Flood warnings and sinkhole concerns, shortfall in Albany's projected red light camera revenue, 500 lb bronze gorilla returned

Red light cameras
Albany has collected $328,000 from its 35 red light cameras this year -- a significant shortfall from the $1.9 million projection for this year-- and all of the money must go to the vendor that rents the system to the city. [TU]

Flooding concerns
More projected storms in he Capital Region have raised some flooding concerns for the Albany area this week and slowed work on the week-old sinkhole on South Lake Ave in Albany. [TU]

Sinkhole
Work on the Albany sinkhole has prompted water restrictions in the town of Guilderland [TWCN]

Schenectady County raises age for cigarette purchase
Schenectady County legislators have passed a law making it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. [WNYT]

Pregnant woman dies in fall
A Schenectady woman and her unborn child are dead after the woman fell from a second floor porch of a Delmont Avenue home. [WNYT]

Motorist convicted in pedestrian death
The Schenectady man charged with killing a pedestrian he dragged 500 feet while trying to escape, and then injuring another pedestrian, was convicted Tuesday on assault and manslaughter charges. [TU][Gazette]

Not guilty plea in alleged false abduction case
The Johnstown woman charged with lying about being abducted and held in a shed for two weeks earlier this summer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. [Gazette][TU]

Injuries in crash with funeral procession
Five people were injured when a Central Avenue funeral procession became part of a crash on Wednesday. [TU]

Voters won't decide on size of legislature
Albany County voters won't get to vote on a plan to reduce the number of legislature districts. [TU]

Medicaid paid for dead people
An audit by the NYS Comptroller's office reports $2.3 million in payments were between made April 1 and September 30 of 2015 for patients who were already deceased. [TU]

Special prosecutor named in fatal boat crash
A special prosecutor has been named to assist in the case against Alexander West, charged with driving the boat that killed an 8-year-old girl on Lake George and then leaving the scene -- because the Warren County prosecutor knows West's parents. [News 10]

Saratoga County officials oppose bridge closure
Saratoga County's Legislative and Research Committee voted to support resident's efforts to keep the NYSDOT from demolishing the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge over the Northway.[Gazette]

Ropes course
A Glenville judge has denied a motion to dismiss a case against a town couple charged with operating a controversial ropes course without the proper permit. [Gazette]

Gorilla recovered
Virgil, the 500 pound, $8,000 bronze gorilla statue -- has been reunited with its owner after being discovered near a trash bin at Indian Ladder Farms on Tuesday. [TU]

Happening today

New York State Food Festival
The New York State Food Festival returns to the Empire State Plaza. Food vendors will be set during the day and evening. And there's music in the evening, headlined by The Commodores. music starts at 5 pm -- free admission

Alexander Hamilton and Albany
The 1791 Club series at the Albany Institute has a tour of the museum's exhibit about Alexander Hamilton and Albany. (And then afterward they'll be heading to a nearby spot for drinks and happy hour specials.) Wednesday 5:30 pm -- admission $10

Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra continues its summer stay at SPAC. This week's schedule:
+ Wednesday: "Track & SPAC" with conductor Keith Lockhart
Wednesday-Saturday 8 pm (except where noted) -- $40 and up

The Track
It's the third full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course.

Stage

Park Playhouse
The Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park has a new production of The Little Mermaid, adapted from the Disney film. (It runs through August 27.) Today-Saturday 7:30 pm -- free on the lawn / reserve tickets $16 and up

Williamstown Theatre Festival
The Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter continues on the main stage. (It runs through August 21.) And on Wednesday a production of And No More Shall We Part, starring Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina, starts on the Nikos Stage. (It runs through August 21.) various times -- $40 and up

Comments

Hey guys - The Little Mermaid actually starts at 7:30 - the Park Playhouse moved the start time a little earlier for this production.

Editors: Fixed. Thanks for the heads up.

Boy, i wish there was a camera at the scene when an S.U.V. hit us last week & , and pushed us into on coming traffic in Albany.
Sis's little car was totaled, but we SURVIVED!

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