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]

CDPHP in-post ad 17-3075 Insights Online Ad 525x80

NinePin525inpost.jpg

2017_tulip_trivia_525x80.jpg

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
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]

Petersburgh
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


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

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

Comments

The Wailin Jenny's was an excellent show

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA: + Eric asked about the experiences families have had with Albany schools -- and... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

It's Memorial Day weekend. Time to fire up the barbecue grill and kick off the unofficial start of summer by doing fun stuff. This week... (more)

A few bits about that big, new mural going up on the side of the Quackenbush Garage in Albany

Maybe you've noticed the new mural going up on the south face of the Quackenbush Garage in downtown Albany. Here's what's up with that, along... (more)

A restaurant for regular group meetings?

Anne emails: I am a member of a service group that meets 2 evenings a month, during the week. We are looking for a restaurant/food... (more)

New York State city and town populations 2016

The Capital Region has some of the state's fastest growing towns in terms of population percentage change. That's one of the bits from new population... (more)

Recent Comments

I've found that anecdotes from neighbors, friends, or internet "strangers" can only take you so far. If you haven't already, I strongly recommend you get out there and visit these schools during the school year, during the school day to get a feel for things. In the last few months, my wife and I have made a series of visits to our local elementary, middle + high-school. During those visits, we had the chance to talk to multiple teachers and see the kids "in action". It was very VERY telling in a lot of ways - both good and bad.

A few bits about that big, new mural going up on the side of the Quackenbush Garage in Albany

...has 5 comments, most recently from Jamie

Fields Sculpture Park at Omi 2017

...has 3 comments, most recently from Jamie

A restaurant for regular group meetings?

...has 6 comments, most recently from Jamie

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from JK

Where to get an Apple laptop fixed?

...has 8 comments, most recently from Greg