Sheehan wins Albany primary, Rivenburgh admits to Rotterdam double murder, St. Patrick's site cleared for construction, summer for a day

Kathy Sheehan easily won Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary in Albany and is now poised to become the city's first female mayor. (Some historical perspective from Paul Grondahl.) [AOA] [TU]

Sheehan ally Darius Shahinfar won the Democratic primary for city treasurer and six Common Council candidates who won or were leading in their races are allied with Sheehan. [TU] [TU]

As of Wednesday morning, the Republican primary for Saratoga County Sheriff was still too close to call, though Michael Zurlo has a tight lead and declared victory on Tuesday. (The winner will be in prime position to succeed current sheriff James Bowen, who's had the job for more than 40 years.) [YNN][TU]

More primary results highlights. [AOA]

Brice Rivenburgh took a plea deal on Tuesday morning, admitting that he killed his girlfriend and her mother in April at their home in Rotterdam. Under the terms of the agreement, he faces a sentence of up to 45 years to life in prison.[TU][YNN][WNYT]

A handful of 9/11 memorial events are taking place today around the Capital Region, but the event may be passing "from the sacred to the historic."[News10] [TU]

The last structure on the former site of St. Patrick's church has been removed to clear the way for a Price Chopper. [TU]

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Saratoga Springs police chief Greg Veitch says his department has investigated a man's claims that he was beaten by police in September, and numerous other times since he was 16-years-old, and has determined the allegations were unfounded. Guy Pierce told the city council that he was beaten by police last week when he refused to give his name to officers when they stopped him as he was walking home in the early morning hours. [WNYT] [Saratogian]

A man was sentenced in Rensselaer County court to four years in prison for stabbing a victim in the neck with a screwdriver this past November in a Troy convenience store. [TU]

While returning from lunch Tuesday employees of a Schenectady welding shop discovered a woman collapsed and bleeding heavily in the shop. after returning from lunch Tuesday. The woman died and police are investigating. [News10] [YNN]

Traffic stops on Sunday and Tuesday in Albany's South End netted a pair of gun-related arrests.[TU]

A pair of siblings from Albany, charged with attempted murder in connection with a drive-by shooting in West Hill last year, went to trial on Tuesday.[TU]

The driver of a tractor trailer was hospitalized after his rig crashed into a median and he drove off the northbound side of the Northway early Wednesday.[TU]

A former Saratoga County insurance agent will spend up to six years in jail after admitting to stealing more than $300,000 from an elderly Dutchess County couple he'd met through their church. [WNYT]

The state Department of Environmental Conservation approved a 50 percent increase in the amount of trash that can be dumped each year at the Colonie landfill, which is now run by a private contractor. [TU]

About 70 percent of Schoharie Valley business and residential buildings damaged in Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 have been rebuilt.[TU]

Sections of the Collar City Bridge will be closed throughout the month of September for repair.

David Cassidy is expected to take a plea deal when he returns to Rensselaer County to answer to DWI charges.[TU]

A bald eagle, found too weak and hungry to fly in July, has once again returned to the sky after being cared for by a Voorheesville Animal Hospital.[YNN]

Summer is back -- if only for a day. [TU]

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