Triple shooting in Schenectady, Heastie says no hearings on PFOA yet, the precarious state of Troy's finances, escaped zebra found dead

School budgets are up for vote today. Don't know where to vote? Check with your school district.

Triple shooting in Schenectady
Schenectady police say they're investigating the shooting of three men inside an apartment the eastern edge of the city (map) early Tuesday morning. SPD says all three were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. [Daily Gazette] [News10]

Hulett Street fire
The mother of Safyre Terry -- Jennica Duell -- pleaded guilty to perjury charges Monday for lying to a grand jury in the case of the fatal Hulett Street fire that killed Terry's father and three of her siblings. She faces up to 15 years in prison. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Jacquelyn Porreca murder case
During a pre-trial hearing Monday, a Colonie police investigator testified that Sean Moreland told police he didn't know Michael Chmielewski was going to stab Jacquelyn Porreca during the robbery of a hair salon on Sand Creek Road and that he feared what could happen to his children. Attorneys for both men took issue with the testimony -- Moreland's over whether police had been honest when questioning his client, and Chmielewski's on whether there was any evidence that Moreland said what the investigator said he said. [TWCN] [TU]

Vanessa Milligan murder case
Jury selection in the trial of Gabriel Vega started Monday -- he's accused of killing Vanessa Milligan, who was pregnant with their child, and setting fire to her Lansingburgh home. The judge in the case banned three members of Milligan's family from the courtroom during the selection process after one of them was accused of telling a potential juror she'd like to harm Vega. [Troy Record] [TWCN]

PFOA
State Assembly speaker Carl Heastie said Monday he doesn't think hearings about PFOA contamination of the Hoosick Falls water supply are necessary at this time because the state Department of Environmental Conservation is currently working on the issue. Republican Steve McLaughlin, who represents Hoosick Falls in the Assembly, has pushed for hearings, as has Congressman Chris Gibson on the federal level. [TU] [Politico NY]

Meanwhile, over in Petersburgh, more wells have tested positive for PFOA contamination. And there was a tense town meeting after the town ran out of bottled water. [News10 x2]

Troy finances
Looking at the situation surrounding the city of Troy's precarious finances, and whether it's prompting cooperation among city leaders. [Troy Record]

Academy Lofts reportedly mentioned in federal investigation
"A person with knowledge of the document" tells the Times Union the Academy Lofts at The Albany Barn in Arbor Hill was mentioned in a federal subpoena of the Cuomo admin, apparently because Norstar Development, which worked as the contractor for the project, is being looked at in the investigation. [TU+]

Pilgrim Pipeline
The Albany Common Council voted 9-0 (six voted present) for a resolution opposing the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, which would move crude oil from the Port of Albany to a terminal in New Jersey. [TU]

Neighborhood associations
How a dispute over a program for homeless families helped spur the creation of a new neighborhood association in Albany. [TU+]

Uneven spring
The warm-then-cool spring has complicated things for farmers this year. [TU+]

Old age
The founder of the Albany-based Center for the Study of Aging died this past weekend at age 95. [TU+]

Catskill zebra
The DEC says the zebra that had been on the loose in Green County the last few days was found dead in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest Preserve -- it had apparently fallen from a cliff. [The Daily Mail]

Albany Devils
The Albany Devils were eliminated from the Calder Cup plays Monday after losing game 7 of their playoff series with the Toronto Marlies 4-3. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Nitty Gritty
The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam series is at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

Music: Dark Star Orchestra at The Egg
Grateful Dead tribute. 7 pm -- $32.25 ahead / $36.25 day of

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