5 things to know this Friday, June 4


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Happy National Donut Day, Capital Region. Definitely make sure to grab a sweet treat today – you deserve it!

While you’re chowing down on your donut (or multiple donuts – we won’t judge) here are five stories that happened this week:

1. June is Pride Month

All across the Capital Region, cities and organizations have been raising rainbow flags and holding celebrations in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are a few examples:

Albany Pride Month kicks off with donation to reopen Pride Center of the Capital Region

Village of Pittsford raising Progress Pride Flag in honor of Pride Month

City of Albany holding three events to celebrate Pride Month

Inaugural ‘Pride at the Pines’ LGBTQ+ parade, festival announced

Pittsfield raises flag in honor of Pride Month

Beekman Farm hosts ‘Let Love Bloom’ marriage marathon during Pride Month

Nine Pin Cider releases special cans to celebrate Pride Month

Rainbow Crosswalk in Saratoga

2. Attorney General James is suing the Rensselaer County Board of Elections

Letitia James, the Attorney General of New York, is suing the Rensselaer County Board of Elections for not choosing an early voting site for communities of color in Troy. James says that this amounts to denying voting access to voters in those communities, in violation of state law.

AG sues RensCo Board of Elections for denying access to early voting sites

Reaction to NYS AG’s lawsuit against Rensselaer County election officials

3. An Amsterdam priest was put on leave

A priest from LaSalette Missionaries serving as pastor for St. Mary’s Church in Amsterdam and St. Stephen’s Church in Hagaman has been placed on administrative leave for alleged sexual abuse of a minor.

Rev. Jeffrey L’Arche was put on leave by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger immediately after the diocese learned L’Arche was on the Diocese of Springfield’s clergy offenders list, the Albany Diocese said Wednesday. The list was released on June 2.

Amsterdam priest on leave for alleged sexual abuse

4. Albany Airport and Hudson Valley Community College are teaming up to address the worker shortage

Albany International Airport is addressing a worker shortage by partnering with Hudson Valley Community College to provide mechanical training and employment opportunities to local students.

Albany airport, HVCC team up to address worker shortage

5. Albany Police added new fluffy member to their department

From staff shortages, to long hours and protecting the community, the life of an Albany Police officer is not easy. The department is adding a new four-legged member to the force to help de-stress with those everyday tasks.

Albany Police adds new 4-legged member to the force

Looking forward:

Baseball is back in the Capital Region. Watch NEWS10 to see Jared Phillips give a preview of the season and highlight everything going on at Joe Bruno Stadium.

Dunkin’ to celebrate ValleyCats home opener with special gift to fans

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