Cuomo to wrap up SOS tour at UAlbany, Albany voters approve school propositions, city bids farewell to police chief

State of the state
Andrew Cuomo will give the final speech State of the State roll out tour this afternoon at UAlbany. Cuomo is expected to touch on plans he's outlined in his recent speaking tour, including Upstate ride sharing, child care tax credits, voting reform and free tuition at state colleges. [TWCN][TU]

Power outages causing delays
Strong winds have resulted in a number of power outages which have led to some area school closings and delays. [TU]

Albany approves school propositions
Albany residents approved two school propositions on Tuesday -- a $6.5 million upgrade to a North Lark Street building to turn it into a middle school, and a plan to purchase the former Brighter Choice charter school for $4.1 million.[TU][WNYT]

Hoosick Falls proposed water settlement
The Hoosick Falls Village Board will consider a final $850,000 settlement agreement from Honeywell and Saint Gobain this week, over water contaminated with PFOAs, but some citizens are saying the settlement is not enough. [TWCN][WNYT]

Cox retires
After twenty-three years in the department and two years as chief, Brendan Cox officially retired from the Albany Police Department on Tuesday. Deputy Chief Robert Sears will be the interim chief while a search is conducted for a replacement for Cox. [TWCN][News 10]

The Global $4.8 billion Global 450 Consortium research program is wrapping up its five year contract with SUNY Poly and, in the wake of the recent scandal surrounding the school, doesn't have plans to extend the relationship, as was previously hoped. [TU]

Shen school district
The Shenendahowa School Board told residents on Tuesday that they are verifying signatures on a petition demanding a referendum to decide the fate of a 34-acre parcel of land that the district wants to sell to a developer. The board could vote on holding a referendum later this month, but board members say a referendum might not be possible until March. [TWCN][TU]

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is calling on the owners of Momentive to reach a settlement to end the strike that has been going on since November 2. [TU+]

Robbery arrests
Albany police have made arrests in two city robberies this fall : three men were arrested in connection with a November 11th where they allegedly beat a man for his watch, and one man was arrested for a December 5th incident where a man was attacked on Lark Street for his wallet. [TWCN][TU]

Naloxone in schools
South Glens Falls High School is training its staff to use the overdose reversal drug Naloxone.
State education leaders are trying to get more districts to sign up for overdose prevention programs that would allow them to use the drug. [TWCN][TU]

Menands Price Chopper to close
The Golub Corporation is closing one of its oldest stores at 444 Broadway in Menands, saying that much of its business has now gone to Market Bistro inLatham and its other local stores. Meanwhile the company is expanding its Market 32 brand. [TU][Gazette]

Saratoga buildings
Mio Posto in Saratoga is expected to be torn down today after being damaged in a Thanksgiving morning fire. The nearby Hamlet and Ghost is expected to reopen later this week. [Gazette][TU]

Pediatric Emergency
Albany Medical Center broke ground on Tuesday for a new pediatric emergency department. [WNYT]

Clergy Against Hate
Stories like the 13-year-old recently caught spray painting Swastikas in Schoharie County and hate speech in Clifton Park schools has inspired a group of Schenectady area clergy to create a tolerance program to help bring people together. [TU]

Former Senator Alfonse D'Amato was booted off a plan in Fort Lauderdale this week, after confronting passengers, leading a chant among other passengers. [NYT]


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