Witnesses didn't see Crossgates shooting defendant with gun, State Police to patrol Albany neighborhoods, Boy Scouts to close longtime local camp

Crossgates gunfire trial
Seven witnesses, including a mall Santa, testified on Tuesday that they did not see Tasheem Maeweather, the defendant in the Crossgates gunfire trial, with a gun at any point. [WNYT][TU]

State Police to patrol Albany neighborhoods
Andrew Cuomo was at the main branch of the Albany Public Library on Tuesday to announce a plan for State Police officers to patrol some violence plagued Albany neighborhoods in an effort to combat gang activity. [TU][Gazette]

Stefanik and Faso on health care bill
Both Elise Stefanik and John Faso say they are still undecided on the latest proposed Republican effort to replace the Affordable Care Act. [TU]


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Gilliibrand on 2020
Kirsten Gillibrand says she won't make a presidential bid in 2020, but will be focused on reelection to her Senate seat. [News 10]

Albany shooting
A 26-year-old man was shot in the leg on Tuesday afternoon on First Street between Quail and Ontario streets in Albany's West Hill neighborhood. [TU]

Schenectady stabbing
Police say a stabbing in Schenectady on Tuesday was the result of a dispute between neighbors. [TU]

Suspicious death in Hadley
Police in Hadley are treating the death of a woman whose body was discovered in a town residence early this morning as suspicious. [WNYT]

Car slams into business
A vehicle crashed into an East Greenbush business on Tuesday and the driver fled the scene. Police have called off a search but a suspect is still at large and considered dangerous. [News 10][Record]

Rivers Casino Emergency Calls
Police have received 185 emergency calls from Rivers Casino in its first five weeks of operation. Here's a breakdown of why police were called to the casino. [Gazette x 2]

State education requirements
On the first day of state required math exams, state education officials announced what they say are "substantive" changes to New York's K-12 eduction standards. Meanwhile opt-outs on state math exams seem to be dropping slightly in the Capital Region. [WNYT][TU][Gazette]

Medical marijuana for PTSD
New medical marijuana legislation approved by the State Assembly includes a measure that would approve its use as a treatment for PTSD. [Daily News]

11 DWI arrest
A Schenectady man arrested for the 11th time on DWI charges has been released on $40,000 bond. [Gazette]

AirBnB
A chunk of the Air BNB legislation before New York State was written by AirBnB.[TU]

Boyhaven to close
The Boy Scouts of America are planning to sell Camp Boyhaven, a 300-acre camp in Milton that has been operated by the Boy Scouts since 1924. [Gazette]

Asian-American tribute
A new exhibit in the Capitol War Room honors the contributions of Asian-Americans to New York. [TU]


Stuff going on today

Some People Hear Thunder

Today-Sunday: The musical Some People Hear Thunder opens at Capital Rep (it was in previews this past weekend). Blurbage:
Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story - an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality. Set between 1914 and 1915, in New York and southern Turkey, in the midst of shocking historical events, Some People Hear Thunder comes to life through song, dance and beautiful storytelling.

It runs through May 21. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Film

Your Name
The Spectrum is showing Your Name this week. It's a very popular anime film released last year in Japan that's gotten strong reviews.


StartUp Tech Valley


The StartUp Tech Valley series is back at Revolution Hall in Troy. Startup companies will be giving short presentations followed by Q&A sessions. This month's lineup includes companies focused on LED displays, sign language education, a juice bar, and local investing. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Tulips

The tulip beds in Albany's Washington Park are in bloom and it looks like this week will be the prime part of the season. So go see them. Don't wait until Tulip Fest.

Music

Rakeem Miles at The Madison
Rap/hip-hop. 7 pm -- $10

The WGNA Secret Star Acoustic Jam at Proctors is sold out.

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