It's Election Day, Stewart's called out over lack of accommodation for nursing mother, racism in the Adirondacks, James Franco at Union

Election Day
+ The polls are open until 9 pm Tuesday. Don't know where to vote? You can look it up on the state Board of Elections site.

+ Much of the attention today will be focused on the presidential election, of course. But on the state level here there will also be a lot of attention on how control of the state Senate shakes out (including the outcome of the George Amedore/Sara Nicolli matchup for the 46th state Senate district) and the close competition between John Faso and Zephyr Teachout to replace Chris Gibson in the 19th Congressional district. [Politico NY] [Daily Gazette]

+ Reviewing the New York's rules for taking ballot photos and ballot selfies. [Daily Gazette]

Calling out Stewart's over lack of accommodation for breastfeeding mother
A Stewart's employee says she had to close the Troy location she was working at Sunday for 15 minutes so she could breastfeed because the company didn't adequately staff the location (nor does it provide a place for her to pump). Her fiancee called the company out online. Stewart's blamed the situation on "a breakdown in communication" and said it regretted the situation. [News10] [Instagram] [TU]

Attempted murder charge in Albany
Albany police say they arrested for allegedly beating a 63-year-old woman outside the South Mall Towers on South Pearl Street Saturday morning -- he's been charged with one count of attempted murder. APD says the woman has been hospitalized with a fractured skull and other injuries. [APD] [TWCN]

Albany police excessive force trial
There were opening statements Monday in a civil trial over an incident in which a family alleges an Albany police officer used excessive force on a 12-year-old boy -- including hitting him with a bike -- during a school fight in 2013 near Myers Middle School -- the officer's attorney says his client was trying to break up the fight and did not hit the boy with the bike. [TU]

Momentive strike
The workers on strike at the Momentive plant in Waterford have rejected the latest contract offer from the company. Members says the offer on the table was worse than the first one from the company. [Biz Review] [TU+]

Protest of proposed Albany city raises
Members of the Albany Blue Collar Workers Union were at city hall Monday to protest proposed raises some non-union members of the city's staff while they remain without a contract. [TU]

Conflict among Troy City Council Republicans
Republican Troy City Council member John Donohue says he's being marginalized by council president Carmella Mantello because he didn't oppose the recently approved new contract for city firefighters and met with mayor Patrick Madden about the budget. [Troy Record]

Racism in the Adirondacks
Chris Churchill uses a recent episode in which racial slurs were yelled at Sierra Club president Aaron Mair to touch on the issue of racism in the Adirondacks -- where a rep for a tourism marketing org says they sometimes adjust the itineraries for visiting media members who are people of color "because we're not confident they'll have a positive experience." [Adirondack Life] [TU+] [North Country Public Radio]

NY-MA EZ-Pass
The NY Thruway has joined the Mass Pike in only offering certain toll discounts to E-ZPass transponders purchased in-state. [TU]

Infrastructure
The long, slow process of replacing miles of old natural gas mains around this part of the state. [TU]

The Pretenders at Union
James Franco and the shoot for The Pretenders were at Union College Monday. [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Cohoes Music Hall is showing the Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Tuesday 7 pm -- $5

Dirty Dancing
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of the stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing will be at Proctors. Remember: No one puts Baby in the corner. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $30 and up

Music: Sonata Arctica & Dark Tranquility at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Swallow the Sun, Leaves Eyes, Omnium Gatherum, Enforcer, Starkill. 5 pm -- $30 ahead / $35 day of

Music: Anna & Elizabeth at Caffe Lena at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs
"[T]raditional mountain tunes, tales and ballads..." 7 pm -- $18

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