Troy anti-violence rally, x-ray weapon case headed for closing arguments, big chip fab project in Utica, another distillery plan

Troy anti-violence rally
Troy residents rallied against gun violence near the site of this week's fatal shooting, and there was talk of becoming proactive rather than reactive. The topic also came up at a forum for mayoral candidates earlier in the day, with candidates mentioning the need for jobs programs and diversity in the police force. [TU] [News10] [Troy Record] [TWCN]

Watervliet police
At a city council meeting Thursday night Watervliet residents pressed city officials for answers about the recent allegations involving city police officers, and officials talked about finding ways to restore trust. Also Thursday, the city was served with a notice of claim (the first step in a lawsuit) related to the situation involving a former school resource officer and allegations he had sex with two teens. [News10] [WNYT] [TU]

Glendon Scott Crawford trial
Update: The jury found Crawford guilty on all counts Friday. [TU]

On Thursday the prosecution played FBI video in which Glendon Scott Crawford talked about plans to use the would-be radiation weapon against a set of targets that included local mosques and the Governor's Mansion. The jury could go into deliberations today following closing arguments. [TU x2]

Possible nurses strike
The New York State Nurses Association announced nurses at Ellis Medicine are preparing to strike September 3 if there's not a contract agreement, and Ellis said it was preparing to lock out the nurses for five days if that happens. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Utica chip fab
Utica is getting a chip fab as part of a $2 billion collection of projects that includes an Austrian company, GE, and SUNY Poly. Noted: Andrew Cuomo says he's "put my thumb on the scale" for upstate. [TU] [TWCN]

PCB dredging
GE has started to dismantle parts of the PCB processing plant in Fort Edward. That's notable because environmental groups have been calling for additional dredging of the Hudson River and Champlain Canal. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Arrest in Albany shooting death
Albany police say a Wednesday arrest and investigation has resulted in an 18 year old being charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Jorge Falu-Garcia last October in West Hill. [TU]

Troy mistrial
A Rensselaer County judge has declared a mistrial in a weapons possession case after two jurors reported seeing the defendant beaten with a chair at a Dunkin' Donuts in downtown Troy this week. [TU]

Travers tickets
Tickets for the sold out Travers Day at the Saratoga Race Course are going for as much as $8,000 (for a set of box seats) in secondary markets online. [Daily Gazette]

Another distillery
There's a plan to open a distillery in the former Serotta bicycle factory in Saratoga Springs.

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