Local rallies for Mueller investigation, shooting in Albany, police say phone in evidence was remotely wiped, Russell Sage moving to be co-ed

Mueller investigation rallies
People gathered Thursday evening in Albany and Saratoga Springs to rally support for the protection of the Mueller investigation following the firing of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week by Donald Trump. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Kirsten Gillibrand
+ In a segment that aired Thursday night, Kirsten Gillibrand told Stephen Colbert she would give a 2020 presidential run "a long, hard thought of consideration." [NYT]
+ Surveying the Kirsten Gillibrand presidential run situation. [TU]

No charges for Eric Schneiderman
+ The prosecutor reviewing the assault allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Schneiderman will not be facing charges. Nassau County DA Madeline Singas: "I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team, however legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution." [Politico] [NYT]
+ Schneiderman statement: "I recognize that District Attorney Singas decision not to prosecute does not mean I have done nothing wrong. I accept full responsibility for my conduct in my relationships with my accusers, and for the impact it had on them." [Spectrum]


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State Attorney General, present and future
+ Current state AG Barbara Underwood, who was appointed to the job after Schneiderman resigned, will serve again in her old position as solicitor general under new AG Letitia James. [TU]
+ The Cuomo admin says it supports the idea of expanding the powers of the state AG to investigate and prosecute public corruption. [TU]

Albany shooting
Albany police say they're investigating a shooting near Park Ave and Philip Street in the Mansion Neighborhood. APD says officers found a man in a vehicle who had been shot -- he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. [APD] [CBS6]

Guilty plea connected to fatal Cohoes robbery
A Troy man has pleaded guilty to felony burglary as part of the incident in Cohoes this past August in which his brother was killed by a shotgun blast.

Sentence for theft from friend
A 63-year-old woman was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to stealing $30k from a friend in Loudonville. [WNYT]

RPI and alleged sexual assault
A now-former RPI student on how it felt to learn that the student she accused of rape -- he had been suspended from the school for a year as a result -- had been re-admitted: "It just honestly felt like a huge stab in the gut." [CBS6]

Remote wipe
Schenectady police allege that a woman suspected of being connected to a drive-by shooting last month remotely wiped her iPhone after police took the device as evidence. [Daily Gazette]

Municipal budgets
+ Colonie's proposed town budget -- with a 5.48 percent tax increase -- passed. [TU]
+ Some of the Milton town board members want to know how, exactly, the town is able to drop a tax while at the same time it's dealing a number of financial issues. [TU]
+ Glenville's proposed town budget -- with a 2.34 percent property tax increase -- narrowly passed. [Daily Gazette]

Former convention center site in Albany
The deadline is approaching for Capitalize Albany to get control of the former convention center site on the southern edge of downtown -- but there still isn't a deal for the privately-held portion of the site. [Biz Review]

Russell Sage going co-ed
Sage Colleges president Christopher Ames says there's a plan to make Russell Sage co-ed as part of reorganization of the Troy and Albany colleges. [TU]

Stuff to do this weekend

Check out the big list of things to do this weekend around the Capital Region.


Regarding the crater known as the former convention center site, it would be best to subdivide it into the original parcels and sell them off to separate builders. That would result in a more diverse and resilient neighborhood than one big project would. Top down development it orderly but dumb. Bottom up development is chaotic but smart.

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