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The copper may have come from multiple sources and some of it is said to have come from a mine in Visnes , Norway, [38] though this has not been conclusively determined after testing samples. Although plans for the statue had not been finalized, Bartholdi moved forward with fabrication of the right arm, bearing the torch, and the head. The exhibition grounds contained a number of monumental artworks to compete for fairgoers' interest, including an outsized fountain designed by Bartholdi.

During his second trip to the United States, Bartholdi addressed a number of groups about the project, and urged the formation of American committees of the Franco-American Union. Hayes , who took office the following day, selected the Bedloe's Island site that Bartholdi had proposed. On his return to Paris in , Bartholdi concentrated on completing the head, which was exhibited at the Paris World's Fair. Fundraising continued, with models of the statue put on sale. The head and arm had been built with assistance from Viollet-le-Duc, who fell ill in He soon died, leaving no indication of how he intended to transition from the copper skin to his proposed masonry pier.

Eiffel opted not to use a completely rigid structure, which would force stresses to accumulate in the skin and lead eventually to cracking. A secondary skeleton was attached to the center pylon, then, to enable the statue to move slightly in the winds of New York Harbor and as the metal expanded on hot summer days, he loosely connected the support structure to the skin using flat iron bars [28] which culminated in a mesh of metal straps, known as "saddles", that were riveted to the skin, providing firm support.

In a labor-intensive process, each saddle had to be crafted individually. Eiffel's design made the statue one of the earliest examples of curtain wall construction, in which the exterior of the structure is not load bearing , but is instead supported by an interior framework. He included two interior spiral staircases , to make it easier for visitors to reach the observation point in the crown.

The change in structural material from masonry to iron allowed Bartholdi to change his plans for the statue's assembly.

He had originally expected to assemble the skin on-site as the masonry pier was built; instead he decided to build the statue in France and have it disassembled and transported to the United States for reassembly in place on Bedloe's Island.

In a symbolic act, the first rivet placed into the skin, fixing a copper plate onto the statue's big toe, was driven by United States Ambassador to France Levi P. He was succeeded as chairman of the French committee by Ferdinand de Lesseps , builder of the Suez Canal. The completed statue was formally presented to Ambassador Morton at a ceremony in Paris on July 4, , and de Lesseps announced that the French government had agreed to pay for its transport to New York.

The committees in the United States faced great difficulties in obtaining funds for the construction of the pedestal. The Panic of had led to an economic depression that persisted through much of the decade. The Liberty statue project was not the only such undertaking that had difficulty raising money: In the years following the Civil War, most Americans preferred realistic artworks depicting heroes and events from the nation's history, rather than allegorical works like the Liberty statue.

Bartholdi and our French cousins had 'gone the whole figure' while they were about it, and given us statue and pedestal at once. The foundation of Bartholdi's statue was to be laid inside Fort Wood , a disused army base on Bedloe's Island constructed between and Since , it had rarely been used, though during the Civil War, it had served as a recruiting station.

The statue's foundation and pedestal were aligned so that it would face southeast, greeting ships entering the harbor from the Atlantic Ocean. Within months, Hunt submitted a detailed plan, indicating that he expected construction to take about nine months. Hunt's pedestal design contains elements of classical architecture, including Doric portals, as well as some elements influenced by Aztec architecture. The four sides are identical in appearance. Above the door on each side, there are ten disks upon which Bartholdi proposed to place the coats of arms of the states between and , there were 38 U.

Above that, a balcony was placed on each side, framed by pillars. Bartholdi placed an observation platform near the top of the pedestal, above which the statue itself rises. Financial concerns again forced him to revise his plans; the final design called for poured concrete walls, up to 20 feet 6.

His work involved design computations, detailed fabrication and construction drawings, and oversight of construction. Fundraising for the statue had begun in The committee organized a large number of money-raising events.

She initially declined, stating she could not write a poem about a statue. At the time, she was also involved in aiding refugees to New York who had fled anti-Semitic pogroms in eastern Europe. These refugees were forced to live in conditions that the wealthy Lazarus had never experienced. She saw a way to express her empathy for these refugees in terms of the statue. Even with these efforts, fundraising lagged. With the project in jeopardy, groups from other American cities, including Boston and Philadelphia, offered to pay the full cost of erecting the statue in return for relocating it.

New Yorkers displayed their new-found enthusiasm for the statue. Two hundred thousand people lined the docks and hundreds of boats put to sea to welcome the ship. Even with the success of the fund drive, the pedestal was not completed until April Immediately thereafter, reassembly of the statue began.

Eiffel's iron framework was anchored to steel I-beams within the concrete pedestal and assembled. Nevertheless, no one died during the construction.

Instead, Bartholdi cut portholes in the torch—which was covered with gold leaf —and placed the lights inside them. A ceremony of dedication was held on the afternoon of October 28, President Grover Cleveland, the former New York governor, presided over the event. President Cleveland headed the procession, then stood in the reviewing stand to see bands and marchers from across America. General Stone was the grand marshal of the parade. The route began at Madison Square , once the venue for the arm, and proceeded to the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan by way of Fifth Avenue and Broadway , with a slight detour so the parade could pass in front of the World building on Park Row.

As the parade passed the New York Stock Exchange, traders threw ticker tape from the windows, beginning the New York tradition of the ticker-tape parade. A nautical parade began at A French flag draped across the statue's face was to be lowered to unveil the statue at the close of Evarts's speech, but Bartholdi mistook a pause as the conclusion and let the flag fall prematurely. The ensuing cheers put an end to Evarts's address.

Depew concluded the speechmaking with a lengthy address. No members of the general public were permitted on the island during the ceremonies, which were reserved entirely for dignitaries. The only females granted access were Bartholdi's wife and de Lesseps's granddaughter; officials stated that they feared women might be injured in the crush of people. The restriction offended area suffragists , who chartered a boat and got as close as they could to the island. The group's leaders made speeches applauding the embodiment of Liberty as a woman and advocating women's right to vote.

Shortly after the dedication, The Cleveland Gazette , an African American newspaper, suggested that the statue's torch not be lit until the United States became a free nation "in reality":. The expression makes us sick. This government is a howling farce. It can not or rather does not protect its citizens within its own borders.

Shove the Bartholdi statue, torch and all, into the ocean until the "liberty" of this country is such as to make it possible for an inoffensive and industrious colored man to earn a respectable living for himself and family, without being ku-kluxed , perhaps murdered, his daughter and wife outraged, and his property destroyed. The idea of the "liberty" of this country "enlightening the world," or even Patagonia , is ridiculous in the extreme. When the torch was illuminated on the evening of the statue's dedication, it produced only a faint gleam, barely visible from Manhattan.

The World characterized it as "more like a glowworm than a beacon. The United States Lighthouse Board took over the Statue of Liberty in and pledged to install equipment to enhance the torch's effect; in spite of its efforts, the statue remained virtually invisible at night. When Bartholdi returned to the United States in , he made additional suggestions, all of which proved ineffective.

He did successfully lobby for improved lighting within the statue, allowing visitors to better appreciate Eiffel's design. The statue rapidly became a landmark. Many immigrants who entered through New York saw it as a welcoming sight. Oral histories of immigrants record their feelings of exhilaration on first viewing the Statue of Liberty.

One immigrant who arrived from Greece recalled:. I saw the Statue of Liberty. And I said to myself, "Lady, you're such a beautiful! Give me a chance to prove that I am worth it, to do something, to be someone in America.

Originally, the statue was a dull copper color, but shortly after a green patina , also called verdigris , caused by the oxidation of the copper skin, began to spread. As early as it was mentioned in the press; by it had entirely covered the statue.

The Corps of Engineers also installed an elevator to take visitors from the base to the top of the pedestal. Carloads of dynamite and other explosives that were being sent to Britain and France for their war efforts were detonated, and seven people were killed.

The statue sustained minor damage, mostly to the torch-bearing right arm, and was closed for ten days. The narrow ascent to the torch was closed for public-safety reasons, and it has remained closed ever since. He claimed over 80, contributors, but failed to reach the goal. The difference was quietly made up by a gift from a wealthy donor—a fact that was not revealed until An underwater power cable brought electricity from the mainland and floodlights were placed along the walls of Fort Wood.

Gutzon Borglum , who later sculpted Mount Rushmore , redesigned the torch, replacing much of the original copper with stained glass.

On December 2, , President Woodrow Wilson pressed the telegraph key that turned on the lights, successfully illuminating the statue. After the United States entered World War I in , images of the statue were heavily used in both recruitment posters and the Liberty Bond drives that urged American citizens to support the war financially.

This impressed upon the public the war's stated purpose—to secure liberty—and served as a reminder that embattled France had given the United States the statue. The WPA also carried out restoration work within the statue, temporarily removing the rays from the statue's halo so their rusted supports could be replaced. Rusted cast-iron steps in the pedestal were replaced with new ones made of reinforced concrete; [] the upper parts of the stairways within the statue were replaced, as well.

Copper sheathing was installed to prevent further damage from rainwater that had been seeping into the pedestal. During World War II, the statue remained open to visitors, although it was not illuminated at night due to wartime blackouts. It was lit briefly on December 31, , and on D-Day , June 6, , when its lights flashed "dot-dot-dot-dash", the Morse code for V, for victory.

New, powerful lighting was installed in —, and beginning on V-E Day , the statue was once again illuminated after sunset. The lighting was for only a few hours each evening, and it was not until that the statue was illuminated every night, all night. The act also mentioned the efforts to found an American Museum of Immigration on the island, which backers took as federal approval of the project, though the government was slow to grant funds for it.

The museum's backers never provided it with an endowment to secure its future and it closed in after the opening of an immigration museum on Ellis Island. Beginning December 26, , 15 anti-Vietnam War veterans occupied the statue, flying a US flag upside down from her crown. They left December 28 following a Federal Court order. A powerful new lighting system was installed in advance of the American Bicentennial in The statue was the focal point for Operation Sail , a regatta of tall ships from all over the world that entered New York Harbor on July 4, , and sailed around Liberty Island.

The statue was examined in great detail by French and American engineers as part of the planning for its centennial in Careful study had revealed that the right arm had been improperly attached to the main structure. It was swaying more and more when strong winds blew and there was a significant risk of structural failure.

In addition, the head had been installed 2 feet 0. The armature structure was badly corroded, and about two percent of the exterior plates needed to be replaced. A promotion advertised that for each purchase made with an American Express card, the company would contribute one cent to the renovation of the statue.

In , the statue was closed to the public for the duration of the renovation. Workers erected the world's largest free-standing scaffold , [28] which obscured the statue from view. Liquid nitrogen was used to remove layers of paint that had been applied to the interior of the copper skin over decades, leaving two layers of coal tar , originally applied to plug leaks and prevent corrosion.

Blasting with baking soda powder removed the tar without further damaging the copper. Workers within the statue had to wear protective gear , dubbed "moon suits", with self-contained breathing circuits.

The entire puddled iron armature designed by Gustave Eiffel was replaced. Low-carbon corrosion-resistant stainless steel bars that now hold the staples next to the skin are made of Ferralium , an alloy that bends slightly and returns to its original shape as the statue moves. July 3—6, , was designated " Liberty Weekend ", marking the centennial of the statue and its reopening.

July 4 saw a reprise of Operation Sail, [] and the statue was reopened to the public on July 5. Following the September 11 attacks , the statue and Liberty Island were immediately closed to the public.

The island reopened at the end of , while the pedestal and statue remained off-limits. The pedestal reopened in August , [] but the National Park Service announced that visitors could not safely be given access to the statue due to the difficulty of evacuation in an emergency. The Park Service adhered to that position through the remainder of the Bush administration. The statue, including the pedestal and base, closed on October 29, , for installation of new elevators and staircases and to bring other facilities, such as restrooms, up to code.

The statue was reopened on October 28, , [1] [] [] only to close again a day later due to Hurricane Sandy. On November 8, , a Park Service spokesperson announced that both islands would remain closed for an indefinite period for repairs to be done.

The superintendent of Statue of Liberty National Monument , David Luchsinger, whose home on the island was severely damaged, stated that it would be "optimistically Both islands were ceded by New York to the federal government in Liberty Island is one of the islands that are part of the borough of Manhattan in New York. Land created by reclamation added to the 2. No charge is made for entrance to the national monument, but there is a cost for the ferry service that all visitors must use, as private boats may not dock at the island.

A concession was granted in to Statue Cruises to operate the transportation and ticketing facilities, replacing Circle Line , which had operated the service since A total of people per day are permitted to ascend: Climbers may bring only medication and cameras—lockers are provided for other items—and must undergo a second security screening.

A group of statues stands at the western end of the island, honoring those closely associated with the Statue of Liberty. They are the work of Maryland sculptor Phillip Ratner. The UNESCO "Statement of Significance" describes the statue as a "masterpiece of the human spirit" that "endures as a highly potent symbol—inspiring contemplation, debate and protest—of ideals such as liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity.

Hundreds of replicas of the Statue of Liberty are displayed worldwide. As an American icon, the Statue of Liberty has been depicted on the country's coinage and stamps. It appeared on commemorative coins issued to mark its centennial, and on New York's entry in the state quarters series.

Depictions of the statue have been used by many regional institutions. Between [] and , [] New York State issued license plates with an outline of the statue. The statue is a frequent subject in popular culture. In music, it has been evoked to indicate support for American policies, as in Toby Keith 's song " Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue The Angry American ", and in opposition, appearing on the cover of the Dead Kennedys ' album Bedtime for Democracy , which protested the Reagan administration.

Where would science fiction be without the Statue of Liberty? For decades it has towered or crumbled above the wastelands of deserted [E]arth—giants have uprooted it, aliens have found it curious From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from The Statue of Liberty. For other uses, see Statue of Liberty disambiguation. Statue of Liberty Liberty Enlightening the World. Height of copper statue to torch: National Register of Historic Places.

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Arrest in fatal stabbing A year-old Troy man is a suspect in the fatal Lark Street stabbing of a year-old Albany man in late July. Here's a rundown of local races. Cuomo Bridge at the beginning of primary week. Questions in police involved shooting Civil rights leader Alice Green and advocates for the Center for Law and Justice says the APD explanation of a police involved shooting of a year-old suspect still leaves questions about how the teen was shot in the back. Cuomo Bridge across the Tappan Zee continued with the New York Times getting a hold of an internal document in which the Cuomo admin offered the bridge contractor potential enticements to get the bridge open by late August.

A Daily Gazette editorial on that effort: They knew exactly what they were doing. What else would we expect? After the grand opening of a span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge across the Tappan Zee Friday, the new section did not open Saturday because of a "potentially dangerous situation" involving a section of the old bridge.

Marc Molinaro is calling for a federal investigation of the bridge. Cuomo tried to distance himself from a mailer sent out by state Democratic Party that attempted to connect Nixon with anti-Semitism. The Nixon campaign called for an apology from Cuomo. Police oversight Chris Churchill on the friendship that developed between the mothers of two men who died during interactions with police in Saratoga County and the difficulty in finding out exactly what happened and why in the cases.

APD commander Michael Basile -- who was acting chief at the time -- walked through a presentation with surveillance cam stills and video, a call following an incident near a shop on Central Ave in which the caller said they thought a man had a gun, and police radio calls.

Basile said video indicated that Williams had been carrying a large knife and he still had the knife when detective James Olsen chased Williams behind the school building into a fenced-in area. Basile said Williams tripped, dropped the knife, then "rearmed himself and became an imminent danger" towards the detective.

That's when Basile said Olsen feared for his safety and the detective fired two shots, hitting Williams once in a spot Basile described as the left rear shoulder. The incident appears in the background of a video and it doesn't show the detective's exact position at the time of the shooting.

The detective wasn't outfitted with a body camera , nor did he have a taser. In this case, the use of force, per our internal investigation, was necessary. But it doesn't take away from the fact that it was a very traumatic experience for everybody involved and we're sensitive to that. After the media presentation Thursday, she spoke with reporters outside police headquarters and said she hasn't come to a conclusion for herself about the shooting.

I'm sure they did everything they could with the information that they had," Green said, noting that police didn't have access to Williams or his medical report. His attorney recommended he not speak with police because he's facing charges.

She said one of the key questions for the community is how Williams ended up being shot in a spot that she described more as his back than his shoulder. Troy shootings Troy police are investigating a pair of shootings that injured three people in the city overnight. Marijuana legalization The first of 15 statewide listening sessions on legalization of marijuana was held last night in Albany.

Most of the speakers at the two-hour session spoke in favor of legalization and questioned specifics and logistics involved. Protestors seek answers in police-involved shooting Nearly community members and family members of Ellazar Williams, the man who was paralyzed after being shot by Albany police detectives last month, protested Tuesday night to demand answers in the shooting. Video shows June shooting Footage from a surveillance camera in front of Equan Fallen's Livingston Avenue home shows two men shooting Fallen to death in front of his door.

Albany attack labeled hate crime charge Albany investigators believe an attack in the city over the weekend was a hate crime. Police say a man repeatedly stabbed a person and stomped on his head because the victim was homosexual. APD says the arrested man is also believed to be mentally ill.

Investigation of man's death in Schenectady group home Lauren Stanforth looks in the investigation of the death of a man with developmental disabilities in a Schenectady group home in July -- there are still few details about how he died and the situation surrounding the death -- and the state's overall process for reviewing these sorts of deaths.

Albany police involved shooting Albany police say Ellazar Williams, the teen who was paralyzed last week after being shot by officers, ran at them with a knife before the shooting and refused to drop the weapon.

The officer who shot Williams was named in brutality claims in and Albany police apparently have video of the incident. The debate will air on CBS. Stephanie Miner After three people with ties to the Democratic Party challenged her petitions to run on the Serve America Movement party, independent gubernatorial candidate and former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is blaming Andrew Cuomo.

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We want to believe our police. Williams arraigned in the hospital Monday on charges of felony menacing a police officer and misdemeanor possession of a weapon. Following the injury and death of Darryl Mount Jr. Tracking the life of Rayen Puleski Jake Lahut and Steven Cook attempted to the track the life of Rayen Puleski, the infant who had gone missing in July and whose suspected body was found behind a State Street residence in Schenectady.

APD says the man did not have life-threatening injuries. It's asking anyone with info to call. He's sort of passed over this race. I think having someone who talks like a Republican and governs like a Republican would be a step down. We're doing what we do for everybody. We're treating them with dignity. Albany police detective retiring after complaints "Two sources familiar with the matter" tell the Times Union an Albany police detective recently retired after at least one woman filed a complaint against him.

Police chief start date Albany's new Police Chief will start work on September 5 and will officially be sworn in on Friday, September 7. Railroad falls A section of downtown Union Street in Schenectady was closed for a stretch on Wednesday afternoon after a gutter fell from the railroad bridge over the street.

Cohen was subpoenaed on Wednesday by the Tax Department for "documents and potential testimony" on the Trump Foundation. Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday, Hawkins said he said communication and forming relationships are an important part of his vision for the force. And he said not opposed to working with groups like the Guardian Angels if they want "assist the city in a collaborative way.

Albany police involved shooting The man shot by an Albany police detective earlier this week has been identified as year-old Ellazar Williams of Binghamton. Police found a knife at the scene of the shooting that is believed to belong to Williams. Acting Chief Michael Basile said at a press conference that a group of detectives had responded to a report of fight on Central Ave involving a weapon.

Basile the detectives saw a person who fit the description of a suspect with a gun, approached him, he ran over to Elk Street, and one of the detectives fired, hitting a man. Tuesday morning APD said the man was in critical condition. Basile said a large knife was recovered at the scene of the shooting, but no hand gun as of Monday evening.

A rep from the state Attorney General's office was on the scene. Basile said the press conference that detectives are not yet outfitted with body cameras. The public safety committee meeting is at 5: Thacher State Park falling rocks State parks had some idea about the risk of falling rocks on the Indian Ladder trail at Thacher State Park a few months before a Bethlehem woman was injured by falling rock there, according to a redacted report obtained by the Times Union via FOIL.

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Addicted mother buried child Heaven Puleski was arraigned on Wednesday on charges relating to the disappearance of her four-month-old-son Rayen, whose body was found this week in hole behind their State Street home in Schenectady. Police say Puleski was too high on heroin to care for the child , and admitted to wrapping him in plastic bags and hiding him behind the house after he died.

The governor continued saying, "We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged. Investigation of infant death in Schenectady Schenectady police have charged Heaven Puleski, the mother of 4-month-old Rayen Puleski, with a string of felonies related to the discovery of a body now believed to be her baby.

The charges include one count each of tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse, felonies, as well as misdemeanor child endangerment but she has not been charged with murder.

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She also said she thinks child protective services failed the infant by not following up on a claim about the infant's living situation. Albany County styrofoam ban The Albany County Legislature voted Monday to expand the ban on the use of polystyrene styrofoam at food service establishments.

The ban previously had applied to chain restaurants. In a tweet, Stefanik said it was an honor to have Trump accept her invitation to visit Fort Drum. Fatal I crash State Police a driver was killed when their car was struck on the eastbound side of I in East Greenbush Saturday afternoon, ended up crossing the median, and was then struck again by a vehicle traveling in the westbound lane.

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Justice Center The state's Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is now five years old, and critics say it's falling short of its purpose. Albany County paid sick leave proposal Advocates are continuing to push the case for Albany County to adopt legislation that would require employers to provide paid sick leave. The bill was recently amended to allow businesses with five or fewer employees to offer unpaid sick days. Local newspapers Many of the biggest newspapers in the Capital Region have had large declines in the paid circulation for their paper versions over the last decade.

Maurice Rucker After the outpouring of public support for Maurice Rucker -- the employee at the Albany Home Depot fired after he stood up to a racist customer instead of calling for a manager -- the chain has offered him his job back. He's not accepting it: He's currently the police chief in Southfield, Michigan, and in a statement Sheehan said he has "a firm commitment to community policing and 21st century policing strategies.

He has a law degree. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Common Council. Justice for Dahmeek protest outside Troy Police Department Protestors gathered outside the Troy police department on Wednesday to protest the grand jury decision not to prosecute the officer who shot Dahmeek McDonald in an incident last August.

No-one was in the building when shots were fired. Some of the bullet holes were new and others may have been fired as early as last week.

Charges in Schenectady family shooting Dushawn Howard was officially charged on Tuesday with three separate counts of second-degree attempted murder in last week's shooting of his former girlfriend and two of her children.

Howard, who was also injured in the incident, was arraigned at his bedside in Albany Medical Center and was released into the custody of the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office.

Skelos and son convicted in retrial Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted of all counts on Tuesday in their corruption re-trial. See the tweets from Amanda Fries for a recap of the council caucus and meeting Monday night. His death is the 8th homicide of the year and third in July. And on Sunday community members -- including the parents of Kahlil Barnes -- gathered Sunday in Arbor Hill Park to talk about the string of shootings.

Barnes and Cancer were once members of rival groups back in the 00s, but Barnes's mother says they had since become friends: His attorney said after the verdict in Manhattan that "there's no way that Alain Kaloyeros is guilty" and that they're planning an appeal.

The victim told police she was afraid to leave Deshawn Howard, because she knew he had a gun and he threatened to kill her and her children if she left him. The woman had an order of protection against Howard , obtained earlier this year after he punched her in the face in front of her children. Response to Albany shootings "I want to see the outrage. I want to see people angry" -- Acting Albany police Chief Bob Sears on the community outrage and response to the rash of shootings and violence in the city this summer.

And Sears called out a union VP by name for the statement. Said Sears at the press conference: I lost a whole bunch of things at the same time, and I know I'm not the only one feeling that way. No one has explained anything to them. APD says it appears Cancer was trying to break up a fight when he was shot. And then at about 2: APD says the men shot in the first incident "have been highly uncooperative with the police. Kathy Sheehan told the crowd: I'm here ready to do whatever it takes.

We stand ready to do whatever it takes. In a Facebook post, Sheehan said she "will not be responding to the false claims made on social media by a member of the Albany Police Union against myself and APD command staff" and will "not ignore the disgraceful dog whistle language used by this same individual to describe Albany Cure Violence.

Flare up of violence in Albany Officials, community leaders, and residents say they're concerned, frustrated, and baffled by the rash of shootings and other violence in Albany on July 4 that left one person dead and multiple injured.

Albany fire chief The Sheehan administration announced Friday morning that fire chief Warren Abriel Jr will be retiring July 28, and Kathy Sheehan will be announcing a new chief in the future. Albany homicide Albany police are investigating the stabbing death of a 29 year old victim on Orange Street early Thursday morning.

Four shot in Albany Albany police say four people who were shot early Thursday morning on Lexington Avenue are being uncooperative in the investigation into the shootings.

Albany shooting Albany police are investigating a shooting that took place in the city's Ten Broeck neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon. The victim, a year-old man was shot in the arm and treated at Albany Med. APD mourns officer The city of Albany is mourning Officer Dean Johnson, a 25 year old police officer who died this weekend in an off duty motorcycle crash. Saratoga Springs stabbing Saratoga Springs police say the year-old man stabbed Sunday has died , and the year-old man in custody is facing charges that include second-degree murder.

Kaloyeros trial The feds offered Alain Kaloyeros a plea deal over the weekend -- and he declined. Prosecutors also got a chance to re-open their case to establish the the court in Manhattan was the proper venue for the trial by calling witnesses from Verizon and the parent company of AOL to testify about email routing.

Amazon warehouse The massive warehouse project in Schodack that would serve as an Amazon facility took a step forward in the town planning process Monday night -- over the objections of of some residents and a labor advocate. Some local municipalities are offering cooling stations not on that list. Life in translation A profile of an Afghan man who served as a translator for the US Army in Afghanistan and now lives in Albany -- he was injured while working with US forces, now works four jobs, and needs a new wheelchair.

Every day local journalists work to find out what's happening and tell people about it. They're working longer and harder as news organizations contract, usually for not much money. And we'd all be worse off without their efforts. If you're not subscribed to a local news outlet, today's a good day to sign up. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said this week the detainees will have access to immigration attorneys and other services at the jail.

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. Delgado received 22 percent of the votes to put him at the top of a seven candidate field. Polls here are open from noon to 9 pm. Don't know where to vote? Check with the website for your county board of elections or the state board of elections. It's the second settlement the village has struck with the companies and doesn't preclude additional claims. Climate change Highlighting some of the ways the climate has been changing in New York State over the past century.

APD says two officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon on the second floor of a Partridge Street residence and they found a woman at the bottom of a stairwell. They broke the glass in the door and determined she'd been stabbed. APD says a year-old man, Schuyler Lake, then came down the steps with a knife, did not respond to officers' instructions to drop the knife, and then stabbed the woman again -- that's when APD says one of the officers fired, killing the man.

APD says the woman at the bottom of the steps was Lake's mother, and a man found upstairs -- also injured -- is his uncle. APD says the mother was in critical condition Saturday, the uncle had non-life threatening injuries. Both officers are on administrative leave while the incident is investigated. ICE in Saratoga Springs With the return of the summer tourism season in Saratoga Springs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have again become active around the city -- a Skidmore professor say the agency is racial profiling people.

Kaloyeros trial A former VP for LPCiminelli -- who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and is cooperating with the prosecution -- testified Thursday that the contractor had influence on the request-for-proposals process with a development arm of SUNY Poly so that company would be chosen for a contract.

The exec also said Alain Kaloyeros had gone from being viewed skeptically by the Cuomo admin's inner circle to a "rock star" in part with the help of Todd Howe.

Kaloyeros Federal prosecutors presented dozens of emails as evidence in the bid rigging trial of Alain Kaloyeros and his codefendants. It was revealed through emails that Kaloyeros threatened to quit his job back in when he was having trouble negotiating his goal of splitting the NanoCollege off from UAlbany, and prosecutors suggest he hired Todd Howe to help him gain the trust of the Cuomo administration.

One of the witnesses testifying in the trial, Jerry Barber, a former top assistant to Tom DiNapoli hired by Kaloyeros to work at Fuller Road Management Corp, testified in federal court this week that he was never pressured in his job to approve any particular developers for SUNY Poly project. Legislative session The legislative session wrapped up on Wednesday but sports gambling, transparency requirements, requirements for reporting bullying at charter schools, and other high profile issues were left on the table.

Opponents of Andrew Cuomo are blaming him for focusing more on his own political battle than legislative issues , while others blame the lack of a majority. Some lawmakers are saying they are dissatisfied with the way the session wrapped up. Legislators rallied on the Million Dollar Staircase on Wednesday to call for an end to the Trump policy of separating immigrant children from their families.

Cuomo says NY will challenge federal border policies separating families Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that New York State will file a lawsuit over the federal border policies that have led to the "inhumane" separation of families and detention of children. Prosecutors say Kaloyeros pushed for secrecy and private email to discuss alleged bid rigging for developers.

Violence in Albany After a spate of shootings and stabbings in the last several weeks, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Acting Police Chief Robert sears held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss plans to address the outbreak of violence , including a tip line and placing more officers in the city's highest crime areas.

Larry Rulison had put the pieces together earlier in the day by noting the facility shared the exact same square footage as other Amazon projects. These warehouse workers will not have the time or money to buy a burger in Schodack, let alone buy homes here. Death in Lark Street stabbing case Albany police say one of the men stabbed during the incident near Lark Street and Madison Ave June 7 has died of his injuries. The death of year-old Elijah Smith is the city's fifth homicide of the year.

APD says it doesn't know of the shootings are connected. Did the big bets on high-tech projects, most of which were overseen by Kaloyeros, pay off? Trump Foundation -- and its director, which include the President and three of his children -- alleging "a pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade, that includes extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr.

Trump's personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for non-profit foundations. The lawsuit is" " an extraordinary catalogue of how not to run a private foundation. There's little else [Trump] could have done that would have made it worse. It was one of multiple rallies around the country. Colonie road rage arrests Police made two more arrests in an Colonie road rage case from last month, and one of the people arrested was the woman who claimed to be a victim.

State Police say an investigation concluded that Natia Shim, the mother of the driver, who claimed she and her son were chased down by another vehicle and attacked physically and verbally, was not in the car when the confrontation occurred. Shim was charged with making a false statement to police. Four other arrests have been made in the case. This item has been corrected.

Case dismissed a second time in Troy murders For the second time, a Rensselaer County judge has tossed out charges against two men who were charged with killing a pair of Troy roommates nearly two years ago, saying there was insufficient evidence to tie that crime to the men charged, and cited incorrect instructions given to the grand jury. The defendants will be held until the DA's office determines whether it will resubmit the cast to a new grand jury. Albany homicide A year-old Albany man is dead following a shooting in the city's West Hill neighborhood on Tuesday.

Meanwhile NXIVM has announced it is suspending all operations and planned events in light of recent sex trafficking allegations. Criminal indictment against Rensselaer County DA dismissed An acting state Supreme Court justice has dismissed the state Attorney General office's criminal indictment against Rensselaer district attorney Joel Abelove over the DA's handling of the grand jury review of the fatal shooting of Edson Thevenin by Troy police, concluding the the state AG's office doesn't have jurisdiction to prosecute Abelove for perjury in the case.

We respectfully disagree with the court's decision and are determining how best to move this critical case forward. Lawsuit against Schenectady police over fatal shooting The wife of a man fatally shot by Schenectady police in has filed a lawsuit against the city and police department in federal court alleging her husband was walking away from detectives when he was shot, and was shot in the back of the head. Schenectady police said at the time of the incident that Joshua Scism had drawn a gun from his waistband and pointed it the detectives police -- and an attorney for the city told the Daily Gazette this week police acted appropriately.

Officials say the items with the body point to it being a year-old Guilderland man missing since February , and who was the subject of a search earlier this year.

APD says an investigation concluded that year-old Larnell Kennedy shot year-old Nahjayyah Daise, his former girlfriend, in the head as she drove them down Erie Street to Erie Boulevard, and he then fled up to I where he was struck by a vehicle.

Police say they're not sure why Kennedy shot Daise, or why he ran into the highway. APD says all the people involved knew each other and it looks like the incident was the result of an argument that erupted inside Lark Tavern. Albany mom arrested after baby ingests heroin An Albany mother is facing charges after her 1-year-old child ingested heroin while she was passed out on the drug and unable to care for the child. Albany stabbings Albany police say two people are under arrest after four men were stabbed in an altercation at the intersection of Madison and Lark streets overnight.

Days of our legislature The Senate got back to work on Wednesday, but without Kathy Hochul presiding. Governor was on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday in a failed effort to push through legislation in the politically tied Senate. A controversial women's health bill did not advance on Wednesday, and amendments that would codify Roe v. Wade into state law and guarantee that contraceptives are covered by insurance plans were voted down, but Democrats say they now have a record of Senate Republican votes on women's health issues.

Former deputy convicted in of child porn A former Saratoga County sheriff's department sergeant was convicted on child pornography charges Tuesday after more than 1, images of child porn were found downloaded on his home computer.

Fatal incident near Erie Blvd in Albany Albany police say they're working alongside State Police to figure out what happened Sunday during the incident -- or incidents -- near Erie Blvd and I in North Albany that ended with two people dead. Acting Albany police chief Robert Sears says police found a gun on I near the site of a crash.

And police are waiting on autopsy results. Schenectady standoff Schenectady police took a man into custody after a standoff at a home in the Vale neighborhood that lasted more than five hours and involved a police negotiator. Police say the man was taken to a hospital for evaluation, and they found weapons inside the home. Two people dead after incident near Erie Blvd in Albany Albany police say two people -- a woman and a man -- were dead following an incident in North Albany Sunday afternoon map.

APD says it was called to Erie Boulevard for an altercation where they found the woman, and then State Police were called for a man being hit on I just above that spot. Police say the two deaths appear connected. Some worry about a focus on appearances over substance. And attempts at reform have been shackled by the political calculations that accompany any effort to enact change in New York's famously byzantine Capitol.

Marijuana legalization Chris Churchill on what could or should happen in communities following marijuana legalization. And Donald Trump was a frequent topic. Guilty verdict in death of child An Albany County jury found David Bridges of Troy guilty of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old boy.

Bridges could face up to 25 years in prison for the abuse that led to the death of 1-year-old Luka Patrick. State official fired following complaints of sexual harassment Jay Kiyonaga, the 2 official at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, was fired on Wednesday , one day after a former lawyer for the state's Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special needs filed a discrimination complaint charging that the Cuomo administration covered up the fact that he had sexually harassed her -- the state Inspector General reported in a letter that Kiyonaga had a "history of improper and sexually inappropriate acts towards and comments to fellow staff members and subordinates" during his time as an official at the Justice Center.

Federal complaint filed against New York State over handling of official alleged to be a serial sexual harasser An attorney who says she was sexually harassed by an official who's now the 2 at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against New York State and the Justice Center , claiming the official was never held accountable for treating women as sexual objects.

Legislative session to-do list The state legislative session comes to an end in a few days. Issues that could still be addressed in this session include medical marijuana, sports gambling and the Child Victims Act. Paid sick time Albany County Legislators heard from members of the public on Tuesday on a measure that would require employers in the county to offer paid sick time.

Investigation into recovery center death The state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is investigating how a man's body was left to sit in a room at a supportive living facility in Troy for 39 days. The man's family says the facility told them the man had packed up his belongings and left -- only for a pest control worker to find the man's decomposing body more than a month later still at the facility.

Kathina Thomas Chris Churchill talks with the brother Kathina Thomas now that a decade has passed after the 10 year old was killed by a stray bullet in Albany's West Hill neighborhood. Nixon loses convention vote Andrew Cuomo had an easy victory over Cynthia Nixon at the state Democratic convention in Hempstead. Nixon is still working to secure a spot on the primary ballot, which will ultimately decide who runs on the party's line in the November election.

Delegates also endorsed Lt. Former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout has confirmed that she will challenge James. Republican gubernatorial candidate Republicans on Wednesday, formally named Marc Molinaro their candidate for Governor. She is the first woman to hold the job. Underwood had been the state's solicitor general and became acting AG in the weeks after Eric Schneiderman's resignation following reports of domestic violence.

Underwood will serve out the remainder of the year, and has decided not to run for the post in November. Troy police accused of brutality The attorney for a man arrested by Troy police in March alleges that officers inflicted a "savage beating" on his client during the arrest on Congress Street downtown, an allegation surfaced publicly by Luke Stoddard Nathan at The Alt.

There is video of the incident, and the attorney played it for the Times Union -- Kenneth Crowe reports it "shows the officers kicking, kneeing and punching" the man after he was already on the ground. The Coppola case raises troubling questions that throw this narrative into question. Guns Students and adults gathered in Albany's Washington Park Monday for a vigil for the people killed and injured at the school shooting in the Houston area last week. Said an 8th grader to the Times Union: Emergency department wait times Emergency department wait times in the Capital Region are higher than the state average , and Albany Med and St.

Peter's have among the longest wait times, according to an analysis by the Daily Gazette of federal data. There's some interesting discussion in the article about why wait times are what they are and the role of urgent care facilities.

Facts don't match the claims Brendan Lyons followed up on some of the remarkable stories and career claims made by a top official at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse -- including surviving a bombing in Afghanistan -- and found the facts didn't seem to match the claims.

The official has now been placed on leave. Arrests in reported Colonie road attack State Police say two people have been arrested in what the agency is calling "a reported road rage incident" May 10 on Alternate Route 7 and I in Colonie.

A woman tells WNYT that she and her teen son, who are black, were cut off by a truck with at least five people in it -- those people got out of the truck and started hitting the mother and son's car with bats while yelling racial slurs.

Said the mother to the Times Union: They yelled, 'We're white supremacists. Go back to your country. Fatal Amtrak crash with pedestrian in Castleton Schodack police say a man was killed Thursday night when he was struck by Amtrak train while crossing the tracks near Main Street in Castleton.

Officials the spot in a popular crossing point for pedestrians going to the river. Murder plot A year-old convicted rapist admitted in Saratoga County court on Wednesday that he tried to win his freedom by hiring someone to murder a witness in the case. The person he tried to hire was an undercover police officer. Possible Troy shooting Police in Troy are investigating reports of shots fired near 4th Street and Congress Avenue at around 11 pm on Wednesday. Storms Tuesday's storms downed trees in the Capital Region and left about 8, residents without power for a while.

South of the Capital Region, in Newburgh, an year old girl was killed by a falling tree. The Albany library budget was also approved by voters. Replacing Schneiderman Legislators began interviewing 12 candidates to replace Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday, including Acting state Attorney General Barbara Underwood Four Republican state senators have been added to the committee vetting the candidates.

Today is school budget, school board, and library budget voting day. Check with your school board's website. Andrew Cuomo more than three centuries later. The wall has been in need of repairs for years and its potential failure, during an event like a large flood, would also threaten a major sewer line. How the state handles sexual harassment complaints Brendan Lyons looks at how the state has handled harassment complaints against a high-level agency executive at multiple stops in the bureaucracy, which a former affirmative action officer said points to a pattern of protecting appointees by moving them around.

Homeless in Saratoga Springs Ann Friedman talks with a group of homeless people living in camps in Saratoga Springs about their daily lives and what they say is a lack of services in county services. Prosecuting Scheiderman Andrew Cuomo has appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to investigate the domestic violence and abuse allegations against Eric Schneiderman. Not publicly clear at the moment: Whether the women mentioned in the New Yorker article want to press charges.

Schenectady murder for hire verdict A Schenectady County jury returned guilty verdicts for the two men on trial for their connection to the contract killing of Charles Dembrosky in Schenectady. Joevany Luna was found guilty of first-degree murder and potentially faces life in prison, while Kyshaan Moore was found guilty of second-degree murder and potentially faces 25 years to life. Replacing Schneiderman New York State lawmakers continue to search for a permanent replacement for Schneiderman.

The state Assembly is expected to start interviewing candidates for the job next week. Schneiderman's temporary replacement A profile of Eric Schneiderman's temporary replacement, Barbara Underwood. Good riddance Sarah Foss says "good riddance" to Schneiderman. Two of the women -- who had longterm relationships with Schneiderman -- talked to the magazine on the record, their accounts detailed and corroborated by others.

While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office's work at this critical time. Jimmy Vielkind, in a run-through of possibilities: Building and codes inspectors Lauren Stanforth in a large Times Union review of local building and codes inspection operations: The city of Albany was an early adopter of the program and former police chief Brendan Cox is now part of the national org.

Quackenbush Center The developer of the proposed mixed-use project next to Quackenbush Square in downtown Albany says construction bids were much higher than expected , but the company is still committed and is reformulating the plan.

Cynthia Nixon has yet to do so. Lincoln Park sewer facility The sewer facility proposed for a ravine in Albany's Lincoln Park continued to face skepticism at a public meeting Thursday evening. The plan to fix a problem in Albany that's been a century in the making -- and the concerns about that fix.

Albany school board election There will be four candidates for three positions on the Albany school board for the May 15 election -- which will, oddly, involve two ballots. Police officers arrested Four law enforcement officers -- three of them from the Galway Police Department -- were arrested Tuesday on charges they falsified documents filed with the state related to officer training.

The state Attorney General's office has been investigating the village police department for all sorts of alleged misconduct, including the falsification of training credentials for officers who have ended up taking jobs at other police agencies around the region. The village has a tiny police force with a tiny budget and the mayor says its main purpose is to deter speeding.

Sick days There's a proposed Albany County law that would mandate paid sick time for the employees of private sector employers in the county. Albany County exec Dan McCoy has supported this idea. The Capital Region Chamber is opposing the legislation and sent out an email to members this week urging them to speak out against it. Siena coach search A "source close to the situation" has been telling local media outlets that Jamion Christian will be the next Siena men's basketball coach.

Rodger Wyland has been saying this since last week. Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey had also been a rumored candidate. Schenectady landslide report A report released to the Daily Gazette on Monday shows water from a broken water service line that leaked into a dirt basement floor of a Barney Street home caused the Schenectady landslide earlier this year.

Silver trial Sheldon Silver's retrial got underway on Monday with prosecutors claiming the former Assembly speaker abused his power for personal gain by taking bribes, while the defense told the court "Everything that happened in this case was not only legal Hochul Kathy Hochul called rumors that she'll be dropped from Andrew Cuomo's democratic ticket a "non-story," but Cuomo has publicly suggested that she run for Chris Collins' House seat.

Opioids A look at the changing approach -- and barriers that still remain -- to offering immediate access to withdrawal medication for people suffering from opioid addiction , which could significantly reduce the number of overdoses. Galway Police Department Brendan Lyons reports that the state Attorney General's office has been investigating the Galway village police department for allegations of all sorts of misconduct.

Suspension disparities Black students in many Capital Region schools districts are suspended at much higher rates than their white classmates , according to recently released federal data -- and parents say they're concerned their children have been treated differently. Harassment in state government Vivian Wang on three recent cases of alleged harassment involving state employees and the lack of a single investigative body or agency to handle complaints of harassment brought by people working for New York State: What policies do exist are not always followed.

And for all the sleek uniformity that officials have promised in recent weeks, none of the new policies fully address how, in practice, it will be achieved. Race for governor Marc Molinaro says he's secured enough endorsements to claim the Republican nomination for governor. It includes parts of Saratoga, Washington, Rensselaer, and Columbia counties.

Marchione to retire State Senator Kathy Marchione announced on Wednesday that she will not run for re-election. Marchione cited family reasons for stepping away from the Senate, but Democrats are buoyed by her decision to leave , combined with the results of this week's special election.

In a letter, Cuomo told Felder," You have said that you act in the best interest of your constituents. For their benefit, now is the time that matters. Polls are open until 9 pm.

Check with the state Board of Elections or your county board of elections site. And its fate in the state legislature isn't clear , in part because of a key swing vote in the state Senate. Chris Churchill commented that the bag ban is an example of Cuomo's "great Cynthia Nixon freak-out. Albany homicide Albany police say a year-old man died after being shot multiple times near Clinton Street and Second Ave in the South End map Sunday afternoon.

APD says it's investigating and asking anyone with info to call or provide an anonymous tip. It's Albany's second homicide of the year. Federal prosecutors allege that Mack recruited women for what was described as a mentorship group but instead were sexually exploited. Mack had been previously listed as an unidentified co-conspirator. Schenectady landslide In a notice of claim filed against the city of Schenectady, owners of a rental property on Nott Terrace allege that the city knew there was a water leak on the hillside above their property that was weakening hillside before the January landslide.

The man was trapped in a residence by the landslide says he's been suffering from physical injuries and PTSD. An attorney for neighbors who oppose the project says there may be further legal challenges. Schenectady City Council president workplace violence allegation Schenectady City Council president Ed Kosiur said in a letter that he raised his voice and was impolite during an exchange with city employees, but he strongly disagrees that he violated the city's workplace violence policy.

Teens sentenced in Mechanicville murder The 17 year old and 20 year old who admitted to robbing and fatally shooting a Mechanicville man last summer, were sentenced to 18 years to life and 20 years to life respectively.

Sentencing in death of teen Nineteen-year-old Christopher Miranda was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for the death of year-old Zachery Brown, struck and killed on a Saratoga County roadside last year, driving at speeds of up to miles per hour.

Car crashes into yards, home and hydrant A car crashed into the porch of a Schenectady home on Albany Street early Thursday morning, hitting three yards, a fire hydrant and flipping an SUV in its path. The driver and two passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police taped RPI protest Troy police officers hired by RPI videotaped a protest at the school last fall, and handed the tape over to institute officials, who used it to identify protest leaders. A middle class guy Andrew Cuomo released his tax return on Tuesday, and declared himself a " middle class guy.

Sheehan campaign complaint The state Board of Elections has filed a complaint alleging Kathy Sheehan's mayoral campaign took contributions from donors that exceeded limits , filed late reports, and violated a law that forbids political parties from holding raffles -- a campaign spokesman said the campaign has been working with the state BOE "to amend filings and ensure compliance.

Schenectady code enforcement Schenectady city officials told a city council committee meeting that the city's buildings department is more quickly addressing code violation reports , emphasizing training, and working toward other improvements. The department has been the subject of significant criticism following the fatal Jay Street fire.

Nurses there say they're seeking a voice in staffing decisions as well as fair wages and benefits. Ahead of the announcement when it became apparent he wasn't going to get the endorsement, Andrew Cuomo said he wouldn't be seeking it. The last two labor unions that were part of the Working Families Party also exited. The endorsement also possibly has some implications for future ballot lines.

When upstate is ruled, as it usually is, by downstate politicians with so little understanding of its needs, wants and culture, the region can only continue to suffer and dwindle. Marijuana legalization Andrew Cuomo on marijuana legalization: Schenectady police Last year's Court of Appeals ruling that Schenectady's public safety commissioner can preside over police disciplinary hearings includes a provision that the trial portion of the process is open to the public -- though the three cases that come up since then have been resolved before reaching that point.

Former mayor pleads guilty The former mayor of Stillwater -- Rick W. Nelson -- has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. He's facing years in prison. Roger Stone and James O'Keefe at Siena Siena is hosting a student-organized free speech conference this weekend that will feature many conservative political figures and operatives , including Roger Stone and James O'Keefe.

NXIVM founder Keith Raniere is scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn this week on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Suspicious device removed from Ballston Spa railroad track State, local and federal authorities safely removed what appeared to be a pipe bomb from railroad tracks in Ballston Spa on Wednesday. The city has been working with the state in recent years on its fiscal situation, submitting itself to a review by an outside firm at the state's request.

Holocaust memorial Niskayuna residents turned out Tuesday night to voice their opinions on a controversial Holocaust Memorial proposed for Route 7. Raniere attorney NXIVM leader Keith Raniere has retained Paul DerOhannesian a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor from Albany to defend him against federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

Troy police Troy mayor Patrick Madden says the city should get an independent expert to assess the size of the city's police force with an eye toward expanding the force in order to purse community policing. Siena coach investigation A "person who witnessed the incident but is not authorized by the school to comment" tells the Times Union that they saw Siena men's basketball coach push a player out a chair during a team review session , an incident Brendan Lyons reports is now a subject of the investigation of Patsos.

Albany Med nurse unionization A look at the heated situation surrounding the current unionization campaign among nurses at Albany Med.

Greenfield woman shot in head The Saratoga County Sheriff's office says a Greenfield woman was shot in the head by her boyfriend during a domestic incident Saturday night, and was in critical condition. Neighbors said they heard yelling before the gunshot.

The sheriff's office says the boyfriend has been charged with first-degree assault. Fatal industrial accident Colonie police say a man working for a landscaping and excavation company died Saturday after he was pinned between by two pieces of equipment. The capacity crowd of people had a series of pointed questions for Stefanik, and some of her answers prompted derisive laughter and boos.

Schenectady County jail employee resignations following raid State Police say a former Schenectady County jail guard was arrested last week as part of a drug investigation, which prompted an internal investigation by the Schenectady County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Dominic Dagostino says four jail employees have resigned as a result.

Troy police drug unit closed New Troy police chief Brian Owens has closed the department drug unit that had included members now facing charges related to an alleged coverup of a warrantless search, and says he's focusing the department on community policing.

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