Gillibrand calls for Trump to resign, Sheehan joins call for Morse to resign, ALB to BUF, the effects of expanding coverage for transgender people

Kirsten Gillibrand calls for Trump to resign
+ Kirsten Gillibrand on CNN Monday: "President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign." She is now one of five Democratic Senators calling for the President to step down. [CNN] [Politico]
+ Cue the inevitable Twitter fight with Donald Trump. [Twitter]

Abuse allegations against Shawn Morse
+ On Monday Kathy Sheehan joined the chorus of local Democratic politicians calling for Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse to resign because of the domestic violence allegations against him. [TU]
+ Dan McCoy, to WNYT: ""Being a father of two daughters, being a husband, I can't condone any of this type of behavior. So if it comes out and it's true, for the people of Cohoes, the mayor should step aside." [WNYT]
+ From a statement released by Shawn Morse: "In the absence of a credible, sworn allegation that I engaged in wrongdoing, I respectfully request my fellow Democrats and the good people of Cohoes to keep an open mind and permit any such allegations to be resolved by the Courts, where I am entitled to the same measures of due process as any other citizen." [News10]
+ Chris Churchill on the prospects for Cohoes with Morse as its mayor: "Politicians will avoid Morse. Much worse for the city, businesses and developers may also stay away for fear of the damage that could come tying their reputations to the embattled mayor." [TU]

NY Governor 2018
State Assembly Republican minority leader Brian Kolb says he's into the pool for 2018 governor's race. [TU]


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Fatal shooting in downtown Albany
Albany police have identified the man fatally shot at Levels Banquet Hall in downtown Albany early Saturday morning as 33-year-old Dashaun Oquendo of Albany. APD says it's continuing to investigate and is asking anyone with info to contact detectives. [APD]

Guilty plea in Cohoes shooting
The man accused of the shooting in Cohoes this past June has pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault. [Troy Record]

Double murder trial
In a video played at his trial Monday, Edward Mero says to police at one point about the death of Shelby Countermine, "Right now, the way it looks, I'm looking pretty good for it" -- and also said, "I don't think I did anything wrong. In my mind, I haven't done anything wrong." [TU]

Albany robberies
Albany police say they're investigating two robbery cases in Pine Hills Friday evening -- a street robbery in which a man reported being assaulted by three men near Quail and Western, and in the other residents reported that five men who appeared to be armed forced their way into an apartment on the 700 block of Madison. [APD]

New Scotland Ave crash
Albany police say it appears an incident involving drugs -- and possible overdoses -- included a man crashing his vehicle into the back of a delivery truck near the Helderberg retail strip on New Scotland Ave Monday. [TU]

Son of Sam
David Berkowitz -- the "Son of Sam" killer -- is getting heart surgery at Albany Med. [NY Post]

Education funding
The state Board of Regents has formally requested a $1.6 billion increase in education funding from the state legislature this year. Much of the money would go to "foundation aid," the funding that school districts say the state is already behind on by more than $4 billion. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Watervliet tax increase
The proposed Watervliet city budget includes a 19-percent increase in the property tax rate. [TU]

Schenectady bike plan
The Schenectady City Council approved the city's bicycle infrastructure master plan. [Daily Gazette]

OneJet is starting roundtrip service between ALB and Buffalo. The last non-stop service between the two airports was in 2010. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Watervliet Arsenal
A four-star general was at the Watervliet Arsenal Monday to highlight the increased workload there -- and show off some glowing hot cannon metal. [TU] [@geoffredick]

Clifton Park development
A developer is proposing 132 condos at Routes 146 and 146A in Clifton Park -- a site where previous development has been rejected because of concerns about traffic, and the new proposal exceeds regular density limits. [Biz Review] [TU]

Listening to farmers in Washington County and their concerns about overlapping state and federal regulations. [Saratogian]

Transgender health care
A look at how New York State's inclusion of gender affirmation surgery in its Medicaid program has prompted a large upswing in procedures. [Politico NY]

Stuff going on today

Beyond global warming
Tuesday: The Brain Food for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks at the State Museum has a talk about global warming and its effects. Tuesday 12:10 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

She Loves Me
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of She Loves Me. "This confection of a musical is based on the timeless story by Miklos Laszlo that also served as inspiration for the classic film The Shop Around the Corner and more recently You've Got Mail." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Music: Jennifer Nettles at The Palace
"See Jennifer Nettles perform all of her biggest hits along with holiday classics from her album 'To Celebrate Christmas'..." 8 pm -- $39.75

The Jewish holiday Hanukkah begins at sunset Tuesday and runs through sundown on December 20. Hanukkah commemorates the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE, and a miracle in which a supply of oil only large enough to burn for one night lasted for eight -- thus the eight nights of Hanukkah.

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