The Jay Street fire one year later, changes recommended for 1 Monument Square plan, a night of confessions, UAlbany women one game from NCAA tournament

Jay Street fire one year later
Marking a year since the fatal Jay Street, family and friends gathered at Schenectady City Hall Sunday for a memorial service. They also expressed frustration with the still in-progress Schenectady County DA's office investigation into possible code issues at the site. [Daily Gazette] [TU+]

Parkwood Boulevard fire
Fire investigators searched through the debris from the fire that destroyed a two-family home on Parkwood Boulevard in Schenectady Friday -- a fire that officials say they're treating as suspicious. The house had been the home of Wayne Best Jr., who was fatally shot near there in December of 2014. On Friday one of the suspects in that case was indicted on charges that included second-degree murder. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

1 Monument Square
The Troy planning commission is recommending multiple changes for the proposed project at 1 Monument Square downtown, including additional public parking and a pathway through the site that aligns with Broadway. [TU]

Leaked Troy 911 call
"Several police and city government sources" tell the Times Union that a Troy police detective sergeant was suspended for allegedly being involved in the leaking of the Gordon 911 call during the last mayoral race. [TU]

PFOA
Some Petersburgh residents say they're frustrated their wells aren't currently included in the tests for PFOA. [WNYT]

Troy and Saratoga Springs water systems
Plumbing the history and condition of the century-old (or older) water infrastructure of Troy and Saratoga Springs. [Troy Record]

Who takes the call?
Looking into why there was apparently so much initial uncertainty about which agency should of handled the 911 calls in the UAlbany bus incident. [TWCN]

Challenger for Chuck Schumer
The State Republican Committee has nominated Wendy Long to challenge Chuck Schumer for the US Senate. [TWCN]

Planned challenger for Paul Tonko
Talking with the Coeymans Republican Francis "Joe" Vitollo, who says he's planning to challenge incumbent Democrat Paul Tonko for the NY 20th Congressional District. [Daily Gazette]

Albany High School vote
The state education commissioner has ordered the Albany school district to hold off on moving ahead with the high school rebuild project until the state Education Department makes a decision on contested vote. (The school board had already decided to handle the situation that way.) On Saturday, 101 people signed affidavits saying they encountered problems voting on the measure last month. [TU x2]

Albany middle schools
The Albany school district is trying to work through a middle school overcrowding problem. [TU+]

Albany power outage
The power outage in Albany Sunday was apparently caused by an incident with an underground cable that also blew a South End manhole cover in to the air. [WNYT]

Krumkill Road
The section of Krumkill Road closed because sinking related to a culvert could be closed for months. [TU]

Bruegger's backer bankruptcy
The Rochester-based company that owns a bunch of Bruegger's locations in the Capital Region has filed for bankruptcy (the reorganization kind). [TU]

All night confessions
The Schenectady priest who recently made himself available to hear confessions for a period of 24 straight hours: "You know what. I think it was the most beautiful night of my priesthood." [WNYT]

Gravity waves
A Shen grad was a key member of the team that recently helped confirmed the existence of gravity waves. [Daily Gazette]

No NCAA tournament of Siena men
The Siena men's basketball team lost to Iona 81-70 in the semifinals of the MAAC tournament at the TU Center Sunday evening. [TU]

UAlbany women one game away from NCAA tournament
The UAlbany women's basketball team Binghamton 79-43 in the semifinals of the America East tournament Sunday. The Great Danes will now face Maine in the conference tournament title game this Friday at SEFCU Arena. The winner goes to the NCAA tournament. [News10]

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