The last week's worth of items on AOA

Hello, 838

New York State area code map 2017

Starting today -- September 19 -- if you get a new phone number/line, it's possible it could be a number with the 838 area code.

As you know, the 518 area code was running of out of telephone numbers. So a new area code is being added to its geographic area as an "overlay" to provide a new supply of numbers. The 518 area code and the new area code, 838, will both exist in the same area. Everyone with a current 518 area code number gets to keep it. And now some new numbers -- and eventually all new numbers -- will be 838.

Aside from the new area code, the big change is that 10-digit dialing is now required for calling numbers within this area code. (That mandatory required started August 19.) That's probably not much of a hassle for many people now because so much dialing is via mobile phones or other digital systems. But if you have an older phone system, it's worth checking that it's adding the 518 to already existing numbers.

Also: Whenever you give out phone number here now, be sure include the area code.

For old-school dialing, or whatever
Not related really in anyway, but somehow seemed fitting to include here: The state's eBay store is currently selling a trio of wooden phone booths -- with pay phone -- for pickup in Schenectady.

image: NYS Department of Public Service

If you want to provide direct feedback on that Capital District Gondola idea, here's your chance

Capital District Gondola rendering

This image is from the feasibility study released last year.

The backers of the proposed aerial gondola between the Albany-Rensselaer train station and downtown Albany are surveying people this week about the idea. If you'd like to provide input, here's the online survey -- enter code "aoa" with no quotes to access it.*

The consultancy Steer Davies Gleave is conducting the survey for the McLaren Engineering Group. The survey asks about how often people travel to downtown Albany, how they get there, what they do there. And then it proposes a series of tradeoffs -- both time and price -- between transportation options and the proposed gondola. The answers will be folded into a model to help determine what sort of demand there might be for the gondola.

Representatives will also be around downtown Albany this week handing out postcards with info about the survey. And people taking the survey will be eligible for a $100 cash prize if they're willing to share their contact info at the end of the survey.

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Meyer concedes Rensselaer County exec race, police department transparency criticized, arrest over dog left in hot car

Rensselaer County exec election
Christopher Meyer has formally conceded the Republican and Conservative primaries to Steve McLaughlin in the race for Rensselaer County exec. (Meyer would have needed an unusually large share of the outstanding absentee votes to make up the election day gap with McLaughlin.) McLaughlin will face Democrat Andrea Smyth and Green Party candidate Wayne Foy in the general election. [TU] [Troy Record] [WNYT]

Schenectady shooting
Schenectady police say a 15 year old was shot in the leg around 10 am in Hamilton Hill (map). SPD detectives were reviewing video from the multiple cameras in the area. The shooting was across the street from a new $18 million affordable housing development and it appeared a stray bullet had shattered window there. [Spectrum] [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Police transparency
The New York Civil Liberties Union reports that of 23 police departments around the state from which it requested records on topics such as use of force, just one delivered the info without an administrative appeal or lawsuit. That group of 23 included the departments from the four core cities of the Capital Region. [NYCLU] [TU]

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Checking in on the Tivoli Preserve Community Farm sheep

Tivoli Preserve Community Farm sheep grazing

Yep, this is the city of Albany.

Among the newest residents of Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve: sheep.

The small flock is there now as part of the Tivoli Preserve Community Farm project. The goal is to build a working farm and community programs in the park on the north side of Albany -- and there's been a lot of progress in recent months.

"It's just moving really quickly with help now," said Melissa Parade, the founder of the farm project, when we stopped by last week. "It feels really good."

Here's some quick follow-up on what's happening. And a lot of sheep pics.

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TEDxAlbany is back in December, and the call for speakers is out

TEDxAlbany 2017 logoTEDxAlbany -- the local, independently-organized version of the TED talks series -- will return to Overit in Albany December 7. And the call for speakers is now out. Blurbage:

Interested speakers are encouraged to apply early to ensure consideration. What are we looking for in a great TEDxAlbany talk? We're looking for interesting, thought-provoking talks that:
Tell us something new
Evoke contagious emotions
Are focused
Think globally
When solidifying your idea, ask yourself: What's a controversy in your field that a general audience would understand? What's a common misconception you'd love to clear up? Why is this idea important, and to whom? Who would disagree with you, and why? How did you carry out this idea in your own work?

That second link above includes details on how to submit an idea. Here are the talks -- with video -- from last year.

Tickets for the event will be available later this fall.

Albany's mayor gets selected by just a small slice of the city's population

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Here's another bit from last week's Albany Democratic mayoral primary: Just about 15 percent of the city's voting-age population cast a vote in the primary.

That's remarkable not only because it's relatively so few people overall, but also because the primary is the de facto election for mayor (and other city offices) because of the overwhelming enrollment advantage Democrats have in the city.

The numbers are below, but we put together the graphic above as a quick illustration. The biggest square represents the entire adult population of the city of Albany. Each successive square represents the percentage of that population in each category -- all the way down to the number of people who voted in Tuesday's mayoral primary.

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Good lawn mowing service in Albany?

overgrown grass

Alie emails:

We just bought a house in the Pine Hills neighborhood, and are hoping to find someone who can mow our lawn until the end of the season (and potentially continue next season on a regular schedule). We tried a friend's company, but they were booked solid and didn't have room for an additional client this late in the season. Open to a professional landscaping company or a reliable kid with a mower who wants to make a few bucks in his free time.

"Reliable Kid With a Mower" really should be a name that someone uses. Generation Z, get on that.

Got a suggestion for Alie? Please share! And, as usual, a sentence or two about why your suggesting a service/company/person or some other option can be very helpful.

Albany Last Run 2017 registration now open

Albany Last Run 2017 course map clipThis year's Albany Last Run 5k is December 9, and registration is now open. The race field is capped at 1,900 participants and often fills up. The entry fee is $25 / $30 after November 1.

The race course starts near city hall and then heads ups up State Street to Washington Park, winds through the holiday lights display in the park, and then returns back down State to the Capitol. There are then results, awards, and fireworks at the ESP.

Troy Turkey Trot
Speaking other popular holiday road races... Registration for this year's Troy Turkey Trot opened last week. Early bird registration for the first 500 people is $20. After that, it's $30.

AOA Startup Grant 2017 late leaderboard

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We're now in the final stretch of crowd voting to pick of the finalists for this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant. Here are the five projects with the most votes as of Monday morning:

1. Bard & Baker: Board Game Cafe

2. Olive and June Floral Co.

3. Adirondack Barnwood Salvage

4. The Makeup Curio

5. Call Sheilah!

The top two have definitely built up a gap between them and the rest of the field. But a late push could among the other top-five projects could make things interesting.

Also: Crowd voting support is something the editors take into account when making their selection for the third spot in the finals.

The full leaderboard with vote totals is below.

Crowd voting ends this Wednesday, September 20 at noon! So there's still plenty of time of vote. And take a few minutes to look over this year's applications -- they're all posted online for you to scan. The applications and voting instructions are at the link above.

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Plea for info on serious downtown Albany hit and run, proposal to crack down on credit reporting agencies, Albany considering sale of Coeymans land, riding the rails in old-school style

Pedestrian injured in Albany hit and run
A 58-year-old man said he was hit by a vehicle while crossing Broadway in downtown Albany Friday afternoon -- then kept going. Albany police say they don't have many details, only that the vehicle was silver. The man who was hit -- Louis Sanford Jr., who works at the Pearl Street Diner -- suffered serious injuries. [News10] [TU x2]

Credit agency crackdown
The Cuomo admin is proposing stricter state rules for reporting agencies -- such as Equifax -- that would regulate the agencies more like banks and insurance companies. [NYT]

Cuomo trip to US Virgin Islands
+ Andrew Cuomo visited the US Virgin Islands Friday and said the state would be sending New York National Guard and State Police personnel there to assist with recovery efforts. [TU]
+ Jimmy Vielkind on Cuomo's trip: "Foreign travel is not an explicit part of governing a U.S. state, but upwardly mobile governors have frequently found reasons to venture abroad and gain some standing to talk about foreign affairs." [Politico NY]
+ Steve McLaughlin: "He'll spend more time on that airplane than he did in Hoosick Falls when we had a water contamination issue." [News10]

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The week ahead

New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly

Fran├žoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, will be at Skidmore to talk about cover designs for the magazine that didn't make it publication. / photo: Sarah Shatz

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (bonus), to words, to cartoons, to the new civil rights movement, to history, to all sorts of music...

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A quick recap of the week

week review 2017-09-15

Here are a few highlights from the past short week on AOA...

+ The entries for this year's AOA Startup Grant are online, and voting has opened!

+ Here's the early leaderboard of crowd voting to pick two finalists for the grant. There's still plenty of time for projects to move up the board.

+ Quick-scan results for Tuesday's primaries, which included the Albany mayoral race.

+ A second Cafe Madison is set to open this fall.

+ Two popular tours are back / becoming more frequent: the Capitol Hauntings tour and the tours of the State Education Building.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: political potatoes, Albany labor, old paint, rightside up, the Patroons, being a stronger person, a yurt, late-summer finds, dish ownership, working in a restaurant, the Tour de Donut, Lost & Found, mac 'n cheese, a tiny spice company, and congrats.

+ Jeff asked about the etiquette of picking from a neighbor's apple tree.

+ And here's the latest outline of a plan for redeveloping the former convention center site in downtown Albany.

Here's the whole week in one place.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea this week!

New book and tours about the historic St. Agnes Cemetery

St Agnes These Sacred Grounds coverThis is the 150th anniversary of that historical "rural" cemetery in Menands.

No, not that one. The other one: St. Agnes Cemetery. And oo mark the anniversary, there's a new book and tours this fall.

First, the book -- These Sacred Grounds: 150 Years of St. Agnes Cemetery -- by the cemetery's historian, Kelly Grimaldi. Blurbage:

In the Victorian era, lot owners of all socio-economic means took great pride in creating sacred grave spaces. Over the years, burial practices have changed and the landscape of St. Agnes Cemetery reflects those changes in its funerary art and architecture that fill its 114 acres. Large, ornate family grave lots with neo-classically designed mausoleums and memorials gave way to smaller lots with respectable monuments more uniform in size and bronze markers in shrine sections. Additionally two beautiful Community mausoleums bathe thousands of individual crypts and cremation niches in natural light while protecting the remains of those entombed or inurned within the polished marble walls.
The wealthiest citizens gave us much to admire with their stately burial lots but the ordinary citizens and the poor played an important part in the shaping of history and their modest graves tell their own story. Sometimes these stories are sad stories of high infant mortality; tragic workplace accidents; ravaging infectious diseases; and some are stories of triumph, inspiration, perseverance and success. Today each memorial provides us with a lesson in art and in history that we explore within the book.

Starting next week, Grimaldi will be offering tours of the cemetery through the fall. They're free, but there's also a catered lunch-on-the-hill option for $20. See that link for details about how to reserve a tour.

Albany Rural Cemetery
Of course, the Albany Rural Cemetery is right next to St. Agnes in Menands. You could definitely stop by both in an afternoon. They're beautiful spots to walk in the autumn.

Melt N' Toast at Takk House

melt-n-toast logoAn event called Melt N' Toast -- "the Capital Region's first grilled cheese festival" -- will be at the Takk House in Troy November 18. Blurbage:

Melt N' Toast showcases the Capital Region's culinary and craft beverage landscape, featuring the creativity of local food vendors paired with regional craft beverage producers. Whether it's stacked with classic or artisan ingredients, the combinations are endless, and everyone has their own way of enjoying a grilled cheese sandwich.
Come taste delicious chefs' choice grilled cheese creations, paired with a featured local craft beverage selection, and vote for your best Melt N' Toast combo. Also be ready to Melt N' Groove with live DJ, and win some goodies from the silent auction to bring back home!

Tickets are currently available online. Early birds are $30 -- the tickets include ten samples of grilled cheese, one free beverage, and a souvenir glass. There's also a $70 VIP ticket that includes unlimited grilled cheese samples and open bar.

It's a 21-and-over event.

They Might Be Giants at The Egg

The duo They Might Be Giants are set to return to The Egg April 22. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 22 -- they're $27.50.

Of course, TMBG have a song about The Egg. It's embedded above -- it was part of the band's "venue songs" series. A thousand years ago, we talked with John Flansburgh about the song:

"The Egg" is actually a very good example of a song that is really responding to the extraordinary qualities of the venue itself. I mean how many venues are like The Egg, you know -- none. It's sui generis as they say in the legal profession.
The song "The Egg" is one of the few songs I've ever written while driving. I recorded it on a tape recorder singing out loud. When I got to the parking lot of The Egg I sat in the back of my car and put some chords to it and then I gave it to the band and we played it that night.

This upcoming concert is billed as an all-ages show: "Science, Kids, and Beyond."

Stuff to do this weekend

pearl palooza crowd

Pearl Palooza is back in downtown Albany, one of the many, many, many festivals around the area this weekend.

Fair warning: You may have trouble selecting what to do from this weekend's menu. It's packed with music, fairs, festivals, and performances.

We've harvested a bunch of items we thought might interest you. You'll find them below. Select a few and get our and enjoy the last weekend of the summer.

Doing something that didn't make our list? Share it in the comments so the rest of us can see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Lawsuit over Albany wrongful imprisonment, questions about inspector's whereabouts in Jay Street fire case, proposal to redevelop Playdium site

Lawsuit over Albany wrongful imprisonment
Two men wrongfully convicted of an Albany murder -- and who spent almost two decades in prison as a result -- are suing the city of Albany a group of former Albany police detectives alleging police used fabricated evidence and coercion to get incriminating statements. [TU]

Jay Street fire
Investigators have street surveillance video that allegedly shows Schenectady city code inspector Kenneth Tyree at a different location for some of the time that he's said he was at the inspection for 104 Jay Street -- and at a pre-trial hearing Thursday an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified that Tyree told him didn't have an explanation. Tyree faces multiple charges related to the inspection of the Jay Street building and the fatal fire there. [Daily Gazette]

Watervliet firefighter and police officer facing possible discipline
A Watervliet firefighter and police officer are both facing possible disciplinary action -- and the firefighter a harassment charge -- after an incident involving a third man outside a Stewart's that allegedly involved a thrown cup of hot coffee. The third man tells News10 the dispute is a tangent (via Facebook) of the situation surrounding former Watervliet police officer Joshua Spratt. [Troy Record] [TU] [News10]

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Here's the latest outline of a plan for redeveloping the former convention center site in downtown Albany

former Albany convention center site rendering

What could be built on the former convention center in downtown Albany? What should be built?

Those are two questions at the center of a report Empire State Development released Thursday that proposes an outline of a plan for developing the large site on the southern end of downtown -- AKA, The Parking Lot District -- that's sat underused for years, and without purpose since the convention center project moved up the hill.

Here are a few clips from the report -- yep, there are renderings and similar whatnot -- along with a few thoughts.

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Etiquette for picking a neighbor's apple tree?

apples in treeJeff asked a question in a recent comment that we thought was worth highlighting:

What is the etiquette on picking an apple from a neighbor's tree? I am only wave-at friendly with the occupants, but they have a very nice apple tree in their front yard that never gets picked.

On one hand... You should always ask. It's your neighbor's tree and your neighbor's apples. It'd be like going into someone else's garden and taking tomatoes or flowers. Also: It's the polite thing to do.

On the other... If no one's picking the apples, and they're literally falling off the tree and spilling onto the sidewalk as often happens, then what's the harm? Maybe you picking one or two or a few is a good thing.

This isn't a super important question, obviously, But we're always interested in questions about being good neighbors. So we're curious to hear your thoughts.

The popular State Education Building tours will now be offered each Saturday

State Education Building late sun 2016-September

Because Albany embraces its inner architecture nerd: The State Education Building will be open for public tours each Saturday starting October 7. They're free, but you need to register ahead of time.

NYSED and OGS said the regular Saturday tours are a response to the "the overwhelming popularity" of the once-a-month Saturday tours that had been offered this fall. (You might remember us urging you to sign up because they were filling up fast.)

Tour blurbage:

New York State Museum staff lead the 45-minute Education Building tour, and visitors will have the opportunity to explore the historic Chancellors Hall, Regents Room and the Rotunda adorned with murals by Albany native Will H. Low. The tours start outdoors on the front steps of the State Education Building, which is located at 89 Washington Avenue, Albany. This year marked the first time the building has been made available for regular public tours since the State Museum and Library were moved from the Education Building to the Cultural Education Center in the 1970s. When the monthly State Education Building tours were announced to the public in July, all available reservations were booked within 24 hours.
The New York State Education Building was designed by renowned New York City architect, Henry Hornbostel, one of 63 architects to submit plans, and was constructed by the Rochester firm R. T. Ford and Company. Construction began in 1908 and the building was dedicated in 1912. At the time, the cost to construct the building amounted to approximately $4 million and covered everything from the purchase of the land to building construction. The Education Building was the first major building constructed in the United States solely as a headquarters for the administration of education. In addition to State Education Department staff, the Education Building housed the State Library and State Museum--now currently in the Cultural Education Center.

The Saturday tours are at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Albany History Race 2017

Quackenbush Square Albany 2016-OctoberThe Albany Public Library's Albany History Race returns Saturday, September 30. This year's race has a fire theme. Blurbage:

The Fourth Annual Albany History Race is an Amazing Race-style afternoon scavenger hunt for history experts, novices, and visitors interested in learning about Albany's past. The event is free and no prior knowledge is needed. This year, to support the efforts of the future Albany Firefighters Museum, Albany Public Library is partnering with Albany firefighter Tim Blaney and City Historian Tony Opalka, who are researching the history of the Albany Fire Department. All locations visited in the race will have connections to the fire department and historic Albany fires.

The race starts at 2 pm at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center (25 Quackenbush Square) this year, and ends at Albany Distilling's new tasting room (75 Livingston Ave). There will be prizes for the teams that finish with the fastest times.

It's free to participate, but your team has to pre-register. Details are at the link above.

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Albany Symphony: Star Wars & More

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ASO David Alan Miller

The Albany Symphony opens its 2017-2018 season October 14 at The Palace with a performance of music from the Star Wars films. Individual tickets are sale now -- they're $15 and up. This will be a popular performance.

The ASO will be performing the Star Wars suite by John Williams, along with music by composer Erich Korngold. Violonist Simone Porter will join for Korngold's violin concerto.

There's also a "Galactic Gala" following the performance. "Enjoy out of this world food by Mazzone, a silent disco dance party and a futuristic dessert lounge. Elegant & space-age attire encouraged." Tickets for that are $175.

ASO also offer season subscriptions, which can save you money on tickets if you're interested in going to multiple performances.

photo courtesy of the Albany Symphony Orchestra

Schumer announces deal for "Dreamers", charges dropped for double homicide suspect, SUNY Poly gets $25 million bailout, water taxi coming to Schenectady

Schumer meets with Trump on DACA
Following a dinner with Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer announced a deal to protect nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.[TU]

Unsettled Albany council races
Judd Krasher is holding out for absentee ballot totals before admitting defeat in the 11th Ward primary election. Incumbent 3rd Ward Councilman Ron Bailey says he'll be continuing to the general election on the Working Families and Independence parties' lines. [TU]

Charges dropped in double homicide
A judge has dismissed all charges against the suspect who was alleged to be the ring leader in the killings of two Troy roommates earlier this year, saying there was not sufficient evidence to support the indictment of 27 year old Cresencio Salazar.
[TU]

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Today's moment of late summer

Edison Ave apple tree

Edison Ave in Albany.

One of the charming things around wandering around neighborhoods in this area this time of year is you realize how many apple trees there are here and there. Some stand pruned and prim in front yards, others scraggled and spilling over backyard fences.

It's also remarkable how many of these neighborhood apples seem to go unpicked. Pluck those pomme, people! Give 'em to your neighbor! Turn 'em into apple sauce! Apple crisp, apple crisp, apple crisp!

Further reading: The Apples of New York, a 1905 state publication that cataloged the many, many different varieties of apples growing around the state during that period, some of which were said to originate in this area It's become a bible of sorts for apple nerds searching out old, perhaps lost, apple varieties.

Also: It has some wonderful illustrations.

It's online if you'd like to flip through it (link above).

We built this city on... some sort of music

Can a city actively help grow its music scene? Or, at least, not hold back? That's the question at the center of a City Lab article this week that looks at how multiple cities, big and small, have tried to help or not hurt their music scenes. A question that occurred to as running underneath the whole discussion: Can communities proactively build scenes -- in all sorts of industries and arts -- or are they something more emergent (and lucky). [City Lab]

Spoon at Upstate Concert Hall

the band Spoon 2017

The band Spoon is set to play a show at Upstate Concert Hall December 5. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 15 -- they're $27.50 ahead / $30 day of.

Spoon just keeps kicking, turning out catchy indie rock. The band's touring in support of a new album -- its ninth -- released earlier this year. It's gotten good reviews.

The opener for the show at UCH is White Reaper.

The show is part of a national tour this fall. A handful of dates this September are already sold out.

photo via Matador Records

Bikes and cars, sharing the road

Because safety, and also because people often end debating this kind of stuff: The New York Bicycling Coalition has produced a video about the rules for cars -- and bikes! -- when using the road together.

The video is embedded above. It starts out with the section for cars, focusing on how bikes can use travel lanes and how to safely pass them. Then it flips to rules for bikes, focusing on practices such as signaling and (not) riding on the sidewalk. (Each segment is embedded individually below, if you'd like to watch them that way.)

The video was created in conjunction with the Albany Police Department using a grant from the state. You'll recognize a bunch of locations from around Albany.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: political potatoes, Albany labor, old paint, rightside up, the Patroons, being a stronger person, a yurt, late-summer finds, dish ownership, working in a restaurant, the Tour de Donut, Lost & Found, mac 'n cheese, a tiny spice company, and congrats.

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The land of the crooked creek

Many of the place names in this area trace their origins to the languages of the Native Americans who lived here. Over at the Times Union, Emily Masters has put together an interesting collection of the etymologies of many of these names, such as Cohoes and Kayaderosseras and Schoharie. [TU]

AOA Startup Grant 2017 early leaderboard

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Crowd voting to pick two of the finalists for this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant began Monday, so we figured it'd be a good time to check in on the leaderboard. The top five vote-getting projects as of Wednesday morning:

1. Olive and June Floral Co.

2. Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe

3. Adirondack Barnwood Salvage

4. Call Sheilah!

5. Gannon's List

The full leaderboard with vote totals is below.

And the applications for those five -- and all the other projects -- are available for you to skim through at that link above. You'll see info about how to vote, too. It's easy.

There's still plenty of opportunity to vote -- crowd voting ends September 20 at noon. And in the past we've had some projects get a quick early start before being overtaken. A handful of votes can make a difference.

So if you haven't voted, go check out the entries and pick your favorites. And if you already have a favorite, take a few minutes to look through some of the entries to pick a second. As is the case every year, there are a bunch of interesting projects that are worth your attention.

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Sheehan takes Albany primary, Schenectady D.A. named Troy special prosecutor, TU Center bans elephant acts

Primary results
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan easily defeated primary challengers Frank Commisso Jr. and Carolyn McLaughlin on Tuesday. Here's a look at more of Tuesday's Albany primary results. McLaughlin told a a crowd she still believed in a bright future for Albany but said it couldn't be business as usual. Commisso Jr., who has the Independence Party line, said he will make decisions about November over the next few days. Only two votes separated the candidates in Albany's Green Party mayoral primary. [Spectrum] [AOA] [TU] [TU]

Rensselaer County exec
Steve McLaughlin is ahead of Christopher Meyer in the Republican primary for Rensselaer County executive by 339 votes. McLaughlin declared victory Tuesday, but Meyer didn't concede. [Rensselaer County BOE] [TU]

Schenectady DA named special prosecutor in Troy case
Schenectady county DA Robert Carney has been named the special prosecutor in the investigation into the Troy police shooting of parole absconder Dahmeek McDonald in August. [TU]

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Quick-scan primary election results 2017: Sheehan wins Albany Democratic mayoral primary

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Here's a quick scan of results from the primary elections Tuesday. This is not a comprehensive list, just some highlights. Numbers are unofficial, and there are bound to be some changes on Wednesday and beyond as absentee ballots are counted.

The big news in Albany on the night was that Kathy Sheehan won the Democratic primary for mayor. Barring something very unusual happening, she's now in line to be re-elected to a second term in November.

On with the results...

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Capitol Hauntings tours 2017

creepy state capitol

The very popular Capitol Hauntings tours at the New York State Capitol return Monday, October 2 and run through Halloween. Registration is now open. The tours are free. And they will fill up.

Tour blurbage:

This special tour, which explores the legends, folklore, and "ghost stories" connected to the historic state Capitol, begins on Monday, October 2. In tales that mix history with the macabre, tour guides will tell shocking stories about the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 and still makes his rounds today and the two United States presidents who visited the Capitol after they died. Find out where the Assembly Chamber's "lost" murals are located and what happened to the tormented artist who created them. Walking among the gargoyle-like carvings and strange carved faces, visitors will discover the location of the Capitol's "secret demon" and evidence of a curse the demon may hold on the Capitol will be revealed, along with other dark secrets.

The tours are offered Monday-Friday at 1 pm and 5:30 pm. Also this year, there are Saturday tours at noon. In years past the 5:30 pm tours have filled quickly. And we're guessing those Saturday tours might book up even faster.

So, if you're interested in going on one of the tours, do not wait to sign up. You can register online or via phone: 518-474-2418.

image: NYS Office of General Services

Rodrigo y Gabriela at The Egg

rodrigo y gabriela

The duo Rodrigo y Gabriela is set to play a show at The Egg November 12. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 15 -- price isn't posted, yet. (It looks like there's also a pre-sale via the band's site.)

Rodrigo y Gabriela are Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero, acoustic guitarists originally from Mexico whose music is influenced by flamenco, rock, and heavy metal. Listening to them -- and the huge sound they produce -- it's easy to forget they're just two people.

They were last in town in 2016 for a show at The Egg.

photo: Peter Neill

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Seems like they've put together realistic plans, though I wonder whether the proximity to the ESP ramps would be a deterrent to finding a residential developer. I'd really like to see that Trailways Building kept. We have so few century buildings in Albany that I'd really we rather keep them when we can. And this building is not at all shy about advertising its era. E-Comm 6, however...well, I won't cry if it comes down.

If you want to provide direct feedback on that Capital District Gondola idea, here's your chance

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Quick-scan primary election results 2017: Sheehan wins Albany Democratic mayoral primary

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Good lawn mowing service in Albany?

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The week ahead

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Albany's mayor gets selected by just a small slice of the city's population

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