Cuomo to address convention, first PFOA personal injury lawsuit,Lake George fatality causes concern about festival, DEC searches for invasive fish in Schenectady Central Park

Cuomo to address convention
Andrew Cuomo has big shoes to fill when he addresses the Democratic Convention tonight.[NYT][NYT]

Schneiderman on Trump
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman spoke at the convention, calling Donald Trump "a guy who leaves a trail of broken deals, unpaid contractors, unpaid lawyers, unfulfilled obligations and ruined lives behind him wherever he goes."[TU]

Hit and run prompts look at festival
The hit and run boat crash that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl on Lake George this week has prompted authorities to consider canceling Log Bay Day -- an annual informal party on the lake. The Warren County Sheriff's Office says 19 people were arrested at this year's festival, which attracted about 600 people. [TU][TWCN]

PFOA lawsuit
A Hoosick Falls man has filed a $2.5 million personal injury lawsuit against Saint-Gobain in U.S. District court, claiming PFOAs from the plant directly caused a number of illnesses he suffered. [TU][TWCN]

PFOA in Bennington
Blood tests on 477 Bennington residents showed PFOA levels at an average of five times the national level. [TU]

Drug raid
Police say they picked up three suspects and uncovered 100 bags of heroin, along with cocaine and cash in drug raid on a Schenectady home early Thursday morning. The raid was the result of a month long investigation. [News 10][WNYT]

Albany teen charged with armed robbery
An Albany teen is facing a state prison term for his role in an armed robbery back in December.[WNYT]

Teen dies at Kaaterskill Falls
A teen has died following a 50 foot fall at Kaaterskill Falls on Wednesday morning. [TU]

East Greenbush state of emergency
A state of emergency was declared in East Greenish on Wednesday while crews repair a water main that has caused a number of sinkholes and affected 21 homes. [TWCN]

Momentive
Union representatives denounced Momentive's "last, best, and final" contract offer on Wednesday, saying they don't intend to bring it for a vote. [TU].

Ropes course
The owners of a controversial West Glenville ropes course are headed to court to battle a challenge over what the town claims was unfixed paperwork. [Gazette]

Invasive fish in Schenectady park
DEC officials are searching for an invasive Alligator Gar fish in the lake in Schenectady's Central Park. The search for the fish began after one was caught for a moment a few weeks ago. [TWCN][Gazette]

Altamont sues Knox
Altamont is suing the town of Knox over what it claims are excessive taxes on its former reservoir. [TU]

UAlbany track star heads for Olympics
UAlbany's Grace Claxton is headed for the Rio Olympics to compete for her native Puerto Rico. [WNYT]

Saratoga magician returns to America's got talent
A Saratoga magician will get a second chance on America's Got Talent.[WNYT]


Happening today

The Track
Racing season at the Saratoga Race Course.

Summer Writers Institute
Monday-Friday: The NYS Summer Writers Institute finishes its series of public author readings at Skidmore. Today's guest is novelist-memoirist Jamaica Kincaid (Mister Potter, See Now Then) and poet Henri Cole (Pierce The Skin, Nothing To Declare)

Moth Mania
The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center has an evening moth walk. Blurbage: "The Albany Pine Bush has one of the most diverse and fascinating communities of moths anywhere in the Northeast, including many species that have adapted specifically to live in the Pine Bush and other pine barrens habitats." Thursday 8:30 pm -- free (pre-registration required)

NYC Ballet

Today-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

Stage
A Night with Janis Joplin
Today-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
Today-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
Today-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

Thursday: LOCASH at Alive at Five
Country. With: Skeeter Creek. 5 pm -- free

Thursday: Aurora at The Hollow
Electropop. 9 pm -- $15 ahead / $18 day of

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I wonder if King Andy will recall his great work at HUD during his speech...

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