Siena poll: Clinton/Trump lead in New York, local employees join Verizon strike, NYRA may return to private control

Siena poll shows Clinton/Trump lead in New York
A new Siena poll reports Hillary Clinton ten points ahead of Bernie Sanders in New York -- a lead that has dropped by 11 points since March. Donald Trump leads John Kasich and Ted Cruz 50-27-17. [TU][Daily Gazette][News 10]

Details emerge in fatal Guilderland crash
Police say the car in the fatal crash near Schoolhouse Road and Western Ave earlier this week was reported stolen shortly before the crash by a man who says he left it parked and running on the 400 block of Madison Avenue in Albany. [TU]

State ethics
With the recent convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos complete, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara may be turning his attention to the executive branch of state government. [Politico]

JCOPE resignations
Two JCOPE commissioners -- one appointed by Andrew Cuomo and one by Dean Skelos-- quietly resigned recently. [TU+]

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Verizon strike
Hundreds of Capital Region Verizon employees have joined a national strike this morning. [Gazette] [TU]

Rotterdam shooting
The man who was fatally shot by police in Rotterdam early Sunday served with the Marines in Iraq in 2009. Police are expected to release more details today in the shooting of William Clark, who allegedly came at police with a knife prior to the shooting. [Gazette][TU]

Albany stabbing arrests
Two men have been arrested in connection with the Friday morning stabbing of an acquaintance in Albany.[TWCN]

Solitary
A rally was held at the Capitol on Tuesday calling for an end to the practice of solitary confinement in New York prisons. [TWCN]

Albany County debt
Albany County expects to save $1.2 million by refinancing about $25 million in debt. [TU]

Hoosick Falls water
The state has installed water treatment systems in 652 Hoosick Falls homes with polluted wells -- but only 16 of those have been cleared for use so far. That number could jump to 100 by next week. [Politico]

Water main break
Part of Broadway in Rensselaer was flooded after 10 feet of a water main blew out and split on Tuesday morning. [TU]

NYRA
After four years of state control, NYRA's board is recommending that the organization return to private control, but with a minority of members still appointed by the state. [TU+][Business Review]

Four and a half months to post time
Employees are readying the Saratoga Race Course for the 2016 meet. [TU]

Missing persons
A ceremony was held at the New York State museum on Tuesday to remember missing persons. [TU]

Saratoga's Pink Palace
The former Moore Hall, once an off-campus Skidmore dorm that became known as the Pink Palace, may be demolished under the latest plan to redevelop the Saratoga site. [Saratogian]

Local ex-KGB agent pens book
A Rensselaer County resident and former KGB agent is telling his story in a book due to be released next spring. [TU+]

"I'm the best they've got. I'm an entertainer. I love it. Best job I ever had."
The rough life, and road back, for the top waver for Liberty Tax Services. [TU+]

Today's number
$30,000: That's roughly the figure the TU Center says it earned from Donald Trumps visit there on Monday. [TU+]

Happening today

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week
Restaurant week continues in downtown Albany. Seventeen restaurants will be offering three-course meals for $20.16. It continues through Friday night.

Steven Millhauser
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (and Skidmore professor) Steven Millhauser will be at RPI as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. He'll be reading from his new collection stories, Voices in the Night. Wednesday 8 pm, RPI, Biotech Auditorium at the Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Building -- free

Silent Film Spectacular
The current season of the Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular series continues with a screening of Battleship Potemkin with live original score performed by Matt Weston. 7 pm, Washington Ave branch -- free

The Lion King
A touring production of The Lion King continues its month-long run at Proctors. It is, of course, the hugely-popular musical based on the Disney movie.

Hockey
This is the last week of the regular season for the Albany Devils -- they have two games at the TU Center, on Wednesday (vs. Binghamton) and Saturday (vs. Bridgeport).

Music: Issues at Upstate Concert Hall
Metalcore. With: Crown the Empire, One OK Rock, Night Versus. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

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