Scrutiny of shops that issued inspection stickers ahead of limo crash, possibilities for state elections reform, Troy budget passes, dispute over business use of New Scotland Ave house

Schoharie limo crash investigation
Larry Rulison reports that the two auto repair shops issued state inspection stickers to the stretch limousine in the Schoharie crash are still conducting inspections even though it appears they had violated state regulations in issuing the stickers for the limo. [TU]

Guilty pleas in death of 14 year old
The father of an autistic Schenectady teen who died of what prosecutors called acute oxycodone intoxication pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide Thursday, a felony, and the teen's grandmother pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. [Daily Gazette]

Pedestrian killed in Scotia crash
Police have identified the 70-year-old pedestrian killed in a crash on Mohawk Ave in Scotia Wednesday evening as Kathleen Allen. Multiple news stories note that police reported Allen was crossing a four-lane road while wearing dark clothing and not in a crosswalk. Not mentioned: The closest crosswalk across Mohawk Ave is more than a football field's distance away and reaching it would have required traversing both a wide driveway and crossing another street. (Distance via Google Maps.) [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [News10] [Spectrum]


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Elections reform
Surveying the possibilities for state elections reforms now that Democrats will control both chambers of the state legislature. [TU]

Stefanik and Faso
Talking with Elise Stefanik and John Faso about their divergent election outcomes, and where the future prospects for Republicans and Donald Trump. [TU]

Troy budget
The Troy City Council passed the proposed budget 2019 budget by a 4-3 vote. The council also unanimously backed bonding resolutions repair of the city's pools. [Spectrum] [TU]

Troy as sanctuary city
Democrats on the Troy City Council are backing a resolution that would formally declare Troy a sanctuary city, and the union that represents Troy police is opposing it. [TU]

St. Clare's pension problems
The state Department of Health is pointing at the Albany Roman Catholic diocese over the collapse of the pension for the former St. Clare's Hospital, and the diocese is calling not it. [News10] [Spectrum]

The Remsen Street fire, a year later
What's happened since the massive Remsen Street fire in Cohoes a year ago -- and what's still planned to come. [TU]

Albany zoning dispute over medical tattoo business
A look at the dispute between a Common Council member and the city of Albany over the zoning that would allow a business that offers tattooing and other aesthetic techniques to breast cancer survivors and people will other medical conditions in a former chiropractor's office on New Scotland Ave. [TU]

Talking with an Albany refugee family about paying back a loan that paid for their airfare to this country. [TU]

The regional NAACP is working to reenergize its local branches in Troy and Schenectady. [TU]

Willie White
Paul Grondahl talks with Willie White about his choice to step back from his work with AVillage in Albany. [TU]

The old Hoffman's Playland site
There's a proposal to build 200 units of housing for seniors, with retail space, on the former Hoffman's Playland site in Colonie. [Biz Review]

Horses on the run
Three horses got loose in Malta Thursday and apparently took the opportunity for some touring. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff to do this weekend

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


When was the last time that a vehicle killed a pedestrian on a two-lane street in our area? I think at least 90% of fatalities have been on roadways with for or more lanes. We need to rethink how we design streets and build communities. Four-lane undivided urban roads should be illegal.

@Zed: That's a good question about recent pedestrian deaths and the road design context. I know some of that data is tracked -- I'll see if I can pull some of it together.

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