It's primary day, DiNapoli warns NYS overtime over $700 million, power outage continues in Albany, legislature working on state pie

Primary day
Polls are open from noon to 9pm today for primary races throughout the region. [TU]

Minimum wage
Andrew Cuomo is expected to be joined by Vice President Joe Biden in New York City later today to announce his support of a $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers in New York State. Meanwhile, final approval for a plan to gradually raise minim wage for fast-food workers in New York to $15 is expected to get final approval from the state labor commissioner this week. [NYT][TU]

State overtime woes
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is again warning the state about overtime costs, which his office estimates will surpass $700 million in 2015.[TU]

Power outage
More than 100 Albany residents are still without power today. That's down from the more than 2,000 left without power late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
CDTA busses were brought in to chauffeur residents of a senior apartment building to a cooling station, and hundreds of students at The College of Saint Rose had to find alternate housing or sleep in the school gym. [News 10][TU][TWCN]

Man hit multiple cars in Troy
A Troy man that police say was high on drugs was found in the front seat of his car after he allegedly hit dozens of parked cars on Fourth Street.[WNYT]

Remembering Valerie Washington
Valerie Washington, the murder victim found in a Schenectady basement last week, is being remembered for her kindness, humor and commitment to family. [Gazette]

Alleged burglar claims sleepwalking
A Schenectady man charged with a burglary spree claims he was sleepwalking.[WNYT]

Health Care cyber attack
Excelluse BlueCross BlueShield were the target of a cyber-attack and other BlueShield customers may potentially have their private information compromised.[TU]

New taxpayers
A recent study shows lots of new taxpayers have moved to Albany.

Homeland Security audit
An audit by the federal inspector general has turned up problems with the way New York's homeland security apparatus handed $750 million in grants. [TU]

SUNY Poly dorms
SUNY Polytechnic is planning to build a 504 bed dorm and a new student center by 2018.[TU]

Schenectady buildings slated for demolition
Ten blighted buildings in Schenectady will be demolished as part of a plan that includes a $3 million HUD loan to revitalize neighborhoods. [Gazette]

Galesi plans warehouse
The Galesi Group is planning a $5 million, 100,000 square foot warehouse in Rotterdam Corporate Park. The company will get a PILOT tax break on the warehouse.

Troy memorials
Chris Churchill on street memorials in Troy[TU]

Rosamilia supports tax break for Record building
Troy mayor Lou Rosamilia is putting his support behind a plan to give an estimated $9.6 million in tax breaks to Rosenblum Properties LLC for their $26 million plan to turn the former Troy Record Building into retail space and apartments. [TU]

9/11 remembered
A number of 9/11 commemoration events are slated around the Capital Region tomorrow. [TU]

No smoking
The town of Ballston has banned all smoking in its public park in Burnt Hills. [Gazette]

Nature preserve in Round Lake
The 90-acre Round Lake nature preserve is expected to open on Saturday. [Gazette]

American Ride
The TV series American Ride is filming at the Capitol building at the Martin Van Buren site. [TU]

Never fear, legislators are finally working on that official state pie thing.

Happening today

Board games
Overit in Albany is hosting a discussion about "the creative process of building and crowdfunding boardgames" with Gil Hova, founder of Formal Ferret Games, and Jeff Warrender, co-founder of Spielbany. Hova's latest game -- The Networks -- will be available to try. Thursday 5-8 pm - free (register online)

The Tri-City ValleyCats take on the Staten Island Yankees in game two of the semi-finals tonight at The Joe .

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry will be at The Palace for a production of the live stage play Madea On The Run (the same character from the films). Thursday 7:30 pm - $43 and up

The Extra People
EMPAC will be the venue for a performance called The Extra People by Ant Hampton. Blurbage:

The Extra People is an immersive theater performance where 15 audience members sit and watch another 15 onstage. After half an hour, they find themselves replacing those onstage, only to discover that another 15 have appeared in the seats they've left behind. And so it continues, through the hours... The theater building--dormant, empty, and unlit save for your flashlight--seems unable to be deactivated. And within this strange process, wearing headphones and a "hi-viz" vest, you're cast along with everyone else as some kind of extra. But an extra for what?

There are three start times for the performance. As of Sunday the 7 pm slot was already full -- 8 pm and 9 pm were still available. Thursday 7, 8, 9 pm - $18

BØRNS at The Hollow
That song "Electric Love." 8 pm - $10.27 ahead / $15 day of


Just a reminder that since most of the eventual races will be won by Democrats, voting in the primary is essentially choosing the winner. Just as, if not more, important than the general election, so please get out there!

Also there's a really interesting three-way race in District 6, which you might remember is new district created after some Voting Rights Act complaints. District 6 includes a large chunk of the AOA reading area in Albany proper, so if it includes you, make your voice heard. You can listen to a forum with all three candidates if you haven't been canvassed seven times in the last two months like some of us.

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