Suspect in ESP trooper stabbing in custody, Skidmore lockdown lifted after suspect arrested, Assembly passes $9 minimum wage hike

Police apprehended Eric Green, the man who allegedly stabbed a state trooper at the Empire State Plaza on Sunday. Green was picked up at the intersection of Western and Washington Avenues in Albany on Tuesday afternoon. Green, a homeless man with ties to both Albany and Brooklyn, was jailed on charges of assaulting a police officer, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. [TU] [NYSPnews] [WNYT]

Police have aprehended a Massachusetts man who allegedly threatened a Skidmore College student last night, causing the campus to go into lockdown mode. [Saratogian] [TU] [YNN]

The Indian woman allegedly forced to work to work in the Rexford home of Annie George testified in U.S. District court yesterday that a man who spoke her native tongue, Malayalam, coerced her to come and work for George's family. Valsamma Mathai testified through an interpreter that she was forced to sleep on the floor of a closet in George's home, and work from 5:30 am to 11pm without holidays, vacations or sick days, and told the court "I had to escape from there. I told her many times it was too much work." [TU] [Record]

The Assembly easily passed a $9 minimum wage hike on a mostly party-line vote Tuesday. The fate of the bill now rests with the Senate, where support is shaky . [YNN] [State of Politics] [TU]

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New York's 1,169 public authorities are facing nearly $250 billion in debt.[Capitol Confidential] [TU]

The Independent Democratic Conference is calling for a delay of up to two years on hydrofracking until "the Geisinger study" -- a proposed study of health effects in Pennsylvania by a health plan -- is completed. [Capitol Confidential] [NPR]

State lawmakers are looking to restore funding cuts after discovering $200 million in funds than the Cuomo administration anticipated. [YNN]

The former chief of corrections at the Rensselaer County jail, fired last week by Sheriff Jack Mahar, claims she was let go for refusing to shred documents or retaliate against a jail officer that filed a workplace violence complaint against one of Mahar's sergeants. [TU]

Schenectady is looking at borrowing $6.9 million for water and sewer projects, although it already has what Moody's called an "above average debt burden" - one of the reasons the investors service recently downgraded the city's credit rating. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs City Council voted against a plan to replace the city Housing Authority's board of comissioners. The Council also held a public hearing on Tuesday, clearing the way for a vote to once again make the City Center a polling place.[Gazette] [Saratogian]

A fight at the Times Union Center during Monday night's Class AA high school basketball championships has landed a twenty-one-year-old Albany man in jail. [WNYT][TU]

A Troy man will spend nine years in jail after admitting to the rape of a 13-year-old girl.[TU]

A Rome, New York woman is facing charges for allegedly mailing the pain killer suboxone behind a stamp to her boyfriend in the Albany County jail.[TU]

A mistrial was declared in the Troy case of a man alleged to have pulled a gun on a cab driver back in October, after surveilance video suddenly turned up that allegedly puts the defendant at the scene of the crime. [Record]

East Greenbush police are looking for a man who's accused of forcibly touching a woman as she shopped at Walmart with her 18-month old son. [News 10]

After pulling employees from leased spaces to considate them in the ESP and Harriman office campus, the state is seeking to lease 325,000 feet of office space for a new "business services center" that will handle a lot of back office space . [Capitol Confidential]

Stewarts spokesman and former WRGB anchor Tom Mailey is the latest in a long line of WRGB alums to move to a state job. Mailey will become the spokesman for the state Department of Corerrections and Community Supervision. [Capitol Confidential]

Druthers, the six-month-old brew pub in Saratoga, is seeking permission for an 800 square foot expansion. [Saratogian]

The reassessment grievance process is underway for Troy property owners. [Record]

Teachers, students, and education advocates paraded from the Washington Avenue Armory to the Capitol on Tuesday, where they rallied for public education.[TU]

The Queensbury school district is one of four districts in the state that will get an award for efficiency savings. The district will be awarded $561,000 for finding $624,000 in savings on energy and staffing. [News 10]

The Grow in New York bill , which aims to reduce taxes on farmers and ease the transition of passing a farm on to the next generation, was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. [YNN]

The remains of two Union sailors from the USS Monitor -- the ironclad ship, built in part by three Troy firms, that defeated the CSS Virginia (formerly called The Merimack) -- will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. [TU]

An RPI student has received a $30,000 award from the institute for develeping a patent-pending method of manufacturing LEDs that are brighter, more energy efficient, and have superior technical properties than others on the market today. [YNN]

Albany High's girls' basketball team has earned its first sectional championship in 15 years.[WNYT]

Half a century of maple syrup.[Saratogian]

This exists: Competitive stair climbing.[Gazette]

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