Cuomo denies Bridgegate connection, Shaker High teacher charged with endangering welfare of child, Matthew won't impact Capital Region

Cuomo denies Bridgegate connection
Andrew Cuomo, Wednesday, denied allegations that he and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie discussed using a false report to defuse questions about Bridgegate. [News 10/AP]

Alain Kaloyeros
"Sources familiar with the matter" tell Politico that SUNY leaders are attempting to permanently fire Alain Kaolyeros. [Politico NY]

Shaker High teacher charged with endangering child
A Shaker High School teacher is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with alleged online contact with a student. The teacher, who was active with school clubs, is alleged to have requested and sent suggestive photos, and repeatedly requested in-person meetings. [Gazette][WNYT][TU}

Heroin
Police have arrested a Waterford man found passed out in the front seat of a car in a Latham parking lot, with his 7-month-old son in the back seat. [TWCN][Gazette]

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Bank robbery
The First Niagara branch on State Street in Albany that was robbed last monthwas robbed again on Wednesday afternoon. [TWCN]

Cohoes bomb threats
Cohoes school district officials say the school is investigating three bomb threats it received at the high school and middle school over a period of two days. [TU]

Schenectady man sues police
A man who was cleared of misdemeanor resisting arrest-related charges last year is suing Schenectady police in U.S. District Court claiming officers beat him, wrongfully arrested him and later concealed information from city prosecutors. [TU]

West Albany Strong
The owner of the West Albany salon where Jacquelyn Porreca was murdered last year is working to raise money to help the area's young people and boost the image and pride in the neighborhood. [TU]

Saratoga budget
The proposed Saratoga Springs 2017 budget does not propose a tax increase, because, officials are recommending relying on the city's reserve funds instead. [Gazette][TU]

Clifton Park budget
Clifton Park's 2017 budget proposal will also hold taxes virtually steady due to a proposed decrease in town spending. [TU]

Schenectady fire
Fire officials say a blaze that displaced nine people in the city on Tuesday was caused when oil in a deep fryer being used on a porch boiled over and hit a flame. [Gazette]

Flint moms visit Hoosick Falls
Four moms from Flint Michigan are in Hoosick Falls to support PFOA-contaminated families and share their experiences. [TU]

Lead testing
School districts from around the Capital Region are waiting for the results of lead tests on their drinking water. [Gazette]

Heastie calls for lawmaker pay raise
Assembly speaker Carl Heastie is urging the state Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation to recommend raises for state lawmakers that would, at minima, match the rate of inflation since the last time they received raises. [Capitol Confidential]

Herbs
From the bid rigging case against lobbyist Todd Howe and Joseph Percoco this strange tidbit: The two referred to each other as "Herb" a code name that apparently stemmed from failed gubernatorial candidate Herb London. They even had a parking space at SUNY Poly marked "Master Herb." [TU+]

Bechtel
Bechtel, a naval nuclear propulsion technology developer, has signed a deal to bring 350 employees to downtown Schenectady from other points in the Capital Region.[Gazette]

Saint Peter's
St. Peter's Health Partners opened a new campus in Clifton Park on Tuesday, but the three year old, 350-doctor practice reported a loss recently that was $569,000 more than what it had expected. [TU+]

Hurricane Matthew
Forecasters don't expect Hurricane Matthew to have any impact on the Capital Region.[TU]

Corruption
The new Museum of Political corruption is overflowing with material -- and donations -- in these scandalous days. [TU+]

Chester Arthur
Chris Churchill chats with Chester A. Arthur on what would have been his 187th birthday. [TU+]

Stuff going on today

Preet Bharara
The event with US Attorney Preet Bharara at Saint Rose is at-capacity and not accepting additional attendees.

Capitol Hauntings
The very popular "Capitol Hauntings" tours of the state Capitol begin a new season this week. Many of the spots for the tours are already claimed, but at last check there were still a few available for the evening sessions, and a handful for the day tours. Today-Friday 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm -- free (must pre-register)

Disenchanted!
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!

Thursday-Sunday various times -- $40

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

Imbolo Mbue
Imbolo Mbue will be at UAlbany to read from, and talk about, her debut novel Behold The Dreamers, which has been getting strong reviews and a lot of attention. Her appearance is part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Thursday 8 pm, UAlbany uptown campus, performing arts center -- free

Startup Tech Valley
The Startup Tech Valley series makes a stop at the Saratoga City Center this month. Five companies will be giving short presentations about what they have going on, plus a few other presentations and networking. Thursday 5:30 pm -- free (pre-registration required)

Music

The Black Violin show at Troy Music Hall has been re-scheduled.

The Lapalux show at EMPAC as been postponed.

Melvin Seals & JGB at Putnam Den
Hammond B-3 organist. With: Cousin Earth (Thursday) / Cold Flavor Repair (Friday). 9 pm each night -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

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