Big warehouse fire in Watervliet, Bharara says he believes there's corruption in NY exec branch, hopes for the Upstatexit

Watervliet warehouse fire
A large warehouse fire in Watervliet Saturday night took multiple departments and many hours to extinguish. Watervliet's fire chief says the cause of the fire is under investigation. The building has been demolished. [Troy Record] [News10] [TU] [News10]

Bernie Sanders in Albany
Bernie Sanders to the crowd at his appearance at The Egg on Friday: "Our ideas of economic and environmental and racial justice are the future, if we keep at it." Sanders also said his campaign is talking with Hillary Clinton's campaign about "whether or not they can come up with some very serious proposals which will help us transform America." Of the 162 people the Times Union talked to at the event, about half said they would not vote for Clinton or Donald Trump. [Daily Gazette] [Politico NY] [TU]

Preet probes
Preet Bharara to ABC News: "We have found that corruption is rife in a lot of institutions in New York and throughout New York. That's true in the legislature ... It's also the case that there's corruption, we believe, in the executive branches as well. And we'll ferret it out wherever we find it." [ABC]

Guns
Back from DC, Paul Tonko talked about his participation in the House sit-in demanding a vote on gun-control legislation: "If you call that a stunt, you know, see it for what it is, a human outcry. Certainly a passionate plea, and most definitely rightful indignation for lack of progress, for lack of respect shown." The push for using the "no-fly" list to also prevent people from buying guns has drawn criticism from many different groups, including the founding president of the Muslim Community Center here in the Capital Region who criticized the list for its lack of transparency. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU]

NY-19
A new Time Warner Cable News/Siena reports that Zephyr Teachout (D) and John Faso ® have large leads in their respective primaries for the race to succeed Chris Gibson in the NY-19 Congressional District. [Siena SRI]

PEF
The latest PEF drama: The union's president has revoked the union leave of one the vice presidents, sending her back to her state job. [TU]

Saratoga Springs sidewalk law
In which Chris Churchill sits on the sidewalk in downtown Saratoga Springs for 90 minutes in violation of the law. [TU+]

Farm in the city
The org planning a community farm in the city of Saratoga Springs has released its plans for the project. [Daily Gazette]

First diploma
The Annur Islamic School in Colonie graduated its first high school student last week. [Daily Gazette]

Frank Duci
Checking with 95-year-old Frank Duci, "perhaps the most colorful elected official that ever served in the history of city government in Schenectady." (He was mayor -- twice.) [Daily Gazette]

Upstatexit
From Politico: "New York's secessionists heartened by Brexit." [Politico NY]

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