Cuomo says voters have "very stark choice," deputy cleared in shooting near ALB, truckers upset about rest stop closings, exec assistant no longer in danger of being crushed

Andrew Cuomo campaigned in western and central New York yesterday in an effort to highlight what he called the "very stark choice" voters have between him and Carl Paladino (he continued to call Paladino's ideas "extreme"). Cuomo called the "beast" of state politics and corruption "disgusting" -- and blamed a whole range of state officials from over the years (well, except his dad). [YNN] [TU] [State of Politics] [State of Politics]

The New York Times reports that top officials in the Paladino campaign are "plagued by brushes with the law and allegations of misconduct" -- and Paladino's campaign manager responded by saying: "This is a campaign of junkyard dogs, not pedigreed poodles." [NYT]

A Marist poll reports that the more people see of Paladino, the fewer who think he's fit to be governor. [NYDN]

Nate Silver's polling data model still gives Paladino almost no chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]

A grand jury has cleared the Albany County sheriff's deputy who fatally shot an undocumented immigrant from Mexico along a dark road near ALB in March. Police say the immigrant had thrown a chunk of concrete at the deputy and acted aggressively. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Aaron Dare, the former Albany community leader convicted of fraud and larceny, was sentenced to another 8-24 years in prison. Albany County judge Thomas Breslin called Dare a thief "of a magnitude that's rarely been seen in this court." [CBS6] [TU]

State police say an elderly man died in Brunswick Tuesday after crashing his car into a house on Pawling Avenue. They say it appears he suffered some sort of medical problem before losing control of the car. [Troy Record] [TU]

The choice in the state comptroller's race: Albany vs. Wall Street. [NYT]

Chris Gibson's campaign is without a campaign manager. [TU CapCon]

CDTA got $4.2 million more to put toward its $13 million plan to build an intermodal rail station in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette] [YNN]

Truckers are upset about the state's plan to close a handful of highway rest areas as part of cost cutting. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they arrested two people for allegedly possessing crack with intent to sell.

The attorney for the Shen bus driver accused of driving a bus under the influence of prescription drugs is questioning whether a crime was actually committed. [Saratogian]

Troy deputy mayor Dan Crawley on why he decided to pursue allegations that councilman Kevin McGrath was improperly allowing his council duties to intersect with his work at National Grid: "I just got sick of the dude." [Troy Record]

Vic Christopher, who was recently let go as assistant GM for the Tri-City ValleyCats, has been hired as the economic development coordinator for the City of Troy. [TU] [Troy Record]

Green Island has taken its 1891 eight-ton Meneely bell down from the village hall tower -- and it no longer threatens to crush the mayor's executive assistant. [Troy Record] [TU]

Schenectady native Casper Wells has been on fire with the Detroit Tigers. [Daily Gazette]

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + We're at the height of summer! Here's a big list of summer things... (more)

Checking out the new Albany skate park

Check it out: The skate park in Albany's Washington Park is now open. Construction just finished up, and Friday afternoon there were a bunch skaters... (more)

A call for a rail trail mural

A group connected to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy called Art on the Rail Trail (ART) has been working to set up public art projects... (more)

"I want lower-level soccer to be like operating the muffin shop in your town"

Reading through this article about plans/desires/hopes to expand professional soccer in small markets around the country -- along with the success of small teams such... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

It is the first weekend of official summer -- so soak it up. After the jump, a whole list of stuff we thought might interest... (more)

Recent Comments

I am Dominican so I totally relate. I have thick curly hair (3c) and some of the hair professionals in this area do wonders with fine curly hair but have no idea what to do with thick (ethnic) hair. For the longest I had to take trips to NYC to get my hair done until I found Islenia (you can find her as "Hair by Islenia" in Facebook).She has been doing my hair for over 10 ears and she is excellent! ...

Checking out the new Albany skate park

...has 1 comment, most recently from Eric Adams

A call for a rail trail mural

...has 2 comments, most recently from Rob

The Colonie Center Sears is closing

...has 5 comments, most recently from Stan

"I want lower-level soccer to be like operating the muffin shop in your town"

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jeff D

Walking the history of Pine Hills, with a guide

...has 2 comments, most recently from mg