Cleanup/investigation continue in Madison Avenue fire, calls for GE to continue Hudson cleanup, dates set in for Kaloyeros/Percoco trials

Madison Avenue fire
Cleanup continues at the site of a fire that destroyed four homes on Madison Avenue in Albany on Monday night. Authorities have yet to determine a cause of the blaze but learned that one of the homes may have been renting without a permit. Efforts are underway to help raise money for the victims on the fire who have been displaced.

Troy arson investigation
Troy officials have declared a curfew for the city's North Central neighborhood while they investigate connections between a string of fires in abandoned homes in the area. Investigators think there could be a connection to arsons dating back to 2012 in the area, and are looking at some of the suspects in the earlier fires. [TU][WNYT]

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Calls for GE to continue Hudson cleanup
At a public meeting on Wednesday, area residents called on GE to continue its cleanup of the Hudson River. EPA representatives said they would need eight more years of monitoring to determine if more cleanup needs to happen, and that it could be 55 years before it's safe to eat fish from the river. [News 10][Gazette][TU]

Jury selection in the corruption trial of Joseph Percoco is slated for January 8 and selection for Alayn Kaloyeros trial is slated for May 15. [TU]

Kiernan Plaza
Robert Megna, president of Fuller Road Management Corporation, which owns SNY Poly's real estate told the Times Union there are no current plans to sell Kiernan Plaza. [TU]

Medical village
Glens Falls Hospital has been awarded nearly $20 million in state funding for construction of a "medical village" complex that will combine a new emergency department with a number of outpatient medical and behavioral health services. [TU]

NYS family leave
A look at how New York's new paid family leave program will work. [TU]

Poll: New Yorkers opposed to latest health care legislation
A new Siena poll shows only 12 percent of voters polled in New York State want the U. S. Senate to pass health care legislation similar to what the House approved. [TU]

Guilty plea for man who set wife on fire
The Schenectady man charged with dousing his wife with gasoline and setting her on fire in their Elmer Street home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces 21 years to life in prison. [News 10]

A look at the story of one man awaiting his fate after being arrested by ICE officers in Saratoga County. [TU]

Troy's Cannon Building has new owner
The 183 year old Cannon Building on Monument Square in Troy once owned by developer Sandy Horowitz has been sold for $2.5 million to a father and son who have plans to turn it into a long term stay hotel and apartments.[TU]

Saving CMOST
Chris Churchill on saving CMOST - whether it ends up in Albany or Clifton Park. [TU+]

Ramp closing in Downtown Albany
The on-ramp from South Pearl Street to the eastbound Dunn Memorial Bridge will close at midnight on Sunday and could remain closed for up to 30 days for repair work.

Schenectady native will command Troop G
A Schenectady native and 30-year state police veteran is the new commander of Troop G, which covers 24 stations and 10 counties. [Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Saratoga County Fair

County fair season starts with the Saratoga County Fair at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. This is the 176th year for the fair. Admission is $12 / season ticket is $40 / shorter than 52 inches is free / active military free with ID card / unlimited ride wristband is $20

Che Mambo
Thursday: The dance company Che Mambo will be at SPAC, "performing the traditional South American Malambo, dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song." Thursday 8 pm -- $27 and up

Capital Rep
Today-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of Mamma Mia!. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Park Playhouse
Today-Saturday: Park Playhouse continues its production of Ragtime at the Washington Park lake house. Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- free lawn seating is unreserved / reserved seats available starting at $16

The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues the productions of Where Storms Are Born and opens a production of The Clean House. Tuesday-Sunday various times - various prices

NYS Writers Institute

The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues it series of public author readings at Skidmore.
+ Thursday: Novelist Russell Banks (The Darling, Affliction, The Lost Memory of Skin) and Poet Chase Twichell (Dog Language)

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing on the Albany riverfront has Lindsay Ell with Anthony Fallacaro. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at The Tang Museum on at Skidmore has Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra. Thursday 7 pm -- free admission
Ziggy Marley at The Egg
Reggae royalty. 8 pm -- $46 and up

WEXT 97.7 10th Anniversary Concert Crawl: The Ladles and Alice Howe at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass and folk. 7 pm -- $16

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