Thousands without power after storms,driver charged with vehicular homicide in Thruway crash, WSJ poll puts Cuomo way ahead of Astorino, Hoffman's ferris wheel may be headed to Troy Riverfront

Storms overnight knocked out power to more than 47,000 National Grid customers throughout upstate New York. [TU]

A Wall Street Journal poll shows Andrew Cuomo with a 35-point lead over Republican candidate Rob Astorino. [WSJ]

Astorino is calling for a "Stop Common Core" ballot line. [Gazette]

Democrat Brian Howard, a retired school superintendent and first time political candidate, has announced plans to run against Kathy Marchione for the 43rd State Senate Seat she narrowly won from Roy McDonald in the 2012 primary. [WNYT]

The Coxsackie driver whose car crashed into a tractor trailer, killing his two passengers on July 4th in Guilderland, has been charged with a string of felonies including DWI, aggravated vehicular homicide. Tyler Pascuzzi pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on bail. [TU][TWCN]

The Albany Common Council unanimously voted to ban smoking inside city bus shelters and make it punishable by a $50 fine. [TU]

Police arrested four people in Troy on Monday after a search of their apartment turned up guns, ammunition and heroin. [TU]

The Thruway Authority is warning against an email scam asking recipients to pay back E-Z Pass toll fees. [TU]

The man charged with biting a police officer at a traffic stop last week has been charged assaulting another officer who tried to serve him with a warrant. [TU]

A former Ellis Hospital nurse is facing 26 counts for allegedly falsifying hospital records to pocket controlled painkillers .[Gazette]

The child pornography case against Saratoga in Decline blogger, John Tighe, whose computers were seized in a trespass investigation last fall after complaints of unauthorized accesses to computer information by NXIVM, is being moved to federal court. [Gazette]

A longtime Lutheran church preschool directior in Saratoga has been fired after allegations of child abuse and improper discipline of a child surfaced n the facility. [Saratogian]

The road to the Auriesville Buddhist Temple has again been blocked, as the disagreement with its neighbors at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs continues. [Gazette]

Albany city and county officials have reached an agreement to save the facade of building that collapsed on Clinton Avenue on Friday. [TU]

Albany Med has announced plans to collaborate with Columbia Memorial Hospital [TU]

Albany's new fire truck is too heavy for the floor of the station it was supposed to call home.[TU]

The Patroon Island Bridge will be shut down this weekend for repair work.

Under a new budget approved by Rensselaer CountyLegislators, the 2014-2015 tuition at
HVCC will hold steady. [TU]

Riverfront Park in Troy may become the new home of the Hoffman's Playland ferris wheel. Ferris wheel inventor George Ferris was an RPI alum. [TU]

The newest group of Albany High Alum to be inducted into the district's Hall of Fame includes a former New York Knick's player and a producer for CBS evening news, "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours." [TU]


Before anyone gets too excited about the Hoffman Ferris wheel possibly coming to Troy, the quote in the article is just based on a conversation from a facebook group - a group of people discussing that it would be a cool idea, and possibilities of groups that could get involved. As far as I know, no one from city hall or RPI had promoted the idea, thus far.

Hoosick Street in Troy is a disaster. But, hey, they'll have a ferris wheel.

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