Not guilty plea in UAlbany rape case, special legislative session still in question, Q-poll: Cuomo at 49% approval but don't run for president

Not guilty plea in UAlbany rape case
The Guilderland man charged in the rape of a UAlbany student pleaded not guilty to rape, burglary, attempted burglary and criminal trespass in Albany County Court Wednesday morning. [TU]

State says PCB cleanup failed
New York State officials told the DEC on Tuesday that the $1 billion PCB cleanup of the Hudson River was a failure and that more work needs to be done. [TU+][WNYT/AP]

Q-Poll
A new Quinnipiac Poll shows Andrew Cuomo with a 49% approval rating and that voters want him to challenge Donald Trumps polices -- but not run for president in 2020. [Quinnipiac]

Special Session
If a special legislative session does happen, Upstate ride haling services are likely to be part of the agenda.[TWCN][NYT]

Albany Shooting
Albany Police are investigating an early morning shooting on Second Streetthat sent a 46-year-old man to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening arm and leg injuries. Police say the shots were fired inside a second street home. [TWCN][TU]

Suspect in Schenectady shooting
Schenectady police have arrested a suspect in connection with a Hamilton Hill shooting earlier this week.[Gazette]

Rezoning plans for apartment complex rejected
Albany County's Planning Board gave its second rejection to rezoning a street behind SUNY Poly to allow an apartment complex. [TU]

Clifton Park open space
Open space activists in Clifton Park are seeking 5,100 signatures to force a referendum where voters could decide on the sale of 36 acres of wooded land that its owner -- the Shenedahowa Schools, wants to sell to a developer. [Gazette]

Municipalities request help with water pipe repair
The Mayors of Albany, Troy and other municipalities are urging the Cuomo administration to devote $800 million to assisting local municipalities in New York State with the repair and replacement of aging water pipes.
[Record]

Crossgates gift thefts
After gifts purchased by a student and server at Ruby Tuesday's were stolen from her car in a Crossgates Mall parking lot, more than $2,000 in donations have poured in to help. [TU]

63 years of service
A Wohlberg Electric employee who began working at age17 for $28 a week will retire from the company this week at the age of 80.[TU]

Medical Ethics pioneer
91-year old Dr. John Balint, a medical ethics pioneer whose career spanned five decades, has died. [TU]

Bacon Bits
The addition of Bacon Bits, the new therapy pig at Albany International, Airport -- has inspired PETA to request that the airport ban all pork based products. [Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Camelot
This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of Camelot. Blurbage:

The four-time Tony® Award-winning musical, with one of the richest scores of the Broadway song book, tells the story of the legendary King Arthur, who rules his kingdom with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. This lusty, romantic tale is sure to inspire audiences with a celebrated score that includes the classics "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," "How to Handle a Woman" and the title song, "Camelot."

It looks like some of the performances are sold out, so check ahead. Tuesday-Saturday -- $25 and up

Hockey
The Albany Devils take on the Binghamton Senators at the TU Center. 7 pm -- $15 and up

Korean cinema
A handful of well-reviewed recent Korean films are playing at Proctors this week:

The Handmaiden
Wednesday: Proctors is showing Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden,"a gripping and sensual tale of two women - a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance." It's very good reviews. Also: "No one under 18 admitted due to scenes of artful, yet explicit sexuality." Tuesday 6:30 pm and Wednesday 7 pm -- $9

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