August 2, 2017

Cuomo says he'll sue over Federal challenge to SAFE Act, Stefanik faces two new challengers, medical marijuana facility slated for Glenville

Cuomo will sue to protect SAFE Act
Representative Chris Collins, a longtime opponent of the NY SAFE Act, has introduced a Federal bill that would limit a state's authority to regulate gun sales -- which, if passed, would override the act. Andrew Cuomo announced he would sue to block any federal efforts to override the act, saying "the state has rights too." [TU][TWCN]

Stefanik
Elise Stefanik will face two more challengers in the race for the 21st Congressional District seat 00 one from the right and another from the left. If you're keeping score, that makes six people who have announced an intention to challenge Stefanik -- five Democrats and one Republican. [TU]

Meanwhile, Stefanik was in Saratoga County on Tuesday where she toured a shelter for homeless veterans and heard concerns from vets on health care and other assistance issues.[Saratogian]

19 arrests at Stephentown music festival
Police arrested 19 people on drug charges and confiscated
cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, doses of LSD, Ketamine, MDMA pills, marijuana, prescription pills and gummy candies and lollipops laced with drugs
. [Record][TU]



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Other Timelines: The Portal

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By Big 'Vic' Proton

It's Other Timelines week on AOA, in which we'll be looking at alternate histories of this place, about big and small things that did or did not happen.

BVP has been dropping delightfully weird, tiny stories in the comments here at AOA for years, so we thought it'd be fun to have him write a few super short stories based on this week's alternate history theme. Here's the first, about what happens when you arrive late to the past...

The Albany Portal had already been open for about three years before I had a chance to go.

By that time there were about 30 around the world, maybe more, so it had become pretty normal.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the first year, self-criticism, support, the bus station, a new roof, the melting debt snowball, a secret bog, Bear Mountain, outdoor movies, Pitney Meadow, Mio Posto, the crusade against shameless vice, downtown Schenectady then, and the Big E.

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YOUARENOWHERE at EMPAC

YOUARENOWHERE Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider will be at EMPAC August 10-11 to present his award winning show YOUARENOWHERE. And there's an opportunity to see it free -- by being part of the show. Blurbage:

We invite you to slide into the role of an accomplice audience member. Access a unique, secret way of experiencing a multimedia performance that combines theater, technology, and visual art - and see a mind-bending show for free!
You are the secret element on which the show rests. All you need to do is sign up, follow simple instructions, and be a part of a transformative performance experience. Take a close look at the inner workings of the show from behind-the-scenes, and become a spectator of a very particular kind...

Here's the info about how to sign up. We hear that being a participant will be an interesting and unusual experience. (Also: There will be pizza.)

EMPAC will be hosting two performances of YOUARENOWHERE -- Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11, both at 8 pm. Tickets to be part of the regular audience are $18, $13 for students and seniors.

Ballston Spa Film Festival 2017

The Catcallers by Molly Kelleher is one of the films in this year's lineup.

The Ballston Spa Film Festival is back this Friday and Saturday (August 4 and 5) in the Saratoga County village. It's an open-air-bring-your-chair festival that screens a family-friendly slate of short films. And admission is free.

For the festival's 10th year, it will be showing 43 short films across four different slates. The lineup includes films are from all over the world and from here in New York State. A handful of them will be making their premieres.

Here's the list of film slates and schedule of events. The films are shown at two sites: Ballston Spa High School and Old Iron Spring Park.

AOA is a media sponsor of the BSFF.

Good camping spots that are away from crowds?

campfire at a lakeSean emails:

I was wondering if any of your readers had any recommendations for some good, isolated camping spots. There are plenty of large, multi-unit camping spots where there are 100+ lots. I'm more interested in areas that have more privacy, while still offering some swimming / fishing.

Sometimes one of the joys about being out in the forest is not being around a bunch of other people. (Of course, we're all other people to other people.)

So, got a suggestion for Sean? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a spot can be helpful.

Earlier: Good spots for camping with kids?

photo: Casey Normile

A brief history of the Capital Region's much-admired light rail system

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The light rail line along Madison Ave -- following an old trolley route -- has proven to be very popular, carrying students and neighborhood residents to work, shopping, and entertainment along the busy corridor. / streetcar photo: Wikipedia user Pi.1415926535 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

By Sandy Johnston

It's Other Timelines week on AOA, in which we'll be looking at alternate histories of this place, about big and small things that did or did not happen.

It's 2017. As the Capital Region looks back on the first fifteen years of the 21st century, it can be proud of its transit system -- and the inextricably linked patterns of land use that it has built -- even as the rest of the country debates the merit or even the very concept of public transit.

Looking back at the past eight decades, there were a few turning points -- inflection points, one might say -- at which regional leaders made choices that could have resulted in a very different future if another path had been taken.

So how did Albany, Schenectady, and Troy end up with a transit system that would be the envy of cities many times their size?

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