Proposals for election reform, SUNY Poly looking for bids for Rensselaer riverfront project, Union pushes back on Schenectady request for payments

Addressing elections complaints
Among the proposed solutions following complaints about how the New York presidential primary was administered this week: automatic voter registration, same-day registration, and moving the deadline for switching party registration closer to the primary -- but the state legislature hasn't exactly seemed motivated to act on such reforms in recent years. [TU+]

Death in Albany fire
Albany officials say the man pulled from fire on South Pine Street this week has died. AFD says it appears the fire was accidental. [WNYT] [TU]

890 loop reconfiguration
Construction is set to start Monday on the reconfiguration of the I-890 Exit 4 loop in Schenectady. [Cuomo admin] [Daily Gazette]

Man found dead in Schenectady cemetery
Schenectady police say it appears the man found dead in a cemetery near Central Park this week died of a drug overdose. [TWCN] [Daily Gazette]

Longtime daycare employee accused of criminal sex act
The man accused of a criminal sex act with a three-year-old he was babysitting in Guilderland allegedly told police he first learned he was sexually attracted to children while working at a UAlbany daycare service in 2004. The man's attorney cast doubt on the statement. [News10] [TWCN]

Kinder Morgan pipeline
A look at some of the factors that contributed to Kinder Morgan dropping the project to build a natural gas pipeline that would have run across parts of the Capital Region. [Politico NY]

Settlement in Albany County jail deal
A lawsuit against Albany County and a private healthcare provider over the 2011 death of a woman in the county jail after she didn't receive the proper medication for managing her heart condition has been settled for more than a $1 million. [TU+]

Albany County ethics panel
The Albany County ethics commission hasn't met once as a full panel since an overhaul of the county ethics law in 2011 -- though it now it has a full roster of members. [TU+]

SUNY Poly Rensselaer riverfront
SUNY Poly has issued a new request for proposals for the mixed-use project it's planned for the Rensselaer riverfront at De Laet's Landing. [TU+] [Biz Review]

Schenectady trying to get payments from Union College
Union College's president has pushed back on mayor Gary McCarthy's request that the college consider making payments to the city to cover the cost of emergency service: "Union is proud to have been a catalyst for economic growth and a source of cultural enrichment for Schenectady these past 221 years. Rightly, the college is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt entity." [Daily Gazette]

Homelessness in Saratoga Springs
Shelters of Saratoga exec director Michael Finocci to the Saratogian this week in reference to recent calls by business leaders for the city to address problems with homeless people: "The problem is that there has been a homeless problem for 25 years in this city ... The city and .. county has let it get out of control by not stepping up and doing something about it sooner. One 35 bed shelter does not end homelessness, other services need to be in place." [Saratogian]

Dairy Circus fire
The owners of the Dairy Circus in Scotia say they're leaning toward rebuilding after this week's fire (and the clown survived). [Daily Gazette]

New private dorm across from UAlbany
The private dorm project planned for the site of the Red Carpet Inn across Washington Ave from UAlbany's uptown campus is moving forward after the project got a package of tax breaks from the Albany IDA. [Biz Review]

New apartment complex in Albany
The new $6.5 million apartment complex on South Allen Street near St. Peter's Hospital in Albany is almost finished. [TU+]

Green roof
Scoping out the 22,000-square-foot green roof atop the Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer. [TU+]

Two pigs
A Galway family would like to know if these are your pigs. [News10]

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