliation or were they prompted by mental illness? [Daily Gazette]

Sex sting arrests
The Albany County Sheriff's Office says four men are facing charges after being snagged by a sting operation in which they allegedly showed up in Colonie looking to have sex with a child. [TU]

Man talked down from Patroon Island Bridge
State Police say westbound traffic on the Patroon Island Bridge was stopped for about two hours Sunday while police talked a man down from the bridge. [NYSP]

Police body cameras
Sara Foss: "Body cameras are not a panacea, as the research makes clear. But they can reveal the truth, and there's great value in that." [Daily Gazette]

Downtown Troy parking
Surveying some of the perspectives on whether there's a need for more parking in downtown Troy. [Biz Review]

Schenectady train horns
Schenectady city officials are working to get "quiet zones" instituted at two train crossings in the city so that trains won't blare their horns there. [Daily Gazette]

Leaves
An arborist on the fact that many tree were slow to drop their leaves this autumn: "It's been a weird year all around with plants." [Daily Gazette]

Lodge's
B. Lodge & Co. is now 150 years old. [CBS6]

Stuff going on today

Alok Vaid-Menon
Monday: Performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon will be a Skidmore. "What feminine part of yourself did you have to destroy in order to survive in this world? At what point does femininity become synonymous with apology? Who hurt the people who hurt you? Gender Non-Conforming/Trans activist, educator and writer Alok Vaid-Menon is trying to figure it out." Monday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

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