Fatal hit-and-run in Colonie, Cuomo says minimum wage increase a no-go politically, suspicious fires in Schenectady, vandal apparently unhappy about "The Joe"

Colonie police say a man was killed in a hit-and-run on Central Ave at New Karner Road Monday night. They say they're not sure where the man was crossing the street when hit or knocked into the street. Witnesses say a male driver in a green four-door sedan hit the man and then took off. [YNN] [Fox23] [News10]

Andrew Cuomo said on the Capitol Pressroom Monday that he supports "the concept of a minimum wage increase," but a bill wouldn't make it through the Republican-controlled state Senate. [Capitol Pressroom] [AP/Saratogian]

More Cuomo on Capitol Pressroom: Cuomo said the state's new ethics panel -- JCOPE -- needs fine tuning. The panel has been criticized most recently after it came out that state Senate deputy majority leader Tom Libous is under investigation. [AP/Saratogian]

Sheldon Silver is raising concerns about oversight of the new agency proposed to watchdog the treatment of people with developmental disabilities. Silver says there needs to be a non-state entity that can hear allegations of abuse or neglect. [NYT] [TU]

The state and local primary elections in New York State will be on a Thursday this year -- September 13 -- because the usual Tuesday is September 11. [NYT]

The Schenectady County legislature approved a group of bids related to the new Glendale nursing home, opening the way for the project to move ahead. Critics of the project say the county-run home has been a consistent money loser and a county home is unsustainable. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WNYT]

The uncertain status of Albany County's nursing home situation has the legislature not sure about whether it should spend almost $700k on upgrades. [TU]

The Albany common council has approved a $2 million bond that will be used to demolish or stabilize buildings around the city. [TU]

Frank Commisso has dropped out of the race to replace to Jack McEneny in the state Assembly -- and now the field appears wide open. [TU]

David Soares' ladyfriend -- who had been working in the Albany County DA's office -- has been transferred to the county's HR department. [TU] [WNYT]

Chris Gibson and Paul Tonko say they're pushing for a federal advisory council on tick-borne diseases such as Lyme to coordinate and communicate best treatments. [Daily Gazette]

The man accused of fatally stabbing a woman in downtown Schenectady near the Salvation Army in January has been indicted on multiple charges, including second-degree murder (map). He pleaded not guilty to all of them. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The driver whose son was killed in a February car crash in Milton after police say the man ran a stop sign has taken a step toward suing the state, county, and town, alleging the road's signage is "faulty and insufficient" (map). [Saratogian]

The Supreme Court of the United States has denied a request for a rehearing of Christopher Porco's appeal. The decision exhausts the appeal options on the avenue currently pursued by his attorney, Lee Kindlon -- though Kindlon apparently is still looking at other options. [SCOTUS] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady fire officials say they suspect a string of recent fires have been intentionally set. [YNN]

The car that hit a house in Rotterdam early Monday was going so fast that it almost plowed all the way through the house. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs police say the SUV driver who allegedly plowed through Congress Park Sunday evening was ticketed, but not arrested. [Saratogian]

It appears some of the video lottery machines at the Saratoga racino have not been acting as they should -- either display errors, or as one bettor alleges, improperly deducting money. [TU]

National Grid says a broken insulator at substation knocked out power to 13,000 customers in the East Greenbush area Monday night. [Fox23]

A Ballston Spa man has been scrambling to organize a Memorial Day parade for Saratoga Springs after finding out the annual parade had been canceled last week. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Backyard chickens are an issue in Washington County, too. [Post-Star]

Four current or former UAlbany lacrosse players are in the new lacrosse movie Crooked Arrows. [Daily Gazette]

Someone has taken issue with the name "Joe Bruno Stadium." [WNYT]


That's great about the sign for the HVCC stadium. Personally, I've always preferred to call it Felon's Field.

I'm not upset about the HVCC sign because they filled in the parts that they spray painted with something equally informative. Nobody will misunderstand the signs directions. Nobody will get lost. Yes, it's graffiti, but its essentially a thesaurus.

Was there a lawmaker proposing legislation that a public facility cannot be named for anyone unless that person is dead? Even without weighing in on Bruno's legacy, Id say it's bad form to put someone's name on any facility until they pass on. What would you think of going to the "Rod R. Blagojevich" park?!

I also think it's a crime to sell naming rights of a memorial stadium to a corporate interest. "Sorry, ____ (insert local hero's name here) but your stadium will now known be known as the "Superbig 'Ol Megastore Blue Chip Cellphone Company Park"

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