Troopers and tow truck operator injured in I-90 crash, new Republican in the pool for governor, Flag Day Parade ends

Troopers and tow truck operator injured in I-90 crash
+ State Police say three people -- two of them state troopers -- were seriously injured in a crash on I-90 in North Greenbush early Sunday morning. NYSP say two troopers had responded to a call for single-vehicle crash in the median. A two truck arrived with two operators. And then, with the scene marked off flares, State Police say another driver failed to move over, hit the patrol car, then hit both troopers and one of the tow truck operators -- all three suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized. The second tow operator and the driver of the second vehicle also suffered injuries. The second driver is facing DWI and "numerous others" traffic charges. [NYSP]
+ Said the other tow truck operator to News10 of the crash: "It was just terrible. It was like a hurricane coming through." [News10]
+ State Police Major Robert Patnaude on the setup of the scene before the second crash: "It was lit up like a Christmas tree. There's no reason why he shouldn't have seen it." [WNYT]
+ Patnaude remarking on both crashes, the first of which State Police say was the result of a driver distracted by a phone: "You're driving a 3,000-pound vehicle that is a dangerous weapon and people take it too lightly." [TU]

Schenectady police excessive force case
According to a Schenectady Police Department internal affairs reports, an SPD lieutenant who had been up for the job of police chief had shown photos of a woman whose head had been busted open when officers slammed her head into a bench and told other members of the force "this is what happens when someone hits one of my men" -- the report concluded that the officers hadn't followed training and the use of force was excessive. (The report surfaced in a federal court filing as part of a lawsuit filed by the woman.) [TU]

+ The former Columbia High School student who brought a shotgun to school in 2014 2004 -- and was tackled by the then-principal -- wrote a letter to the Times Union following Chris Churchill's recent column looking back at the incident hailing the principal as a hero, expressing regret for the pain he's caused, and praising the Parkland high school students for their advocacy. [TU]
+ Talking with local high school students about their plans to join nationwide walk-out events to protest gun violence. [TU]


UAlbany crime reporting
The union that represents state university police officers has criticized UAlbany's handling of the federally-required notification process for crimes on campus, alleging administrators have purposefully delayed reporting -- in a letter UAlbany president Havidán Rodríguez said the administration "categorically and unilaterally reject(s) your allegations." [TU]

Sentencing in Washington Park fatal hit-and-run
The man who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal crash in Albany's Washington Park in 2017 without reporting it was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison. [Albany County DA]

Former state Senator pleads guilty
Former state Senator George Maziarz -- who represented a part of western New York -- pleaded guilty Friday in Albany County Court to a misdemeanor charge related to hidden payments made to a former staffer. [TU]

Republican challenger for Gillibrand
+ New York Republicans have formally nominated Chele Chiavacci Farley to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for the US Senate. [Politico NY]
+ This past weekend the Working Families Party endorsed Gillibrand for re-election. [Politico NY]

New Republican candidate for governor
Marc Molinaro -- the Dutchess County exec -- told New York Republicans during a private speech in Saratoga Springs that he will seek the party's nomination for governor, and he won 55 of 83 straw votes cast. [Politico NY] [Spectrum]

Surgery center hack
St. Peter's Surgery & Endoscopy Center says hackers potentially compromised roughly 135,000 patient records, one of the largest such hacks in New York in recent years. [TU]

Albany city debt
The city of Albany's amount of debt has fallen about 24 percent over the last four years. [TU]

Ice jams
How the Lock 7 dam could be prompting the creation of large ice jams on the Mohawk River. [Daily Gazette]

Horse trainers say a change in the program for getting visas for seasonal workers is threatening their ability to get necessary help for the upcoming season at Saratoga. [TU]

Flag Day Parade
The organizers of the Troy Flag Day Parade have officially announced the parade has ended after 50 years. [TU]

A profile of Col. Michele Kilgore, new head of New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing in Glenville, who's flown planes ranging from fighters to tankers. [Daily Gazette]

UAlbany basketball teams out
+ The UAlbany women's basketball team lost to Hartford 58-56 in the America East conference tournament. That ends of a run of six straight trips to the NCAA tournament for the Great Danes. [TU]
+ The UAlbany men's basketball team lost to Stony Brook 69-60 in the first round of the America East conference tournament. (The winner of the tournament goes to the NCAA tournament.) [TU]

Dance marathon
+ This year's South High Marathon Dance in South Glens Falls raised more than $831k. [Post-Star]
+ Terry Stackhouse learns the moves ahead of this year's dance. [Spectrum]

Stuff going on today

Monday: The Times Union Center hosts the championship games for the MAAC men's and women's basketball tournaments. (The MAAC is Siena's conference.) The winners get a spot in the NCAA tournament. Monday, women's final 2:30 pm, men's final 9 pm -- $18.50 and up

Nicole Eisenman
Monday: Artist Nicole Eisenman will be at The Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus for a talk about her work. "[Eisenman] has created a body of psychologically revealing work that includes installations, drawings, animations, and paintings. Her unique sense of humor permeates her work. Simultaneously playful, biting, and raunchy, she challenges cultural and social norms associated with gender and sexuality, popular culture, and the current art scene." Monday 5:30 pm -- free

Music: Andrew Bird at The Egg
"Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter..." 7:30 pm -- $40

Music: The Song Remains the Same at The Palace
Led Zeppelin concert film. 7 pm -- $5


Re: Troy Flag day parade

IMO, the decline of the Troy flag day parade is emblematic of the regional problem of each city maintaining their independence, competing and duplicating services AND of the benefits of acting as a single community. Imagine if there was one July 4th Parade (let's say in Albany), and one Memorial Day parade(let's say in Troy) and if we'd include Albany and Troy in the Schenectady holiday parade, and imagine (gasp) even one St. Patrick's Day parade (cue the outrage from the North Albany Celtic crew who host their own parade immediately before the Albany parade). Attendance would be better, costs would be shared, each city would "host" the other communities so Albanians would (finally :-) ) see Schenectady, and Schenectonians would(maybe!) venture "across the river" to experience Troy, etc. CDTA could host shuttles to and from each parade event.

just a thought.

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