Siena poll: 59 percent of NY voters say confederate monuments should stay up, Cuomo on DACA decision:"feeding the beast of bigotry red meat", grand jury will examine D.A.'s handling of Troy police involved shooting

Siena Poll
A new Siena poll shows 59 percent of voters statewide believe confederate monuments should stay up. In the same poll, fifty percent of voters statewide gave Donald Trump an F for his handling of Charlottesville, and, by a slim margin, voters polled oppose giving neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups permits to hold marches, and shows him with a 29 percent favorability rate in NY. [TU][Spectrum][

DACA
Dozens of people rallied in Wallenburg Park on Tuesday to protest Donald Trump's decision to remind DACA. Andrew Cuomo called said the reminding DACA "is just feeding the beast of bigotry red meat."[WNYT][NYSoP]

Abelove
A grand jury will investigate Troy D.A. Joel Abelove's handling of the police shooting of Edson Thevenin following a car pursuit in April of 2016. Meanwhile lawmakers in Rensselaer County have rejected a measure to approve up to $50 thousand dollars to help cover Abelove's legal expenses in the case. [WNYT][TU]

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Lawsuit to stop Troy movie theater
A lawsuit has been filed in an effort to stop the proposed Bow Tie Cinema multiplex project at 1 Monument Square in Troy, claiming that the city committed errors in the environmental review and that the project would reside on city parkland, which would require permission from the State Legislature.[TU]

Troy pastor stands by controversial statements
The pastor of Grace Baptist Church who gave away a gun in a church fundraiser is standing by some controversial comments about African American churches and leaders. [WNYT]

Free internet for Albany
A report released to the Times Union reveals three outlines for bringing free wireless internet to Albany residents.[TU]

Charges dropped against frat brother
A judge dropped charges this week against a Niskayuna teen in connection with the death of his fraternity brother at Penn State in an alleged hazing incident. [WNYT]

A chancellor's first day at school
Kristina Johnson, the new Chancellor of the State University of New York, settles into her new job. [TU]

Spa City charter battle update
The latest in the controversial battle to change the Saratoga Springs city charter : advocates of the current commission form of government have accused the League of Women Voters of being unfair and have refused to participate in the leagues discussion of the charter slated for September 21. [TU]

Eminent domain for Spa City bike path
The Saratoga Springs City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to use eminent domain to obtain land for the controversial Geyser Road bike trail.
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Stillwater Mayor's child pornography case
Stillwater's Village Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, and issued a statement expressing surprise and sadness at former mayor Rick Nelson's arrest on child pornography charges.[Spectrum]

Moving a house
A Schenectady home dating back to the 1800s is being moved this week to help protect it from Mohawk River flooding.[Gazette]


Stuff going on today

ValleyCats

Wednesday-Thursday: The last two games of the ValleyCats season are at home at The Joe versus Connecticut. Wednesday is Bark in the Park, and Thursday is college night with fireworks following. Wednesday and Thursday 6:30 pm -- $6 and up

Startup Tech Valley

Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series returns to Revolution Hall with presentations from four companies, among them a company building the next generation of game controllers. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Arts and sciences

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

Incense, Sweaters, and Ice
Wednesday: Artist Martine Syms will be at EMPAC to present a new video work, Incense, Sweaters, and Ice. "Incense, Sweaters, and Ice follows three protagonists, Mrs. Queen Esther Bernetta White, Girl, and WB ("whiteboy"). Through Hollywood film tropes as well as the visual language of social media video platforms like Vine and Instagram, Syms follows in a long cinematic history of using camera motion to create the illusion of subjectivity. Intertwining technique and narrative, the video drives at the tension between surveillance and self-promotion that pervades our many avenues of self-documentation and broadcast." Wednesday 7 pm -- $6

Film

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
Proctors is showing two films this week as part of a series called LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! that highlights films shot in upstate New York:
+ Wednesday: The Night We Met by Russell Cring and Tracey Nichole Cring, shot around Schroon Lake. Wednesday 7 pm -- $5
+ Thursday: Man Underground by Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine, shot in Greene County and other spots around the region. Thursday 7 pm -- $5

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