Another Albany shooting, petition to drop charges against Ellazar Williams, New York tops state population loss list

Albany shooting
A 24-year-old man was shot in the leg early Wednesday morning near Garden Street and Slingerland Street in the Second Ave neighborhood. [TU]

Ellazar Williams
+ A group of Albany citizens are creating a petition to urge David Soares to drop charges against Ellazar Williams. [TU]
+ Chris Churchill on the Williams case, and the video that shows he was running away from officers when he was shot: "It is disturbing that no one in a position of authority is honest enough to acknowledge that the evidence doesn't back the official narrative. No one will admit that Williams was fleeing when he was shot in the back. No one will concede that the use of force was unnecessary." [TU]

Schoharie limo crash
The federal National Transportation Safety Board is demanding that Schoharie County DA's office give the feds access to limo in the Schoharie crash, stating in a letter that they're "gravely concerned" the DA's lack of responsiveness has impeded the federal investigation. [CBS6] [TU]

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Leaving New York
According to Census Bureau data, New York was one of nine states that saw population decline between July of 2017 and July of 2018. And the Empire State was at the top of this list for number of people lost, losing 48,510 people.[Spectrum][Gazette]

Spitzer/Cuomo
An old feud between Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo was publicly reignited this week, after Cuomo criticized Spitzer's spending plans for poor school districts. Spitzer told Politico that Cuomo had an "Orwellian relationship with fact."[Spectrum][Politico]

Flood watch
Heavy rains expected on Friday are prompting a Flood Watch in the Capital Region.[TU]

JCOPE must vote on Percoco
A State Supreme Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that the Joint Commission on Public Ethics must take vote on whether to investigate the activities of former Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, but it's possible the public may not learn the results of such a vote. [TU]

Prostitution bust
Eleven women and one man were arrested on Tuesday in a Rensselaer County prostitution bust. [TU]

Hackers foiled in robbery attempt
Computer hackers broke into the Schenectady County computer system and tried to transfer cash electronically, but were stopped by the bank that handles county finances. [TU]

CDTA transit center
CDTA's board voted Wednesday to hire an architecture and engineering firm to develop plans for a new fully-enclosed transit center near the Gateway Plaza in Schenectady. [Gazette]

GE/Immelt sued by employee
A GE employee is suing the company and former CEO Jeffrey Immelt over the declining value of General Electric stock held in the company's retirement savings plan.[Gazette]

Gambling resource center
New York State has opened a new center in Guilderland to help people dealing with gambling addiction.[Gazette]

Digital backpack
After being hit by a car, a Schenectady cyclist developed a digital backpack to ensure cyclists can be seen. [Spectrum]

Bullying incident leads to book
A 15-year-old Niskayuna girl who suffered serious injuries after a bullying incident five years ago, has written and illustrated an anti-bullying book. [Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Today-Sunday: The is the last week for The Rep's 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

UAlbany basketball
Thursday: The UAlbany men's basketball team faces Manhattan at SEFCU Arena. Thursday 7 pm -- $8 and up

Music: Deadgrass at The Hollow
"[A] string band adventure through Jerry Garcia's musical world." With: The Lane Brothers. 8 pm -- $12

Music: Gypsy Jazz Party & Jam with Hot Club of Saratoga at Caffe Lena
They'll be joined by Sara L'Abriola, "a twenty year old guitar virtuoso from New York City studying under gypsy-jazz master Stephane Wrembel." 7 pm -- $15

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