Gabay dies from shooting injury, two shootings in Troy, Madden takes Troy mayoral primary, Albany D.A. won't prosecute busker

Carey Gabay
Carey Gabay, the former aide to Governor Cuomo who was shot early on Labor Day, has died. Gaby was declared brain dead on Wednesday and died after being taken off life support. Andrew Cuomo remembered Gaby as "the epitome of an outstanding public servant," and said New York is undoubtedly better today because of his efforts. [TU][TWCN][NYT]

Troy Shootings
Troy police are investigating two shootings. A 19-year-old man was in critical condition at Albany Medical Center after he was shot on River Street in North Troy at about 4:40 Wednesday afternoon. A 22-year-old man was the victim of the second shooting, outside the Corliss Apartments, at about midnight. [TU][Record][WNYT]

Troy mayoral primary
Patrick Madden is the winner of the Democratic Mayoral primary in Troy. After absentee ballots and affidavit votes were opened, Madden beat City Council President Rodney Wiltshire by 45 votes. Wiltshire will actively campaign for mayor on the Working Families line. [TWCN][TU][Record]

Pearl Street busker
The Albany County District Attorney's office says it will not prosecute busker Leif Solem, who was cited for disorderly conduct by an APD officer earlier this week while performing on North Pearl Street.
Chris Churchill shared his thoughts on the APD officer caught on video hassling Solem, and why Albany needs street performers.[TU][TU]

Federal judge orders payment in redistricting case
A federal judge has ordered Albany County to pay $1.7 million in legal costs to the plaintiffs who successfully sued the county over a 2011 redistricting map that diluted minority voting power. [TU]

Mohawk Harbor townhouse approved
Schenectady's planning commission has given the OK to the Galesi Group's townhouse building for Mohawk Harbor.[Gazette]

Vacation payouts and an "archaic payroll system"
Seven former Albany employees, including two top officials from the Jennings administration, received a total of $101,000 in vacation payouts without adequate records to support the payments - part of what state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office says is Albany's archaic payroll system. [TU]

Grandmother is third victim in Duanesburg Crash
A head-on Duanesburg crash claimed its third victim yesterday, when family decided to take 56 year old Betty Brockhum, the mother and grandmother of the other victims, off life support. [Gazette]

Police are looking for two men who posed as water department employees to scam a 94-year-old woman in Guilderland. [WNYT]

Gibson supports climate change legislation
Local Conservatives Chris Gibson and Elise Stefanik are putting their support behind climate change legislation. [TU]

Shortening the core
State Education commissioner MaryEllen Elia says Common Core tests will be shorter this year. [NYT]

Schenectady by bike
A focus on cycling tourism in schenectady.[Gazette]

It came from Schenectady
How the idea for Subway was born in Schenectady. [TU]

$6 Million
A pair of Schenectady residents won $6 million in the lottery. [News 10]

Arrivederci, Uncle Vito
Longtime local radio personality Uncle Vito has retired from the airwaves. [Gazette]

Happening Today

Scott McCloud
Thursday: Artist, writer, and comics theorist Scott McCloud will be at Skidmore for a talk. The title: "Comics and the Art of Visual Communication." Blurbage:

McCloud is best known as the award-winning author of the influential "Understanding Comics" (1993), a visual treatise on the definition, history, vocabulary and methods of the medium. Later works include "Reinventing Comics" (2000) and "Making Comics" (2006).

Thursday 5:15 pm, Gannett Auditorium - free

Discussing James Baldwin
Thursday: The Mount opens a series of conversations led by journalist Kate Bolick with an event featuring Darryl Pinckney, editor of James Baldwin: Later Novels. They'll be discussing contemporary race relations and the influence of James Baldwin. Thursday 7:30 pm - $15 ahead / $18 at door

Thursday: EMPAC will be hosting the Italian art-media collective Flatform and dotQuantum, "a multimedia event that manipulates moving image, programmed light, and objects to 'see through' a static understanding of the world around us." Thursday 8 pm - free

A Gentleman's Guide to Gentleman's Guide
Cabaret performance from the composer of A Gentleman's Guide to Love And Murder. 7:30 pm - $30

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They should turn Maiden Lane into a stepped pedestrian street, like they have all over Europe. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, they do steep small streets pretty well across the pond, let's look for some precedents... Human scaled lighting is critical too, that goes for the whole city. And we don't need paint on the road, just signage perpendicular to the flow of traffic at the bridge entrance. I also echo the call for basic, ongoing maintenance to our current infrastructure. How about some weed removal in sidewalks, etc?

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