Faso and Stefanik will vote yes on AHCA, West doesn't testify in Lake George boat crash trial, off-duty officer says he saw Crossgates shooting

American Health Care Act
+ John Faso issued a statement Thursday morning saying that he will support vote for the amended American Health Care Act. [John Faso]
+ After initially decline to state her intentions this morning, Elise Stefanik told HuffPost she's also a "yes" vote. [@MEPFuller]
+ Paul Tonko on Twitter: "To be clear: despite what @POTUS & @HouseGOP say, #TrumpCare Does. Not. Protect. Those. With. Pre. Existing. Conditions. #VoteNoAHCA #AHCA" [@Tonko4Congress]
+ Andrew Cuomo trashed the legislation, saying it "is an assault on women and an assault on New York," and calling on New York's Congressional delegation to vote against it. [TU]

Lake George boat crash trial
The defense in the Lake George boat crash trial of Alexander West rested its case on Wednesday, without testimony from West.The defense decided against having West testify because it didn't want to risk having suppressed evidence from blood tests revealed on cross examination. West's father testified for his son, claiming that Alex West reacted with "utter disbelief" when he learned the crash resulted in the death of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue. [Spectrum] [Gazette][TU]

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Crossgates gunfire trial
Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of Tasheem Maeweather, the alleged Crossgates Mall shooter. In day two of testimony on Wednesday, a State Trooper who was off-duty testified that he saw a man punch Maeweather, and then saw Maeweather pull out a gun and fire two shots. [WNYT][TWCN]

Albany Fire
The Albany Fire Department says the women pulled from a fire on Madison Ave Wednesday has died. A Madison Avenue woman was rushed to Albany Medical Center on Wednesday after a fire broke out at her apartment Complex. [TU] [AFD press release]

Hadley death
Police have revealed the name of the Hadley Woman found dead in her home early Wednesday morning and say they are still treating the death as suspicious.[WNYT]

Shots in Schenectady
Shots were fired near Becker and McClellan streets in Schenectady on Wednesday afternoon following a fight at a Becker Street market. [Gazette]

Prisoner attempts suicide in police car
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said a prisoner left alone in the back of a police car in Bethlehem tried to strangle herself with her shoelaces. [TU]

Hidden camera in Starbucks bathroom
Police in Colonie are looking for a man they believe hid a camera in a rest room at a Starbucks in March. Only three people were captured on the recording and all have been interviewed by police. [TU][Gazette]

Inclusionary zoning
Chris Churchill says inclusionary zoning is like a shark warning sign for developers who need to be encouraged to come play in the water.[TU+]

Medical marijuana licensing panel revealed
A Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times revealed the names of the 17 members of New York's medical marijuana licensing panel, showing that they were all state employees and most had little or no background in medical marijuana.[NYT]

Kellogg Company is closing a trucking hub in Rotterdam and laying off five drivers as part of a plan to ship directly to supermarket warehouses. [TU]

Cuomo to Trump
Andrew Cuomo is one of a dozen governors urging Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty. [TU]

According to the NYS Department of Health, the Petersburgh water filtration system is now fully operational and effectively removing PFOA from the town's water supply. [News 10]

Thacher State Park visitors center
Thacher State Park is opening its new $3.8 million visitors center today. [WNYT]

Proposed Troy brew pub one step closer
A former Baptist Church in Troy is one step closer to becoming a brew pub. [Record]

Not a spirit
Sorry, psychics, the little girl in the picture wasn't a spirit after all. [News 10]

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

Deconstructing the Beatles
Thursday: Musicologist/composer Scott Freiman will be at HVCC to deliver one of his Deconstructing The Beatles talks -- this time about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "Freiman examines Sgt. Pepper from many angles, exploring the history behind the music and leading his audiences on an amazing journey into the creative process of The Beatles' performances and recording sessions." Thursday 11 am, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium -- free


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.


The Wailin Jennys Folk trio. 7:30 pm -- $29 and up Harpeth Rising Folk/newgrass string trio. 7 pm -- $22


The Wailin Jenny's was an excellent show

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