Questions about Palace sale, Schenectady casino construction ahead of schedule, Arts Center building deal off, L-Ken's demolished

Questions about potential Palace sale
The proposed sale of the Palace Theatre from the city of Albany to the non-profit that runs the venue needs a three-fourths majority of the Common Council to approve -- and multiple council members say they're skeptical of the initial proposal. [TU+]

Fatal Lake George hit-and-run collision
Police say one person was killed and another injured Monday night on Lake George when a boat went over the top of another boat at high speed near Cramer Point and then left the scene. [Post-Star]

The heat
On Monday the Cuomo admin triggered plans to reduce energy use in the state as the hot weather prompted the state's electricity consumption to approach peak loads. [Cuomo admin] [TU+]

State Inspector General: Problems at state Athletic Commission
A new report from the state Inspector General concludes that the state Athletic Commission, which regulates boxing matches, had deficient policies and procedures, a lack of appropriate oversight, and conflicts of interest. By the way: The state Athletic Commission will also have oversight of mixed-martial arts bouts in the state. [NYS OIG] [TU]

Albany bank robbery
Albany police say they're investigating a robbery at the TrustCo Bank on Northern Boulevard Monday afternoon. [APD]

Schenectady firefighter DWI charge
A Schenectady firefighter is facing a DWI charge in Rotterdam after police say he drove into a porch and the allegedly told officers on the scene that he'd been drinking too much. [Daily Gazette]

787
Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse says police issued more than a hundred tickets during a recent enforcement focus on the stretch of 787 through the city. [News10]

Doubt
Chris Churchill on the Rachael Mattice story, the UAlbany bus incident, and the erosion of belief for future victims. [TU+]

Albany County Court judge race
Cheryl Fowler has been dropped from the ballot for Albany County Court judge after the county Board of Elections invalidated signatures on her petitions, leaving current Albany City Court judge William Carter as the lone candidate. [TU]

Schenectady casino
Reps for the Rivers Casino project in Schenectady say construction is ahead of schedule. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs parking
Among the bits from a task force studying parking in downtown Saratoga Springs: Between public and private spaces, there are almost 7,000 parking spots downtown. [Saratogian]

Arts Center building
The proposed deal in which the Arts Center would sell its downtown Troy building to a developer is now off, the org announced Monday, and it's looking at how to move forward. Jeff Buell of Sequence Development said the situation "was one that we weren't comfortable moving forward on." [TU] [Troy Record]

Nicholaus building
Metroplex says its paying an engineering firm $30k to plan repairs of the Nicholaus building in downtown Schenectady, which became unstable after the demolition of the adjacent building. [Daily Gazette]

Adelphi Hotel
Work is continuing on the long-running redevelopment of the Adelphi Hotel in downtown Saratoga Springs, with a plan to now reopen in the spring of 2017. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Polo grounds
The bank that holds the mortgage on the Saratoga Polo property is moving to foreclose -- the owners say they've been talking with a buyer about a sale of the property. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Powered by the sun
A Saratoga Springs man has built a solar-powered pontoon boat that he's planning to use on a trip along the Erie Canal. [TWCN]

Magic
Steven Brundage -- the Rubik's cube magician Scotia traffic stop guy -- will be on America's Got Talent August 2. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

L-Ken's
The L-Ken's building on Central Ave in Colonie was demolished Monday. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Baseball
The ValleyCats wrap up a short home stand at the Joe with two games against Vermont. (Tuesday is team poster night, with fireworks after the game.) 7 pm -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

Summer Writers Institute
The NYS Summer Writers Institute finishes its series of public author readings at Skidmore this week. Tuesday's lineup: novelist Joseph O' Neill (Netherland, The Dog) and novelist Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances, Little Labors). 8 pm, Davis Auditorium of Skidmore's Palamountain Hall -- free

Ballet
Tuesday-Saturday: The NYC Ballet continues its summer stay at SPAC (it will be through Saturday). This week's performances include presentations of classic ballet works and Wednesday is American Girl night (tickets for kids are $10 on the lawn). Tuesday-Saturday various times -- $35 and up

A Night with Janis Joplin
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of A Night with Janis Joplin. (It closes August 7.) Tuesday-Sunday various times - $25 and up

Williamstown Theatre Festival
Tuesday-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival's season continues with the new comedy Romance Novels for Dummies starts on the main stage (it runs through July 31). And on Wednesday the new musical Poster Boy starts on the Nikos Stage (it runs through August 7). various times -- $40 and up

Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: This is the last week for the Park Playhouse's production of Chicago in Washington Park. (It runs through July 30.) Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- free on the lawn / reserve tickets $16 and up

Workplace gender equality
The New York Council for the Humanities has a town hall-style event about workplace gender equality lined up for The Linda. Blurbage: "What arguments have been advanced to keep women disadvantaged in the workplace? How have these arguments been overcome? What are the unique challenges women of color face in the workplace? What is the biggest obstacle for gender inequality in the workplace today?" Tuesday 6 pm -- free (RSVP required)

Music: Shakey Graves at Helsinki Hudson
Americana. 8 pm -- $25

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