Oquendo sentencing delayed again, Albany Capital Center funding questioned, shoveling out the neighborhood, windfall in CommerceHub sale

Oquendo sentencing delayed
Johnny Oquendo's sentencing for the death of Noel Alkaramla in Troy was postponed again -- to next Monday -- after the judge ruled the new sentencing report hadn't been made available with enough time ahead of the sentencing. The judge also ruled that Oquendo can now represent himself (with his most recent attorney on standby). [TU] [News10] [Troy Record]

Percoco trial
The jury in the Joe Percoco case is still deliberating, apparently to the chagrin of almost everyone involved. [TU]

Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office / ICE
The NYCLU is criticizing the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office's participation in a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement program in which Sheriff Patrick Russo says two corrections officers will be trained to check on immigration holds on prisoners in the county jail. [TU]

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Saratoga County vehicular assault trial
The woman seriously injured in a March 2017 crash in Halfmoon, she's now a quadriplegic, testified Thursday against the driver of the car in which she was riding, telling the court that everyone in the car had told the driver to slow down. [TU]

Funding of Albany Capital Center questioned
Albany County Legislature majority leader Gary Domalewicz is questioning the formula for funding the Albany Capital Center receives from a hotel occupancy tax, pointing to the fact the facility has drawn many of its events so far from within the area. [Biz Review]

Gubernatorial race
Marc Molinaro has gotten the necessary support to appear on the Republican primary ballot and leads the field in weighted endorsements. [Politico NY]

Kirsten Gillibrand
Using recent primaries in Texas to highlight how Kirsten Gillibrand is extending the national reach of her influence. [Politico NY]

Immigration
Businesses such as horse trainers, landscapers, and resorts around the region say they're worried about restrictions and delays related to a key visa program for bringing in seasonal employees. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady workplace rules
Should the city of Schenectady's workplace violence policy specifically mention bullying? [TU]

Snow shoveling
The Troy branch of the Capital District Democratic Socialists of America has been organizing efforts to shovel sidewalks in North Central and Lansingburgh after the recent snowstorms. [The Alt]

Guilderland reassessment
An explainer on what sorts of changes on a home are -- or are not -- subject to reassessment in Guilderland. [TU]

Thruway welcome center
A look at the plans for a new welcome center on the Thruway in New Baltimore. [TU]

Governors Inn
The sale of the Governors Inn site in Guilderland has fallen through and the county is moving forward with foreclosure proceedings. [Altamont Enterprise]

CommerceHub
A look at the windfall that's in store for the founder of CommerceHub and many of its employees after the company, headquartered at the SUNY Poly Albany campus, was sold for $1.1 billion to private equity firms.

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