More details on Dannemora escapees' flight and the search for them, "officer-invovled" fatal shooting in Saratoga County, long lines for Sonic
A few bits are surfacing about Richard Matt and David Sweat's time on the run. Andrew Cuomo said on the Capitol Pressroom that Matt and Sweat had split up days before they were captured, apparently because Sweat thought Matt was slowing him down. Cuomo also said the escapees' original plan was to allegedly meet Joyce Mitchell outside the prison and head for Mexico -- when Mitchell didn't show up, the plan changed to run toward Canada. [Capitol Pressroom] [TU]
+ Details are also emerging about the mechanics of the search for the two escapees, which the New York Times reports started off slowly, with a lack of communication and organization. [NYT]
+ Larry Levine -- who served 10 years in prison and is the founder and director of Wall Street Prison Consultants -- told TWCN he thinks "the staff at Clinton Correctional are sweating David Sweat" because the now-captured escapee knows about the inner workings and problems of the facility. [TWCN]
+ On Monday Albany Med announced that Sweat has been upgraded to serious condition, and doctors have determined he doesn't require surgery at this time. A Syracuse-area trauma surgeon tells the Times Union it's not uncommon for people who are shot to not require surgery. [Albany Med press release] [TU]
Even the tiny wild daisies seemed less than convinced of this recent stretch of summer.
Testifying before the Senate on September 25, 1974, former New York State Governor and then-vice presidential nominee Nelson A. Rockefeller made at least two demonstrably false statements about the 98-acre area demolished for what was then called the South Mall and is now known as the Empire State Plaza. (Our thanks to Jack McEneny for bringing this testimony to our attention.)
First, Rockefeller declared that that the area "was one of the worst slums in the United States," asserting that it suffered from a distressingly high rate of infant mortality. Second, he estimated the area's population to be 9,000 persons.
In fact, these 40 blocks were home to a diverse population of 7,000 persons. And it was not one big "slum."
At its last scheduled public meeting Monday the state's Fast Food Wage Board didn't recommend a specific increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers in the state -- but its members' comments pointed toward them eventually recommending a significantly higher rate.
"There's no question in mind that we need a very substantial increase in the minimum wage," board member Kevin Ryan, the chairman and founder of the online shopping site Gilt, said.
"When you look at the industry as a whole in this state, we really should be looking at one wage rate for the state, and that should be $15 and that should be as soon as possible," said board member Mike Fishman, the secretary treasurer of Service Employees International Union.
The fast food wage board was empaneled by the state Department of Labor at Andrew Cuomo's direction in May to consider raising the minimum wage in the industry. The Cuomo admin says the board's recommendation can be enacted without legislation.
The new Sonic in Latham opens today, location announced on its Facebook page. It's on Route 7 at Wade Road (map). Hours are 10 am to 10 pm this Monday -- regular hours, 6:30 am to midnight, start Tuesday.
This week is a "soft" opening for the location. There's a grand opening lined up for next week.
Latham is the fast food chain's first location in the Capital Region. It's said previously it has plans to open a total of eight locations around the area.
In years past Sonic often got mentioned as a chain people would like to see here. Maybe they were suffering from limeade deficiency.
By the way: Chick-fil-A has officially mentioned that it's scouting the Albany area for potential sites. [Biz Review]
Second Dannemora escapee captured, indictments in Lansingburgh arson case, skepticism about "Breathing Lights"
State Police say David Sweat was shot and captured Sunday in Constable, a town just south of the Canadian border. NYSP superintendent Joseph D'Amico said sergeant Jay Cook had spotted Sweat jogging down a road Sunday afternoon, stopped to question him, Sweat ran, and Cook fired when it looked like Sweat would be entering the woods. Sweat is now at Albany Med, where Sunday night officials say he's in critical condition. [NYSP] [NYT] [TU]
+ The capture of Sweat on Sunday follows the capture and death of Richard Matt on Friday in the nearby town of Malone. Officials say Matt, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun, was fatally shot by border patrol agents after he refused to raise his hands. State Police say an autopsy concluded Matt had died from three gunshots to the head. [NYT] [TU]
+ Constable resident Trevor Buchanan to the Times Union, in article about the relief felt by people in the area now that the hunt is over: "CNN called me yesterday. That's the only time I'm getting a call from CNN unless I make a series of bad decisions." [TU]
Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (not exactly July), to authors, to actors, to baseball players, to the Fourth of July, to music...
This week was brought to you by amusement parks, brunch and the start of pool season (whether it feels like it or not.)
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So thanks to Sweet Sue's in Troy -- serving dinner and dessert on AOA's upcoming Rail, River Hudson II adventure on July 11. Last year's Rail River Hudson trip sold out, so get your tickets today. Sweet Sue's is also a sponsor of the Enchanted City Steampunk Festival , returning to Troy on October 3. Tickets to the Queen's Ball are now available via Kickstarter.
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Food and Drink
Umana Restaurant and Wine Bar, serving Ethiopian fare every Friday and Saturday evening with traditional Ethiopian flatbread (Injera), and choice of vegetarian choices or meat all seasoned with special Ethiopian spices (berbere).
Local, healthy, delicious
Honest Weight Food Coop. Eat healthy, eat local.
Nine Pin Ciderworks -- now offering their delicious cider in cans. You can stop in at Nine Pin this summer and grab a beverage and dinner from a food truck in the loading bay next to their Broadway tasting room -- Wednesdays through Saturdays this summer. Nine Pin is
Farmie Market -- Farm fresh food delivered right to your door.
New World Bistro Bar, named #1 Best Restaurant, according to Times Union 'Best of the Capital Region' Readers' Poll and also listed as one of 'the 13 Best New York Restaurants, not in NYC' according to Thrillist.com.
New World Catering, from weddings and big parties to small gatherings in your home.
Capital Wine at the corner of State and Lark Streets, with a wonderful supply of wines from around the world.
Stuff to learn
UAlbany's History Department, offering an M.A. and Ph.D. in Environmental History. Explore the human connection to nature.
Ways to get where you're going
Capital Car Share. Share cars for just $8 an hour.
CDTA: whether it's work or play, CDTA can get you where you're going and safely back home again.
Keeler Mini, sponsor of AOA's Tournament of Pizza to end all Tournaments of Pizza.
Stuff to do
Mop & Bucket Improv Company, presenting shows at Center Street Public House every Thursday in July, and offering classes in improv and creativity for adults and kids at MopCo World Headquarters on Union Street in Schenectady.
Spectrum 8 Theaters. Enjoy a movie at The Spectrum. And don't forget the mint brownie.
The Albany Institute of History and Art's Triple Play exhibit, a look back at the history of baseball in the Capital Region.
Brian Brosen and Reggie Monroe at The Capital Team at Realty USA. Brian and Reggie can help out with your residential and commercial real estate needs in the Capital Region.
Staff Ciampino & Company, P.C.. Staff Ciampino can help you with your business and personal tax needs. They're also the sponsors of the All Over Albany Start Up Grant business contest, so they're not only good at what they do, they're awesome too.
Berkshire Bank, providing the $1,500 prize money for this year's AOA Startup Contest. Great rates on home equity loans.
The Albany Public Libraries. Their mobile app helps you find library locations and hours, check your library card account, learn about upcoming events, download eBooks, audiobooks, music and more. You can even check ISBN bar codes on books, DVDs and CDs to see if the library owns what you need.
Photo: A Slyer Image Photography
Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:
+ Nicole -- and a four-year-old Hoffman's Playland fan -- checked out Huck Finn's Playland.
+ There was a proposal for the state to makeover the area near the Captiol in Albany -- that pre-dated the ESP by 50 years.
+ A proposed public art project for Albany, Schenectady, and Troy was named one of the winners in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge -- it could get as much as $1 million for the prize.
+ Lauren's brunch tour took her to Carmen's Cafe in Troy.
+ C. asked about finding a good lawn service for grass cutting and end-of-season cleanup.
+ New York State's production of maple syrup hit a "modern" record last year. (But let's talk about Vermont for a second...)
+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: BusPlus, horses, mountains, the thick of the woods, pollinators, Ivanhoe Bland, a donut burger, a hidden gem, yucca and chicharron, everything at Muza, six with the works, low expectations, tables for one, a clock, and Copenhagen.
+ A demo video about the proposed dedicated busway for one of the new BusPlus lines prompted some discussion.
+ Four takeaways from the kickoff for the study looking at the future of I-787.
Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!
Also: tickets are on sale for this year's AOA summer tour -- we're headed back to Hudson! Last year's tour sold out, and we've already sold a bunch of tickets for this year. So don't wait!
playland photo: Patrick Correia
We stopped by the State Museum this week to see the new exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of Empire State Plaza.
The exhibit includes photos, renderings, and art related to the plaza's construction. And it's not a large exhibit, so it only takes about 10 minutes to go through. If you're like us, you might leave wanting a bit more. But there are events in September that maybe will fill in some of the gaps.
Anyway, out in the lobby of the museum is the large model that was used by the Rockefeller administration to illustrate the plan. (Albany Archives added some context and discussion this week.) We probably could have stood there for a half hour easy looking at all the little details.
In marking Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, NYT's The Upshot posted a national county-by-county map of the estimated number households with same-sex couples per 1000 households (it's based on an analysis of Census data by the Williams Institute) -- and you'll notice that a section of upstate that includes the Capital Region is one of the areas among those with the highest percentages in the nation. [SCOTUSblog] [NYT]
Pool season has arrived. Many municipal pools around the Capital Region have already opened, or will very soon.
After the jump, a list of town/city swimming pools (and state beaches) around the Capital Region with info about when they open, hours, and cost.
Into every weekend a little rain must fall. Well, not every weekend, but this weekend. Probably. Still, it's a weekend, it's the summer, and there is a long list of stuff to do in the Capital Region.
After the jump a few things you may want to check out.
Planning something you don't see here? Drop it in the comments so all of us can see.
And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!
State legislature closes sessions with Whatever, prison contraband allegedly traded for art, Albany's middle schools struggling, longtime top editors at Record/Saratogian leaving
The Big Whatever
The state legislature finished its session Thursday night, a little more than a week past the originally scheduled end date, with a bill that included property tax rebates and a bunch of items of interest to New York City. In New York State government's typical commitment to openness, the text of the large bill was released Thursday evening and the three-day aging period was waived. The big was alternately tagged The Big Ugly, The Big Lovely, and The Big Whatever. [Capital] [NYT] [TU]
Update: Late Friday afternoon sources were telling media outlets that Richard Matt had been shot and killed by federal agents. [NYT]
Day 21: Still not captured.
The focus Thursday was on the prison guard who was arrested this week for allegedly helping Richard Matt and David Sweat obtain tools such as a screwdriver and pliers. Sources and court records indicate Gene Palmer told investigators he had traded the favors in exchange for paintings done by Matt and an intelligence on other inmates. [NYT] [TU]
Some jobs involve working with flowers.
Step 1: Download the form [from the Albany I Spy site] on July 6
This is your Master Albany I Spy Clue Sheet. Sounds important, right? It is! Be sure to write your name and contact information where indicated because this is how we will contact the winners.
Step 2: Set your course
You'll use the clues on this form to identify the mystery landmarks. Then, set your course each day - or wait for one spectacular day - to head to downtown Albany to spy and write the name of the landmark on your Master Clue Sheet.
Step 3: Get extra clues
Stumped? Don't worry, we're here to help! Each day, we'll be posting a special extra clue on our social media sites: Albany Archives, Discover Albany, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, and All Over Albany, or search using the hashtag: #albanyispy.
The contest runs through July 18. This year's end-of-contest event is at the Parish Public House in downtown Albany on Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 pm. There will be prizes (we've seen the list -- they're good), along with drink specials, and Albany history trivia.
You can also email your answers to admin |at| albanyarchives |dot| com, but only one entry submitted this way will win a prize in a drawing.
Over at Bloomberg Business there's an interesting article looking at how Uber lobbied, coordinated, and pushed its way into Portland, Oregon after local government there was slow to approve the taxi app service. By the way: That bill in the New York State legislature that would have opened the way for services such as Uber and Lyft to operate here isn't going to make it during this session. [Bloomberg Business] [Biz Review] Earlier: Alongside the push for Uber
The planning project for the future of I-787 -- and the waterfront -- got off to its public start Wednesday with presentations at the Albany Public Library.
The I-787/Hudson Waterfront Corridor Study is sponsored by Capital District Transportation Committee, the state Department of Transportation, and the city of Albany. Its focus extends from the Port of Albany along the riverfront north to Watervliet. And its aims include helping develop strategies for improving waterfront access and guiding future transportation planning.
We stopped by for the early presentation (the same presentation was to be repeated in the evening), and took some time to check out the various posters and other "visioning" materials.
Here are four impressions/takeaways...
Oh, you know, just a typical summer afternoon in Troy -- sun shining, clouds floating by in the sky, a a deer crashing through the front window of a store on a River Street. [WNYT] [Henry Loves Betty FB]
We're a little more than two weeks away from the All Over Albany Rail, River, Hudson II adventure, and plans for a great day are shaping up nicely.
If you've been meaning to get your tickets, now would be a good time. Last year's event sold out, and space for this year's trip is limited.
In addition to the Amtrak trip, Dutch Apple sunset cruise, cocktail party at Helsinki Hudson, and other fun surprises, Sweet Sue's of Troy will be catering the trip home.
Here's a look at the menu she's planning:
+ Moroccan Lamb Sliders with Taziki and Arugula
+ Chicken Salad w/ Walnut Cranberry, Dill
+ Mustard Egg Salad
+ Tuna Salad w/ pickled Onion
+ Summer Rice Paper and Lettuce Wraps with Sesame and Nori (V,GF)
+ Merlot Poached Pears and Plums with Almonds, Cherve, and Apricote Vinigarette (V,GF)
+ Chilled Strawberries, Honey, Pine Nuts and Mint with Spinach Chiffinod (V,GF)
Oh, and homemade strawberry shortcake.
The price for the entire day -- round trip tickets, tastings, party, and dinner -- is just $65 per ticket, thanks to our sponsors. You'll find them listed below.
Need more incentive? Here's a look at last year's trip.
This event is possible thanks to the following sponsors:
+ CDTA: The Capital District Transportation Authority.
And you can always try searching for it: