Schumer and Gillibrand split on Iran deal, Travers attendance will be capped, residential conversion planned for Monument Square, the rescuer of bear cubs

Iran deal
Chuck Schumer announced he'll be opposing the Obama administration's proposed international deal on Iran's nuclear program, which could open the way for other Democrats in Congress to oppose the deal. Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday before Schumer's announcement that she will be supporting the deal. [Medium] [NYT] [TU]

Travers attendance cap
NYRA says it will cap attendance for this year's Travers Stakes at 50,000. As of the Thursday, there were about 20,000 general-admission spots remaining. (The Travers is the biggest race of the season at Saratoga, but this year it's expected to be an especially big event because it's looking like Triple Crown winner American Pharoah could be running.) [TU] [TWCN]

Monument Square building sold
Developer Sonny Bonnacio is buying the the former Hendrick Hudson Hotel building on Monument Square in downtown Troy from Pioneer Bank (Pioneer is moving its headquarters to Colonie), with plans to convert much of the space to residential units. [Biz Review] [TU]

Troy council approves anti-discrimination protections
The Troy City Council unanimously approved a handful of measures that extend protection in matters such as fair housing to include gender expression and identity. [TU]

Local election drama
Troy police say they're investigating a complaint alleging petition fraud in the Democratic mayoral primary. [TU]

And in Albany County, the filing of almost-identical ballot petitions for a county legislature race has prompted some questions. [TU+]

Hamilton Hill community center
The building that house the Caver Community Center in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood is going up for auction -- and residents of the neighborhood, which has been plagued by gun violence recently, are hoping the next use of the building could provide kids with a safe space. The center closed in 2013. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU]

Schenectady garbage truck tracking
The city of Schenectady is hiring Transfinder to track city garbage trucks and snow plows with an eye toward finding efficiencies. [Daily Gazette]

Oil trains
A rail line in the Adirondacks is being floated as a potential storage space for obsolete oil tanker cars. [TU+]

Air service
Some upstate leaders are worried proposed changes at LaGuardia could result in less airline service upstate. [TU]

Local agriculture
The California drought -- and resulting higher prices -- has prompted Casa Visco to look to a local farm for sourcing vegetables for its jarred sauce. [WNYT]

Rescuer of cubs
Talking with state DEC officer who's recently rescued two bear cubs. [TWCN]

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