Fatal shooting in Albany, restrictions attached to state legislature pay raise, apartments proposed next to Crossgates

Fatal shooting in Albany
+ Albany police say a 28-year-old man was fatally shot near the intersection of the Judson Street and Second Street (map) in West Hill around 7:50 pm Monday. APD says a 19-year-old man also was found with a gunshot to the foot. [APD]
+ The fatal shooting is Albany's 15th homicide of the year, more than double the typical number in recent years. [TU]

Pay raise for state legislators
+ The official recommendations from the commission that determined state legislators should get a $50k raise includes a cap on outside income at 15 percent of the government salary. [TU]
+ Capital Region state Senator George Amedore, whose family owns a home construction business, on the outside income cap: "All this is going to do is create a bunch of career politicians who do not have have outside real world experience." [Daily Gazette]
+ Andrew Cuomo said Monday that outside income has been source of conflicts of interest, and any doubts about the legality of the ban could be addressed by the legislature passing a law to codify it. [Politico]
+ The commission also recommended significantly reducing the number of leadership stipends (known as "lulus"). [Politico]


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Oversight of district attorneys
The governor and legislative leaders are delaying the appointment of a panel that would investigate misconduct by district attorneys. (The panel is the product of legislation that takes effect at the start of the year.) [TU]

Lottery winners
Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have allowed New York lottery winners to request anonymity when claiming their prizes. [TU]

Marijuana legalization
From a Daily Gazette editorial supporting legalization of recreational marijuana: "Before New York lawmakers take the giant step of introducing a newly legal mind-altering drug into society, they need to consider the potentially serious consequences and impacts, and make provisions to address those impacts in the initial legislation." [Daily Gazette]

Guilty plea in Schenectady rape and sexual abuse case
A Schenectady man faces up to 14 years in prison after pleaded guilty to raping a woman and sexually abusing a child -- he was reported after the child found video of him abusing her on a phone. [Daily Gazette]

Alain Kaloyeros
Ahead of Alain Kaloyeros's sentencing Tuesday, charting the "spectacular fall" of the former SUNY leader. [TU]

Elise Stefanik
Elise Stefanik's office says she's bought a house in Schuylerville and moved in there. Her previous address in her district had been a post office box for her family's seasonal home in Essex County. [Adirondack Daily Enterprise] [TU]

Troy as sanctuary city
Supporters of Troy formally declaring itself a sanctuary city held a vigil outside a campaign fundraiser for mayor Patrick Madden Monday evening. Madden said he wants to review the proposed resolution, which was recently tabled by the city council. [Spectrum] [TU]

Troy dangerous dog law
A look at some of the considerations related to the case involving the dog Luna and the proposed changes to Troy's dangerous dog law. [TU]

Schenectady city workplace disputes
The McCarthy admin pushed back on recent complaints about the city's handling of alleged incidents of unsafe working conditions and harassment by city supervisors. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Shen vaping
Shenendehowa High School is trying to crack down on students vaping. [CBS6]

Crossgates apartments
The company that owns Crossgates is proposing to build more than 200 apartments and townhomes on land just to the west of the mall. [Altamont Enterprise] [Biz Review] [TU]

"I call all of my patients my family."
A Schenectady pediatrician is closing up his practice after treating patients for 40 years, including multiple generations of the same family. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Tuesday-Sunday: The Rep continues its production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, based on characters from Pride and Prejudice. "In this charmingly imagined sequel to Jane Austen's masterwork, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family visits for Christmas, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match -- and possibly even love?" Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $22 and up

Marijuana: Justice, Equity, Reinvestment
Tuesday-Wednesday: An event called "Marijuana: Justice, Equity, Reinvestment" will be at the Albany Capital Center. It includes a series of talks, panels, and discussions related to marijuana legalization in New York State, and the opportunities that could present for economic development and social justice. Tuesday-Wednesday various times -- free (registration required)

Meltwater mayhem
Tuesday: The Brainfood for the Curious series of short lunchtime talks at the State Museum continues with a talk about the time when New York State was covered with an ice sheet -- and what happened when it melted. Tuesday 12:10-12:30 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

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

The Madness of George III
Tuesday: Proctors is showing the National Theatre Live filmed production of The Madness of George III, starring Mark Gatiss as the king. Tuesday 2 pm and 7 pm -- $15


"Elise Stefanik's office says she's bought a house in Schuylerville and moved in there. Her previous address in her district had been a post office box for her family's seasonal home in Essex County. [Adirondack Daily Enterprise] [TU]"

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