How a Troy woman ended up facing deportation after traffic stop, prosecution stumbles in Kaloyeros trial, Breslin joins push for renewables for ESP microgrid

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+ The number of people now being held at the Albany County jail on immigration charges as part of a federal program is now 197 after a group of almost 100 arrived via airplane Thursday. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said this week the detainees will have access to immigration attorneys and other services at the jail. [TU / Brendan Lyons] [Spectrum / Evan Sery]
+ Charting how a Troy woman -- brought to the United States by her mother at age 17 -- ended up at a federal detention center in western New York after she was arrested for rolling through a stop sign. [TU / Steve Hughes]

Kaloyeros trial
+ The judge in the Alain Kaloyeros trial will allow the feds to re-open their case after the prosecutors failed to show that wire fraud took place in the area covered by Manhattan-based court for the Southern District of New York -- and the venue question may now hinge on... an AOL email address. [TU / Robert Gavin]
+ Judge Valerie Caproni also said Thursday that the prosecution's wire fraud case against two of the company executives on trial was "thin." [ / Julie McMahon]

Supreme Court and New York
Anthony Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States -- and its potential implications for the fate of abortion rights in the country -- has prompted a renewed focus on New York State passing the Reproductive Health Act, which would change abortion's place in the state's legal code. The legislation has faced a road block in the state Senate. [Spectrum / Nick Reisman] [News10 / Morgan McKay]

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Rensselaer County DA
The state Attorney General's office is trying to get a chance to re-argue the dismissal of the criminal charges against Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove over his handling of the Troy police shooting of Edson Thevenin. [TU / Brendan Lyons]

State Senate, Democrats, and the IDC
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory over longtime incumbent Joseph Crowley in the NY-14 Democratic primary has provided encouragement to efforts to oust Democrats who were members of the coalition that sided Republicans in the state Senate. Challengers this week got the backing of a union and a couple of high-profile NYC officials this week. [NYT / Shane Goldmacher] [Politico / Jimmy Vielkind and Gloria Pazmino]

Former state Senator pleads guilty
Former state Senator Marc Panepinto -- a Democrat from the Buffalo area -- pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor in connection with allegations that he sexual harassed a staffer and then offered a job or money to thwart an investigation into the incident. [TU / David Lombardo]

Sheridan Ave energy plan
Neil Breslin has joined the call for the proposed Empire State Plaza microgrid project to be powered by renewable energy instead of the natural gas turbines at the Sheridan Hollow plant that are in the original design. [TU / Amanda Fries]

Schenectady police officer suspended
The Schenectady police officer who pleaded guilty to DWAI has been suspended -- though the department won't say if it's with or without pay or for how long. [Daily Gazette / Andrew Beam]

Troy Downtown Revitalization Initiative application
Among the the projects in Troy's application for $10 million in state grant money as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative competition: funding for a 5g network, a hotel/jazz club, apartments, the Children's Museum of Science and Technology, and an "artificial intelligence center of excellence." (City officials have already public said 1 Monument Square and the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market are also included in the proposal.) [Biz Review / Mike DeMasi]

Uber and Lyft
The president of Advantage Transit Group says the biggest effect on his business in the year since Uber and Lyft started operating here is that Advantage has lost more half of its business at the Albany-Rensselaer train station and he says the company can't justify the fee it pays to CDTA to be the exclusive taxi operator there. [Biz Review / Mike DeSocio]

Computer/math jobs
Data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the Capital Region has a higher-than-average percentage of computer and mathematics jobs -- but those jobs pay 13 percent less than the national average. [TU / Eric Anderson]

Safyre Terry
Safyre Terry while coordinating people at an event to deliver donated stuffed animals for laundering before they go to charity: "I like being in charge." [Daily Gazette / Jake Lahut]

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