Local orgs bracing for potential food stamp cuts, shooting in Cohoes, sheriff: driver in fatal ambulance crash fell asleep, cold spring holding back local farms

Food stamps
Local organizations that provide services to food-insecure people in the Capital Region are bracing for the possible effects of the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- more than 70,000 people in the Capital Region were on SNAP this past spring. [TU]

Shooting in Cohoes
Cohoes police say a 19-year-old man was shot Sunday afternoon on Main Street, and a 24-year-old man has been arrested. The father of the 19 year old said his family knows the alleged shooter, and police said the shooting was not random. [News10] [WNYT] [Spectrum]

The Daily Gazette has a series running about opioid addiction -- its local toll, and strategies for addressing it. [Daily Gazette x2]

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Duanesburg fatal ambulance crash
Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino said Friday that an investigation had concluded the driver in the Duanesburg ambulance crash that killed a man in transport had fallen asleep at the wheel. Mohawk Ambulance said the driver was in the 8th hour of a 12-hour shift. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Jay Street fire
The attorney for Kenneth Tyree -- the Schenectady city code inspector facing charges in the fatal Jay Street fire case -- argues in a new filing that his client didn't have the proper training to be inspecting the building's fire system. [Daily Gazette]

Allegations against Schenectady police
Two people have filed notice of claims in two new separate potential lawsuits against Schenectady police, one alleging excessive force and the other claims a man was handcuffed in a case of obvious mistaken identity. [Daily Gazette]

Allegations against Galway police
A former Galway village police officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was fired after reporting alleged cases of misconduct within the department. [TU]

Rensselaer County exec race
Current deputy county exec Christopher Meyer got the endorsement of Rensselaer County Republicans for county exec. State Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin said he's committed to facing Meyer in a primary. [Troy Record] [TU]

Schenectady city officials residency
Many top Schenectady city officials don't live in the city. [TU]

Orgs such as the VFW and Elks are pushing for state legislation that would allow them to install video gambling terminals in their halls as a way of raising money. [Daily Gazette]

Cold, wet spring
Farmers around the region are frustrated by the cold, wet weather which has delayed many crops. [Daily Gazette]

St. John's
The decaying -- and stuck -- state of former St. John's Catholic Church on Green Street in Albany. [TU]

Charles King
Remembering Charles King, Troy's first African-American police detective, who died recently. [TU]

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