More rain and flooding, Bisco begins, landfill issue rises in Albany mayoral race, TPD investigating whether man arranged hit on himself, Cannon Building for sale

A line of strong thunderstorms dropped a lot of rain in a short amount time Wednesday afternoon -- almost an inch in one hour -- prompting flash flooding in parts of the Capital Region. A few scenes from Albany: car-bumper-deep water at Sheridan and Chapel downtown, a geyser on Pearl Street, a flooded intersection at what looks like Ontario and Benson (map), flooding at the downtown campus UAlbany dorms, and water streaming into the lecture center at the UAlbany uptown campus. Rain also flooded streets in Troy. [NWS] [Dominick Purnomo] [Instagram tj_egan] [Instagram jmaine_ph] [Upstate Weather Examiner FB] [Albany Student Press YouTube] [Troy Record]

Camp Bisco begins: Fans were lined up outside Wednesday waiting for the gates to the music festival to open. Pushing back on recent media attention on drug use at the festival, organizers highlighted upgraded safety measures and medical facilities. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TU]

The father of the Vermont man who died at one of the Phish shows last weekend says the man did not overdose, contrary to earlier reports. His family says he died of a heart condition. [TU] [YNN]

GlobalFoundries and the town of Malta are close to finalizing agreements that would open the way for the zoning changes necessary for the construction of a second chip fab at Luther Forest. (GloFo has not yet said it will definitely be building the fab.) [Daily Gazette]

"People with knowledge of the situation" tell the Times Union that the recently-resigned chief attorney for the state Committee on Professional Standards, which fields complaints about attorney misconduct in this region, and two of his former employees are being investigated on allegations filing inaccurate time sheets. [TU]


In addition to upgrades to the Times Union Center, officials say additional hotel space in downtown Albany is needed to boost the city's chances of landing events such as the NCAA basketball tournament. [TU]

The Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany will expand as part of state Office of Mental Health plan to close and consolidate many of the state's psychiatric hospitals. [TU]

Chuck Schumer is pushing for federal money to preserve and expand a federal program for water level gauges along rivers, streams, and lakes. Schumer framed the program as a high-return investment that could better warn people of flooding. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Coming to the Altamont Fairgrounds in August: "Freedompalooza," a voter registration/country music concert organized by a Republican state Assemblyman. [TU]

Albany mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is calling for the city to partner with the county in an effort to address what happens after the Albany landfill closes sometime in the next decade -- and look at waste-to-energy. Albany County exec Dan McCoy doesn't sound optimistic about a regional approach. [TU] [WNYT]

An Albany man was sentenced to 112 years in prison for his role in drug-running operation. The trial that resulted in his conviction was the longest in Albany County history. [NYS AG] [TU]

Among the questions in the case of the man who was shot in Troy five minutes before he was to be sentenced to prison: Is there a bounty out on his head, or did he set up the shooting himself? [Troy Record] [TU]

Colonie police say a psychiatrist, his wife, and an acquaintance have been arrested for allegedly faking prescriptions in order to get prescription drugs. CPD says the alleged plot began to come apart when a pharmacist at a supermarket became suspicious of one of the prescriptions. [TU] [YNN]

Albany police are looking for help in identifying two people alleged to have stolen a wallet from an elderly man at a Stewart's on New Scotland Ave (map). [News10]

The Saga of Gloversville Ice Cream Truck Drivers continues: Phillip Hollister, the Mr. Ding-A-Ling driver who accused the Sno Kone Joe of intimidation, was arrested on a DWI charge after he allegedly almost hit a Fulton County Sheriff's deputy car with his ice cream truck. The sheriff says the driver registered a .15 BAC in a test. The owner of the Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck says he's firing Hollister and taking back the truck. But worry not, Gloversville residents, Mr. Pop Pops is on his way. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [YNN]

A company new to the area is offering what basically amounts to a designated driver for hire. [TU]

A boy from Saratoga Springs recently won a gold medal in his age group at the USA Taekwondo National Championships. [Saratogian]

The Cannon Building, on Monument Square in Troy, is up for sale. List price: $3.3 million. [TU] [Troy Record]

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