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Posted on May 21 at 7 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If there's visual evidence of what transpired between the police and Ms. Herrera, then its case closed depending what's on the video. I find it curious that that the police parked their car in front of the suspect to avoid a video recording from their dashboard camera. More than anyone, the police should know that in today's world of cellphones and security cameras, everything is under surveillance.


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Posted on April 20 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@airdale1950

Who and how would these designated police zones be determined? Would your neighborhood be included in these special police zones? Not! This notion of having a police state in high crime areas is quite appealing to a lot of folks in the Capital Region. Fortunately, this pipe dream for Law & Order Zealots won't be able to get past a little thing called the Constitution.
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To quote Ben Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."


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Posted on April 17 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What was the probable cause for doing the sting operation in the first place? At his sentencing, the informant, James Slater lamented that he was pressured by law enforcement to come up with more leads for them to make drug busts. I'm sure Attorney Luibrand will use that bit of information as a centerpiece for his lawsuit.
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Donald Andrews suffered from spending a weekend in jail, tarnishing his reputation in the community as well as revenue loss affecting his business. He deserves some compensation for this debacle. The Sheriff's department needs to be held accountable and include procedural change to prevent such blunders from occurring in the future. If the Sheriff's department had done their due diligence, this injustice would never have happened.


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Posted on March 26 at 8:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Changing the culture of the Secret Service which has permitted alcohol use is hard to do. However, they could start by firing these agents and send a message that drinking won't be tolerated when the Secret Service is on assignment to defend the President. This is a huge embarrassment for the White House, yet with President Obama's reluctance to hold anyone accountable for their failures on the job, I doubt anyone here will be punished, either.


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Posted on March 22 at 2:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

“While this policy may be well- intentioned, I cannot support an initiative that would divert essential funds away from students in good standing and their families and deny them the quality education,” she said.
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It's quite apparent to me that Senator Tkacyzk is more concerned with her re-election bid than this issue as she waited two months to rebuke the Governor's proposal. Offering this program to inmates doesn't deny anyone a quality education. In-fact the students in good standing have many more options for advancing their education than inmates do. Offering an education to inmates has a proven track record of significantly reducing recidivism when it's been applied, it's not just some well intentioned policy as Tkacyzk states.
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I like Sen. Tkaczyk. Since squeaking into office, she has done an admirable job. Although it's disappointing to see her use this issue as a fig leaf to hid behind to show voters that she and some democrats are tough on crime. Cuomo's proposal is about being smart on crime. Recidivism has been a huge problem in New York and offering an education to inmates directly impacts whether they return to prison and a life of crime.


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Posted on February 22 at 8:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If that's the case that he was resisting Lewis, then why were all the charges dropped? I have no trouble giving cops the benefit of the doubt in most situations. But you seem to take the position that all cops are in the right, every time, no matter how egregiously they behave. And I don't have walk a day in their shoes to have an opinion whether Lewis crossed the line, which clearly he did on numerous occasions. Have you walked a day in their shoes? What makes you so enlightened?


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Posted on February 21 at 10:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@wmarincic, I only personally know of one incident that characterizes Mr. Lewis, when he threw my friend down on the pavement, removed his glasses and maced him while he was attempting to pick up his belongings from a former girlfriend. My friend had to fight bogus charges which were eventually dismissed.
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On that day, Lewis behaved like a thug and abused his power in a manner that gives all cops a bad rep. The SPD did nothing to rein Lewis in after that incident. For many years, the SPD ignored that fact that they had a raging, out-of-control alcoholic in their midst until his recklessness couldn't continue to be overlooked. An excellent cop? How John Lewis remained a cop for so long isn't his failure; it was a failure of the SPD. On a positive note, I am glad to see the SPD have righted their ship when it comes to weeding out bad apples.


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Posted on February 21 at 7:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with Biwemple's take on punishing white collar offenders. But to get back to Jerryrock's concern that by allowing prisoners college degrees society will somehow be enticing criminals to break the law so they can go to jail to get a free education seems absurd. What are the end results? If this program put forth by Cuomo significantly lowers the recidivism rate and converts convicts to being productive citizens than it's worth a try. No one appears to be bothered by the astronomical cost of warehousing people unless it's a perceived benefit to the criminal. The majority of those opposing this idea seem to base their opinions on their own anecdotal experience, the weakest kind of evidence. It would be more revealing to examine what similar policies have produced in other states.
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If this program to provide college to inmates is passed, it should be studied carefully and if there's not a huge reduction in the recidivism rate as Cuomo predicts than scrap it. Putting our social resources only in our youth while giving up on adults who have made mistakes and exhibited bad judgement doesn't reflect this nation's history for giving people second chances.


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Posted on February 7 at 8:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This case is a tragedy that hopefully will inspire some guidelines for elderly people seeking home health care aides. Make it easier for folks who need home care assistance to find help that isn't out scheming to rob or kill them. I can't think of a worse way to die in your golden years. This woman acted like a heartless predator with her actions and she should be punished accordingly. There ought to be a specific law for these kind of scoundrels that would ensure that they never see the light of day.


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Posted on February 7 at 7:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

“E-cigarettes can serve as a gateway to youth to become addicted to nicotine and then graduate to regular cigarette use. We don’t need to introduce a new generation of smokers to tobacco-related diseases and a premature death.”
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I was encouraged to see the writer, Kathleen Moore put this above quote by this zealot, Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy into context here, below:
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It’s not yet clear whether the nicotine vapor from e-cigarettes is harmful, but the American Lung Association of the Northeast said it would be better to be safe than sorry.
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This fact also refutes the claim by Judy Rightmyer that E-cigarettes serve as a gateway to real tobacco. But studies be damned.
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“E-cigarettes can serve as a gateway to youth to become addicted to nicotine and then graduate to regular cigarette use. We don’t need to introduce a new generation of smokers to tobacco-related diseases and a premature death.”
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It takes about five minutes to pass these anti-smoking bans and twenty years to repeal them, even if E-cigarettes are proven to be harmless. These anti-tobacco groups will never be satisfied until cigarettes are totally banned. E-Cigarettes are a less harm alternative to regular smokes. The data isn't even in on the claims Capital District Tobacco Free Coalition makes, yet the CDTFC wants to pass laws to ban a product that will just go on the black market with regulation at all.


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