Capital Region commemorates 9/11, McCoy vetoes law to prevent cigarette sales in stores with pharmacies, post-game on Cuomo victory, the awesome photo that won't be among the senior portraits

Commemorating 9/11 in the Capital Region on the 13th anniversary.[TU]

A look at why Andrew Cuomo did so poorly in the Capital Region primary. Or was it low turnout? [TU][TU]

Tuesday's election brought the lowest voter turnout in nearly a decade - only about 9.3 percent of registered 5.8 million Democrats showed up to vote. [CNY]

Cuomo on the narrower than expected margin of victory: ""Was this an opportunity for the groups that had an ax to grind to come together? Yes, I'm fine with 60 percent."[NYT]

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vetoed legislation on Tuesday that would have banned the sale of tobacco products in stores with licensed pharmacies, claiming that the law is flawed because it lacks and enforcing agency, and a procedure to collect fines and a licensing law to allow the county to regulate cigarette sales. McCoy has directed the county attorney to instead draw up legislation to band the display of tobacco products in stores with pharmacies.[TU][WNYT][Record]

The Albany IDA gave preliminary approval for $26 million in property tax breaks for the apartments and retail space at Albany Med's $110 million Park South redevelopment project.[TU]

The Saratoga Springs City Attorney abruptly quit on Wednesday, saying she wanted to "Protect her professional and personal integrity," over disagreements regarding the handling of a recent land swap deal approved by the city council. [TU][Saratogian]

Absentee ballots may decide the results of the hotly contested primary race in the battle for a State Supreme Court judgeship, where so far it appears that insurgent judicial delegate candidates have won 17 of the 30 delegate seats. [TU]

In a replay of 2012, Madelyn Thorne will challenge Hugh Farley in the 49th Senate District again.[Saratogian]

A Saratoga Springs man was arrested on Wednesday after he was found in a car in a New Scotland Park with a 13-year-old girl he allegedly met online.[TWCN][WNYT]

Albany International Airport went on heightened alert earlier today when military personnel went through a checkpoint with what was deemed a suspicious device - something that looked like a circuit board. [TU]

A new ordinance in Saratoga Springs requires property owners to register vacant buildings with the city code administration and gives code enforcement and fire inspectors greater ability to keep an eye on vacant buildings in the city.[Saratogian]

Albany County Jail has created a program to assist inmates who are military vets with the help of a group committed to ending homelessness for veterans. [WNYT]

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard is visiting the Middle East.[TWCN]

A team of Albany barbers who witnessed an accident outside their Madison Avenue shop helped overturn a car and rescue a young woman in the vehicle. [News 10]

Veterans turned out at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center for a town-hall style meeting where they said they were mostly pleased with the care at Stratton in spite of problems with the National VA system. [Record]

More than 400 Realtors showed up at Proctors on Wednesday as part of an effort to attract people to live in the city.[Gazette]

The a little bit awesome senior portrait that won't go in the senior portrait section of Schenectady High School's yearbook. [Gazette]


That's my Son Draven and our Cat in the Senior Portrait story! It's gone Viral!

I personally contributed to the low turnout for the primary. After work, I went to my polling place at First Presbyterian at State and Willett, where maybe 3-5 people were voting and at least 10-12 were "working." After being sent to the wrong line 3 times, at one point even being pulled out of line for "assistance" before being sent back to (the end of) the (wrong) line (again), I ran out of time and walked out.

The most basic level of competence would have been a HUGE help. At least I learned my lesson: Vote early, when those with brains are working the polls.

You're son is awesome!

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