Hoosick Falls contamination levels much higher than previously reported, indictment in Colonie fatal alleged hit and run, alcohol in movie theaters looks like a no-go

Hoosick Falls
A state Department of Environmental Conservation presentation Monday evening reported that testing of sites in Hoosick Falls indicated much higher levels of PFOA contamination than previously reported. And the DEC is referring to the sites as Superfund sites. Former regional EPA administrator Judith Enck said the levels may be the highest identified levels in the nation. And there's discussion about the possibility of connecting to the Tomhannock Reservoir as a new source of drinking water. [TU] [Spectrum] [News10] [WNYT]

Colonie standoff
Colonie police say a man had barricaded himself inside a home Monday evening, and neighbors were evacuated as part of the standoff. They say when they entered the home overnight, the man was found dead in an apparent suicide. [News10] [TU]

Troy police drug unit investigation
+ Officials say multiple agencies will be assisting the Troy Police Department to fill in gaps while the department's drug unit is on leave as part of an internal investigation. The city has yet to say publicly why the unit was was placed on leave. (Both the TU and News10 have reported there are allegations involving a warrantless search.) [TU] [News10]
+ Mark Robarge: "As a result, we in the media and the public are left to speculate on what really happened. We really have no clue whether this is a minor issue or a major scandal, beyond the fact that the suspension of an entire police unit is highly unusual and suggests a significant problem." [Troy Record]

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Indictment in fatal Colonie alleged hit and run
The man accused of being the driver in the alleged hit and run that killed Rudolph E. Seabron along Watervliet Shaker Road in January has been indicted on charges that include criminal negligent homicide. [Daily Gazette] [Albany County DA]

Albany homicide
Albany police say they've yet to make an arrest in the fatal shooting at a family barbecue Sunday afternoon in the South End. A niece of the man who was shot -- 46-year-old Terrance Roberts -- told the Times Union her uncle had been shielding his wife during an altercation when he was shot. [Spectrum] [TU]

Albany tax break mistake
+ Kathy Sheehan says the city is hiring outside attorneys to review the situation involving mistaken assessment of a state property tax break to residential some projects in the city. (The city's assessor told the Business Review he made the mistake, and he's retiring at the end of the month.) [Biz Review]
+ The situation has become fodder in the back-and-forth of the mayoral election. [Biz Review]

Albany County nepotism legislation
Chris Churchill urges voting against the Albany County legislators who voted down a recent anti-nepotism bill. [TU+]

Warren County DA
The state Senate confirmed longtime Warren County DA Kate Hogan as a state Court of Claims judge Monday. Jason Carusone, her first assistant district attorney, will take over the DA role and there will be an election this fall. [TU] [Post-Star]

Alcohol in movie theaters
It looks like state legislation to allow movie theaters to sell alcohol is a no-go this session because of opposition in the state Assembly. [TU]

Vacation
Sara Foss would like you to take all of your vacation days. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Music: Dead & Company at SPAC
Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Bob Weir -- plus John Mayer, with bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. 7 pm -- $40 and up

Music: Mozart in Havana at the Zankel Center
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein + Havana Lyceum Orchestra. 7 pm -- $30 / $25 seniors

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

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