Local reps react to Alexandria shooting, Wilton teacher charged with rape, Schenectady County sues opioid makers

NY Congress members react to shooting
Reactions from Elise Stefanik, John Faso, Paul Tonko and Chuck Schumer to Wednesday's shooting at a baseball practice for a Republican congressional team. [TU]

Schenectady County sues opioid makers
Schenectady county has joined a list of counties filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of prescription opiates. [TU]

Teacher charged with rape
A 5th grade teacher at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Wilton is facing rape charges for having an alleged sexual relationship with a student. [TU]

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Chamberlin murder trial begins
Testimony began on Wednesday in the trial of Joseph Vandenburgh, charged with the stabbing death of the late Troy city operations manager Bill Chamberlin. [TU]

Rocks shooting trial
Detectives testified on Wednesday that Kareem Blacknall was a identified as a suspect in the November 24 Rocks nightclub shooting within 24 hours of the incident. [TU]

"He didn't want to die"
Sara Foss talks to the widow of Joshua Scism, the man shot last year in an encounter with two Schenectady plain clothes police officers, who has filed a wrongful death suit against the officers. [Gazette]

Heroin dealer sentenced in fatal overdose
A heroin dealer was sentenced to more than four years in prison for providing the drugs that resulted in a woman's fatal overdose. [Gazette]

Dollar store bandit
The "grandpa bandit" charged with robbing 10 dollar stores, including the one in East Greenbush, was apprehended by police in the bathroom of an Indiana Casino.[TU]

Same old Albany
Chris Churchill isn't surprised that Albany County legislators voted down a proposed anti-nepotism law. [TU+]

Selling SS numbers
A Clifton Park woman is facing charges for allegedly using and selling stolen Social Security numbers. [TU]

Judge rules for Uber employees
A stat administrative law judge has ruled that Uber drivers in New York City are considered employees and are eligible for benefits, but it is still unclear how that ruling might relate to upstate drivers.[TU]

Firefighter/police officer
A bi-partisan group of NY legislators is working to amend laws to make references to members of police and fire departments gender neutral. [TU]

Ellis unveils new mental health facility
Ellis hospital unveiled its new $3.5 million center for mental health on Wednesday. [Gazette]

Where's Cuomo
Some NY legislators suggest Andrew Cuomo hasn't been around as much as they'd like and they're questioning how engaged he is as the legislative session comes to a close. [Spectrum]

Adirondack Beverages
Adirondack Beverages is planning a $2.9 million expansion of its business in the Glenville Business and Technology Park, and will receive $400,000 in tax credits from the Excelsior Jobs Program. [TU]


Stuff to do today

Albany and refugees
Albany City Hall is hosting a discussion titled "Get to Know Your Neighbors in the Refugee and Immigrant Communities," featuring speakers from local orgs that aid immigrants and refugees in the area. "A Panel Discussion about the experiences and challenges that refugees and immigrants face as they arrive in the Albany area and in the country and ways in which we can help to welcome and support our new neighbors." Thursday 5:30 pm

I don't always talk about my book, but when I do...
Jonathan Goldsmith -- formerly The Most Interesting Man in the World -- will be at Northshire Saratoga for a happy hour and talk. Goldsmith has a new memoir, Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life But When I Do They're True and Amazing, out this summer. (Apparently he has a house nearby in Vermont, which is why you might have seen him at ALB or Albany/Rensselaer.) Thursday 6 pm happy hour, 7 pm talk -- free admission

Alive at Five
The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing on the Albany riverfront has Average White Band with Victory Soul Orchestra. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Brown's Summer Sessions
The Brown's Summer Sessions series behind the brewpub in Troy continues with Sir Sly, Trapdoor Social, and Good Fiction. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Stephen Kellogg & the South, West, North, East at The Egg
"Americana-tinged, sometimes folk, often rock, occasionally pop stylings" 8 pm -- $28

Micah Schnabel at The Low Beat/a>
From Two Cow Garage. With: Dave Graham. 8 pm

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