Eric Schneiderman resigning after abuse allegations, Albany settlement with family of Dontay Ivy, visit from GlobalFoundries parent company, the Blenheim bridge

Eric Schneiderman resigns following allegations of abuse
+ Late Monday after the New Yorker posted an article alleging that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had engaged physical and psychological abuse of four women. Two of the women -- who had longterm relationships with Schneiderman -- talked to the magazine on the record, their accounts detailed and corroborated by others. [The New Yorker]
+ Three hours later -- with prominent state leaders such as Andrew Cuomo and Kirsten Gillibrand calling for his resignation -- Schneiderman announced will be resigning the post of AG by the end of business on Tuesday: "In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office's work at this critical time." [NYT] [NYS OAG]
+ During his time as a state Senator and the AG, Schneiderman had introduced a bill to make intentional strangulation to the point of unconsciousness a violent felony, been hailed for work to protect women against domestic violence, and had spoken out against Harvey Weinstein. [NYT]

Replacing Schneiderman
+ "A source familiar with the transition process" tells the Times Union that New York's solicitor general -- Barbara Underwood -- will temporarily fill the state Attorney General role after Schneiderman's resignation. [TU]
+ The state legislature has the power to pick a new AG, who will serve through this November's election. Jimmy Vielkind, in a run-through of possibilities: "Albany is uniquely well-versed in filling the seats of disgraced politicians, and if past is prologue, senior, sitting legislators have a leg up in the appointments process." [Politico NY]


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Albany settlement with family of Dontay Ivy
Mayor Kathy Sheehan is asking the Common Council to approve a bond ordinance to pay for a $625,000 settlement with the family of Dontay Ivy, the man who died after being tasered and chased by Albany police in Arbor Hill in 2015. Ivy, who was African American and suffered from mental illness, was walking home from a store when he was stopped by police. He was unarmed. [TU]

Noose found at RPI
RPI says it's investigating the situation surrounding a noose that was hung from a pole at a campus athletic field. [News10]

The head of the Mubadala Investment Co. -- the investment fund owned by the government of Abu Dhabi that owns GlobalFoundries -- was in the area Monday for a tour of the Malta chip fab, part of a general pitch for more government support, maybe from the feds. After the event, officials headed to Albany for meeting with Andrew Cuomo. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Biz Review]

Rensselaer County DA election
A profile of Mary Pat Donnelly, the Democratic candidate for Rensselaer County DA. [The Alt]

Schenectady public comments
Schenectady City Council president Ed Kosiur presented new rules for public comments during council meeting that require commenter to refrain from personal attacks on council members. Council members Marion Porterfield and Leesa Perazzo said they were concerned about the implementation of the personal attack prohibition and its effect on the ability of residents to express their opinions. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Watervliet elections
The city of Watervliet has apparently knocked the election cycle for its city council off the track called for by the city charter, which has prompted the county Board of Elections to step in. [TU]

Saratoga Lake development
Records for the town of Saratoga planning board indicate that its chair met privately with a developer looking to build a development overlooking Saratoga Lake, which has raised the eyebrows of critics of the project. [TU]

High Peaks crowds
Another sign of crowds at the High Peaks: overflowing parking lots at trailheads. [Daily Gazette]

No duck tours
The owners of the business that had planned to resume amphibious vehicle "duck" tours in Albany have decided not to launch. [TU]

Blenheim bridge
Chris Churchill visits the replacement for the Blenheim covered bridge, which was destroyed during Irene flooding, and the fight over whether it should have been replaced. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Katherine Applegate
Tuesday: Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate will be at Skidmore for an event organized by Northshire. She'll be talking about her new book Endling: The Last. Tuesday 5:30 pm -- $5 (ticket required)

Front Parlor
Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at The Ale House in Troy. This month's theme: "Breaking and Mending." Tuesday 7:30 pm

Music: William Close and The Earth Harp Collective at The Palace
"The Earth Harp's giant strings will run from the stage out over the audience, transforming the theatre into an instrument and allowing the audience to experience the music literally from within the instrument." A benefit for Sock Out Cancer. 8 pm -- $38 and up

Music: JAZZ at Caffe Lena with Chuck Lamb Trio and John Ellis
"Ellis is widely recognized as one of New Yorks premiere tenor saxophone voices." 7 pm -- $20

Music: We Were Sharks at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Pop punk. With: Boys of Fall, Rival Town, Perfect Score, The Northway, Nice Try Kid. 7 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 at door


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