Sheehan says she'll veto plans to scrap trash fee, committee to study purchasing a Troy City Hall home, 3 historic places on state preservation list

Narcan/opioids
Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that independent pharmacies as well as chain pharmacies can distribute the heroin antidote Narcan over the counter. Meanwhile, Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Senate to pass legislation requiring the CDC to issue strict guidelines for prescribing opiates for pain. [WNYT] [News 10]

Trash fee
Kathy Sheehan has promised she'll veto a plan to scrap Albany's new trash fee on small apartment buildings if the plan gets to her desk. [TU]

New Red Light Camera
Another red light camera -- this one at the intersection of Washington and Quail -- went live at midnight. [TU]

PFOA
Less than a third of 145 wells tested in the town of Hoosick and village of Hoosick Falls, indicated a presence of PFOAs that exceeded the EPA safety threshold. Flushing of the water system in Hoosick Falls continues today, meanwhile, state legislators are considering a proposal to extend the statute of limitations so people who may have been harmed by PFOAs in the water can pursue lawsuits. [TU][WNYT]

High speed chase
A high speed chase that reached speeds of up to about 110 mph ended in a crash on an Albany lawn on Wednesday night. [TWCN]

Troy City Hall
Troy City Council President Carmella Mantello says she's forming a committee to look into purchasing a building to house Troy City Hall. Meanwhile the former site of Troy City Hall, at Monument Square, is still undeveloped after nine years of effort. [TU]

Primaries
The NYS Senate has passed a bill that will consolidate state and federal primaries on a single date in August. [TU]

Prosecutors want max for perjury
Prosecutors are seeking a maximum ten year sentence for Edward Leon, convicted of lying twice to a federal grand jury investigating the fire that killed David Terry and three of his children, and severely burned his daughter Safyre. [Gazette]

Schenectady County's highest paid
Schenectady County's Economic Development Commissioner tops a list of the highest paid employees in the county, at a a salary of $175,630.
[Gazette]

Endangered historic places
Three of the NYS preservation leagues Seven Properties to Save, are here in the Capital Region -- the Rapp Road Community, the Schenectady Stockade and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.[Gazette][TWCN][TU]

American to Chicago
American Airlines restores non-stop flights from Albany to Chicago today. [TU]

East Greenbush superintendent
East Greenbush has hired a new school superintendent from Rome, NY. [Business Review]

Cruz lawsuit
A lawsuit has been filed in State Supreme Court in Albany claiming Ted Cruz is not eligible to run for president because he was born in Canada. [TWCN]

Lilian's
Lilian's restaurant in Saratoga Springs has officially changed hands -- for $2.7 million. [TU]

Fuel up on god
A new church, headquartered in a Saratoga Springs dance club, is buying gasoline for members of the public beginning Saturday morning. [TU]

107
At 107, Edna Epstein Sills is believed to be the Capital Region's oldest resident.[TU+]

Mr. Saratoga
Norman Fox, credited with major contributions to the revitalization of Saratoga Springs dating back to the 1970s, died last week at the age of 96.[Gazette]

Happening Today

Cornel West
Cornel West will be at Union College March 3 for a talk titled "Social Justice: The U.S. and Beyond." West is a scholar whose work has focused on race, gender, and class. He's now a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. And he's popped up all over popular culture, from talk shows to spoken word hip hop to an appearance in two of the Matrix films. Thursday 5 pm, Nott Memorial - free (seating is limited)

Stephen Adly Guirgis CANCELED (could be rescheduled for fall)
Stephen Adly Guirgis -- the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama -- will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Guirgis won the Pulitzer for the play Between Riverside and Crazy. And he's a UAlbany grad. Thursday 8 pm, uptown campus, recital hall - free

Film

On Screen/Sound
The On Screen/Sound series at EMPAC continues with "a selection of films that work in sound and image but without the use of words," including Koyaanisqatsi. Thursday 7 pm - $6

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld will be at The Palace for a stand-up show. He had his own TV show for a while -- it's possible you've heard of it. 7 pm - $48 and up

Ukrainian Easter eggs
The Albany Institute is hosting a workshop led by curator Diane Shewchuk about making Ukrainian Easter eggs (which are beautiful). "Learn how to decorate real eggs the traditional Ukrainian way using dyes and beeswax." Thursday 6 pm - $20

MAAC tournament
Thursday-Sunday: The end-of-season tournament for the MAAC -- Siena's conference -- is back at the TU Center this week (both the men's and women's tournaments). The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Siena men's team will start the tournament in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The women's team starts the tournament on Thursday. Thursday-Sunday various times -

Music

Steven Wilson at The Egg
Prog rock. 8 pm - $35 and up

Hot Club of Cowtown at The Linda
Jazz/western swing trio. 8 pm - $20

David Broza at Troy Music Hall
A "fusion of three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England." 7:30 pm - $27 and up

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