Bernie Sanders back in Albany, LGBT flag burning being investigated as a hate crime, a commencement speech declaration

Bernie Sanders in Albany
Bernie Sanders is scheduled to give a speech at The Egg Friday -- his campaign is calling it a ""Where We Go From Here" speech. People were already lined up by 8:30 this morning for the midday event. On MSNBC Friday morning Sanders said he would vote for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. [Sanders campaign] [TU] [NYT]

Rainbow flag burned at Damien Center
The Albany Damien Center reported Thursday that the LGBT rainbow banner in front of the church that currently houses the center was set on fire sometime overnight Wednesday to Thursday morning in an apparent act of vandalism. Albany police say department detectives and the FBI are investigating and they're treating the incident as a possible hate crime. The Damien Center provides services to people living with HIV. Said Perry Junjulas, its executive director, to the Times Union: "When I saw it, it was this automatic almost punch-in-the-gut feeling, like 'Oh my God, there are people out there who really do hate us, and they're right here.'" [Albany Damien Center FB] [APD] [WNYT] [TU]

Troy charter changes might not go through
Troy city officials are looking into whether the city charter changes approved by voters last fall -- including the elimination of two city council seats -- can go into effect as planned because it appears the city might not have followed the proper procedural steps for making the changes. [Troy Record]

New Scotland bobcat attack
The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday that an examination of the bobcat that attacked two people in New Scotland this week revealed that the cat had porcupine quills stuck in its face and had recently been skunked. Tests indicating whether the bobcat had rabies haven't come back yet, but a DEC spokesman said it's almost certain the cat had rabies because bobcats rarely show themselves to people, much less attack them. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Uber/Lyft
After the state legislature's impasse on the an insurance issue that prevents them from operating outside NYC, Uber and Lyft are both now looking toward 2017. [TU]

Homeless shelters
A state comptroller's office review of homeless shelters around the state (outside NYC) concluded that many are in "substandard condition with numerous health and safety issues." Three of those shelters were in Albany County. [NYS OSC] [TU]

Guns
Elise Stefanik on the sit-in by House Democrats this week over a gun-control bill, an event that included Paul Tonko: "I am a legislator, not a protester ... As a strong Second-Amendment advocate, I believe there are legislative solutions we can agree on that protect civil liberties and constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, and keep guns out of the hands of terrorists." [TU]

Hit and run aftermath
The mother of the boy struck by a vehicle in an alleged hit and run in Wilton earlier this month says he's recovering, but still has to wear a neck brace, can only eat soft foods, and has balance issues. [TU]

Closed after a century and a half
Thursday was the last day of the school for St. Augustine's Catholic school in Troy, which is closing after 147 years because low enrollment. [TWCN] [WNYT]

"So, I'd like to share a little-known fact about myself. I'm bisexual."
The Shen valedictorian publicly revealed that he's bisexual during his speech at the school's commencement Thursday -- he got a standing ovation. [Daily Gazette]

A diploma at age 66
A Saratoga Springs man who had been expelled from Saratoga Springs High School in 1967 -- and went on to lead a very interesting life -- got his diploma Thursday. [TU+]

"It was just a fun, goofy thing."
The mother of the two guys from Menands whose viral wedding date posting on Craigslist was the inspiration for the upcoming movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: "They are pretty funny boys." [TU+]

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Dining Out for Life 2017

The annual Dining Out for Life event returns this Thursday (April 27) at restaurants all around the Capital Region. The event is a fundraiser for... (more)

Alabama Shakes at The Palace

The blues rock band Alabama Shakes is set to play a show at The Palace August 1. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 28... (more)

Signs from the Albany March for Science

Thousands of people gathered in West Capitol Park Saturday for the Albany Science March event to rally support for research funding and evidence-based public policy... (more)

Amtrak's future

Over at NYT, a look at the decaying rail infrastructure in the Northeast and Amtrak's perpetual funding crunch: "Today, Amtrak finds itself at a crossroad:... (more)

Drawing: Champagne on the Park 2017

The annual Champagne on the Park event will be back in Albany's Washington Park May 11. The party -- which is set up near the... (more)

Recent Comments

While they may not cough up the full taxes that would otherwise be due, wouldn't it be great if St. Rose, WAMC, SUNY and St. Peters hospital, chipped in *something*.?...Albany Med just agreed to $500K a year---a drop in the bucket given the value of all their property---but it is the right step forward. (Just to pre-empt the argument: the "economic impact" of these not for profits is real, but only cash pays the bills :-) Getting a free ride is not fair.

Drawing: Champagne on the Park 2017

...has 39 comments, most recently from Katie

Amtrak's future

...has 1 comment, most recently from daleyplanit

Drawing: Neil deGrasse Tyson at Proctors

...has 76 comments, most recently from ace

Tara Kitchen Troy is now open

...has 8 comments, most recently from Paul

Follow up: The Dutch Udder Craft Ice Cream

...has 3 comments, most recently from mg