Cuomo to deliver state of the state today, Assembly votes down ethics proposals, vigil for Sherwin, four Canadian women charged with local "grandparent scam," if walls could talk

State of the State
Andrew Cuomo will deliver the State of the State address today. Here's a look at what he'll be talking about. [TU]

$15 minimum wage
More than 1,000 people are expected to show up at the State of the State to advocate for a $15 minimum wage. [News 10]

Ethics
The NYS Assembly voted down 13 Republican proposed ethics reforms, including term limits for legislators and televised hearings. [Daily Freeman][WNYT]

Clean Conscience pledges
The five members of the Senate IDC announced they have signed "clean conscience" pledges. [TU]

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Brandon Sherwin
Family and friends of Brandon Sherwin, who was shot and stabbed to death in Watervliet last week, held a vigil on Tuesday night in Brotherhood Park. Sherwin's neighbor, 49 year old Michael J. Fox, who is charged with second degree murder in the incident, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is being held without bail. [TWCN][TU]

Grandparent Scam
Four women from Canada were arrested in Menands on Tuesday for allegedly perpetrating a "grandparent scam."[TU]

Troy audit
A draft audit of the city of Troy by the NYS Comptrollers office, obtained by the Times Union, shows the city drained its financial reserves to balance the budget, failed to monitor its finances and routinely used money from off-limit funds to pay the bills. [TU]

Guardsman sentenced
The Troy National Guardsman who caused a car accident that killed 48 year old environmentalist Amy Stock in Albany will serve 8 to 24 years in prison for aggravated vehicular homicide. [Record]

Guilty plea in Schenectady shooting
A Schenectady man is facing 28 years in prison after admitting to a fatal 2014 shooting. [TU]

Schenectady police chief
Schenectady is expected to be without a police chief for about five more months. [TWCN]

Schenectady graduation rates
Statewide high school graduation rates are up, but Schenectady is one of the NYS school districts still struggling. [TWCN]

Constitution pipeline
A coalition opposed to the proposed Constitution natural gas pipeline wants Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to intervene to stop the company from getting federal approval to begin cutting trees for the project in Central New York.[TU]

Schenectady payroll
At $174,021, a Schenectady police officer tops the list of the city's highest paid employees. [TU]

Needle in candy
Police say a needle was found inside a wrapped Sour Punch candy that came from a Southern Saratoga County children's entertainment venue. An investigation is underway but police say the package did not appear to have been tampered with. [TU]

Horse farm owner takes plea
Joshua Rockwood, the Glenville farmer charged with 11 counts of Failing to Provide Proper Substance for horses at his West Wind Acres, has accepted a plea deal that requires him to make improvements to his farm and pay $9,000 to the horse rescue that took care of his horses.[News10]

Lyft/Uber Saratoga
The Saratoga Young Professionals Network held a discussion on Tuesday about the possibility of bringing Uber and/or Lyft to the Spa City.
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1st Woman lieutenant
A Saratoga County Sheriff's Investigator has become the department's first female lieutenant. [Gazette]

Immigrant lawmakers
A look at some of the New York lawmakers who were born in other countries.[TU+]

If walls could talk
Political scandals and Albany hotels. [TU+]

Happening today

Creed
Proctors is showing Creed on the big screen in the GE Theater. It's gotten good reviews. (And it has Michael B. Jordan.) Monday-Wednesday various times - $5

The Supernaturalists
The touring magic show The Supernaturalists, starring Criss Angel, will be at the Palace. It's billed as "a truly revolutionary theatrical experience of magic." Wednesday 7:30 pm - $39.50

Coloring for adults
The Schenectady County Public Library is hosting the first of its coloring nights for adults. Blurbage: "Tons of recent research suggests that coloring is one of the best ways for adults to reduce stress and relax! We will have relaxing music, stunning patterns, coloring markers & pencils, and hot drinks while we enjoy a peaceful hour of coloring." It's ages 14 and up. Wednesday 6:30 pm, Central Library - free

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