It's snowing, Hillary Clinton to appear in Cohoes, State Ed upholds Albany High School vote, UAlbany women's basketball coach leaving

It's snowing
The Capital Region is in line to get about 4 inches of snow (more in higher elevations) through Monday. April snow wouldn't typically be all that noteworthy, but this has been one of the least-snowy snowfall seasons on record here. [NWS Albany]

Hillary Clinton in Cohoes
Hillary Clinton is set to appear at Cohoes High School Monday evening for a public campaign event. Supporters of Bernie Sanders were out canvassing in the Capital Region over the weekend. Presidential primary day in New York State is April 19. [TU] [WNYT]

Nicholas Building
Work continues to stabilize the 196-year-old Nicholas Building in downtown Schenectady after people inside the building noticed shaking Friday afternoon. Road closures at the State and Erie are also continuing. The building is next the site where the former Olender building was recently demolished for a new mixed-use project -- the chair of the Schenectady Heritage Foundation says they had expressed concerns about the potential impact of the project on the Nicholas Building as far back as 2014. [Daily Gazette] [TU x2]

State budget
Here are some Capital Region-specific bits from the state budget that came together at the end of last week -- they include $50 million for reconfiguring the Northway interchange by ALB and $1.5 million for Albany and Troy in anti-poverty funding. [Cuomo admin] [TU]

Also: The increased school aid in the budget prompted double-digit aid increases for multiple Capital Region school districts, including Albany and Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Albany High School vote
From Friday: The state Education Department upheld the Albany High School rebuild/expansion project vote. It sounds like critics are still considering challenging the vote in court. [NYSED] [TU]

School testing
The state's revised approach to standardized testing -- which includes tests that are said to be shorter, and won't be timed -- starts this week. Parents who have opted their kids out of previous tests say they're still skeptical. [TU] [Politico NY] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady pushing for payments from non-profits
As part of his push to get Union College to make voluntary payments to the city of Schenectady in lieu of property taxes, Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy estimated that police and fire response for Union costs about $600k a year. Many local colleges do not make payments to their municipalities -- though RPI is the Troy's largest tax payer. [Daily Gazette x3]

Guilderland DWIs
Guilderland police tagged more drivers for DWI last year than Albany, Colonie, or Bethlehem. [TU+]

Potential challenger for David Soares
David Gonzalez, an attorney for the city of Albany and a former prosecutor, is looking at a potential challenge to Albany County DA David Soares. [TU]

Chuck's Store
Chuck's Store in Galway is set to close this month after 58 years in business. [Daily Gazette]

UAlbany women's basketball coach leaving
Katie Abrahamson-Henderson is leaving UAlbany to take the head coaching job at the University of Central Florida. The new job will almost double her salary. Coach Abe had led the Great Danes to five straight NCAA tournament appearances -- and a first round win this year. [TU+] [News10]

Syracuse basketball
+ The Syracuse women't basketball team will face undefeated UConn for the national title Tuesday after beating Washington Sunday in the Final Four. [Syracuse Post-Standard]
+ The Syracuse men's basketball team fell to North Carolina Saturday in the Final Four. [Syracuse Post-Standard]

Stuff happening today

Chuck D
Monday: Hip hop titan Chuck D will be at Siena for a talk. He is, of course, a founder of Public Enemy. In the years since founding the group, he's also been a political activist, writer, producer, radio host, and collaborator with all sorts of artists. His talk at Siena will be the keynote lecture for the college's annual Hip Hop Week. Monday 7:30 pm (doors at 7 pm), Sarazen Student Union -- free (first come, first sit)

iThink Creativity Lab
Monday: There's another iThink Creativity Lab "think tank" night at the Sage Albany campus. "SCA Dean Joanne Curran will lead the sessions using a model of creative thinking fostered by Alex Osborn, the executive who coined the term 'brainstorming.' Participants will work with college professors and students to develop potential solutions to problems of their choice." Monday 7 pm, Kahl Campus Center -- free

Of Horses and Men
Monday: Icelandic actor Ingvar Eggert SigurĂ°sson will be at The Linda for a screening of the film Of Horses and Men. "Benedikt Erlingsson's dryly witty 'OF HORSES AND MEN' is like an animal documentary, but about people. Life revolves around mares and stallions in the film's windswept terrain, but the animals' orblike eyes direct us to the many follies of their owners, who are driven by petty desires and, occasionally, courage." SigurĂ°sson will answer questions after the film. Monday 7 pm -- general admission free (VIP mixer is $25)

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