Here’s your daily primer for Friday. Check out our scoop about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s stance on the rogue Democrats in the State Senate. Our article on challenges faced by the local hip hop scene is still the subject of quite a discussion on our FB page. Check it out! Next weeks issue is going to be a hoot and well continue giving away tickets to major concerts so keep an eye on all our social media feeds.
David Howard King @davidhowardking
The Board of Election Enforcement Council has subpoenaed the Senate GOP’s fundraising committee but it isn’t clear why.
Things are already heated in the race for the seat held Sen. Marisol Alcantara who was elected with the help of the IDC.
An constitutional convention is opposed by the most powerful incumebnts in the state and supported by a number of reform groups. Here are some of the things that could come up.
Cuomo likes to keep powerful posts filled with loyalists
Jaya Sundrash @jayaist
Bleeker Street’s Swerve From Luxe Shops to Vacant Stores — New York Times
A cautionary tale of late-stage gentrification in New York City, with applicable lessons for Troy and other rapidly gentrifying cities.
‘Pimping Out’ Drug Addicts for Cash — Philly.com
Very scary investigative reporting out of Philadelphia, detailing a city-wide practice of sending drug addicts (or anyone staying in recovery housing) to ineffective therapy programs, as a way to milk Medicaid.
A longread that investigates the issue of New York’s effective ban on late-term abortion, and how that affects women on the ground in this state.
The Paris Climate Deal — What You Need To Know — New York Times
Helpful summary of the Paris Deal, climate change, and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Accords. Contains links to all of the Times’s reporting on the issue.
Security Breach — Harper’s Magazine
An essay from Michael J. Glennon, former counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and current law professor, describing Trump’s fight against the unelected, bureaucratic “security state”. He argues that Trump and his ilk will win; that the security apparatus will not defy a president.
Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan
You can now rent time in a therapeutic salt cave in Latham.
The hardest part of the Troy deputy mayor’s job: ‘Sometimes being the bad guy’—Albany Business Review
Troy deputy mayor Monica Kurzejeski detailed her path to city government in a recent, brief interview with the ABR.
Troy land bank offers 3 buildings for sale—Times Union
All three of the buildings are in the North Central neighborhood, where the land bank has focused most of its efforts to date. Presentations and tours start next week.
Walmart is asking employees to deliver packages on their way home from work—The Washington Post
“The idea, Walmart executives said Thursday, is to cut costs on the so-called last-mile of deliveries, when packages are driven to customers’ homes, often the most expensive part of the fulfillment process.”
Katie Cusack @katiecusackk
Addressing the consequences of this massive federal blunder.
Radiohead will perform wherever they damn well please.
Bucking Trump, these cities, states and companies commit to the Paris Accord —The New York Times
The nation’s people stick a collective middle finger at the presidential decision: We’ll do it without you.
Socialist candidate to announce run for Albany mayor —Times Union
The candidates in Albany’s mayoral race continues to grow in number.
Manuel Noriega passed away this past Monday at the age of 83. Here’s a throwback to that one time the U.S. military rickrolled the Panamanian dictator out of hiding.
Events on my radar: Tonight at 8PM, get to The Low Beat for What Moon Things, Pecas, Kyle Miller and County Mike. Good music, good people. At the same time, Portugal. The Man is playing The Palace, check out their brand new single “So Young” they released today.