Cuomo: "no specific terrorist threat" to New York, not guilty pleas in Porreca murder case, Troy City Council votes down tax cap override, six year old rescues residents from apartment fire

ISIS
Andrew Cuomo says that in spite of recent videotaped warnings about attacks on New York, "there is no specific threat to New York State at this time" . The mayor and police commissioner in NYC are telling people to ignore the video. A video released by the group Anonymous lists the Watervliet Arsenal as a potential target. [TU][NYT][News 10]

UAlbany terrorism program
UAlbany is creating a new a new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.[TWCN]

Six year old rescues residents from fire
A 6 year old Albany boy rescued residents of his Broad Street apartment building when he awoke smelling smoke early Wednesday, alerted his mother, and didn't give up when she tried to send him back to bed. [WNYT][TU]

Troy Council votes against tax cap override
Troy's city council fell one vote short in its effort to override the tax cap which could lead to layoffs and reductions in services like snowplowing and garbage pick up.[TU][News 10]

Not guilty pleas in Porreca case
The two suspects charged with killing hairstylist Jacquelyn Porreca for heroin money pleaded not guilty at their arraignment on Wednesday. [Gazette]

Officer not charged in alleged assault of child
The off duty Albany police officer alleged to have choked and punched a boy on Halloween has not been charged, but the boys friends, who admitted to throwing pears at the officer's home were charged with violations. [TU]

Minimum wage for municipal workers
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan was not at a news conference where the mayors of Rochester and Buffalo announced their intention to raise municipal workers minimum hourly wage to $15 per hour, but Sheehan says she is ready to sign on to the wage hike, which would dovetail with Andrew Cuomo's plan to raise minimum wage for state workers. [WNYT]

Skelos trial
Tapes of wiretapped conversations played at Dean Skelos' corruption trial on Wednesday were "riveting, raw and sometimes bizarre." [NYT]

Silver trial
Federal prosecutors rested their case in the corruption trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. [TWCN]

GE moves renewable energy HQ to Paris
GE officials say their decision to move their renewable energy headquarters from Schenectady to Paris will not affect jobs at all. [TU][Gazette]

Washington County drug bust
Eleven people were arrested on Wednesday in a drug bust in Washington County where officers seized cocaine, marijuana, $1,700 in cash and firearms. [TU]

$35,000 worth of cigarettes
Sheriff's Deputies made two arrests and seized $35,000 in untaxed cigarets and $14,000 in U..S. currency in a traffic stop at on the Exit 23 toll plaza on Tuesday. [TU]

Employee fired for redeeming containers at Wal-Mart
An East Greenbush Wal-Mart fired an employee for redeeming empty drink containers he found in the parking lot where he gathered shopping carts.

Neighbors protest "Pink Palace" plan
Saratoga Neighbors of the former off Camus Skidmore dorm known as The Pink Palace are protesting a Bonacio Construction plan to convert the building into 53 apartments. [Gazette]

Tourism $
New York has committed $50 million to tourism marketing.
[TU]

Rotterdam Square aquarium
The new Rotterdam Square Mall director and his plans for an aquarium at the site. [TU+]

"We are better than anti-refugee fear and loathing"
Chris Churchill on anti-refugee fear.[TU+]

Happening today

Motown the Musical
Today-Sunday: A touring production of Motown the Musical will be at Proctors. The show is based on the story of the Motown record label and includes more than 60 songs from the label. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

The Brothers Vonnegut
Thursday: Ginger Strand will be at the State Museum for a talk about her nonfiction book The Brothers Vonnegut: Bernard Vonnegut and Kurt Vonnegut in the House of Magic. Blurbage:

The story is set in General Electric's Schenectady research facility, where Bernard worked as a scientist and Kurt in public relations. It is a wild collision of science and literature set against the backdrop of atomic anxiety, would-be weather warriors, and the dawn of the digital world. She will also discuss her use of manuscripts, letters, GE dossiers, and interviews to trace the fascinating story of two brothers grappling with the moral dilemmas of their time.

Strand's talk is both part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series and is a keynote for the Researching New York Conference. Thursday 7:30 pm, State Museum Clark Auditorium - free

Pinball
Thursday: The Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus is screening TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball, a 2006 documentary about the creation of a new type of pinball machine. Thursday 6:30 pm - free

UAlbany hoops
Thursday: The UAlbany's men's basketball team opens its home season against Colgate at SEFCU Arena. Thursday 7 pm - $12 and up

Thursday: Brillz at Upstate Concert Hall
EDM. With: Party Favor, Ghastly, Willy Joy. 8 pm - $20

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