Emails detail interaction between Hoosick Falls and Saint-Gobain, suspicious fires inside the Daily Gazette building, the prison experiences of Sheldon Silver and Marquis Dixon

Hoosick Falls water
Via FOIL, the Times Union has gotten a hold of emails that detail close interactions between Hoosick Falls village government and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, one of the company's that could be responsible for contamination of the drinking water supply, and a public relations firm hired to advise the village. [TU+]

Preet probes
"A person with knowledge of the subpoena" tells the Times Union that a subpoena issued by US Attorney Preet Bharara's office in April sought information on actions that Cuomo admin officials might have taken that would have benefited a group of major development companies that do work in New York State. A common connection between the major developers and other companies that have been connected to the investigation that also touches on the Buffalo Billion and SUNY Poly: they're Cuomo campaign contributors. [TU] [Politico NY]

Also: A profile of the "past littered with erratic behavior and litigation" of Todd Howe, the longtime Cuomo associate who has worked as a lobbyist for companies connected to the investigation and SUNY Poly. [NYT]

Shootings in Schenectady
+ Schenectady police say a Brooklyn man was fatally shot Friday night in Hamilton Hill. As of Saturday, SPD said no arrests had been made.
+ Schenectady police say an incident Sunday morning included a man being shot in the chest, a car chase, intentional collisions, and a crash in Rotterdam. Two people have been arrested. SPD lieutenant Mark McCracken describing the alleged incident to WNYT: "Crazy, like something out of a movie." [Daily Gazette] [WNYT x2]

Pedestrian death on Northway
State Police say a pedestrian was killed in a crash involving a tractor trailer on the Northway near exit 2 west. Police say witness statements indicate the pedestrian was in the traffic lane when he was hit. [WNYT] [News10]

Suspicious fires at Daily Gazette
The Schenectady Fire Department says three fires inside the Daily Gazette building early Sunday are suspicious. The fires appear to have been set at three separate locations inside the building, including in the area that contains the printing press machinery. The Daily Gazette's publisher says there was some electrical damage, which might temporarily affect printing on site. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

The Cuomos
In which senior members of the first Cuomo administration throw shade, in some cases anonymously, at people connected to the second Cuomo administration. [TU+]

Sheldon Silver and Marquis Dixon
Chris Churchill compares Sheldon Silver's expected relatively comfortable prison experience with that of Marquis Dixon, the Albany teen convicted of a stealing a pair of sneakers. [TU+]

Community schools
A look at the promise, and complications, of setting up "community schools" -- in which schools serve as hub for a range of social services -- in districts such as Albany. And here's a profile of a community school in Schenectady. [TU+] [Daily Gazette]

Wood chipper death
The fiance of the man recently killed in wood chipper accident at a Guilderland tree-trimming job said he'd taken the day job, which paid a little more than $60, to help cover rent for May. [Daily Gazette]

Taxi service
The Schenectady City Council is moving to review taxi service in the city -- the owner of one of the city's taxi services says mandated rates are currently too low. [TU]

Troy Public Library
The Troy Public Library is holding a series of events to gather input from the public about the direction of the library. [Troy Record]

Albany's city gardner
Albany city gardener Jessica Morgan on picking the varieties for the city's tulip beds, to the Times Union: "If that's my bit of power in the world, I'll take it." [TU]

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