Sheehan takes Albany primary, Schenectady D.A. named Troy special prosecutor, TU Center bans elephant acts

Primary results
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan easily defeated primary challengers Frank Commisso Jr. and Carolyn McLaughlin on Tuesday. Here's a look at more of Tuesday's Albany primary results. McLaughlin told a a crowd she still believed in a bright future for Albany but said it couldn't be business as usual. Commisso Jr., who has the Independence Party line, said he will make decisions about November over the next few days. Only two votes separated the candidates in Albany's Green Party mayoral primary. [Spectrum] [AOA] [TU] [TU]

Rensselaer County exec
Steve McLaughlin is ahead of Christopher Meyer in the Republican primary for Rensselaer County executive by 339 votes. McLaughlin declared victory Tuesday, but Meyer didn't concede. [Rensselaer County BOE] [TU]

Schenectady DA named special prosecutor in Troy case
Schenectady county DA Robert Carney has been named the special prosecutor in the investigation into the Troy police shooting of parole absconder Dahmeek McDonald in August. [TU]

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Schumer on estate tax
Chuck Schumer says Donald Trumps plan to repeal the estate tax would ''benefit the ultra-rich while leaving the middle class in this country out to dry.''[TU]

Smoking age
Saratoga County is considering a move to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products--prohibiting stores from selling tobacco to people under the age of 21. [Gazette]

Schenectady public safety commissioner
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is hoping to fill the city's public safety commissioner post, left vacant by the death of Wayne Bennett in August, in the 2018 budget. [Gazette]

Support for Saratoga Charter Reform
The League of Women Voters has come out in support of the controversial charter change proposed for the city of Saratoga Springs. [Gazette]

Convicted kidnapper's release concerns Saratoga residents
Saratoga residents are expressing concern over the release of a convicted kidnapper who may end up spending his parole in the city. [Gazette]

Marquis Dixon
Marquis Dixon, who found himself at the center of the "Raise the Age" debate after he was sentenced to nine years after stealing a pair of sneakers and showing a gun, has been charged with using a fake $20 bill at a Glenville gas station. [Spectrum]

Halfmoon fire displaces Florida family
A family of 15 that escaped the hurricane in Florida was displaced again when the Halfmoon house where they were staying with family burned this week. [TU]

Living a lie
The slippery slope of life based on a lie for the Saratoga County man charged with practicing architecture without a license . [Gazette]

Air ambulance in Caribbean
A Schenectady air ambulance that was schedule to have a ribbon cutting this week is instead operating in the Caribbean Islands to aid hurricane victims.[TU]

Elephant acts banned from TU Center
As the legislature prepares a bill banning elephant acts across New York State the Times Union Center has announced they are banning them at the facility. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week
Monday-Sunday: It's Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week. Restaurants around downtown Troy will be offering specials and there will be beer-focused events at many places.

The Media Crease
Wednesday: Cal-Berkeley professor Abigail De Kosnik will be at EMPAC to talk about how the use and reuse of media shows up in a digital world. " From common acts like reblogging, retweeting, playback, and reviewing to unintended effects like glitches and erasures De Kosnik will examine different traces and patterns within the digital landscape." Wednesday 7 pm -- free

Music: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) at The Hollow
Dance punk. With: Algiers. 9 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $17 at door

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