It's federal primary day, Hoosick Falls residents testify, New York Brexit ripples, legal sales of sparklers spread

NY-19 primary
It's federal primary day in New York, and there are both Democratic and Republican primaries in New York's 19th Congressional District as candidates compete to replace Chris Gibson. (The NY-19 wraps around the southern end of the Capital Region, from Rensselaer County south to Columbia County and Greene County and out into Schoharie County and other counties to the west.) Polls are open from noon to 9 pm. Don't know where to vote? Check with the state Board of Elections website. [TU]

Hoosick Falls
A Hoosick Falls resident at a state Department of Environmental Conservation hearing about PFOA Monday: "You can't get away from thinking about the water. Every time you turn on the water, every day it is a constant reminder of how terrible this situation is." Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Chris Gibson are pushing for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to assist people affected by the situation in Hoosick Falls. [WNYT] [TU x2]

Burned trucks and possible gunshots
Two trucks caught fire overnight in Mariaville, and there were reports of what sounded like gunfire. State Police are investigating. [News10] [TWCN] [Daily Gazette]

New York Brexit effect
One of the ripples from the Brexit vote: the UK is New York State's fourth-largest exports destination, and the plunge in the value of the pound versus the dollar means products produced here are that much more expensive in Britain. [TU+]

Also: Chris Churchill's sarcastic embrace of the Upstatexit. [TU+]

Public corruption
On Monday the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the public corruption conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell -- and the ruling could offer some hope to Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos in appealing their convictions. [NYT] [TU]

Defendant in Porreca case pleads guilty to unrelated crime
Sean Moreland, one of them men accused in the killing of Jacquelyn Porreca, pleaded guilty to unrelated burglary Monday -- and details of the case could have implications for the Porreca case. [TU]

Alleged attempted airport art theft
The Albany County Sheriff's Office says two men were arrested this weekend for allegedly trying to steal artwork from the third-floor art gallery at ALB. [TU]

Sparklers
A review of which counties are now allowing the sale of fireworks such as sparklers (Albany County is new to the list this year).

Troy city official mourned
Longtime Troy deputy comptroller Joseph Mazzariello died Sunday of a heart attack at his city office -- the day before he was set to retire. City officials, both current and former, praised his dedication to the city and his job. [Troy Record] [TU]

Preserved
How a million pages of documents from Schoharie County were saved and preserved following the Irene flooding. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Baseball
Tuesday-Thursday: The Tri-City ValleyCats have a three-game homestand against Williamsport at The Joe. Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 pm -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

Williamstown Theatre Festival
Tuesday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival's new season opens with a production of the Tennessee William comedy The Rose Tattoo, starring Marisa Tomei, in previews on the main stage (it runs through July 17). And on Wednesday The Cost of Living opens on the Nikos Stage in previews (it runs through July 10). various times -- $40 and up

Comments

Thanks so much, Albany County, for allowing the sale of fireworks. We've been hearing them being set off every night for the last week or two, sometimes as late as 11:30 pm on a weeknight. My dog becomes a quivering wreck every night and it's all I can do to get him to go out to do his business. I can only imagine what effect his is having on veterans with PTSD. Safety issues aside, I think this is one of the stupidest things Albany County has done in a while.

Amy, I'm as frustrated as you but the types of fireworks that were approved for sale here probably aren't the ones you're hearing. AFAIK, the really loud, obnoxious ones including rockets and mortars are still not legal for sale here, but that doesn't stop folks from purchasing them in neighboring states.

I was hoping that local availability of the milder stuff would cut down the shenanigans, but that's yet to be seen.

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