Video surfaces in CDTA bus incident, physician says public health study should include former Hoosick Falls residents, groundbreaking for Rivers Casino scheduled today, Senate approves MMA for the 7th time

Hoosick Falls water
A doctor who has been pivotal in uncovering the Hoosick Falls water contamination crisis says a state public health study of the long-term impact on village residents needs to include those who have moved away over the years. According to a new document, Hoosick Falls asked for the village water to be tested back in April of last year, but people were not instructed to stop drinking the water until November. [TU][News 10]

CDTA bus attack
Video has surfaced of the CDTA bus altercation in which a group of Ualbany students say they were the victims of a racially motivated attack. [TU]

Casino groundbreaking
The Rivers Casino groundbreaking is expected to take place today.[TU]


Tax hike for millionaires
Assembly Democrats will introduce a plan to boost taxes for the states's wealthiest residents in an effort to generated more than $1billion in revenue.[TU]

Paid family leave
Assembly members passed the Paid Family Leave Act on Tuesday. [News 10]

MMA
For the seventh time, the NYS Senate has voted to legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts fighting. [WNYT]

Saratoga Hospital expansion plan is off
Neighborhood opposition has shut down a proposed $14 Million plan to expand Saratoga Hospital. [Business Review]

Support for Albany High School rebuild
Members of Albany's minority communities gathered Tuesday to offer their endorsement for the $180 million proposed rebuild and expansion of Albany High School. [TU]

South Colonie Teachers among upstate's highest paid
A Buffalo publication ranks South Colonie teachers as the second highest paid in Upstate New York School Districts [TU]

Paroled murderer arrested on drug charges
Schenectady police arrested a man who was on parole for a 1990 North Carolina murder, after they found him in possession of heroin and crack. [TU]

Don't bring heroin to court
An Albany man who was answering to shoplifting charges in Bethlehem Town Court, was arrested for bringing heroin to his court appearance. [TU]

Boil water advisory
A water main break in Niskayuna has resulted ina boil water advisory for the area that is expected to last a few days. [Gazette][TU]

Notice of claim in alleged police assault
A Colonie man has filed a notice of claim against the Albany police officer accused of choking and punching the man's 12-year -old son , who was part of a group that allegedly threw pears a t the officers home on Halloween night.[TU]

Challenger for Teachout
In her bid for Chris Gibson's congressional seat, Zephyr Teachout will face a challenge from another Democrat - the deputy town supervisor of the Columbia County town of Livingston.[TU]

The few, the proud...
A Capital Region woman is headed to Marine boot camp.[TU]

Hackathon product
A device created at a weekend hackathon at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity may be useful in keeping the peace. [TU]


Happening today

Naked Influence
Today-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of the new play Naked Influence, "about a charismatic exotic dancer who finds herself engulfed in a doomed relationship with a congressman." Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

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