Q Poll: Cuomo has double digit lead over Nixon, Troy protests over grand jury decision in Dahmeek McDonald shooting, bullet holes found in Albany County Democratic headquarters

Justice for Dahmeek protest outside Troy Police Department
Protestors gathered outside the Troy police department on Wednesday to protest the grand jury decision not to prosecute the officer who shot Dahmeek McDonald in an incident last August.[Spectrum][TU]

Bullet holes at Albany County Dem headquarters
An Albany County Democratic Committee Employee discovered a series of bullet holes lodged in the building on Wednesday morning. No-one was in the building when shots were fired. Some of the bullet holes were new and others may have been fired as early as last week. [Spectrum][TU][WNYT]

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Cuomo / Nixon
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Andrew Cuomo leading Cynthia Nixon by 36 points just two months before the Democratic primary. [NYT]

Albany violence
Andrew Cuomo's office offered more state troopers to Albany to help patrol city streets and deal with the recent spate of violence in the city. [TU]

New details in Schenectady shooting
Some new details have been released in the Schenectady shooting of a mother and two children. Police say DaShawn Howard shot the 7-year-old boy in the incident twice, and fired on a 16-year-old girl from a distance of ten feet.[Gazette]

When the customer is wrong
Chris Churchill points out an injustice at a local Home Depot, where a longtime employee with a good record was fired after confronting a customer who directed a racist rant at him.

Alain Kaloyeros' attorneys are already crafting his appeal, which leans heavily on a definition of wire fraud.

Panic button
Schools in Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Voorheesville school districts will be equipped with emergency panic buttons and radios that would put them immediately through to an Albany County Sheriff's Office emergency dispatcher. [TU]

Asylum seekers disoriented
Advocates trying to assist asylum seekers, including those being housed at the Albany County jail say the detainees are arriving disoriented and confused. [TU/AP]

After Donald Trump once again suggested on Wednesday that Russia no longer poses a threat to U.S. elections, Chuck Schumer condemned the president and made it clear that Russia interfered with U.S. elections in 2016 and that they're trying to do it again. [TU]

Excelsior Scholarship
Marc Molinaro wants the U.S. Attorney's office to investigate Andrew Cuomo's decision to put Excelsior Scholarship award recipients in a television ad, claiming it was a violation of privacy laws. (TU)

Hoosick river trash
Rensselaer County legislators are concerned with the accumulation of trash along the Hoosick River.[Record]

What's that smell?
The stench you may have encountered in Albany this morning apparently came from idling diesel trains near the port of Albany. [TU]

Animal cruelty
A Kingsbury business owner who says he was trying to start a petting zoo plead guilty this week to animal cruelty after five cows, a goat, two alpacas, seven chickens, 10 turkeys and numerous rabbits were found dead with no food or water.[WNYT]

Controversial Spa City garage
The Saratoga City Council voted the week to end the battle between the city and the Mouszon House restaurant over a controversial parking lot, by changing the plan to include a rooftop feature and community green space. [Gazette]

AngioDynamics fined $12.5 million
AngioDynamics will pay a $12.5 million federal fine to resolve a claim that the company caused health care providers to submit false claims to federal programs over the use of two medical devices. [TU]

A new initiative for women and minority owned businesses is set to help launch and grow businesses in the Capital Regin with loans and technical assistance. [TU]

Doggie paddle
Meet Rosie, the Siberian Husky who leapt from his owner's boat into the Great Sacandaga and swam five miles to shore this week. [News 10]

Stuff going on today

NYC Ballet

Today-Saturday: The New York City Ballet opens its annual summer residence at SPAC. It starts off with two nights of an all-Balanchine program, then later in the week has Romeo + Juliet and 21st Century choreographers. And the ballet gala is Saturday, honoring Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein. Tuesday-Saturday various times and prices

Summer Writers Institute

The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues its schedule of open-to-the-public readings by authors at Skidmore. This week's schedule:
+ Thursday: Paul Auster (Brooklyn Follies, Moon Palace) and novelist-memoirist Siri Hustvedt (The Shaking Woman, What I Loved)

The events are in Palamountain Hall at Skidmore. Monday-Friday 8 pm -- free


Ring of Fire
Today-Sunday: Capital Repertory Theatre continues its production of the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire. (It was in previews this past weekend.) Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Today-Sunday: The Williamstown Theatre Festival continues this week with Artney Jackson by James Anthony Tyler. And on Friday the music Lempicka -- starring Carmen Cusack and Eden Espinosa -- has its world premiere. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- various prices

Park Playhouse
Today-Saturday: The Park Playhouse's first production of the summer season in Washington Park is Damn Yankees. Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- lawn seats free / reserved seats $14 and up

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert season continues...

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing in Albany has reggae band Third World, with Mixed Roots. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Upbeat on the Roof
Thursday: The Upbeat on the Roof series at the Tang Museum on the Skidmore campus has Wurliday. Thursday 7 pm -- free


Thursday-Sunday: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
"A Who's Who of Bluegrass in the Catskill Mountains." days passes are $85

Thursday: Your Name Lives Showcase at The Low Beat
Hip hop showcase, featuring Bez Aloha and many others. 7:30 pm

Thursday: Gaelynn Lea at The Linda
Folk singer/violinist. Winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk contest. 8 pm -- $12

Thursday: The Patty Griffin show at Helsinki Hudson is sold out.


Friendly reminder that if the shots into the Democratic HQ are politically motivated, this is domestic terrorism and the perpetrator is in fact a terrorist.


Angry, armed white men are not terrorists, they're "good people".

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