Former residents testify in Jay Street fire trial, should pardons of crimes committed as a teen be made public, communicating at the Olympics

Jay Street fire inspection trial
Thursday included testimony from former residents of the 104 Jay St apartment building, one who told the court upkeep of the building had fallen off in the months leading up to the fire and another who said city building inspector Kenneth Tyree didn't check the smoke detector in his unit during an inspection that was "real quick, about a minute." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Guns
+ Prompted by the school shooting in Florida this week, Andrew Cuomo has advocating for something like the SAFE Act on the national level. [Politico NY]
+ The Albany County Sheriff's Office says an Albany man was arrested for allegedly making a gun-related threat toward co-workers at the Albany County Nursing Home. [Spectrum]
+ The Berlin Central School District issued a notice parents Thursday about "a possible threat to the middle and high school." A 17-year-old has been arrested for allegedly making a comment deemed potentially threatening at lunch, which then ended up on Snapchat. [News10] [WNYT]
+ Schools and churches around the area say they're reviewing their plans for dealing with a shooter. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple: "This has become the norm. I never thought I'd say that about active shooter situations, but this is." [WNYT] [Spectrum]

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Percoco trial
Todd Howe's days-long testimony on Thursday included cross examination from defense attorneys and a window into what it's sometimes like to work for Andrew Cuomo. [TU]

Cuomo pardons, named and unnamed
The Cuomo admin isn't releasing the names of 39 people who were given conditional pardons for what it says are misdemeanors and non-violent crimes they committed when they were 16 and 17 years old. [TU]

Lark Street bomb threat
The block of Lark Street between State and Spring was closed for a while Thursday night after an employee at Mio Posto received a bomb threat -- APD says nothing was found during a sweep. [WNYT]

Albany property tax delinquencies
Albany city treasurer Darius Shahinfar says property tax delinquencies have been declining since 2012 thanks in part to a system that better ensures there's accurate contact info for property owners. [TU]

Albany County Legislature
Amanda Fries details her attempt to get 2017 attendance records for the Albany County Legislature, which weren't available electronically. [TU]

Davis Etkin
Remembering Capital OTB founder Davis Etkin, who also backed tournaments that brought many high-profile tennis players to Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

At the Olympics
A Saint Rose professor is helping to manage communications at the Olympics in Pyeongchang. [TU]

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