Bridgegate witness says Cuomo was part of cover story, proposed Schenectady budget would keep taxes flat with casino money, Loudonville's 12211 the regions wealthiest zip code

Bridegate
A former top ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who admitted to orchestrating the lane closings in what is now known as Bridgegate, says Christie and Andrew Cuomo discussed releasing a false report to avoid questions over the closures -- something a Cuomo spokesman has denied. David Wildstein testified on Tuesday that Port Authority officials informed him that Cuomo told the Port Authority's executive director to "stand down" from trying to publicly blame Mr. Christie and his aides for the closings, at least until Mr. Christie had won re-election in November 2013. [TU][Politico][NYT]

Cuomo seeks zero budget growth again
For the sixth year in a row, Andrew Cuomo is asking state agencies for zero-growth for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. [TU]

Schenectady budget
Schenectady County's proposed budget would be balanced this year with the help of $330 million from Rivers Casino. [TU]


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High speed chase
Police have arrested the driver who led them on a high-speed chase on I-90 resulted in a car crash at Third Street and Lark Street. [TU][WNYT ]

Unreported shooting leads to liquor license suspension
An unreported shooting at The Elbow Room in Albany in September prompted authorities to suspend the business's liquor license. The incident was the fourth time this year shots were reported fired at or near the business. [TWCN][TU]

Teen guilty of manslaughter
A Schenectady jury found 17-year-old Kasheef James guilty of manslaughter in the killing of LaSean Gause. [Gazette]

Attempted murder charge
An Albany man is facing an attempted murder charge following a weekend stabbing on Emmett Street in the city. [WNYT]

Attempted rape in Colonie
A Colonie man is charged with burglary and attempted rape for allegedly breaking into a Colonie home, and attempting to rape a woman at knifepoint. [TU]

Travelodge fire ruled arson
Police have arrested a woman in connection with what they now believe was an arson over the weekend at Cocca's Travelodge on Route 9 in Colonie. [TWCN]

Schenectady fire
Eight people escaped a fire overnight at a two family home on Stanley Street in Schenectady. [TWCN]

Emma Willard
Emma Willard school is expanding its policies for reporting sexual abuse after the school settled with a student who claimed she was attacked by a teacher there in 1998. [TU]

Fake IDs
A State Police crackdown on fake IDs resulted in 411 arrests at concert venues statewide during the summer seasons -- 87 or them at SPAC.[TU][Gazette]

False alarms
Albany is considering imposing fees on alarm companies to cover costs when fire trucks are sent to false alarms. [TU+]

Heating bills
National Grid expects natural gas heating bills to be slightly lower than average this year.[Gazette]

12211 $
The Business Review reports that Loudonville's 12211 area code is the wealthiest in the Albany area. [Business Review]

Brown School adds high school
Schenectady's Brown School will expand to offer high school starting next year. [Gazette]

Times Union Center
A year long renovation project at the Times Union Center begins today. [TWCN]

New Yorker finalist
A Saratoga Springs man's cartoon is a New Yorker finalist.[Gazette]

187
That's how old the late president Chester A. Arthur would be today. Arthur, a graduate of Union College, was elected James Garfield's VPotus in 1881 and became President when Garfield died. A wreath will be set on his grave in Albany Rural Cemetery today.

Stuff going on today
Disenchanted!
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the musical Disenchanted! will be at Proctors. Blurbage:

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm. These royal renegades toss off their tiaras to bring you their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical. What you thought about princesses will never be the same!

Today-Sunday various times -- $40

Outside Mullingar
Today-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar. (It runs through October 16.) Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
The new Punk Rock Sketch and Sip series returns to the Low Beat. "Learn or practice drawing with live, alternative figure models with local artist and educator Robert B. Eaton. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you sketch. All skill levels welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, but limited materials will be provided to get you started." Wednesday 6 pm -- $15

William Kennedy
William Kennedy will be at the SUNY administration building in downtown Albany to talk about the new opera adaptation of his novel Roscoe -- he'll be joined by librettist Joshua McGuire and pianist/composer Evan Mack. (The Albany Symphony will be performing the work October 15.) Wednesday 7 pm -- free


Girl Blue
Girl Blue at The Hollow
EP release show for songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Arielle O'Keefe. With: Intell Hayesfield, One Red Martian. 8 pm -- $10

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