Fourth Albany shooting in 8 days, Cuomo pressuring NYRA, investors allegedly bilked by McGinn Smith revealed, SUV crashes through Congress Park, as common as a pink unicorn

Albany police say a man was shot three times near Swinburne Park Sunday afternoon, while families played in the nearby playground (map). The man was shot in the neck and survived, but his family says doctors say he'll likely be paralyzed. APD says it's looking for two men, one who reportedly left the scene on a bike, and says it's looking for tips from the community. It's the city's fourth shooting in 8 days. Another man was shot Friday night in Sheridan Hollow (map). [TU] [WNYT] [YNN] [Fox23] [YNN] [News10]

Albany police say a man fled from a traffic stop at State and Pearl early Saturday morning, ran into two women with his car, and then drove off again. APD says it caught him shortly after that. The women's injuries were not life threatening (though they sound serious, read the comments). [TU] [YNN] [Fox23] [News10]

By all accounts, Andrew Cuomo is seriously irked by recent problems with NYRA -- and "people close to those in the room" say that Cuomo told the NYRA board in a recent secret meeting to fix things or face state control or the racing org. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The city of Schenectady is essentially reducing all its property value assessments by four percent. [Daily Gazette]

The regional trash authority idea that was pitched as a potentially comprehensive solution to the trash problem faced by the city of Albany and other local towns: not moving. [TU]

Parallel profiles for the Albany County's DA's Democratic primary race: David Soares | Lee Kindlon. [TU] [TU]

Yassin Aref, one of the Albany men snagged in the 2004 FBI sting involving a fictional terrorist plot, is part of a law suit challenging the federal government's use of "communication management units" -- restrictive isolation prison units. [Daily Gazette]

Among the investors bilked in the alleged McGinn, Smith & Co. investment scam, according to a court filing obtained by the Times Union: Stewart's Shops Corp. ($2.5 million) and Stewart's Shops chairman William P. Dake ($1 million). [TU]

A teacher at a Saratoga Springs middle school has been arrested for allegedly touching a 14-year-old inappropriately and trying to get her to engage in sexual conversation. [Saratogian]

Schenectady's fire chief says a fire on State Street last night is suspicious (map). [TU]

An SUV crashed through Congress Park in Saratoga Sunday evening from Union Ave and continued up Congress Street (map). [@DecisiveReflex] [@DecisiveReflex]

A car hit a house in Rotterdam this weekend, plowing through multiple walls. [YNN]

The state now allows EMTs to administer a drug used to treat people overdosing on opioids such as oxycodone or heroin. [TU]

With First Niagara taking over HSBC branches upstate, First Niagara is now the largest bank upstate in terms of deposits. [TU]

Said an Albany county official of the properties at the county's tax foreclosure auction this past weekend: ""If they're letting it come over to us ... there's got to be something wrong with it." [TU]

The Duanesburg planning board has approved a plan from Camp Bisco organizers to address traffic and noise issues related to the music festival. [Daily Gazette]

A 156-unit apartment/mixed-use project in Glenville is moving forward. [Daily Gazette]

A proposed 408-unit housing development in Cohoes has taken a step forward. [Troy Record]

A 165-unit apartment project in Halfoom ("Anna's Place") has been pulled after a critical engineering review and opposition from a local group. [TU]

A Clifton Park woman has organized a non-profit that's sent thousands of books -- and now comic books -- to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. [TU]

The new version of Broadway Brew in downtown Troy sounds a lot like Wolff's. [Troy Record]

Joevonne Brace -- who was a mother of two while still a teen, who got her GED, who this past weekend graduated from UAlbany, and who is now heading to law school at age 41 -- is "as common as a pink unicorn." [TU]

Nebraska Brace, the first African-American to represent Arbor Hill on the Albany common council, has passed away. [TU]

In Delanason, two grandparents, their five children, and their 14 grandchildren all live on the same stretch of Western Turnpike -- which people call "Baumville." [Daily Gazette]

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