Siena poll shows low confidence in ethics legislation, HVCC president sets retirement date, CDTA plans to oversee taxi service

Siena poll: Voters have low confidence in ethics legislation
A new Siena College Poll shows 56 percent of voters do not believe that ethics reforms passed at the end of session will reduce corruption in state government, but 48 percent said they would re-elect their state senator and 42 percent said they'd re-elect their assembly member. The poll shows 33 percent give Andrew Cuomo a B grade on his effectiveness during the session. [Siena College]

HVCC president sets retirement date
HVCC President Drew Matonak has announced he will retire in 2018 -- allowing the college two years to seek his replacement. [TU]

Central Avenue safety enforcement program
Police will be patrolling Central Avenue closely today through Saturday, citing pedestrians and drivers who violate traffic safety rules in an effort to refocus attention and avoid accidents on the notoriously dangerous strip of road. [TU]

Saratoga considers ambassador program to help homeless
The Executive Director of The Schenectady City Mission -- the ambassador program for which has provided jobs for homeless people as hospitality workers for Proctors and the city -- spoke to the Saratoga City Council this week about how the program works and how they might use it to address homelessness. [TU]

Hoosick Falls students
Keeping students on track in the wake of the Hoosick Falls water crisis. [Business Review]

Should a school be named for a slave owner?
"There is also this uncomfortable and poignant fact: Most of the children who attend Schuyler Academy are black. They walk each morning into a school named for a man who owned other black children -- including some left in unmarked graves. That just shouldn't be." -- Chris Churchill argues for the renaming of Schuyler Academy in Albany.
[TU+]

CDTA planning to oversee region's taxis
CDTA is preparing to oversee the region's taxi services, while a bill to give them the management authority to do so awaits Andrew Cuomo's signature. [Gazette]

Bombers dress code
Does a dress code at the Schenectady Bombers violate civil liberties? [TU]

Train derailments
Two trains derailed at the Selkirk rail yard in the course of the last week. [TWCN]

Schumer on oil train Safety
Chuck Schumer says oil companies should be required to make oil safer by removing flammable gasses before they ship it on trains. [WNYT]

SUNY Poly
A cancer research experiment started at SUNY Poly is waiting to be tested in space. [TWCN]

45 years in nursery school
Delmar nursery school teacher Christine Knapp looks back on 45 years of teaching at the Schenectady Day Nursery. [TU]

Happening today

Baseball
The Tri-City ValleyCats play the last of a three-game homestand against Williamsport at The Joe. Thursday 7:30 pm -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

Williamstown Theatre Festival
The Williamstown Theatre Festival's new season opens with a production of the Tennessee William comedy The Rose Tattoo, starring Marisa Tomei, in previews on the main stage (it runs through July 17). And on Wednesday The Cost of Living opens on the Nikos Stage in previews (it runs through July 10). various times -- $40 and up

Twyla Tharp
Famed choreographer Twyla Tharp will be premiering a new work at SPAC as part of performance that includes two other of her works. (It's a Pathways to Dance show.) Thursday 8 pm -- $30

Music

+The Chronicles (As Earth, Wind and Fire) at Alive at Five
With Thump Gospel (As Michael Jackson). 5 pm -- free

+Tom Russell at Proctors
Texas country. An 8th Step show. 7:30 pm -- $28 and up

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The link to Chris Churchill's story goes to a story on the oil trains.

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

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