Incorrect report prompts scare at Colonie Center, Cuomo campaign collecting contributions from appointees, judge accused of stealing millions, the Power Breakfast Club

Scare at Colonie Center
An incident in the food court at Colonie Center late Sunday afternoon prompted word to circulate -- incorrectly -- in the mall that shots had been fired, leading people to take shelter or flee. Colonie police say there was no gun and no shots were fired during an argument between a customer and a clerk -- the man is alleged to have said he had a gun, apparently loud slaps on the kiosk had been interpreted as gunshots. CPD says the customer was arrested on charges that include criminal nuisance. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [Spectrum]

+ Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo says he's already been approached by three school districts about placing an armed officer in schools. [Saratogian]
+ Jim Tedisco is proposing a "Guardians For Schools" custom license plate to help fund armed officers and other security measures in schools. [TU]
+ Saratoga Springs mayor Meg Kelly says she's been talking with a church about conducting a gun buyback. [Daily Gazette]

Cuomo campaign cash
The New York Times reports that the Cuomo admin has "quietly reinterpreted" an executive order that bars most state appointees from donating to, or soliciting donations for, the campaign fund of the governor who made the appointment -- to the tune of $890k in contributions. [NYT]

Schenectady Restaurant Week 2018 in-post ad


Mechanicville murder gulity plea
On Friday Nikolai Mavashev of Halfmoon pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of David Feliciano, the second such plea in the case. [Daily Gazette]

Judge and financial advisor accused of stealing millions
A Guilderland town justice is accused, along with a financial advisor, of stealing more than $4 million from family trusts set up by two deceased local philanthropists. Guilderland town offices say Richard J. Sherwood has been placed on leave pending the case. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Trial related to Jay St fire
On Friday in the Jay Street fire trial, prosecutors focused on the training of inspector Kenneth Tyree and his track record inspecting other buildings -- the defense has argued Tyree was too inexperienced to be assigned a building like 104 Jay St. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Percoco trial
The defense effort in the Joe Percoco trial is shaping up to be perhaps not be as robust as expected. [NYT]

Local libraries say they're often overwhelmed with book donations. [Daily Gazette]

One Caroline
One Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs is closing Monday after almost 25 years in business. [Daily Gazette]

Power Breakfast Club
Spending some time with the Power Breakfast Club, a professional development and community support group in Troy for younger adults, many of them people of color. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing Casablanca. Monday 7 pm -- $5

Schenectady Restaurant Week
Monday-Sunday: It's restaurant week in Schenectady -- 26 restaurants around the city (and just beyond) will be offering multi-course meals for $25. As with any restaurant week, reservations are a good idea.

Racism and the Future
Monday: Albany Law's first James Campbell Matthews Black History Month Lecture will be from Anthony Paul Farley and it's titled "Racism and the Future." (James C. Matthews was the first African-American to graduate from Albany Law and the first African-American judge in New York State.) Monday 6 pm, Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom -- free

Memory and Monuments
Monday: The Tang Museum at Skidmore is hosting a discussion about memory, monuments, and public spaces with with artist and director of exhibitions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Dan Borelli, painter and sculptor Titus Kaphar, and sculptor and installation artist Karyn Olivier. Monday 6 pm -- free

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Forever wild: The advocacy of Verplanck Colvin

A few dozen miles south of Tupper Lake is some of the most rugged and remote wilderness in New York State. This is where Seward... (more)

The Postal Bank

Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing legislation to spur the creation of a Postal Bank, which would offer banking services in all of the US Postal Service's... (more)

Katherine Applegate at Skidmore

Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate will be at Skidmore May 8 for an event organized by Northshire Bookstore. She'll be talking about her new book,... (more)

Cars and quality of life

Over at the New York Times there's an opinion piece -- "Cars Are Ruining Our Cities" -- that collects a lot of threads that often... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Bouck White, dropping knowledge, the expense of being poor, a well-lived... (more)

Recent Comments

I have really enjoyed working with SEFCU Insurance Agency and have saved a great deal of money with them. If you are a SEFCU member, you will likely get an additional discount on top of bundling (auto+property, etc.) and other discounts most insurers offer. ...

An end for plastic shopping bags in New York?

...has 4 comments, most recently from chrisck

Approval for another big apartment project, Warehouse District reuse, Pine Hills demos, and more exciting tales of the Albany planning board

...has 9 comments, most recently from Corky

The plan to fix a problem in Albany that's been a century in the making -- and the concerns about that fix

...has 7 comments, most recently from Paul

"Access to bikeshare seems to feed a demand for more bikeshare"

...has 1 comment, most recently from Steve

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend 2018

...has 1 comment, most recently from jsc