Cuomo in Cuba, uncertainty about testing opt-outs, another into the pool for Troy mayor, duct tape as doctoring

Cuomo in Cuba
Andrew Cuomo and a trade delegation that includes New York State officials and business leaders is set to arrive in Cuba today. The goal is start laying the groundwork for businesses connections between the country and New York. [NYT] [TU]

Rotterdam police settlement
An attorney for the family who alleged their teen's arm was broken by Rotterdam police during incident on a school bus that was captured on video says their suit has been settled for $360k. [Daily Gazette]

Police say former Maestro's partners John LaPosta and Tina Kruger were arrested Friday morning on allegations they stole more than $50k from the Saratoga Spring restaurant. Their attorney says the situation is a business dispute that the pair thought had been resolved. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Troy mayoral race
Democrat Ernest Everett announced Saturday in Lansingburgh that he's officially into the pool for mayor of Troy. [TU] [Troy Record]

School testing opt outs
After what appears to have been a big increase in the number of families opting their children out of state standardized tests, there's uncertainty among school districts about how the opt-outs could affect funding. [TU]

Albany County redistricting
The long fight over Albany County redistricting -- and the creation of a new minority majority district -- is close to an end... almost. [TU]

Schenectady casino site
A look at the decades of pollution at the site of the Schenectady casino project. [TU]

Greenfield horses
The SPCA removed 13 horses from the Greenfield farm that's been the subject of long running animal welfare complaints. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

People repellent
Fire officials in Schuylerville say what appears to have been a release of snake repellent in a basement prompted a hazmat call and sent two people to a hospital. [WNYT]


"I don't like doctors. I doctor myself."

-- Carl Critelli of Glens Falls to the Post-Star about why he wrapped his hand in duct tape after a friend accidentally shot him last week.

Back to work

Earlier on AOA: The backstory on the Albany Billiard Ball Co.

Stuff going on today (Monday, April 20)

WWE Monday Night Raw will be at the TU Center. Monday 7:30 pm - $23 and up

Front Parlor
The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme is "foreign affairs." Monday 7:30 pm

The Big Lebowski
The Palace's movie series is screening The Big Lebowski. (That rug really tied the room together.) Monday 7 pm - $5

Lawrence of Arabia
The AFI 100 series at Proctors is showing Lawrence of Arabia on the main stage screen. Monday 2:30 pm and 7 pm - $5

Music: Sick of Sarah at The Low Beat
Alt rock. With: Kimono Dragons, The Money$. 7 pm - $8

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