While You Were Out: June 14, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, CivMix fam! There’s still time, by the way, to run out and buy something for dad. (Father’s Day is Sunday, remember?) Maybe a mug, or an ugly tie, or some gold club covers?

Or maybe you should just grab a nice card and take dad out for some quality time – and a meal?

There’s a lot going on this weekend, including Dad Fest, in Albany’s Washington Park on Sunday. The weather forecast is not terribly promising, with scattered thunderstorms predicted. Bring an umbrella.

If you don’t have plans for tonight, yet, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is the feature for this week’s “Movies Under the Stars” free outdoor movie series in Albany’s Washington Park

The Upper Union Street Strawberry Festival is Saturday, in Schenectady.

Also in Schenectady on Saturday: the annual Duck Derby for Autism at Mohawk Harbo, and the Hamilton Hill Arts Center’s Junetheeth celebration.

And the 16th annual Riverfest is taking place in downtown Troy.

And, if you’re willing to travel south just a bit, the Clearwater Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday At Croton-on-Hudson.

Some headlines to consider from today…

President Donald Trump, walking back his earlier comments, said that “of course” he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent.

A two-way rent deal that dramatically expands tenant protections across the state at the expense of the real estate industry is was passed by the state Legislature today.

After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn wrapped up their sex trafficking case against Keith Raniere, the former spiritual leader of the self-improvement group NXIVM.

Peck’s Arcade in Troy is the only upstate New York restaurant named to Wine Enthusiast magazine’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has a well-earned reputation as a political gladiator and arm-twister, told WAMC’s Alan Chartock: “I think I’m sort of a laid back, cool dude in a loose mood.”

Albany County wants to have a seat at the table if and when opioid manufacturers and distributors agree to settle federal litigation involving more than 1,800 jurisdictions impacted by the opioid crisis nationwide.

The town of Bethlehem is considering putting in place a six-month moratorium on permitting vape and medical marijuana stores to give the town board time to study potential new zoning regulations that would dictate where such businesses can locate.

A bill that would legalize marijuana in New York has gained steam in recent weeks, with a vote on the measure possible by the end of the legislative session next week.

Heads up, hikers: The state Department of Environmental Conservation said that parking will be prohibited on additional sections of state Route 73 in the town of Keene in Essex County. The parking prohibition supports DEC’s multi-year, comprehensive effort to promote sustainable tourism and address public safety in the Adirondacks.

Members of the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association paid respect to the American flag today, Flag Day, by properly retiring those that are faded and worn.

Autopsy results have been released for the man who died in a fatal Slingerlands fire on Thursday morning, showing he died from smoke inhalation. Police are waiting to release his identity until all family is notified.

A deadly crash that occurred this morning in Schoharie County is under investigation.

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