Siena Poll: 57% would vote against Constitutional Convention, opening statements in Alkaramla murder trial, retrial slated for Skelos and son

New Yorkers on Con Con
The latest Siena Poll shows 57 percent of likely voters across the state would say no to a Constitutional Convention.[TU]

Noel Alkaramla murder trial
A Rensselaer County Court jury heard the details of Noel Alkaramia's death as opening statements were made in the murder trial of her stepfather Johnny Oquendo. [WNYT][TU]

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Skelos trial
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, will be retried on June 18.[TU]

SUNY Poly debt
SUNY Poly officials were concerned about covering debt on buildings long before the schools financial woes were brought to light with bid-rigging charges. [TU]

Judge to be next Schenectady Public Safety Commissioner
A former judge and Schenectady County legislator who Gary McCarthy called "a giant of our justice system" will replace the late Wayne Bennett as Schenectady's public safety commissioner. [Gazette]

State Street demolition
Four buildings on lower State Street in Schenectady that were targeted for renovation are being demolished after they were determined to be in much worse shape than originally thought. [Gazette]

Mechanicville fire
Between 15 and 20 people are homeless after an apartment fire on Tuesday in Mechanicville. [Spectrum]

Cuomo writes Trump about eliminating deductions
Andrew Cuomo wrote Donald Trump to try to stop the effort to eliminate state and local tax deductions. [TU]

Settlement in Albany County jail inmate death
Albany County and the private medical company in charge of its health facility will pay nearly $1.1 million to the estate of a man who died after waiting more than 12 hours for nurses to call an ambulance when he suffered a stroke at the jail last year.

Slow apple pie
A Troy man knocked who over a food display at a Brunswick McDonald's was "upset that his apple pie was taking too long, and wanted a refund." [TU]

Malta election
A look at the issue of growth in the upcoming elections in the town of Malta. [TU]

Saratoga parking garage dispute
A midlevel appeals court sided with the Mouzon House restaurant in an ongoing battle over a Saratoga Springs parking garage the owners believe will be damaging to their business. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Fun Home
Tuesday-Sunday: The touring production of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home will be at Proctors. It's based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Ghosts of War
Wednesday: The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hosting a production of Ghosts of War, an adaptation of Ryan Smithson's memoir of his time serving in Iraq. (Smithson grew up here and is a UAlbany alum.) Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $20 / $15 students

Mixed reality
Wednesday: EMPAC is hosting < href="">a hands-on demonstration of the the Microsoft HoloLens "mixed reality" tech:

Microsoft's HoloLens is the world's first fully untethered, self-contained holographic computer. Wearing the headset, users scan their physical surroundings and use gestures to place and manipulate digital 3D objects. Distinct from virtual-reality environments, the HoloLens creates a "mixed reality" where computer-generated elements are integrated into the human world. From the classroom to the operating room and into the performing arts, applications for the system are just starting to be explored.

It'll be available to try on the EMPAC mezzanine from 10 am-9 pm. That evening Microsoft developer Kayla Kinnunen will be at EMPAC for a talk about the tech and its implications for the future. Wednesday 7 pm -- free

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