Investigation continues into Jay Street fire, Sheehan addresses Armory incident, another candidate for Troy mayor?

Investigators are planning Tuesday to start searching the interior of the buildings destroyed in the Jay Street fire. Officials say it's unclear how many people might have been in the building -- reports from families indicate there might be 2 or 3 people unaccounted for. The fire displaced 60 people, and various agencies have been working to find them housing and services. [Daily Gazette] [News10] [TWCN] [News10] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Kathy Sheehan on the incident at the Washington Ave Armory this past weekend: "The melee, and I think it is fair to call it a melee, demonstrates a complete lack of control inside that building, and it's something that we are focusing on and looking at our options." The Armory released a statement reporting that it had 35 private security guards, as well as five APD officers at the facility that night. Also from the statement: "The Armory aims on providing a safe environment for all its patrons. These types of artists, however, encourage the wrong behavior. As a result, Migos is now banned from the Armory and the Armory will not be hosting these types of artists in the future." [TU] [News10] [Armory statement]

An increase in the minimum wage to $10.50 would raise the hourly wages of more than 80,000 people in the Capital District, according to the Cuomo admin. Both Cuomo and the Assembly majority have been pushing for an increase (though for different amounts), but the idea appears stalled in the state Senate. [Cuomo admin] [TU]

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The state Senate and Assembly are both pushing for increases in state education aide -- $1.9 billion and $1.8 billion respectively (both are more than $800 million beyond what Andrew Cuomo has proposed). And though the totals are roughly similar, there are some important differences for how the funding would be distributed -- and what those differences would mean to a district such as Schenectady. [State of Politics x2] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police chief Steven Krokoff on what happens when a teen is put in the adult criminal justice system: "We take a child who still has a tremendous amount of growth available to them and we shut them down." Krokoff was part of an event to highlight the statewide push to raise the age from 16 to 18 for teens to be charged as adults. [WNYT] [TWCN]

It sounds like Carmella Mantello is planning another run for mayor of Troy. [TU]

The Green Island town justice accused of choking his wife will not be hearing cases while the state's highest court reviews the situation. [Troy Record] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say a Colonie man scammed a woman out of $250k after meeting her through an org that assists people with disabilities -- he allegedly took the money as part of an agreement that he'd help the woman put her poems to music. [News10] [Daily Gazette]

Cohoes police say a woman was arrested for allegedly allowing a 12 year old and 13 year old to fight inside her home (video reportedly made its way to Facebook and then to school officials). [TU]

The Albany school district says a recent wall collapse at Albany High School will increase the cost of an already-$9.8 million plan for school renovations around the district (A plan that's separate from the $200 million high school plan.) [TU]

More problems for the Brighter Choice middle schools in Albany: A state comptroller's office audit concluded that the contract between the Brighter Choice Foundation and the girls middle school wasn't detailed enough about what services were being provided and how much they cost. (Last week the SUNY Charter Schools committee voted to close both Brighter Choice middle schools.) [NYS OSC] [TU]

Hot topic in Glenville: Whether a property owner should be allowed to build a high ropes course. [Daily Gazette]

People have been pitching in to help a Zucchini Brother after a bunch of music gear from stolen from his van. [Daily Gazette]

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They should turn Maiden Lane into a stepped pedestrian street, like they have all over Europe. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, they do steep small streets pretty well across the pond, let's look for some precedents... Human scaled lighting is critical too, that goes for the whole city. And we don't need paint on the road, just signage perpendicular to the flow of traffic at the bridge entrance. I also echo the call for basic, ongoing maintenance to our current infrastructure. How about some weed removal in sidewalks, etc?

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