Local representatives react to Trump speech, body found in Schenectady, Drue loses appeal in fatal crash, Capital Center set to open

Local representatives react to Trump speech
Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday night. Here are a few reactions from local representatives:

+Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the speech had an air of unreality, saying "What the president says and what the president does are almost at opposite ends." [Washington Examiner]

+John Faso was encouraged by Trumps talk about immigration while Paul Tonko believes "It's just smoke and mirrors masquerading as immigration reform,'' [TU]

+ Kirsten Gillibrand says she hopes Trump will support the FAMILY Act based on his acknowledgment of the need for paid leave. [Observer]

Capital Center opens today
The $78 million Capital Center at opens today in downtown Albany, just in time for the MAAC conference basketball tournament. [TU]

Cuomo on Albany spin-up
In a Q&A at the Capitol on Tuesday, Andrew Cuomo said again the the state is working to find a way to close the $12.5 million gap in the Albany city budget but isn't promising the whole total. [TU]


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Body found in Schenectady
Schenectady police are looking into the discovery of the body of a man in the alley between Villa Italia and the city parking garage on Broadway on Tuesday afternoon. [WNYT][Gazette]

Schenectady stabbing
A Schenectady man is facing two felony counts for an alleged stabbing behind Albany Street in the city on Friday. [Gazette]

Deputy killed in crash
A CBA graduate and Green County sheriff's deputy was killed in a one car crash early Tuesday morning, as he returned to the station at the end of a 12 hour shift. [TWCN]

Drue loses appeal
The man convicted in the drunk driving crash that killed two local high school students in 2012 has lost an appeal. According to the Saratoga County DA, Dennis Drue never filed paperwork necessary for the appeal. [TU][TWCN]

Marriage age
Andrew Cuomo is joining the fight to raise the legal age for marriage in New York.[TU]

NY Millionaires tax
Andrew Cuomo also pushed for an extension of the millionaires tax, saying "I don't know how you close the budget without it."
[TWCN]

Petersburg/Taconic
A day after Hoosic Falls tabled a PFOA settlement, the Petersburg board approved a settlement with Taconic for $30,000 in past PFOA costs, which does not prevent them from future lawsuits. [News 10]

Saratoga charter
Saratoga's Charter Review Commission has agreed to hold the charter referendum vote until November. The committee had hoped to hold the vote in May, but last week the City Council voted against approving $37,000 for a special election. [TU][Gazette]

Indian Point
One possible outcome of the closure of Indian Point: a 1,000 megawatt power line running through the Capital Region.[TU+]

GE employee home after travel ban
A GE employee is back at work after she was held up in Qatar due to the Trump travel ban. [TU]

Solar Troy
Monolith Solar began installing panels on Tuesday for the first step in a citywide solar project in Troy. [Record]

Grandparent scam
Chris Churchill shares the story of a victim of the grandparent scam. [TU+]

Operation Deep Freeze
Nineteen airmen with the New York National Guard 109th Airlift Wing return home today after another deployment to Antarctica in Operation Deep Freeze. [News 10]

Adirondack Thunder
The Adirondack Thunder will remain in Glens Falls. [WNYT]


Stuff going on today

Wicked
Wednesday-Sunday: A touring production of Wicked starts a week-and-a-half run at Proctors. It is, of course, the massively popular Broadway show adapted from the book by Albany native Gregory Maguire. Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $38 and up

How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights
Political scientists Brian Harrison and Melissa Michelson will be at Skidmore to talk about their book Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights. "They conducted randomized experiments all over the United States, many in partnership with equality organizations. They found that people are often willing to change their attitudes about LGBT rights when they find out that others with whom they share an identity (for example, as sports fans or members of a religious group) are also supporters of those rights - particularly when told about support from a leader of the group, and particularly if they find the information somewhat surprising." Wednesday 6 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

The Other Mozart
Wednesday: The UAlbany Performing Arts Center hosts a performance of The Other Mozart. "[T]he show tells the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim but her work and her life faded away, lost to history due to overwhelming restrictions and prejudice of the time." Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of ($10/$15 for students

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz
Wednesday: Artists Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz will be at EMPAC to talk about the moving image work they're developing during a residency at EMPAC. "Their staged films and film installations often start with a song, a picture, a film, or a script from the past. They produce performances for the camera, staging the actions of individuals and groups living--indeed thriving--in defiance of normality, law, and economics. Their films upset normative historical narratives, as figures from across time are staged, projected, and layered." Wednesday 7 pm -- $6

Startup Tech Valley

The Startup Tech Valley series returns to Revolution Hall. It's an "open mic" month open to any business for three-minute pitches and audience Q&A. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

UAlbany hoops
Wednesday: The UAlbany men's basketball team opens its campaign in the America East conference tournament with a matchup against Hartford at SEFCU Arena. The winner of the conference tournament goes to the NCAA tournament. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $15 and up

Music
Tommy Emmanuel at Troy Music Hall
Acoustic guitarist. With: Joe Robinson. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

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