Grand jury report critical of code enforcement in Jay Street fire, Molinaro officially declares run for governor, Greene County fire kills five people, pushback on plan for huge distribution center

Jay Street fire
A Schenectady County grand jury review of the situation surrounding the 2015 Jay Street fatal fire concludes that "the numerous failures of the Schenectady Bureau of Code Enforcement office ... directly contributed to the deaths and injuries which occurred." Mayor Gary McCarthy: "We're going to take it and study it and look to build on some of the changes we have already made." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Race for governor
+ Dutchess County exec Marc Molinaro formally announced in Tivoli that he's running for governor. He criticized Andrew Cuomo for "an administration focused inward, not on the people, but on self-preservation, political survival and presidential ambitions." Also: "We will change the way we do business in this very city to include more stakeholders and more citizens and finally end four men in a room." [TU] [NYT] [News10]
+ Molinaro said he didn't vote for Donald Trump. [New York Now]
+ Molinaro first faces a Republican primary and state Senator John DeFrancisco, but he already has the support of the majority of the party's state committee. [Politico NY]


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Five killed in Greene County fire
State Police say five people died a house fire in Durham, in northern Greene County, Monday. A sixth person is in critical condition. A family members say three children and two grandparents were killed. A witness said the home was completely engulfed in flames. Community members gathered later in the day to grieve and pray. [NYSP] [TU] [Spectrum] [Register-Star]

Albany shooting
Albany police say a man was shot twice in the arm on Second Street in Arbor Hill late Monday afternoon. [APD]

Fatal car crash
Glenville police say two people died in a two-car crash Monday evening on Route 5. [WNYT]

Sentencing in Colonie group assault
The Green Island man who pleaded guilty to taking part in the beating of person in Colonie -- prosecutors say six other people participated, and he confessed his involvement on Facebook -- was sentenced to 10 years in prison. [Albany County DA]

State Assembly member resigns
Pamela Harris, a Democratic state Assembly member from Brooklyn, resigned her office Monday -- she's facing
a collection of fraud and corruption charges. [NYT]

School budgets
A look at the new reporting requirement for some local school districts that's part of the new state budget -- it will require school-level reporting of funding levels. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady school safety
There have been calls from teachers and students for the Schenectady school district to address safety concerns related to fights at Schenectady High School. [Daily Gazette]

Huge distribution center in Schodack
The plan to build a million-square-foot distribution center in Schodack got pushback from nearby residents concerned about truck traffic. [TU]

Cities sharing data
A look at the online system Schenectady, Amsterdam, Gloversville and Troy are using to share info about vacant and abandoned properties. [Daily Gazette]

Becoming a parent
Sara Foss on the importance of maternity and family leave: "I've learned a lot since having a baby, but if there's one thing I've learned, it's that a supportive network of friends and family, combined with an ample amount of time off from work, makes everything easier and more manageable." [Daily Gazette]

Trump voters
Chris Churchill on the new Rosanne, Trump voters, and the working class. [TU]

Kay's Pizza
Kay's Pizza on Burden Lake is now in its 60th season. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Tuesday: The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hosting a performance by the RUBBERBANDance Group. "RUBBERBANDance Group merges the fresh pulse of street dancing with the acute aesthetics of contemporary dance." Tuesday 7:30 pm -- $15 / $10 students ($5 higher for each at the door)

Tuesday: Proctors is showing a filmed Royal Opera performance of Carmen. Tuesday 2 pm and 6:30 pm -- $15

Kinetic sculpture
Tuesday: Sculptor Arthur Ganson will be at Skidmore for a talk about his work making kinetic, Rube Golberg-esque sculptures. Tuesday 6 pm, Filene Recital Hall -- free

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm


"Trump voters — Chris Churchill on the new Rosanne, Trump voters, and the working class. [TU]"

Again with the stereotypes:

"Nor is it surprising that Roseanne and Dan Conner voted for Donald Trump, as we learned in the season's premiere last week. "Roseanne" was always about authenticity — at least until its bizarre final season — and it would be unrealistic if the Conners weren't Trump voters today, even though they leaned leftward when the show first aired 20 years ago. (TU)"

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