It's snowing, Tyree cross examined in Jay Street fire inspection trial, Troy taking on trash problem, Albany Med buys two buildings in Albany

Things changed -- as the forecast probabilities suggested they might -- and we're getting a lot of snow. The NWS forecast as of 9 am is projecting an expected snowfall of 14 inches in Albany, with higher totals to the west. There are, of course, many cancellations and delays. Check before heading out. Even better, don't head out if you don't have to. And take it slowly with the shoveling -- it's wet and heavy snow. [NWS Albany]

Trial related to Jay St fire
The prosecution cross examined former Schenectady housing inspector Kenneth Tyree Thursday about his inspection of 104 Jay Street -- Tyree said he didn't have experience with alarm systems and was told to look but not touch the building's alarm system. At one point during the questioning, when the prosecution mentioned the victims of the fire, Tyree started sobbing. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Guilty verdict for man shot by Schenectady police
The man shot by Schenectady police last year -- an incident shown on Facebook Live by a bystander -- was found guilty on charges connected to the case, including criminal possession of a weapon. The weapon was a loaded sawed-off shotgun that police say the man threw to the porch of a nearby home, and prosecutors say his DNA was on the gun handle -- SPD has not said what the object was that the man was accused of pointing at police. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

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+ A look at the gun control measures Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are pushing. [TU]
+ A group rallied outside the New York Republican state convention in Saratoga Springs Thursday to protest Congresswoman Claudia Tenney's recent assertion about the political affiliation of mass shooters. Politifact recently awarded Tenney's claim a "pants on fire" designation. [TU] [Politifact]
+ Gun shops in the Capital Region say they've seen an increase in sales and interest in classes since the recent Florida school shooting. [TU]
+ An Albany Law professor says it's not clear that it's legal for retailers -- such as Dick's -- to limit the sale of guns to people over the age of 21 in New York. [Daily Gazette]

Gubernatorial race
Chris Gibson said on Talk 1300 this week that he thinks Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, a Republican, would be a strong candidate for governor -- Molinaro tells the TU he's still thinking about it. [TU]

Statewide animal abuse registry
Jim Tedisco is pushing for the creation of a statewide animal abuse registry in New York. [News10]

"The city is a mess"
Troy is looking at changing its street cleaning policies because of concern about accumulated garbage around the city. [TU]

Troy vacant lot sale
The Troy City Council chose to sell a vacant lot in the Hillside neighborhood for $1,000 to a resident who wants to build a single-family home instead of selling it for $2,000 to Sequence Development, which wanted to build a 9-unit apartment. [TU]

Downtown Troy apartment proposal
A development company is proposing to build 80 apartments on the site of the former Key Bank at Congress and Fourth in Troy. [Biz Review]

Albany Med building purchases
Albany Med has bought two buildings on Clara Barton Drive that Albany's assessor says will now not be taxed -- the properties paid roughly $140k in property and school taxes. [Biz Review]

Cohoes waterfront development
A development company is proposing to build 98 apartments along with retail space at a waterfront site on Van Schaick Island. [TU]

Roger Stone and James O'Keefe at Siena
A group of conservative student orgs is bringing Roger Stone and James O'Keefe to Siena for a "free speech conference" in April. [TU]

Suzanne Lyall
A look at the ripple effects of the disappearance of UAlbany student Suzanne Lyall 20 years ago this week. [TU]

Siena men out of MAAC tournament
The Siena men's basketball team lost to Quinnipiac in the first round of the MAAC tournament at the TU Center. The Saints had an 8-24 record this season. [TU]


Glad to learn that Troy is aware of their garbage issue. I called the DPW once to ask which day recycling was for my neighborhood and the man who answered told me it might be Fridays, then hung up.

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