Fatal hit and run in Milton, attorney says his client was coerced in Hulett St fire investigation, price tag for 50 Hudson Ave demolition, James Franco movie filming in Troy

Fatal hit-and-run in Milton
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Saratoga Ave in Milton early Sunday morning and died shortly after the crash. SCSO says the driver left the scene. And sheriff Michael Zurlo tells TWCN that when the vehicle was found, "It was in an area way off the road and you could say they were trying to conceal it." SCSO described the man who hit as homeless. [News10] [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU]

Stabbing in Colonie
Colonie police say a 17 year old who was out trick-or-treating Monday night was stabbed during a fight (map). CPD says the teen was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. [WNYT] [News10]

Timothy Pratt funeral
Hundreds of people were in the church for the funeral of Timothy Pratt, the State Police trooper who died last week after being hit by a vehicle during a stop to help a tractor trailer in Wilton. His daughter, Sarah Pratt, described him as "the hero of heroes." More than 2,000 law enforcement members gathered outside the church during the service. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Hulett Street fire investigation
The attorney for Richard Ramsey, one of the people recently indicted on perjury charges in the Hulett Street arson investigation, says his client was coerced by investigators and "told what to say by guys cloaked with the government's authority." [TU]

Reverend Smart investigation
The Times Union reports that "information compiled during a criminal investigation" indicates that Rev. Edward B. Smart of the First Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Hamilton Street and his wife listed their annual income as $5,000 in order to qualify for Medicaid benefits -- but the records point their actual income as more than $150,000 a year. [TU]

Troy budget
Mark Robarge looks at the role of municipal employee union contracts in the Troy budget crunch and argues against some of the protections public employee unions have in contract disputes. [Troy Record]

50 Hudson demolition
The emergency demolition of 50 Hudson Ave in downtown Albany -- the building next to the oldest building in the city -- cost the Albany Convention Center Authority $180,000. [Biz Review]

Conflict with Canada
Andrew Cuomo is rattling the milk pail in a potential trade conflict with Canada over exports of New York milk north of the border. [TU]

State Assembly 111th
A look at the matchup between Angelo Santabarbara (incumbent D) and Pete Vroman ( R) for the 111th state Assembly district. [TU]

A longshot
On the campaign trail with Christopher Davis, the Republican challenging longtime incumbent Neil Breslin for the state Senate. [TU+]

Even bigger longshots
A look at some of the people who are official write-in candidates for president in New York State, including Jason Mutford of Albany. [TU+]

Almost perfect three in a row
A star bowler from Rotterdam recently almost rolled three perfect games in a row. [Saratogian]

James Franco movie in Troy
A movie starring James Franco is set to start shooting in Troy Tuesday. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Frank Mosher
Novelist Frank Mosher will be at the State Museum as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. "Howard Frank Mosher, acclaimed author of ten novels set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, will discuss and read from God's Kingdom (2015), his most recent book. Author Stephen King calls God's Kingdom 'American fiction at its very best, a rip-roaring story full of hilarity and heartbreak...honest and emotionally resonant,' and added 'don't miss it.'" Tuesday 8 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Drones
UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Cybersecurity is hosting a series of events looking at the opportunities -- and challenges -- presented by drones. Events include a drone demonstrations and an expert panel. Tuesday various times -- free (registration required)

Rock music photography
Photographer Jay Blakesberg will be at Skidmore to talk about his 35-year career photographing popular rock acts. Tuesday 7 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Music: Indigo Girls at The Egg
Almost 30 years since their first album release. With: Becky Warren. 8 pm -- $39.50

Music: Shonen Knife at The Low Beat
Pop punk from Japan. With: Bare Mattress. 7:30 pm -- $15

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