State legislature slog continues, Dannemora manhunt continues, alleged Lansingburgh arson trio back in region, thought mining for mind grapes

State legislative session
Now past the scheduled end of the legislative sessions, the state Assembly and Senate are planning to continue the session next week after passing a five-day extension of NYC rent control. (The end of session has entered its Sartre period.) [Capital] [NYT]

Dannemora manhunt
Day 14: Still not captured. Richard Matt and David Sweat has been added to the US Marshals' 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list. And State Police say they have 160 troopers on patrol in communities near the Clinton Correctional Facility.

Also Thursday: An attorney for Lyle Mitchell, the husband of Joyce Mitchell (the prison employee who's been arrested for allegedly providing assistance to Matt and Sweat), on his client's stance toward his wife: "Lyle still cares but realizes he can't stand by her. She's kind of made her own bed. He has to distance himself." He also said his client is being "completely cooperative" with law enforcement. [US Marshals] [NYSP] [TU] [TWCN]

South Carolina shooting reaction
Reverend Edward Smart of the First Israel AME Church in Albany, to WNYT: "You're not even safe when you're worshiping the lord. You're not safe at a prayer meeting anymore." [WNYT]

Death in Saratoga County jail
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says an inmate at the Saratoga County jail was found dead in a cell Wednesday night, less than four hours after arriving from an appearance in Malta Town Court. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Lansingburgh arson
The three people accused of arson in the May 1 Lansingburgh fire are all now back in Rensselaer County and were arraigned Thursday. A county prosectuor says the case is before a grand jury. [News10] [TU]

Campus sexual assault
UAlbany has been added to a list of more than 100 colleges and universities under investigation by the federal government for their handling of sexual assault cases. [Daily Gazette]

Troy IDA
A review of the Troy Industrial Development Authority by the state Authorities Budget Office concluded that "the IDA board has not provided adequate oversight and guidance to its staff regarding the data that should be collected and reported, and that board members do not understand their responsibility for ensuring that IDA data is accurately reported and disclosed to the public." Among the specific items, the review alleges the the Troy IDA didn't accurately report employment information for seven of ten projects. IDA chair Kevin O'Bryan to the Times Union: "We intend to put our house in order." [NYSABO] [Troy Record] [TU]

Schenectady casino design
The Schenectady Planning Commission had unannounced meetings with Rush Street Gaming about the design of the Schenectady casino, a city planner tells the Daily Gazette. [Daily Gazette]

"Thought" mining
The Albany IDA is putting up $100,000 toward the $2 million McKinsey study intended to help harvest the region's mind grapes so as to make a stronger application for the one of the $500 million state economic development grants. [TU]

The person ahead of you
Employees at the Dunkin' Donuts on Hoosick Street in Troy say there was an almost-50-person "pay it forward" chain in the drive-thru Thursday morning. [News10]

That was then

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