After the excitement of the election, things have been a bit dull. The only exception was the debate scrum. We hope things pick up soon. In the meantime, we don't have much.
On Thursday, December 3, 2015, the Troy City Council amended a noise ordinance to set definitive standards that can be objectively enforced. The ordinance will not go into effect for six months, allowing the Troy Police Department to obtain devices that will allow them to enforce the new measure. The Record has the story.
For officers to accurately measure those levels for each complaint, Tedesco said the department needs to purchase as many as 20 sound-measuring devices, with the cost of each device ranging from as little as $43 to as much as $2,700.
In an effort to save money, some have suggested that a volunteer force of Grumpy Old Men (or G.O.M) be deputized and ride with officers. The G.O.M., who previously proved useful in cracking down on lawn trespassing, does not need equipment to measure decibel levels.
The measure mandates that any criticism of the City Council must be whispered.
Mark McGrath and anyone playing Blue Oyster Cult are exempted from the ordinance.
Rensselaer County Court Judge Andrew Ceresia had some choice words for the attorney for Michael Mosely on Friday. Mosely seeks a new trial on his murder convictions, arguing that his former attorney, Terry Kindlon was ineffective.
Mosely was convicted in 2011 for the 2002 murders of Arica Schneider and Samuel Holley.
Mosely's new attorney is Mitchell Kessler from Cohoes.
Ceresia believed that Kessler was threatening ADA Shane Hug. According to the Times Union:
"Do not threaten him!" the typically reserved judge told Kessler.
"The record will reflect that you just stared at Mr. Hug and pointed to him and said, 'Yeah, keep looking at me,' " Ceresia told Kessler.
"I'm going to let that slide. But I promise you — I promise as sure as I am sitting before you — if you do anything like that again there will be consequences."
The judge concluded: "You said earlier that you've been a lawyer for 26 years. I suggest you start acting like it!"
Luckily, no noise ordinances were violated.
Paul Moses, a former Troy Housing Authority Official, was indicted on various counts of welfare fraud on Thursday. Moses is accused of stealing more than $50,000 in rent and food subsidies. The investigation into Moses led to the arrest of Rensselaer County Social Services Welfare Investigator Manny Ned. Ned, a former Republican candidate for City Council, was arrested in October for helping Moses with the paperwork.
Moses still intends to run for the Rensselaer County Legislature, hoping to replace Legislature Martin Reid.
And that's your Monday News Wrap-Up