Officers arrested after AG investigation of village police department, Albany County sick leave proposal, next Siena coach

Police officers arrested
Four law enforcement officers -- three of them from the Galway Police Department -- were arrested Tuesday on charges they falsified documents filed with the state related to officer training. The state Attorney General's office has been investigating the village police department for all sorts of alleged misconduct, including the falsification of training credentials for officers who have ended up taking jobs at other police agencies around the region. The village has a tiny police force with a tiny budget and the mayor says its main purpose is to deter speeding. [NYS OAG] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Sick days
There's a proposed Albany County law that would mandate paid sick time for the employees of private sector employers in the county. (Albany County exec Dan McCoy has supported this idea.) The Capital Region Chamber is opposing the legislation and sent out an email to members this week urging them to speak out against it. [TU] [Biz Review]

Siena coach search
A "source close to the situation" has been telling local media outlets that Jamion Christian will be the next Siena men's basketball coach. (Rodger Wyland has been saying this since last week.) He's currently the head coach at Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland. Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey had also been a rumored candidate. [News10] [Spectrum] [@RodgerWyland] [TU]


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Troy budget
The Madden administration reports in Troy's update with the state comptroller's office that it was was able to grow its fund balance in 2017. The year included a 14.5 percent tax increase and a trash collection fee. [Madden admin] [TU]

Troy drinking water
Troy reported this week that drinking water in part of its system tested above state limits for a chlorine byproduct last year during a tank upgrade. [TU]

Schenectady landslide
The owner of one of the properties demolished following the Schenectady landslide has filed a notice of claim (the first step in a lawsuit) against the city of Schenectady, accusing the city of not addressing a water leak and not notifying him of the demolition -- the city's attorney says it's not required to give notification during an emergency. [Daily Gazette]

Charge against Schenectady councilman dismissed
The harassment charge that Schenectady City Councilman John Mootooveren had been facing following an incident in a bar has gotten an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. [Daily Gazette]

Casino fight
Schenectady police say there was a large fight inside the Rivers Casino early Sunday morning and one of the police officers who responded ended up being put into a headlock. [Daily Gazette]

Rensselaer County clerk Frank Merola is criticizing plans by the state to install "customer facing devices" in DMVs that would allow members of the public complete some tasks themselves -- he says resources are needed elsewhere in DMV offices. [Troy Record]

The town of Milton is getting another chance to buy the Boyhaven property. [TU]

Tree protest
A Saratoga Springs woman sat in a tree in Congress Park Tuesday in an attempt to stop the city from cutting it down. (The city says the tree is a safety hazard.) [Saratogian]

2012 Obama visit
How Barack Obama got interested in visiting the GlobalFoundries chip fab in Malta in 2012, but ended up speaking at SUNY Poly instead. [TU]

Pulitzer winner
Devlin Barrett -- a 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for work with the Washington Post -- was back at his old elementary school, Saint Gregory's School in Loudonville, to talk with students. [TU]

Gideon Putnam
The Gideon Putnam has re-opened for the first time since it was flooded by a broken water main in January. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

21st Century Policing
Wednesday: There's a discussion about 21st century policing at UAlbany. Panelists: Frank Wiley, UAlbany police chief, Dr. Alice Green (Center for Law and Justice), Dr. Robert Wordon (UAlbany School of Criminal Justice), Corey Ellis (Albany Common Council President), Robert Sears (acting Albany police chief). The program will also include an implicit bias workshop and a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) presentation. Wednesday 5:30 pm, uptown campus, University Hall 110

Startup Tech Valley
Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series is back at Revolution Hall in Troy. And handful of startup companies will be giving short presentations about what they have going on. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

The King and I
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I will be at Proctors. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Blithe Spirit
Tuesday-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Repertory Theatre's production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. It runs through May 6. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

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