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The Glynn Mansion and the story of Martin Glynn

Glynn mansion Willett Street Albany

By Justin Devendorf

Overlooking Washington Park very close to where State Street and Willett Street meet stands a three-story, pink sandstone building with a Romanesque design and an interior of intricate woodwork.

It was in this building that the only resident of the city of Albany who has ever ascended to the governorship of the State of New York once lived.

That resident was Martin Henry Glynn.

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Dylan Ratigan has jumped into the pool of challengers to Elise Stefanik

dylan ratiganThe Congressional elections this fall will be a big and important story as the Democrats try to take a majority in at least one of the chambers and claim a check against the Trump administration. That story will play out here in the Capital Region because the seats held by John Faso (NY-19) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) both could potentially flip.

And Stefanik has now picked up a challenger who looks like he could be formidable: Dylan Ratigan -- the former Bloomberg journalist, MSNBC and CNBC host, and current businessman. He formally announced Wednesday in Saranac Lake that he's in the pool for the NY-21 as a Democrat.

On paper Ratigan has handful of qualities that could make him stand out. He has roots in the district -- born and raised in Saranac Lake, went to Union College, and says he's lived in Lake Placid since 2012. He has significant media skills and experience. And he's got an angry, screw 'em all, populist streak -- see his 2011 rant about the financial crisis.

Ratigan left his MSNBC show in 2012 because he said he was fed up with the state of things. He's since started a company that makes containerized hydroponic farming systems. [NYT 2016]

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Siena Hip-Hop Week 2018: Masta Killa

Siena Hip Hop Week 2018 poster Masta KillaSiena's annual Hip-Hop Week returns in March. And this year's keynote speaker is Masta Kill from the the Wu-Tang Clan -- he'll be at the Loudonville campus March 12 talking about the group's formation and history, their contributions to hip-hop culture, the music industry, and business.

The members of Wu-Tang Clan are, of course, hip hop royalty. From a Forbes interview last year in which Masta Killa reflects on the legacy of the group:

That's still so humbling to me 25 years later, to still be relevant, because if there's no one listening, there is no Wu-Tang. I'm always humbled to be listened to. I'm humbled and thankful that someone was listening. Someone is still wearing that T-shirt and it feels great man. And it has let me know there is still work to do. There's someone out there still hungry for quality, nourishment. Everything that I'm serving over here is vegan, brother.

The keynote is Monday, March 12 at 7 pm in the Sarazen Student Union. It's free and open to the public -- first come, first sit.

This is fifth year for Siena Hip-Hop Week. The lineup of previous keynote speakers has included Chuck D and MC Sha-Rock.

Imagine Dragons at SPAC

rock band Imagine Dragons

The latest pop concert announcement for SPAC: Imagine Dragons on June 29. Tickets go on sale March 3 -- they're $35 (lawn) and up. (There's also a lawn four-pack for $99 while supplies last.)

The opener for the show is singer/songwriter/ukulele player Youtube star Grace VanderWaal.

Imagine Dragons is one of the most popular rock bands of the moment. So we're guessing there's not a small chance this show could sell out.

Live Nation advertises on AOA.

photo via Imagine Dragons Facebook

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: frustration and the unfortunately predictable cycle, Thacher Park, Will Hicok Low, the science fiction writer next door, Alander Mountain, the back corners of the Ecological Park, a very large backyard, the Sloppy David, Karavalli, Sichuan food, kitchen quotes, and pizza.

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Courtney Barnett at MASS MoCA

musician Courtney Barnett

Indie rock singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett is set to play a show at MASS MoCA July 12. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 23 -- they're $27 ahead / $37 day of. (There are also various pre-sales this week.)

Barnett's been riding a wave of critical acclaim since her "Avant Gardener" track in 2013 and subsequent debut album in 2015. In the time since she's collaborated with Kurt Vile, and she has a new album set for release this May.

The opener for the MASS MoCA show is Vagabon.

The concert will be on the museum's courtyard stage. It says it expects tickets to sell quickly.

Flooding concerns as ice jams break on Mohawk, pedestrian killed in Albany, former Troy councilman facing harassment charges in Reno, paid parking coming to downtown Saratoga

Mohawk Flooding
The warm temperatures have resulted in an ice jam break on the Mohawk that is beginning to flood the Stockade neighborhood. [Spectrum][Gazette]

Pedestrian death
Albany police are investigating the death of a 92-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a car as she stepped out from between parked vehicles near Washington and Quail Streets on Tuesday night. [TU]

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Alison Bechdel at HVCC

cartoonist Alison Bechdel

Cartoonist/author Alison Bechdel will be at Hudson Valley Community College March 23 for a talk.

Bechdel is, of course, the author of Fun Home, the award-winning graphic memoir about her childhood. It was later adapted into a Tony-winning stage musical. She's also the creator of the long running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, from which the Bechdel test emerged. She's also won a McArthur "genius" grant.

The event at HVCC is Friday, March 23 from 11 am-1 pm in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, and will include a talk, Q&A, and book signing. It's free and open to the public.

photo: Elena Seibert

The next Union College president is David Harris

Union College president David HarrisUnion College announced Tuesday that its next president will be David R. Harris, a 48-year-old sociologist who's currently the provost at Tufts. He'll succeed Stephen Ainlay, who's set to leave the post at the end of the current academic year after 12 years in the role.

Harris's CV includes undergrad and PhD at Northwestern, academic and administrative positions at Cornell, and time spent working for the US Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama admin. Press release blurbage:

In his time at Tufts, Harris has been a transformational leader with an impressive record of achievement. Shortly after joining the administration, he led a year-long effort to create Tufts' first-ever, university-wide strategic plan. From that plan emerged many new initiatives, including 1 + 4, a program to energize civic renewal by providing students an opportunity to engage in a year of international or national service before starting at Tufts. The strategic plan also led to the creation of Bridge Professorships, which span two or more schools to advance research and teaching on complex issues.
At Tufts, Harris also established the new position of chief diversity officer and associate provost, and he launched Bridging Differences, an initiative to empower the Tufts community to develop the skills necessary to engage in informed and civil discussion around some of today's most challenging topics.

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"The story of slavery is embedded in the story of Albany."

Using entries from the CUNY's New York Slavery Records Index, Amy Biancolli profiles a handful of enslaved people who worked and lived at prominent households around the Albany area, including the Schuyler Mansion and Ten Broeck Mansion. (Last year, the Schuyler Mansion blog also chronicled the lives of people held as a slaves at the historic site.) [TU] [Schuyler Mansion]

Saratoga Jazz Fest 2018 lineup

musician Jon Batiste

Jon Baptiste will be playing with The Dap Kings.

The annual Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival is June 23-24 at SPAC. And the lineup's out -- it includes Chris Botti, Herbie Hancock, Jon Baptiste with The Dap kings, Gregory Porter, and Mavis Staples.

The full announced lineup is below.

Tickets go on sale March 1.

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William Shatner at Proctors

William Shatner on stage promo image

William Shatner. Will be at Proctors. For a screening of The Wrath of Khan. April 4. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 23 -- they're $35.50 and up.

The event is another classic film* and post-screening Q&A events. Blurbage:

William Shatner will be sharing fascinating and humorous stories from portraying the original Captain Kirk in the Star Trek television series and movies, and from his career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, producer, director and writer. Fans will also have a chance to ask Mr. Shatner their question during the audience-led Q&A.

* Wrath of Khan is the best Star Trek film, right? Either that or IV.

Eye on potential flooding, mother charged following Troy fire, pressure on school budgets, together for 75 years

Ice jams and potential flooding
The rapidly warming weather this week is prompting concerns about potential flooding along the Mohawk River as ice jams thaw and move downstream. Meteorologists say it's hard to predict how the 17-mile-long ice jam in the Mohawk affect things. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Mother charged following Troy fire
Troy fire officials say it looks like the house fire on 4th Ave was caused by kids playing with matches or a lighter. The mother of the three children is alleged to have left them alone in the apartment and she's facing misdemeanor child endangerment charges. A passerby and neighbors came to the aid of the kids. [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT]

Guns and schools
+ One of the recent trends in school design being incorporated by Schenectady and other local districts: "secure vestibules" -- basically two sets of locked doors at school entrances. [Daily Gazette]
+ Talking with local high school students about the national student walkout against school gun violence planned for March 14. [Daily Gazette]

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The week ahead

the band Deer Tick 2018

Deer Tick is in town for a show later this week. / photo: Laura Partain.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (WTF), from Presidents Day, to words, to beer, to talks, to film, to all sorts of music...

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Gawking at the ceiling of the Smith Building

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As we've noted before, the Smith Building stands across from the Capitol all buttoned up and dressed for work its quietly tasteful way for work. But start talking to it, and it's like finding out the guy in accounting you've never seen without a tie also paints watercolors on the weekend.

We took a few minutes this week to duck into the Smith Building lobby to admire the ceiling there. Yep, the ceiling. The top of the arched space includes a series of roughly 30 portraits of all sorts of famous New Yorkers ranging from Chester A. Arthur to Philip Schuyler to Robert Fulton to Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Whitman. (Check with the front desk -- they might have a sheet telling showing who's where.)

Here are a few more pics in large format if you'd like to gawk.

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Big downtown residential project approved (again), street ownership intrigue, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

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The plan to build a hotel and multiple retail buildings on Southern Boulevard was approved.

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million dollar projects around the city are (partially) decided.

This month: Approval -- again -- for a big new residential project downtown. One of the last turns in a years-long story. Street ownership intrigue. And more exciting tales...

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Moose spotting

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is doing another aerial survey of the moose population in the Adirondack Park. And, of course, there are photos -- that's one of them above (more at the link).

See also: DEC's Flickr gallery of moose photos.

DEC says that early results point to the moose population being about 400 in the park.

Here's an info page on moose in New York, along with details about how to report a moose sighting.

By the way: moose are very big and strong and should be given plenty of distance.

Earlier:
+ There's a moose... and there's a moose... and there's a moose...
+ Mesmerizing moose

Former residents testify in Jay Street fire trial, should pardons of crimes committed as a teen be made public, communicating at the Olympics

Jay Street fire inspection trial
Thursday included testimony from former residents of the 104 Jay St apartment building, one who told the court upkeep of the building had fallen off in the months leading up to the fire and another who said city building inspector Kenneth Tyree didn't check the smoke detector in his unit during an inspection that was "real quick, about a minute." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Guns
+ Prompted by the school shooting in Florida this week, Andrew Cuomo has advocating for something like the SAFE Act on the national level. [Politico NY]
+ The Albany County Sheriff's Office says an Albany man was arrested for allegedly making a gun-related threat toward co-workers at the Albany County Nursing Home. [Spectrum]
+ The Berlin Central School District issued a notice parents Thursday about "a possible threat to the middle and high school." A 17-year-old has been arrested for allegedly making a comment deemed potentially threatening at lunch, which then ended up on Snapchat. [News10] [WNYT]
+ Schools and churches around the area say they're reviewing their plans for dealing with a shooter. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple: "This has become the norm. I never thought I'd say that about active shooter situations, but this is." [WNYT] [Spectrum]

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No one asked, but...

Albany Capital Center rear blank wall

... the back wall of the Albany Capital Center could really use a mural or interesting paint scheme or something.

We think that every time we walk by, including today.

After Dark: Butterflies & Brews at miSci

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The butterfly house.

It's adult night at miSci March 31 with an event called "AFTER DARK: Butterflies & Brews." Blurbage:

The AFTER DARK series is a social event for adults 21+ featuring full museum access, alcoholic beverages, board games, planetarium shows, and exciting science demonstrations. A chance for adults 21 years or older can come enjoy the museum during an evening event without kids. And all money raised will go towards providing the best informal STEM education to Capital Region children and their families!
Escape winter's chill in our popular indoor butterfly house, and learn all about brilliantly colored native butterflies such as Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Buckeyes, Painted Ladies, Tiger Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails. Don't miss the chrysalis chamber which offers visitors the chance to learn about the exciting life cycles of butterflies.

There will be samples from Albany Distilling, Artisanal Brew Works, C.H. Evans, Mad Jack, Shmaltz, Rare Form, Yesfolk Tonics, and others. Also, Given to Fry will be there selling food.

The After Dark event is Saturday, March 31 from 5:30-9:30 pm. Admission is the regular museum admission, $10.50. Planetarium shows are an extra $5.

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