Federal Superfund designation for Hoosick Falls, takes on Trump's comment about Upstate, Cohoes fire called suspicious, topless in Saratoga

Hoosick Falls
The EPA has declared the Saint-Gobain plant in Hoosick Falls a federal Superfund site. The designation means federal resources can be put toward cleaning up contamination at the site, which polluted the village's drinking water supply. [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT]

Moving from Upstate
Three takes on Donald's Trumps comment about how people should move from Upstate New York if they can't get a job:
+ Chris Churchill: "When Trump suggested last week that upstate New Yorkers move to where jobs are more plentiful, he wasn't entirely wrong. In fact, that's exactly what many residents have been doing." [TU]
+ Sara Foss: "If anything, Trump's remarks suggest he believes upstate New York is so hopeless that the process of disinvestment and abandonment that began decades ago should be accelerated." [Daily Gazette]
+ Charlie Kraebel: "Too many people in power -- from the statehouse to tiny village boardrooms -- never want to give up their turf. But too many people, voters in particular, keep sending the same people back every time election season rolls around. How can you fix anything if you keep rehiring the people who broke the state in the first place?" [Troy Record]

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Cohoes fire
Cohoes police say a man was severely burned in a house fire on Van Schaick Island Monday. Neighbors tell the Record they heard what sounded like a domestic dispute just ahead of the fire, and the fire chief called the fire suspicious. [TU] [Troy Record] [Spectrum]

Lockdown of part of Western Ave
Albany police shut down a section of Western Ave near Saint Rose late Monday afternoon while investigating a report that a person with a weapon was inside a home there -- APD says it didn't find anyone. [APD] [TU]

What was Log Bay Day
The crackdown on this year's Log Bay Day apparently worked -- the only boat in the Lake George bay Monday was a Warren County Sheriff's boat. [Daily Gazette]

Drone near ALB
Two planes -- including an American Airlines jet -- reported a drone flying close to the ALB approach path Saturday. Drone use within 5 miles of the airport is prohibited without permission from the FAA. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Shared services
Albany County is set to propose a state-mandated shared services plan. Probably. Eventually. [TU]

Wrongful convictions
The state has issued new rules for how photo arrays of suspects are presented to witnesses with the hope the standards will reduce the number of wrongful convictions. [TU]

Erie Boulevard
Here's the schedule for when Erie Boulevard in Schenectady will be put back together. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Juice Bar
The owners of Saratoga Juice Bar are selling the Circus Cafe so they can focus on the expansion of the juice brand, which is setting up a production facility in LA. [Daily Gazette]

Wink -- the "smart" home tech company with an office in Schenectady (it had been part of Quirky) -- is now owned by a company backed Will.i.am. [Daily Gazette]

Topless in Saratoga
Talking with the topless women who have been standing -- legally -- outside the Saratoga Race Course this summer.

Stuff going on today

National Night Out
Tuesday: It's National Night Out, an annual event focused on community building and fostering police-community relationships. Communities around the Capital Region have participated in the past with public events. For example, Albany has a bunch of events around the city.

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

Sunshine Fair
Monday-Saturday: The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair continues at the fairgrounds in Cobleskill. Monday-Saturday various times -- $15 / free for children 2 and under / includes admission and rides, some concerts are extra

Music: The Alabama Shakes show at The Palace is sold out.

Music: One Republic at SPAC
With: Fitz & The Tantrums, James Arthur. 7 pm -- $25 and up

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