It's Primary Day for NYS Republicans, Albany to host international conference on electornic governance, Morse wants county employeers to stop asking for Facebook passwords, HVCC earns top two year college award, Avett brother reads Bill Kennedy

It's Primary Day for New York State Republicans [TU]

The Cuomo administration may hand over some of the responsibilities for oversight and monitoring of vulnerable populations to a nonprofit advocacy group. In light of a recent NYT investigation into alleged patient abuses and sexual assaults in group homes, Senator Roy McDonald held a roundtable to discuss legislative options to prevent similar problems in the future. Jeffrey Monsour, a whistle blower from the embattled NYS Office of People With Developmental Disabilities was told that superiors in the department said he was not allowed to attend the hearing. That decision was reversed after the NY Times found out and was preparing to reveal it to the public. [NYT] [Fox 23] [TU] [Record]

In an effort to preserve and restore some programs lost or threatened by recent budget cuts, the State Education Department is considering a plan to merge certain school districts to create centralized regional high schools. [TU]

The Board of Regents is also considering making Global history and Geography regents exams optional for students focusing in on Science, Engineering and Technology. [News 10] [YNN]

County legislative chair Shawn Morse is planning to introduce legislation to keep county employers from asking for the social media passwords of prospective employees. [TU]

Albany will be the first U.S. city to host the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance.[YNN]

The Castleton woman who was driving while intoxicated when she crashed her car early Monday morning could face felony manslaughter charges in the death of her passenger. [TU]

A Schuylerville teacher is facing multiple felony counts alleging that he was driving drunk when he crossed a double yellow line and hit an oncoming car head-on in November.

The American Tax Funding company could foreclose on nine nonprofits in Schenectady if the city doesn't come across with payments on tax liens it sold to the Florida based company. Schenectady made about $40 million selling liens to ATF between 2004 and 2010. [TU]

According to an audit by the state comptroller's office, Duanesburg has an "excessive" amount of surplus cash -- $195,000 -- that it should be using to reduce taxes. [TU]

A public hearing on the proposed demolition of St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet is slated for Wednesday night . [TU]

The Albany County DA's office says a Voorheesville man planned the kidnapping of a business associate to obtain a $400,000 ransom. [TU]

A Rensselaer County woman is charged with murdering her 4 year old daughter by slitting her throat at a relative's home in Illinois. [TU]

A member of the Bloods who was sentenced in Schenectady on Monday for shooting a man outside a bar in 2010, was also arraigned on new charges for allegedly conspiring to intimidate and kill witnesses to the crime.[TU]

The mother of a toddler found wandering naked in Cohoes was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child -- two other unrelated cases of toddlers found wandering unattended have occurred in Cohoes in the last few months. [News 10]

Two people were hospitalized after an early morning fire in North Greenbush. [Fox 23]

Bricks falling from the top of the Budget Rent-a -Truck building caused the closure of a section of River Street near Hoosick Street in Troy on Monday. [YNN]

Moreau State Park officially opened its new Nature Center. Thacher, Grafton Lakes, Peebles Island and spa state parks are also expecting improvements. [Saratogian] [WNYT]

New York's 45 commercial beekeepers, have 3.5 billion bees, but in the last few years many have been losing as much as a third of their bees a year to Colony Collapse Disorder. [TU]

Three 1950's era fighter planes removed from the Intrepid Sea Air and Space museum in Manhattan to make room for the shuttle Enterprise will soon be housed at the Empire State Aeorosciences Museum in Glenville. [TU]

Anti-war activist and Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin was in Albany last weekend to speak out against the use of remote-controlled drones. [TU]

For the second year in a row Hudson Valley Community College was ranked as one of the best two year colleges in the country, which could mean a million dollar award for the school. [News10]

The newly reopened Camp Little Notch Girl Scout Camp in the Adirondacks, will be rented out for public events to help cover expenses. [TU]

Seth Avett has been reading William Kennedy. [TU]

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