Hillary Clinton campaigns in Cohoes, planning for Northway Exit 4 reconfiguration, opening date for Albany convention center

Hillary Clinton in Cohoes
+ Hillary Clinton made a campaign stop in Cohoes Monday evening before more than a thousand people in a gym at Cohoes High School. She told the crowd she'd work toward "broad-based, inclusive prosperity" and bringing manufacturing back to upstate. Among the other topics she touched on: repairing infrastructure, college affordability, and immigration. [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [News10]

+ Earlier in the afternoon Clinton met with Democratic state legislators at the Renaissance Hotel across from the Capitol in a private event. Among the things she reportedly said: some of the guns used in crimes in New York come from Vermont. (Apparently Clinton has been trying to hammer Bernie Sanders on gun control issues.) [State of Politics] [Politico NY]

+ Also Monday: Supporters of Bernie Sanders rallied outside the state Capitol in Albany. Chris Churchill: "Bernie Sanders has a real chance to win the New York primary, an upset that would embarrass Hillary Clinton like no other defeat." [Daily Gazette] [TU+]

The presidential primary in New York State is April 19.

Airport Northway interchange
Bids for the reconfiguration of Northway Exit 4 to provide smoother access to ALB aren't expected to go out until 2019. The recent state budget included $50 million for the project. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Conviction in Saratoga Springs restaurant stabbing
A Saratoga County Court jury found former Schuylerville resident David Hernandez, a former cook at the Circus Cafe, guilty in the 2014 stabbing of a dishwasher at the restaurant. Hernandez was tried in absentia because authorities say they believe he fled to Mexico. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

Many crashes on snowy roads
The snow during rush hour Monday apparently contributed to many vehicle crashes around the region, including a fatal crash on Route 155 in Guilderland. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Nicholaus Building
Officials said Monday that the Nicholaus Building in downtown Schenectady is stable, and the sections of State Street and Erie Blvd that have been closed could re-open Tuesday. [Daily Gazette]

Albany convention center
There's now a specific opening date for the Albany Capital Center: March 22, 2017. Officials say five events have already been booked for the venue and many more are lined up. [TU]

NY and GE
The Times Union surfaced communication between GE and state economic development officials about how it could be justified that GE keep a $12.5 million grant for creating jobs at the battery plant in Schenectady that closed. [TU+]

Cohoes Public Library
A state comptroller's office audit concluded that financial mismanagement at the Cohoes Public Library had resulted in the library not receiving more than $100k it was due from the city over two years. [TU+]

1 Monument Square
It looks like it will be at least another month before the development team behind the 1 Monument Square project presents its response to recommendations from the Troy planning commission. [TU]

Viewshed
In Rensselaerville there's a dispute between county officials who want to building a tower to improve emergency radio coverage in the area and a preservation group that says the tower spoil the view. [TU+]

Hotspot
A new book identifies Albany as a "hotspot" of global innovation. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Isidro Blasco
Tuesday: Artist Isidro Blasco will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk about his work. "Isidro Blasco uses digital photography and common building materials to assemble three-dimensional constructions that reconstruct interior spaces and outdoor environments and explore vision and perception." Blasco had to cancel because of illness. Albany artist Ken Ragsdale will be appearing instead. Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

Lion King
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of The Lion King continues its month-long run at Proctors. It is, of course, the hugely-popular musical based on the Disney movie. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

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