Not guilty pleas in UAlbany bus incident, worker killed in wood chipper accident, Rensselaer County hires outside council in fatal police shooting case, Steinmetz honor in Schenectady

Worker killed in wood chipper
A 23-year-old employee of a Guilderland tree care company died in a freak wood chipper accident on his first day at work on Wednesday. [TU]

UAlbany bus incident
The three women charged with assault and falsely reporting an incident in what they say was a racially motivated attack on them on a CDTA bus earlier this year, pleaded not guilty to charges against them on Wednesday. Newly released documents about the incident show that it may have started with one passengers singing of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall."[Gazette][TWCN][TU]

Fatal police shooting
Rensselaer County has hired outside council to represent DA Joel Abelove in a lawsuit by the Attorney General's office over the handling of a fatal shooting of a DWI suspect by a Troy police officer last month. [TU]

Spa City panhandling
The arrests last week of several homeless people in Saratoga Springs have prompted the city to schedule a forum about aggressive panhandling -- something some residents say has become a problem in the city. [Gazette]

BID rigging investigation in SUNY Poly dorm project
According to the TU, an unnamed source has reported that Eric Schneiderman's office is investigating potential bid-rigging in the development of a SUNY Poly dorm and that SUNY Poly's CEO Alain Kaloyeros, is a key focus of the investigation. [TU]

Coeymans land
Albany's sale of a 363 acres of land in Coeymans-- once land that was slated for a a new city landfill -- to New York State state, has been put on hold hold until the state can determine what the land is actually worth.[TU]

Steinmetz
A bust of inventor Charles Steinmetz, will be unveiled this week at a ceremony in his adopted city of Schenectady. [Gazette]

$nack bar
Snack bar for sale -- $1.2 million. [WNYT]

Happening today

Amy Schumer
Thursday: Amy Schumer will be at the TU Center for a stand-up show. Schumer's star has been steadily rising. A few years back her stand-up act was getting a lot of press, then her Comedy Central show got strong reviews. And then last year she starred in the film Trainwreck, which she wrote (and Judd Apatow directed) -- it brought in almost $140 million at the box office. Her appearances here in Albany have tracked that path: a sold-out show at The Egg in 2013, a show at The Palace in 2014, and now the TU Center. Thursday 8 pm -- $39 and up

Champagne on the Park
The annual Champagne on the Park party is in Washington Park near the tulip beds. Blurbage: "here will be live music, champagne and food tastings by all your favorite Lark Street area restaurants." It's a fundraiser for the Lark Street BID. Thursday 6 pm -- $80

The Trip to Bountiful
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep's production of The Trip to Bountiful continues. The show is the story of Carrie Watts, an aging widow who escapes from the home of her son and goes on a journey to revisit her childhood home. The show stars a number of talented Capital Region actors, including the amazing Barbara Howard, Kevin Craig West, Tony Pallone, and newcomer Joshua Powell. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Nik Bärtsch's MOBILE at EMPAC
Jazz quartet: "Tight grooves that inexplicably lie way back in the pocket while simultaneously pushing incessantly forward." 8 pm -- $18

The Sheepdogs at The Hollow
Rock. 8 pm - $15 ahead / $18 day of

OTEP at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: September Mourning, Doll Skin, Through Fire. 6 pm -- $25 ahead / $30 day of

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There's a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses of the 23-year-old worker killed in the wood chipper accident: https://www.gofundme.com/22nws342 .

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