Golub Corp dismisses Price Chopper sale rumor, Albany sinkhole repair continues, Schenectady alligator gar captured

Price Chopper sale rumors
"Sources" tell the trade pub Supermarket News that Golub Corp. is considering a sale of the Price Chopper supermarket chain. Golub spokesperson Mona Golub says the story is "rumor and innuendo." But she said the company is looking for "capital partners." [Supermarket News] [Biz Review] [TU]

The Golub Corp is the Capital Region's third-largest private employer, with more than 8,000 employees, according to a recent list from the state.

Common Core
Looking some of the similarities among the local school districts that saw their grade 3-8 math and English language arts scores increase in the latest round of state tests. [TU+]

Preet probes
"A source close to the investigation" tells the NY Post that Todd Howe has signed a "cooperation agreement" with Preet Bharara's office as part of the federal prosecutor's investigation of Howe and fellow longtime Cuomo family associate Joe Percoco. [NY Post]

Albany shooting
Albany police say they're investigating the shooting of a 33-year-old man on Morton Ave early Sunday morning. [APD]

Health insurance
The rate increase approved by New York State regulators for next open-enrollment period for individual health insurance: 16.6 percent. [Politico NY]

Medical marijuana
The early word on the business results so far for companies in New York's medical marijuana market: harsh. [TU+]

South Lake Ave sinkhole
The city of Albany is asking people to not use the walking path on the South Lake Ave end of Washington Park as crews continue to work on repairing the sinkhole there. It's also asking people to conserve water by not washing cars or using sprinklers. The city is projecting that the work will take at least another week. [City of Albany press release] [WNYT]

Mohawk River water quality
Water quality data points to combined sewer overflows being a primary culprit in causing sewage contamination of the Mohawk River. [Daily Gazette]

Troy budget
Troy recently snagged a handful of grants for its fire department staffing and water infrastructure repair, but its budget situation still looks grim. [TU]

Republican against Trump
Talking with Richard Hanna, the Central New York Republican Congressman who's publicly said he will vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. [TU+]

Taxis
Some Albany taxi drivers say there are cab drivers operating in the city without the proper licensing. [WNYT]

Bus shelters
What it takes to keep CDTA's 293 bus shelters clean. [TU+]

Schenectady roundabout
Looking at some of the ideas for sprucing up the new roundabout at Erie Boulevard and Nott Street in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Zoom Flume
A local family is protesting the Zoom Flume water park in Greene County after a casting agency put a call for "two, well-groomed Caucasian families" for a commercial shoot for the park. The owner of the park said it doesn't condone the casting call and it's cut ties with the agency. [News10] [TU]

Alleged attempted can caper
A Schenectady man is accused of stealing almost 4,000 cans from a Rotterdam recycling center and trying to redeem them at a Price Chopper.

Statuenapped
From WNYT: "500 pound gorilla statue stolen from Slingerlands home." [WNYT]

NYS Writers Institute
The longtime director of the NYS Writers Institute has resigned after a period of extended medical leave. [TU]

Garrrrrr
The alligator gar in Iroquois Lake in Schenectady's Central Park has been caught -- pics. The gentle townspeople of ye Olde Schenectady can now return their workaday lives. [Daily Gazette] [News10] [NYT]

Comments

From WNYT: "500 pound gorilla statue stolen from Slingerlands home." [WNYT]

Reportedly, the police investigation is hampered by the fact that no one wants to talk about the 500 pound gorilla on the room.

@Bob: +1

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