Teachout/Faso will vie for 19th, teen drowns in Poestenkill, gun show may be City Center's last

Teachout/Faso will contend for 19th
Zephyr Teachout will run against John Faso in the race to replace Chris Gibson in the 19th Congressional District. Teach out and Faso-- who have both previously run for governor, won their respective primaries on Tuesday. [Gazette][TU]

Teen drowns in Poestenkill
A 16-year old boy drowned on Tuesday, while swimming with friends in the Poestenkill Gorge. Teams had a difficult time pulling the teen's body from the gorge because of a lack of access the site. The spot, which Troy Fire Chief Tom Garrett called "beautiful but dangerous," has been the site of many fatalities over the years. [News 10][TU]

JCOPE protection
Legislation passed at the 11th hour that is expected to be signed by Andrew Cuomo could keep accusations against persons brought before the Joint Commission on Public Ethics less public. [TU]

Rape kit processing legislation
Legislation heading to Andrew Cuomo's desk would require DNA evidence in rape cases to be sent to labs within ten days and processed within 90 days.
[WNYT]

Water
The water supply in local reservoirs appears adequate after a relatively dry winter. [TU]

Amsterdam fire started with fireworks
Police say a fire that destroyed two homes in Amsterdam was started by a 10-year-old boy playing with fireworks. [TU]

Gun show
The August gun show at the Saratoga Springs City Center could be the last one, because the organizers of the long running show and the City Center can't seem to agree on available dates.
Earlier this week Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee voted on a resolution to ask the City Center to shut down the gun shows.[Gazette] [TU]

"He was a good guy. I liked him. I wished he'd made better choices"
A look back at the complicated life, and the loss of Samuel "Poppy" Baez, a homeless Albany man who battled alcohol and drug addiction and mental illness. [TU+]

Parking in Washington Park
Parking restrictions have been waived in Albany's Washington Park from today through Friday while paving continues in the Center Square neighborhood. [TU]

Casino
Rivers Casino has announced it is hiring for more than a dozen technical and managerial jobs. [Gazette]

A gift for owners of lost pets
An artist painted portraits of the pets lost in last year's Jay Street fire as a gift for their owners. [Gazette]


Happening today

Baseball

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

The Cost of Living opens tonight on the Nikos Stage in previews (it runs through July 10). various times -- $40 and up
A production of the Tennessee William comedy The Rose Tattoo, starring Marisa Tomei, in previews on the main stage (it runs through July 17).

The Naked Magic Show

Wednesday: The Naked Magic Show will be at the Proctors main stage. Stripped-down blurbage: "Left without sleeves or pockets, this saucy and hilarious magic show is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to 'now you see it.'" There's also a pre-show party. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Rockin' on the River
The So So Glos at Troy Rockin' on the River
Punk rock. With: Stellar Young. 5 pm -- free

Empire State Plaza
Shooter Jennings at the Empire State Plaza
Son of Waylon. With: Devon Allman (son of Greg), The Mallett Brothers Band (sons of David). 5 pm -- free

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