Cuomo names special prosecutor in police related deaths, former Dannemora prison superintendent resigns, rekindled fireworks cause truck fire, new life for old Harriman Campus building

Special Prosecutor named for civilian deaths involving police
Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order on Tuesday, naming the state attorney general as a special prosecutor for police-related civilian deaths. [NYT]

The prison supervisor accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from Clinton Correctional Facility was transferred on Tuesday from Rensselaer County jail to the custody of the Clinton County Sheriff's Department. [TU]

Steven Racette, the former superintendent of the Clinton County Correctional Facility is planning to retire.

Resignation of former SSPD officer
The Saratoga Springs City Council has accepted the resignation of Nathan Baker, the former city police officer who was videotaped pepper spraying a suspect who gave him the middle finger. Baker will receive $5,000 in back pay from the city and in return has agreed not to apply for a job with the city police force again. [TWCN][Gazette]

30 years for manhunt subject
Jesse Sawyer Jr - the subject of a manhunt that stretched from Troy to Florida - was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 years in prison on child exploitation and pornography charges. [TWCN]

More support for Cox
Albany's public safety committee has recommended Brendan Cox 's appointment as the new Albany chief of police and issued a time-limited residency waiver for Cox. [TWCN]

New life for building 5
The former Harriman campus building 5, once slated for demolition, has been reopened after ten years of being empty.[TU]

Enough is enough
Andrew Cuomo officially signed Enough is Enough legislation on Tuesday, stepping up protections against sexual assault on college campuses in New York.[TU][WNYT]

Rapid transit
The proposed $65 million CDTA rapid transit bus line that would go from downtown Albany, through the Ualbany Campus to Crossgates Mall. [TU]

Fireworks ignite truck fire
A Cohoes man was arrested in Warren County after the fireworks he had set off from his truck earlier in the night rekindled igniting fireworks remaining in the truck and causing the vehicle to catch fire. [TU][WNYT]

Sixty-three people were arrested over the weekend in a crackdown on underage drinking at the Dave Matthews
concerts at SPAC

Record/Saratogian get new publisher
The publisher of the Saratogian and the Troy Record has taken a buyout and is retiring.The new publisher of Digital First Media's New York newspapers Is Robert O'Leary who has been General manager of the Daily Freeman since February 2014. [Gazette][Saratogian]

Electric cars
Schenectady's Code Department is using hybrid electric cars.[Gazette]

Time Inc. has acquired a Saratoga Springs based company that provides online management tools for sports leagues.[Business Review]

Saratoga's new waterfront park is slated to open on Thursday. [TU]

Happening Today

NYS Writers Institute

Today-Friday: The New York State Summer Writers Institute continues its series of public readings at Skidmore this week with appearances by Carolyn Forche, Victoria Redel, Frank Bidart, Rivka Galchen, Mary Gaitskill, Honor Moore, Joseph O'Neill, Joanna Scott, and Joyce Carol Oates. (That link has the day-by-day schedule.) Monday-Friday 8 pm, Davis Auditorium (Palamountain Hall) - free

\New York City Ballet
The New York City Ballet opens a two-week run at SPAC with performances every day through Saturday. The run starts with an all-Balanchine program. And Saturday night is the ballet gala.


The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues its 2015 season this week with productions of two shows:

+ Off the Main Road: Kyra Sedgwick stars in the world premiere of a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Inge.

+ Legacy: Jessica Hect and Eric Bogosian star in the world premiere of a play by Daniel Goldfarb.

Many of the shows at WTF sell out, so it's better to get tickets sooner rather than later. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $35 and up

Park Playhouse
The Park Playhouse in Albany continues its 2015 season with a production of Singin' in the Rain. Tuesday-Sunday 7:30 pm - reserved seats $16 and up / lawn seats are free


Super 400 at Rockin' on the River
Hometown heroes. With: Blue Hand Luke. 5 pm - free

Kim Waters at the ESP
Jazz night. With: Alex Bugnon, The Jazzy Four. 5 pm - free

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