It's Primary Day, arrest in fatal stabbing, Albany DMV moving, looking for a few good trees

Primary Day
+ Today is primary day for state elections. Check with your county board of election website or the state Board of Election for polling places and sample ballots. [TU]
+ Chris Churchill on the reasons for low voter turnout in New York. [TU]
+ Getting out the vote among immigrants and minorities. [TU]

Arrest in fatal stabbing
A 21-year-old Troy man is a suspect in the fatal Lark Street stabbing of a 45-year-old Albany man in late July. [TU]

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Albany County styrofoam ban
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signed an expansion of the county's styrofoam ban on Wednesday that will prohibit the material's use in food service establishments throughout the county. [TU]

More allegations for Troy police officer
Troy police officer Dominick Comitale, charged with hitting a man on a Little League field earlier this week, has been implicated in an off-duty road rage incident. [TU]

Saratoga Springs citizen's advisory board
Sara Foss on a public safety advisory board in Saratoga Springs that she predicts will be ineffective. [Gazette]

Watervliet standoff
A standoff outside a Watervliet apartment on Tuesday led to a school lockdown. [TU]

Household income
2017 Census data indicates median household income increased in three of four Capital Region counties.[TU]

Tracking Florence
How UAlbany researchers and students are tracking Hurricane Florence. [TU]

Volunteers head into hurricane
As people evacuate the Carolinas and Virginia, a handful of Capital Region volunteers are headed into the storm to help. [TU]

The NYS DMV is moving from its South Pearl Street location in Albany's South End to a site on Central Avenue in next year.[TU]

Schenectady train station
The dome was placed on the new Schenectady train station Thursday morning. [Gazette]

Harmony Mills tax break
A Harmony Mills request to add millions onto a tax break package has led to the revelation that two of the five the members of the board for the Cohoes IDA, which provides the tax breaks, aren't city residents as required by the org's bylaws. [TU]

Heating bills
National Grid customers can expect a drop of as much as 7 percent in heating bills if temperatures this winter remain in the normal range. [TU]

Chips like human brain
SUNY Poly researchers are working to create chips that operate more like the human brain. [TU]

Looking for a few good trees
NYS OGS is seeking Christmas trees.[News 10]

Stuff going on today

Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week
Thursday-Sunday: It's Troy Restaurant and Craft Beer Week. Restaurants around downtown Troy will be offering specials and there will be beer-focused events at many places.

Listening Creates an Opening
Thursday-Saturday: The Mary Armentrout Dance Theater will be at EMPAC for a work called Listening Creates an Opening. It "focuses on how various types of technology impact our physical experience of moving through the world. By inviting the audience to move with the performers through a variety of environments, the performance explores what types of histories and contexts reveal themselves from a consciously embodied perspective." Wednesday-Saturday 5:30 pm -- $18 / $13 students and seniors

John Leland: Happiness Is a Choice You Make
Thursday: Journalist John Leland will be at UAlbany for a craft talk about this book Happiness Is a Choice You Make as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. (A talk earlier in the day about the book is already full.) Thursday 4:15 pm, Alumni House Conference Room, uptown campus -- free

The Great Fire of 1848
Thursday: Albany city historian Tony Opalka, Paul Grondahl, and Lt. Tim Blaney and Lt. Bill Tobler (retired) of the Albany Fire Department will lead a Historic Albany Foundation walking tour of the "burnt district" from Albany's Great Fire of 1848. A reception with a display about AFD history will follow at 48 Hudson. Thursday 5:30 pm -- $25

Music: Real Estate at Helsinki Hudson
Indie rock. With: Wet Tuna. 8 pm -- $38

Music: Jonathan Edwards at Caffe Lena
Folk singer. 7 pm -- $28


I do most if not all of my DMV transactions online but don't they legally have to have a county office open? The whole thing is quite confusing.

There will be endless debate over the Plaza and it's impact on Albany, but I stand firm in my belief that no block in the city is uglier than the DMV/County office block on S. Pearl. Mayor Sheehan is spot on - this move can open up a really fantastic opportunity to do right at this site. I know somewhere people are already thinking "grocery store" and they'd be right to wonder.

@Ron...Central ave is still within Albany County isn't it?

@karner_blue The story keeps changing. At one point there was no replacement. Now the latest is that Albany will be without a DMV for two or three months?

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