Final stretch for local primaries, Cuomo calls for further gun control, Schenectady casino pylon sign could be back up for review

Local primaries
Party primaries for local elections are on a Thursday this year -- this Thursday. So there are a lot of surveys of local primaries:
+ The Democratic primary for Albany County exec between incumbent Dan McCoy and former Albany school board member Dan Egan.
+ The Democratic primary for Troy mayor between Ernest Everett, Patrick Madden, and city council president Rodney Wiltshire.
+ The Democratic primary for Cohoes mayor between city council member Diane Nolin and Albany County Legislature chair Shawn Morse.
+ The Republican primary for Rensselaer County Sheriff between current undersheriff Patrick Russo and Scott Ryan.
[Daily Gazette] [TU x4]

Guns
A Cuomo administration attorney, Carey Gabay, was critically injured early Monday in Brooklyn when was hit in the head by a stray bullet. Andrew Cuomo in response to the shooting, on gun control: "How many mentally ill people have to get a gun and kill children? How many criminals have to get a gun and kill innocent people before this nation is going to say we have to do something?" [NYT] [TU]

Union Street basement homicide
News10 reports the Schenectady man found buried in debris in a Union Street basement is out of the hospital and recovering at a rehab center. Last week Schenectady police identified the remains of the woman found near the man -- they say she was 55-year-old Valarie Washington -- and said they're treating her death as a homicide. [News10] [TU]

Dontay Ivy case
From last week: Andrew Cuomo reiterated that state attorney general Eric Schneiderman doesn't have the authority to review the death of Dontay Ivy because it happened before the executive order granting the AG such authority. [TU]

Troy street memorials
From last week: A proposal to ban street memorials in Troy prompted several people to speak out against the proposal at a city council meeting. [Troy Record]

Albany hit and run
Albany police tell WNYT that bicyclist on Everett Road Monday morning was hit by a vehicle and the driver then left the scene. [WNYT]

Albany middle schools
Two of the Albany school district's middle schools are facing big challenges this new school year -- one has been tagged as "persistently struggling" by the state, the other was newly created to absorb in the influx of students from closed charter schools. [TU]

Schenectady casino
The design of the tall pylon sign proposed for the casino in Schenectady could end up back before the city planning commission. [TU]

Lawsuits over GlobalFoundaries contruction
Two construction workers are each suing GlobalFoundaries for $5 million for injuries sustained during the construction of the Malta fab. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga County animal shelter
Saratoga County supervisors are looking into conditions at the county animal shelter after allegations that kennels weren't being cleaned and animals weren't getting proper care. [TU]

Albany politics
From last week: A look at the maneuvering and tension in the Albany Common Council prompted by negotiations over a pay raise for emergency dispatchers. [TU+]

Clifton Park policing
How Clifton Park ends up paying roughly $400k (net) annually for police coverage. [TU+]

Stuff going on today

Video game art
Artist Dave Phillips will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus to talk about the art and art direction in video games -- he was a lead artist on Skylanders: SWAP Force for Vicarious Visions. The talk is part of the Opalka Gallery's From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design exhibit. Tuesday 6:30 pm - free

Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Basilica Hudson
A precursor for Basilica Soundscape. 8 pm - $20 online / $25 at door

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