Siena poll: Clinton has big lead on Trump in New York, cleaning up after stormy weekend, CDTA aims for 2018 of Purple Line, Minnisale's closing its restaurant

Presidential election
The Siena poll out Monday morning reports Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 57-27 in New York State. Clinton also leads Trump 48-37 among upstate respondents. And 24 percent of respondents in the poll who identified as Republicans said they would vote for Clinton. [Siena SRI]

Stormy weekend
Strong thunderstorms caused widespread damage across the region Saturday. Some places got more than an inch of rain -- Saratoga Springs got more than three, and the storm there prompted the cancelation of six races at the Saratoga Race Course and that evening's performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC. A burst at the campground in Fulton County snapped trees and destroyed vehicles -- eight people were injured there. [NWS Albany] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [TWCN]

Albany police officer suspended
One Albany police officer has been suspended and another place on administrative duty as part of an investigation into an incident at the St. Anne Institute in which it's alleged an officer slammed a girl to the ground. APD says the incident was captured on camera. [TU] [WNYT]

Schenectady shooting
Schenectady police say they're investigating a shooting outside a pizza shop in Mont Pleasant Sunday afternoon. SPD says a man was shot in the leg. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN]

Troy stabbing
Troy police say they're investigating the the stabbing of a man Friday afternoon in North Central. [Troy Record]

Rescue at Vroman's Nose
The Schohorie County Sheriff's Department says a county search and rescue team pulled a man back to the top of Vroman's Nose after he fell 30 feet -- and, somehow, wasn't injured during the fall. [TU] [News10]

BusPlus
CDTA is aiming to have its Washington/Western BRT service -- the "Purple Line" -- up and running by 2018. [TU]

Schenectady residential conversion
Community Builders is set to reappear before the Schenectady city planning commission to re-up approval for a project to convert a former Boys & Girls Club and former elementary school in Hamilton Hill (map) into apartments. [TU]

Saratoga Springs affordable housing
Sustainable Saratoga is pushing a plan for Saratoga Springs to amend its zoning to require developments of 10 or more units to include a portion of units that would be affordable by middle-income households. [Saratogian]

TU Center/Albany convention center
With the Albany Capital Center on track to open next year, the TU Center is bidding to host a wide range of NCAA sporting events, including the men's basketball tournament. pTU

Minnisale's
Minissale's in Troy has announced it will closing its restaurant in order to focus on its lines of pasta sauces and other packaged products. [TU]

Meet, greet, and seat
Talking with two women who've worked as "white caps" in the Saratoga Race Course clubhouse for 25 years. [Daily Gazette]

Frank Jaklitsch
Frank Jaklitsch -- a singer/songwriter who played at many local bars and restaurants for many years -- died last week at age 61. Over at Nippertown there's a remembrance. [TU] [Nippertown]

Stuff going on this week

The Track
It's the fourth full week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course. Monday is a gate-giveaway day: a Saratoga Race Course beach towel.

Front Parlor
The Front Parlor storytelling series returns to the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Us Against Them." Monday 7:30 pm -- free admission

Music: Counting Crows + Rob Thomas at SPAC
Sha, la, la, la, la, la, la. 6:45 pm -- $26 and up

Comments

You're probably going to hear a lot about polling, because we're getting closer to November of course, but also because in general people are getting more and more interested in data (you don't even have to look any further than this site to see that, AOA does a great job of presenting locally-relevant data and those posts get a lot of traction).

Specifically you will hear meta-analysis and critique of polling methods and organizations. Just want to point out that Siena gets fairly high marks from FiveThirtyEight. Any individual poll can be an outlier but some organizations have better track records than others.

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