Gubernatorial primary crunch time, shooting in Albany, planned makeover of Madison Theater delayed, lucky dog

Gubernatorial election
+ The drama over the (not) opening of Mario M. Cuomo Bridge across the Tappan Zee continued with the New York Times getting a hold of an internal document in which the Cuomo admin offered the bridge contractor potential enticements to get the bridge open by late August. [NYT]
+ The Cuomo campaign also continued its effort to distance itself from a mailer sent out by the state Democratic Party that tried to associate Cynthia Nixon with anti-Semitism. A Daily Gazette editorial on that effort: "But don't you believe them. They knew exactly what they were doing." [Politico] [Daily Gazette]
+ Arguing the case for and against a Cynthia Nixon win in the Democratic primary. [TU]
+ A look at the Cuomo campaign's rapid spending and flurry of announcements heading into the primary. [Politico]
+ Chris Churchill: "The end of the Democratic primary is bringing out the worst in Andrew Cuomo. What else would we expect?" [TU]
+ Zephyr Teachout was in Albany Monday and said that if elected state Attorney General, she would investigate the Cuomo admin on allegations of a misuse of public funds for campaign purposes. [Spectrum] [TU]

19th Congressional District election
Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado is accusing Republican incumbent John Faso of trying to avoid a one-on-one debate after two potential TV debates were canceled because of Faso's request for the inclusion of the Green Party candidate. [TU]

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Shooting in Albany
Albany police say a man was shot inside a building on North Swan Street between Second and Third streets around 1 am Tuesday morning. APD says the man suffered serious injuries and is in critical condition. It's asking anyone with info to call. [APD]

Cargo container crash
Bethlehem police say a tractor trailer carrying a cargo container hit the Thruway overpass on 9W around 5:30 pm Monday -- the container dislodged and struck a minivan traveling in the opposite direction, injuring the minivan driver. [Bethlehem PD]

Local state Senate candidate calls for revoking voting rights in some cases
Daphne Jordan -- the Republican running against Democrat Aaron Gladd for the 43rd state Senate District (Kathy Marchione's current seat) -- called for legislation that would revoke the voting rights of level-three sex offenders and people who had been convicted of murder because she says those people are too dangerous to vote at sites such as schools and libraries. The call is a response to the Cuomo admin's conditional pardon of more than 24,000 people that opens the way for them to vote again. Sex offenders would be allowed to vote at schools after 7 pm. [TU] [Troy Record]

Guilty plea in business theft from Stewart's
The president of a cardboard recycling company pleaded guilty to holding back more than $150,000 from Stewart's -- without notifying the convenience store chain -- as part of an effort to increase his own company's profits. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Ballston Spa treasurer resignation
The village of Ballston Spa's treasurer resigned last week around the same time a draft audit from the state Comptroller's office arrived. [TU]

Albany County prosecutor fired
An Albany County prosecutor was recently fired after he was accused of making an inappropriate remark about a female co-coworker. [TU]

Schenectady vacant building fees
The Schenectady City Council approved an increase in the escalating fees assessed to the owners of vacant properties. [Daily Gazette]

Colonie planning conflict of interest complaint
A group called SAVE Colonie is criticizing the town of Colonie's practice of contracting with private engineering firms to review development projects when those same firms also bring project to the town for approval. [TU]

Neighborhood watch
Sara Foss gets a look at the training for the neighborhood watch program in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Cosmic Cinemas
The planned opening Cosmic Cinemans at the Madison Theater in Albany has been pushed back to this fall. [Biz Review]

Lucky dog
A Fort Edward man who bought a $10 million-winning scratch-off ticket at Cumberland Farms says he had originally gone over to the convenience store so he could buy his dog some Slim Jims. [TU]

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