Troy city council president to announce mayoral bid, state of emergency lifted on Jay Street, pedestrian hit by train in Mechanicville, support for Schenectady County farmer

A federal judge ruled this week that Albany County's 2011 redistricting plan diluted minority voting power, and ordered legislators to rework the plan before this year's legislative elections. [TU]

Unlikely to be part of the state budget: raising the age of criminal responsibility and The DREAM Act.Still being discussed: ethics and an overhaul on plans to evaluate public schools.
[TU][NYT][CNY]

Troy City Council President Rodney Wiltshire is expected to announce his candidacy for mayor today. [TU]

A pedestrian was hit by a train in Mechanicville early Wednesday morning.[WNYT]

The state of emergency near the site of the Jay Street fire has been lifted and Jay Street shop owners have been allowed back into their stores. The owner of a jewelry story in one of the buildings says he's hoping some of the $80,000-worth of equipment and a safe can be salvaged from the store. [WNYT][TWCN][TU]

Firefighters are hoping a pair of billboards in Troy will help uncover who is behind the string of arson cases. [WNYT]

Schenectady police are looking into two overnight stabbings, one on Albany Street and another in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood. [WNYT]

State police arrested an Albany man and a Glens Falls woman after pulling over their car in Queensbury and allegedly discovering 900 baggies of heroin. [TU][Gazette]

A group of supporters turned out to cheer Glenville farm owner Joshua Rockwood, who appeared in court Tuesday to answer to 13 animal abuse charges. Rockwood's court date was adjourned to April 21. [TWCN][Gazette]

A former director of operations for the NYS Department of Corrections was arraigned on Tuesday for allegedly sexually harassing and forcibly touching an employee. [TU]

A former executive deputy for NYS OGS said in a deposition that he was the person who rejected the Wandering Dago's application to sell food on the ESP after looking into the meaning of the term dago. [TU]

There is still no formal leadership or bylaws for Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Party.[CNY]

Bishop Maginn High School will relocate to the former Cathedral Academy building on Park Avenue in Albany. [WNYT]

Three sisters who are strippers at Shenanigans are suing the Colonie club, claiming they were not paid minimum wage or given the proper tax forms. [Gazette]

Elise Stefanik's efforts to save Fort Drum. [TU]

The NY Post says UAlbany men's basketball coach Will Brown has interviewed for a coaching opening at Fordham.

Albany utility pole artist Patrick Harrington has halted his planned year-long art project after National Grid called to tell him that while they appreciated the effort, the art can't be put on the poles for "legal reasons." [TU]

A bill in the state legislature would make it illegal for businesses to restrict the use of restrooms to paying customers only.[WNYT]

The planned Huck Finn's Playland has received a $250,000 state Empire State Development grant. [TU]

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I appreciate that this is "morning blend" and some of you may not have had your required dose of caffeine yet, but would a read through be too much to ask?
I hate not getting prober tax forms
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"Three sisters who are strippers at Shenanigans are suing the Colonie club, calamining they were not paid minimum wage or giving the prober tax forms. [Gazette]"

Editors: It's not too much to ask. Fixed. Thank you.

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