Arrests in fatal Lake George boat crash, land near SUNY Poly in Albany sold, counting horse deaths at Saratoga, remembering Melville in Lansingburgh

Arrests in fatal Lake George boat crash
Friday afternoon five people were charged in connection with the boat crash on Lake George last week in which an 8-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured. The alleged driver of the boat is facing two felony counts of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting, and police allege the other four hindered the investigation of the crash. An attorney for Alex West, accused of driving the boat, said his client didn't know that anyone had been injured in the crash. Warren County Sheriff Bud York: "What we're getting from witnesses, they would've been deaf not to know they hurt somebody." [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [News10 x2]

Test scores
The state Education Department released the 2016 spring test scores for English language arts and math for grades 3-8 Friday afternoon -- and overall passing rates were up compared to last year, more so for ELA than math. Also up a bit: the percentage of students who opted out of the tests. [NYSED] [TU] [Politico NY]

Presidential election
+ Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Plattsburgh this Thursday. [News10]
+ And while polls are pointing to a Hillary Clinton victory in New York State, she has a historically-low favorability rating in the state for a Democrat appearing on a statewide ballot. [Politico]

Albany shooting
Albany police say they're investigating a shooting that possibly happened on Central Ave early Saturday morning. [APD]

Albany bank robbery
Albany police say they're investigating a robbery of the First Niagara Bank on State Street late Friday afternoon. APD says it doesn't know if the robbery is connected with the robbery of the Trustco on Northern Blvd earlier last week. [APD]

Hoosick Falls
There was an event in Hoosick Falls Saturday at which residents would be able to talk with doctors about potential health complicates related to the contamination of the water supply there -- but there ended up only being doctor, and long waits for a consultation. [TWCN] [TU]

Prisons
The state feeds prison inmates on a meal budget of less than $3 per day. [TU+]

Land near SUNY Poly
Tri-City Rentals has bought the Loughlin Street land in the city of Albany near SUNY Poly that's been the subject of so much attention lately because of proposals to build an apartment complex there, the resulting need to change the zoning, and the investigation of SUNY Poly bidding. (Also: Loughlin Road is now Sandidge Way.) [TU x2]

Development oversight in Colonie
Looking at how a developer ended up clear-cutting a site in the town of Colonie -- without the required permit. [TU+]

Schenectady roundabout
The new $3 million roundabout on Erie Boulevard near the casino site in Schenectady is now open. [TU]

Horse deaths at The Track
Four horses died at the Saratoga Race Course during the first week of racing in the new season. [TU+]

1/8 of an inch
The supplier in the too-short-lobsters case involving Price Chopper has publicly accepted blame for the incident. The company says New York State's regulations for lobsters require an extra 1/8 of an inch than the rules for 46 other states. [Biz Review] [Daily Gazette]

City tech
A film crew was in Schenectady documenting some of the "smart" city tech recently installed there. [Daily Gazette]

Melville
Remember Herman Melville's time in Lansingburgh. [Troy Record]

Stuff going on today

The Track
It's the second full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course. Monday is a gate giveaway day: a Saratoga duffle bag. And the headline race of the week is The Whitney on Saturday. (And, of course, there is no racing on Tuesday.)

Sunshine Fair
Monday-Saturday: The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair continues at the fairgrounds in Cobleskill. The schedule includes agricultural displays, games, a demolition derby, and performances -- Sawyer Fredericks is performing on Saturday. Monday-Saturday various times -- $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62 and up), free for children 2 and under (tickets includes fair admission, grandstand and grounds shows, and unlimited rides from noon to closing)

Baseball
Monday: The ValleyCats are at The Joe for a game against Lowell -- it's "Around the World in 9 Innings" night, and there will be fireworks afterward. (The 'Cats have a morning game Tuesday and then they'll be back in town Saturday for another home series.) Monday 7 pm -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

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