Ted Cruz campaigns in Scotia, results from Rupeka autopsy in Mexico, apartment complex planned near SUNY Poly, Terry Kindlon retires

Ted Cruz in Scotia
+ Ted Cruz made a campaign stop at a Christian school in Scotia Thursday as he tries to overtake Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president. Said Cruz to the crowd of more than 1,000 people: "I want to ask every one of you if you don't see Donald Trump as the nominee, if you don't want to see Hillary Clinton has the next president, come out and vote for me 10 times ... Now I'm not a Democrat so I'm not asking you to do anything illegal. But if you go home, pick up the phone and call nine people, it will be like 10 votes." Cruz also talked about policy, including his support for a flat tax and the abolition of the IRS, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and pulling back on regulations of business. Earlier in the day, Cruz spoke with News10 and said in reference to his critical comment during a Republican debate about "New York values": "As I've toured the state, I've found people knew exactly what I meant ... People knew exactly what I meant by the liberal attitudes." [Politico NY] [TWCN] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [CNN] [News10]

+ The Cruz event also drew supporters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who gathered outside and engaged in their own discussion. [TWCN] [Daily Gazette]

+ It looks John Kasich will be in the area on Monday making at least one stop in Saratoga Springs. [TU]

The New York presidential primary is April 19.

Hoosick Falls
Michael Hickey, who played a key role in the discovery of the contamination of the drinking water supply in Hoosick Falls, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International. [TU]

Adam Rupeka
A press release from an attorney general's office in Mexico says an autopsy concluded Adam Rupeka and Jennifer Ogburn died of blood clots in their lungs, apparently from drug overdoses -- and there was a message written in lipstick on a mirror in their Tijuana hotel room. (Rupeka and Ogburn had left town after being charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse charges in Rensselaer County.) [TU]

Father sentenced for baby's injury
Connor Ash was sentenced to seven years in prison in Saratoga County Court for breaking the leg of his three-month-old son last year. He was also ordered not to have any contact the boy until 2031. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Stabbing in Albany
Albany police say a man was stabbed near Lexington Ave and Sherman Street (map) in West Hill Friday morning. [WNYT]

Another volunteer accused of theft from Safyre donations
A Rotterdam woman is accused of stealing $50 worth of costume jewelry from while volunteering with the Safyre's Angels org. She's the second volunteer accused of stealing from the operation. [Daily Gazette]

School budgets
+ The Albany school district's proposed budget includes no tax levy increase. [TU]
+ The Shen school district's proposed budget includes a 0.74 tax levy increase, which is just under the cap for this year. [TU]

Colonie hotel tax
The Colonie town board has put on hold a proposal that would have moved toward adopting a 1.5 percent tax on hotel bills after hotel owners said it would make it harder to compete. [TU]

Apartments project near SUNY Poly
Columbia Development and a property management company have plans to build a 170-unit apartment complex on the Loughlin Street land it acquired near SUNY Poly in the city of Albany (map). [TU+]

Downtown Revitalization Initiative
One of the Capital Region's downtowns is in line for $10 million in funding from the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. [Biz Review]

Terry Kindlon
Terry Kindlon -- one of the area's highest-profile attorneys -- retired from practice this week. [TU+]

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