It's primary week, new Albany police chief sworn in, Troy police officer charged, big month for Schenectady casino

Gubernatorial election
+ In a Siena poll out Monday morning Andrew Cuomo continued to have big lead on Cynthia Nixon for the Democratic primary this week. [SRI]
+ But things didn't go so well for Cuomo over the weekend: After the grand opening of a span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge across the Tappan Zee Friday, the new section did not open Saturday because of a "potentially dangerous situation" involving a section of the old bridge. Marc Molinaro is calling for a federal investigation of the bridge. [Politico] [NYT] [LoHud]
+ Also over the weekend: Cuomo tried to distance himself from a mailer sent out by state Democratic Party that attempted to connect Nixon with anti-Semitism. The Nixon campaign called for an apology from Cuomo. [NYT] [Politico]
+ And the New York Times published an analysis of Cuomo travel records concluding he took 195 trips on state planes and helicopters in 2017, more frequently than the governors of other large states. [NYT]
+ A look at the matchup between incumbent lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul and Democratic challenger Jumaane Williams. [TU]

New Albany police chief
New Albany police chief Eric Hawkins at his swearing in on Friday: "I'm here to help this police department move to that next level of cooperation, partnership and collaboration with the members of this community because challenges, like the challenges we've faced over these last two-three months, are best addressed when the members of the police department work very closely and collaboratively with the members of this community." [TU]

Police oversight
Chris Churchill on the friendship that developed between the mothers of two men who died during interactions with police in Saratoga County and the difficulty in finding out exactly what happened and why in the cases. [TU]

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Troy police officer charged
North Greenbush police say an off-duty Troy police officer was charged with second-degree harassment for allegedly elbowing a man in the face during a fight over little league baseball field. [TU]

Man arrested in Tennessee in connection with fatal Cohoes home invasion
Cohoes police say a man wanted in connection with a robbery last month that included a fatal shooting was arrested by the FBI last week in Tennessee. [TU]

DWI maneuvering
Rob Gavin looks at the legal maneuvering -- and alleged attempted name dropping for leniency -- on the part of a Voorheesville attorney disbarred after pleading guilty to driving drunk in Guilderland with a child in the vehicle. [TU]

State Police: Three year old handed over drugs
State Police allege that during traffic stop in the town of New Scotland last week a three-year-old girl reached under a seat and retrieved a zippered pouch with pot and associated items and held it up for a trooper to see. [NYSP]

Albany billing for protest
The local Poor People's Campaign is still facing more than $6k in bills from the city of Albany for blocking roads during protests earlier this year, and there's an ongoing back and forth over the fairness of billing the campaign. [TU]

Climate protest
More than 100 people rallied outside the Executive Mansion in Albany Saturday pushing for the state to do more about climate change. [Spectrum]

Talking with Schenectady residents with disabilities about how sidewalks in disrepair make it hard for them to get around. [News10]

Quackenbush Center project
The president of the development company backing the Quackenbush Center mixed-use development on Broadway in downtown Albany says construction could start on the hotel there next spring; and of the residential: "Maybe it's four stories, maybe it's six stories, maybe it's affordable housing." [TU]

Schenectady casino
The Rivers Casino in Schenectady had both its highest-grossing month and week in August. [Daily Gazette]

Clinton Street Mercantile
Talking with the people opening a new incubator for artisans in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

The ValleyCats won the New York-Penn League championship. [TU]

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