Heavy rain causes flash flooding, potential Palace sale debate, addressing vacant buildings in Troy, investigation into death of groundhog

Overnight downpour
Heavy rain overnight caused flash flooding in a few spots around the Capital District. The weather station at ALB recorded rainfall of more than a inch between 2 am and 4 am. [NWS Albany]

Potential Palace sale
Supporters of the proposal for the city of Albany to sell the Palace Theatre to the non-profit that runs the venue (for a small amount) showed up at Monday's Common Council meeting to offer arguments for the sale, framing it as a longterm play. Skeptics argued the sale of the theater for a small amount would short-change the city. [TU] [WNYT]

Renewable energy
The state Public Service Commission approved a plan in which the state will be aiming to get 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 -- one of the highest such goals in the nation. Environmental orgs praised the overall goal, but some took issue with a provision in the plan that includes subsidies for nuclear plants. A prominent state business org also criticized the plan, arguing it will increase costs and cut into jobs. [TU] [AP/Saratogian] [Biz Review]

State comptroller: power program overstated jobs
A state comptroller's office audit of the ReCharge NY -- in which he New York Power Authority allocates low-cost electricity to companies to help with expansion or holding onto jobs -- concludes that the program overstated the number of jobs it helped retain by almost 30,000 since 2011. NYPA called the audit's claim of miscalculation "erroneous." [NYS OSC] [TU]

GE as startup?
Docs obtained by Politico indicate that GE was looking at the Moynihan Station site in Manhattan during its search for a new corporate HQ (it eventually ended up in Boston) -- and it appears that the Startup-NY program was part of the package the state was using in attempt to seal the deal. [PoliticoNY]

Pokemon Go prohibition
The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is prohibiting all registered sex offenders on parole from downloading or playing games such as Pokemon Go. [NYDN]

Code enforcement and vacant buildings in Troy
+ A Troy City Court judge has hit Jack Cox with $81,000 in fines for having having a junked car on his River Street property for months. (Cox and the city have been at odds over codes issues for years.) [Troy Record]
+ Looking at a renewed city effort to address the vacant building problem in Troy. [Troy Record]

Albany parking ticket fees
The Albany Common Council approved a plan to add the cost of collections onto the total cost of late parking ticket. [TU]

Groundhog death investigation
Troy police are investigating an incident in which it's alleged that two people in a golf cart at the Frear Park Golf Course chased down a groundhog, killing the animal. The two people are alleged to be Rensselaer police officers who there as part of a Rensselaer PBA event -- Rensselaer mayor Dan Dwyer says the city is investigating. [TU] [Troy Record]

"Act like an American"
Says the father of Mohsin Naqvi, a Muslim man who died in Afghanistan serving with the US Army and is buried in Colonie, of Donald Trump's response to the speech by Khizr Khan at the Democratic convention: "I would tell Trump, 'Act like an American. Act like an educated person.'" [TU+]

The old post office
A look at the effort to save an old post office in Alplaus. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Sunshine Fair
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)

A Night with Janis Joplin
This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of A Night with Janis Joplin. (It closes August 7.) Tuesday-Sunday various times - $25 and up

National Night Out
Tuesday: It's National Night Out, an annual event focused community building and fostering police-community relationships. Communities around the Capital Region have participated in the past with public events. Albany has community events at a handful of sites around the city this year, and in Troy there's an event at the Burden Iron Works Museum.

Music: Motion City Soundtrack at Upstate Concert Hall
Farewell tour for the alt rock/pop punk band. With: A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Rozwell Kid. 7:30 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

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