Joel Abelove

Rensselaer County DA candidate Mary Pat Donnelly addresses the Schodack Democratic Caucus.
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Rensselaer County Democrats are hoping Mary Pat Donnelly can oust Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove in November. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the former East Greenbush town justice about her candidacy.

Christopher Neumann of Castleton and Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove in court, August 13, 2018.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A man who injured two New York State Troopers and a tow truck driver on I-90 was sentenced today in Troy. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there...

An assistant Rensselaer County District Attorney resigned over the weekend following his arrest on a drunk driving charge. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

There will be no charges in the non-fatal police shooting of Dahmeek McDonald in Troy last summer.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

With some legal troubles behind him for the moment, Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now looking ahead toward the November election. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Republican DA about his bid for a second term.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove tells WAMC he has been “vindicated” after a judge dismissed misconduct and perjury charges against the Republican this week. Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, filed the charges over the DA’s handling of a deadly shooting by a Troy police officer. Abelove says he doesn’t know how the AG’s office will respond, but said the disgraced Schneiderman has his own legal troubles.

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the reportedly underperforming Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County. The pair also discuss the decision to dismiss criminal charges against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove

A judge has dismissed criminal charges that were brought against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove by New York’s attorney general. 

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The fallout from a scathing report by the New York Attorney General into a Troy Police civilian shooting death and its aftermath continues.

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A long-awaited report released this afternoon by the New York Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit carries no charges in the shooting death of a local man by a Troy police officer. But the report found the department made several mistakes during the incident and its investigation, and the unit is urging it to make procedural changes.

Justin Mann and James White court appearance January 5, 2017
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Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove announced today that a grand jury has handed up a 17-count indictment in the quadruple murder that rocked Lansingburgh two weeks ago. 

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Embattled Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been charged with official misconduct and perjury. WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at today’s Rensselaer County Court appearance.

Schenectady County’s District Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor after the Rensselaer County DA recused himself from an investigation into a police-involved shooting.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

The Rensselaer County District Attorney has recused himself from an investigation into a non-fatal police-involved shooting last month in Troy. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports reversal came after the DA resisted calls to recuse his office.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove is now recusing himself from the investigation into a police officer-involved shooting in Troy earlier this month. 

Recent events have brought new attention to police-involved shootings and how they are investigated in New York’s Capital Region. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the conversation surrounding a recent shooting in Troy.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has withdrawn his lawsuit against Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove stemming from the police shooting death of an area man. 

NY AG Eric Schneiderman meets the press in Albany during the New York State Court of Appeals Law Day.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave Attorney General Eric Schneiderman the green light to investigate whenever police in any New York community kill unarmed suspects. Now, Cuomo has empowered Schneiderman to look into a police shooting that the Rensselaer County D.A. probed and dismissed.

WAMC composite photo by Dave Lucas

Update 5/1/16:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order in support of an investigation by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into a police shooting that killed a Capital Region man.

Watervliet resident Edson Thevenin was killed in an encounter with Troy police on April 17th.

Last week, Schneiderman's office announced it was suing Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove over the case after police sergeant Randy French was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting by a grand jury.

The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit claiming the Rensselaer County District Attorney "flagrantly violated" an executive order in presenting evidence in a fatal police shooting to a grand jury.