Verdict in Vega trial, SWAT team in Schenectady, council to meet on McCarthy incident, Patroon Island Bridge reconstruction complete

Verdict in trial for the death of Vanessa Milligan
Update: A Rensselaer County Court jury found Gabriel Vega guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Vanessa Milligan in Lansingburgh in 2014. Vega was also convicted on charges of arson and abortion for the incident in which Milligan, who was pregnant with Vega's child, was killed and her home set on fire. The jury passed on convicting Vega on a second-degree murder charge against him. [TWCN] [Troy Record] [TU]

Schenectady SWAT
A SWAT team has responded to a James Street home in Schenectady. A man has apparently barricaded himself in the home. [Gazette]

GlobalFoundries
GlobalFoundries plans to set up a chip fab plant in China, but officials do not expect it to affect operations at its Malta plant, or its plan to open a second Malta plant. [TU][Gazette]

Teen sentenced for murder
An Albany teen was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years to life in prison for his part in the murder of a 27-year-old father of six in a shooting on Lark Street last year. [TU]

Council to meet on McCarthy incident
Schenectady's City Council is expected to hold a short, private meeting tonight to discuss the incident, last week, where Mayor Gary McCarthy followed a woman to the police station after he confronted her because he thought she was breaking into cars. Meanwhile, the woman, Sara Dingley, who claims McCarthy was drunk when he followed her to a police station, is calling for an outside investigation of the incident.[TU][Gazette]

SUNY Chancellor
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has announced she will step down after having served seven years in her post. [TU]

START-Up NY leader leaving
The head of the START-Up NY program has announced she will return to the private sector. [Gazette]

Rensselaer County settles $300,000 discrimination suit
Under the terms of a settlement reached this week, Rensselaer County will pay $300,000 to the internal affairs officer who alleged former sheriff Jack Mahar and his successor of making racial slurs. [TU+]

Proof
For the last few months NYS has been asking its employees for proof of identity for spouses and kids to ensure they are, in fact, eligible for medical benefits. [TU+]

Patroon Island Bridge
After two years and $148 million, reconstruction of the Patroon Island Bridge -- which the state DOT says was the largest roadwork project ever in upstate NY -- is complete. [TU]

Petersburgh supervisor
The town supervisor of Petersburg -- who led the town response to he PFOA water crisis -- has resigned due to health issues. [TU]

Mt. McGregor
Two years after the closing of Wilton's Mt. McGregor medium security prison, there are no buyers interested in the property. [Gazette]

Locked out
Locked rest rooms at the Corning Preserve caused problems for visitors over the Memorial Day weekend.
[TU]

Schneiderman/Trump
NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have been sparring over a Trump U. lawsuit. [TU]

How things are in Dannemora
How the small town of Dannemora is faring in the wake of last year's highly publicized prison break. [Politico]

Chickens
After a year off because of avian flu concerns, chickens will return to county fairs. [TU]

Duckling
Firefighters in Saratoga Springs rescued a duckling from a storm drain of a South Broadway parking lot, and reunited it with its family. [WNYT]

Happening today

Cooking

Gelato
Wednesday: Gio Culinary Studio has a hands-on class about making gelato and other frozen desserts, including semifreddo and granita. "Students will learn how to make delicious authentic gelato and frozen Italian desserts, all from scratch! We will be using fresh natural ingredients and professional techniques that can easily be duplicated at home." Wednesday 6:15 pm -- $60

Chickpeas
Wednesday: Spoon and Whisk has a class about cooking chickpeas with chef Patrick Mannato. Menu: "Chick Pea Fries with Red Curry Ketchup; Herbed Chick Pea Bruschetta; Gluten-Free Zucchini-Basil Chick Pea Waffles with Shaved Fennel Tomato Salad; Chick Pea Fettuccini with Harissa, Kale, & Olives; Homemade Hummus." Wednesday 7 pm -- $45

Music

Tuesday: Eagles of Death Metal at Upstate Concert Hall
Rock. (If the name sounds familiar for something other than music, they were the band playing at the Le Bataclan in Paris during the attack this past November.) 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Wednesday: The Defibulators outside The Egg
Bluegrass, country, rockabilly. A "Made in the Shade" show. noon -- free

Wednesday: Whitney at The Hollow
Indie rock. Former members of Smith Westerns. With: Hoops. 8 pm - $10 ahead / $12 day of

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + Eric asked about the experiences families have had with Albany schools -- and... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

It's Memorial Day weekend. Time to fire up the barbecue grill and kick off the unofficial start of summer by doing fun stuff. This week... (more)

A few bits about that big, new mural going up on the side of the Quackenbush Garage in Albany

Maybe you've noticed the new mural going up on the south face of the Quackenbush Garage in downtown Albany. Here's what's up with that, along... (more)

A restaurant for regular group meetings?

Anne emails: I am a member of a service group that meets 2 evenings a month, during the week. We are looking for a restaurant/food... (more)

New York State city and town populations 2016

The Capital Region has some of the state's fastest growing towns in terms of population percentage change. That's one of the bits from new population... (more)

Recent Comments

I've found that anecdotes from neighbors, friends, or internet "strangers" can only take you so far. If you haven't already, I strongly recommend you get out there and visit these schools during the school year, during the school day to get a feel for things. In the last few months, my wife and I have made a series of visits to our local elementary, middle + high-school. During those visits, we had the chance to talk to multiple teachers and see the kids "in action". It was very VERY telling in a lot of ways - both good and bad.

A few bits about that big, new mural going up on the side of the Quackenbush Garage in Albany

...has 5 comments, most recently from Jamie

Fields Sculpture Park at Omi 2017

...has 3 comments, most recently from Jamie

A restaurant for regular group meetings?

...has 6 comments, most recently from Jamie

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from JK

Where to get an Apple laptop fixed?

...has 8 comments, most recently from Greg