Apple crop significantly damaged by weird spring, Troy police sergeant arrested, Jim Coyne in the pool for state Assembly, Palace says it's aiming to book twice as many shows

A large share of the state's apple, grape, peach, and cherry crops have been significantly damaged by the odd spring weather, according to a recent estimate. One Capital Region orchard says it's lost 75 percent of its apple crop. A group of state legislators -- including Jim Tedisco, Hugh Farley, and George Amedore -- are pushing for a tax credit they say would help farmers cope with this year's losses. And Kirsten Gillibrand is asking for the USDA to declare 34 New York counties as disaster areas in order to allow affected farmers access to federal assistance. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [Kirsten Gillibrand]

Andrew Cuomo reportedly will be announcing a push to change state law to de-criminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. [NYT]

A Troy Police Department sergeant was arrested by NYC police for allegedly trying to solicit sex from a person he thought was a minor during an online sting. Patrick Rosney was arrested in uniform when he arrived for work on Friday. He's a 26-year veteran of the police department. The TPD was not part of the investigation, and it's now looking into whether there should be any local charges. [Fox23] [TU] [WNYT] [Troy Record]

Trustco alleges in a lawsuit that Five Guys didn't do enough after customers' debit card information was stolen and used to make almost $90,000 in fraudulent purchases. [TU]

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Former Albany County exec Jim Coyne has jumped into the crowded field to replace Jack McEneny in the state Assembly. Coyne has a colorful local political history -- which includes a stint in prison on corruption charges related to the construction of what is now the Times Union Center. [TU] [WNYT]

Niskayuna supervisor Joe Landry has tossed his hat into the ring to replace Bob Reilly in the state Assembly. Landry joins three other Democrats and Republican Jennifer Whalen. [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]

For Albany Police Department spokesman Jimmy Miller is into the pool for a Catskills state Assembly seat. [TU]

The three Republicans competing to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for the US Senate are fighting for name recognition. [AP/Troy Record]

Tom Duane -- the state Senate's first openly gay member and key proponent of the Marriage Equality Act -- has decided to not to run for re-election. [NYT]

Andrew Cuomo says talks with casino giant Genting for a new convention center and casino at Aqueduct in Queens have stalled. [State of Politics]

Says a SUNY official of the fact that 50 percent of first-time full-time students at the state's community colleges need remedial classes: "The fact is that many students are graduating high school and they're not college-ready." [Daily Gazette]

Albany County's attorney says the county doesn't have a job for Richard Arthur, the former Albany County DA's office employee was recently re-instated by court order after being fired in 2009. [TU]

Summer camps in New York State can't directly employee nurses because of a rather strange -- and often exempted -- state law that affects many industries. [TU]

Did you know: the state allows county clerks to issue specialized county clerk license plates to, well, whomever. [TU]

Albany County sheriff Craig Apple on the recent stories involving motorcycles going well above 100 mph: "You can't outrun a radio." [TU]

One of new Schenectady school superintendent Laurence Spring's first priorities: increasing Schenectady's High School graduation rate. [Daily Gazette]

There's an application for a charter school in Clifton Park, which would be the state's first suburban charter school. [TU]

The federal rating for the recently scandal-plauged Saratoga Springs Housing Authority has increased. [Saratogian]

The crate door appears to have closed on the idea to require dog owners in Schenectady to get liability insurance. [Daily Gazette]

Video of Rotterdam's town board meetings will be posted online in a deal with Proctors' Open Stage Media. [Daily Gazette]

A car crashed through the front of a Latham dollar store Sunday afternoon. [Fox23]

A company wants to re-open a gravel mine in Glenville that's been closed since the '70s. [Daily Gazette]

The Palace Theatre is aiming to have twice as many shows during its next season as part of an effort to balance its books. [TU]

The village of Lake George is buying reflective vests for its international summer workers in an effort to keep them safer while they walk or bike along Route 9. [Post-Star]

Putnam Market in Saratoga is getting a climate-controlled cheese room based on one in London. [Saratogian]

Comments

Yep, fruit damage is SERIOUS.
I have exactly 4 cherries on my Nanking cherry bush. My neighbor has zero peaches.
Good thing about this weird spring? I already harvested bushels of peas.

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