Death in Lark Street stabbing case, Kaloyeros trial starting, Miner making independent run for governor, a tangled family tree

Death in Lark Street stabbing case
Albany police say one of the men stabbed during the incident near Lark Street and Madison Ave June 7 has died of his injuries. The death of 22-year-old Elijah Smith is the city's fifth homicide of the year. [APD press release] [TU]

Shootings in Albany
Albany police are investigating two shootings Saturday -- one on Clinton Ave in Sheridan Hollow/Arbor Hill, the other on Second Ave near Grandview Terrace. APD says it doesn't know of the shootings are connected. [TU] [Spectrum] [TU]

Kaloyeros trial
+ The federal trial of Alain Kaloyeros on bid-rigging allegations related to SUNY Poly projects is scheduled to start Monday. [TU]
+ Jimmy Vielkind: "Regardless of how the trial ends, it's certain to pose a larger question about Cuomo's efforts to revive the upstate economy: Did the big bets on high-tech projects, most of which were overseen by Kaloyeros, pay off?" [Politico NY]


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Gubernatorial election
Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner (a Democrat) has announced an independent run for governor, with the intent to appear on the Serve America Movement line. [NYT] [Politico NY]

Crystal Run investigation
The Times Union reports that the FBI is investigating Crystal Run Healthcare, a Hudson Valley health care org that's been a big campaign donor to Andrew Cuomo and has received $25 million in grants from the state. [TU]

End of session
David Lombardo on the approaching end of the state legislature's session: "Odds are against the session ending with the traditional overstuffed bipartisan bill that has something for everyone." [TU]

Mental health
Sara Foss on recent situations involving people with mental illness and police: "It's easy to say that people who feel depressed and suicidal should get help. But is help readily available? Is treatment easy to find? Are there resources for those struggling with mental illness in every community? The answer, all too often, is no." [Daily Gazette]

High school students and vaping
Area school officials say there's been a sharp upswing during the last few years in the number of students vaping. [Daily Gazette]

In which Steve Barnes tries figure out how a prominent local restaurant server ended up being arrested in a heroin bust: "In this story, nobody dies. Nobody overdoses. Its central character -- whom no one, especially not himself, would consider a tragic figure -- can seem like an arrogant jerk. Though I don't dislike the guy, I'd still call him that." [TU]

Albany County Land Bank
A look at how the Albany County Land Bank is trying manage the cost of demolishing buildings, and upstream efforts to head off demolitions. [TU]

Code enforcement
Rotterdam's supervisor says the town is looking at whether it can update its codes and enforcement to address properties that have a lot of clutter. [Daily Gazette]

RBG and John Roberts
SCOTUS chief justice John Roberts made a surprise appearance with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at a federal court conference in Saratoga Springs Friday. [Saratogian]

Abbie Lee Brace
The city of Albany honored community activist Abbie Lee Brace, who died in 2006, by naming a section of Clinton Ave after her.

Genoa Importing
The Genoa Importing Co. deli in Loudonville has a new owner (and, remarkably, does more than $1 million a year in sales). [Biz Review]

Family trees
Steven Cook walks through the remarkable story of his grandfather, father, and a tangled, sprawling family tree. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

1 Monument Square
Monday-Thursday: The latest round of public discussions about the future of 1 Monument Square in Troy is this week. The series starts with a public workshop and movie screening Monday at the Arts Center of the Capital Region. Monday 6 pm (movie at 4:30 pm)

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