Skidmore alum killed in Monday's NYC attack, damaging testimony stricken in Oquendo murder trial, former Palace executive director to run Cohoes Music Hall

Schumer / Trump on NYC Attack
At a news conference on Wednesday, Chuck Schumer said Donald Trump should "stop tweeting and start leading" after Trump tweeted this week that the suspected NYC terrorist charged with killing eight people in lower Manhattan on Monday "came into our country what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck Schumer beauty." An AP fact check reveals that the lottery program was a bipartisan effort. [TU][NYT]

Skidmore graduate killed in NYC attack
A 2016 Skidmore graduate who was working as a software engineer, analyst and web developer was one of the eight people killed in Monday's attack in lower Manhattan.[Gazette] [TU]



Albany shooting
Albany police are investigating the shooting of a 59-year old woman on Tuesday near First Street and Lexington Avenue. [TU]

Troy murder trial
Four witnesses took the stand in the trial of Johnny Oquendo for the murder of Noel Alkaramla including statements from one man that were stricken by the judge because he stated before a jury that Oquendo told him he needed a lawyer -- information that is not allowed to be heard by a jury. [TU]

Jaliek Rainwalker
It has been ten years since 12-year-old Jaliek Rainwalker disappeared from his home in the Washington County town of Greenwich. [Spectrum]

Troy Trash fee
The state Comptroller's office is warning that new garbage fees might be necessary to balance Troy's proposed $73.6 million 2018 budget. [TU]

Milton board paves way to double tax rate
The Milton Town Board voted Wednesday to exceed the state's 2 percent tax cap, paving the way to double the town tax rate, a measure proposed in the preliminary 2018 budget. [TU]

Colonie resident claims retaliation by Mahan's son
A Colonie resident claims he has suffered retribution by one of Paula Mahan's sons for asking Mahan's husband if her son was arrested in Florida on a drug charge. [TU]

Fake news
Chris Churchill on fake news and Rensselaer County executive candidate Steve McLaughlin. [TU]

Monday's strong winds helped upstate wind farms generate 12 percent of electricity of the state during a 1 hour period. [TU]

Former Palace leader moves to Cohoes Music Hall
The former executive director of the Palace theater will be the new General Manager of Cohoes Music Hall as part of a plan that will release the music hall from its management agreement with the Palace. [TU]

Frear park fountain
A volunteer effort to restore a Frear Park fountain. [Record]

Stuff going on today


Fun Home
Today-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

Serve Albany

Thursday: The Serve Albany project's Ignite event -- kind of like a job fair, but for volunteer opportunities -- is at the at the Sage College Armory on New Scotland Ave in Albany. More than 30 non-profit orgs will be there with info about what they do and opportunities to lend a hand. Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan will give a talk. And there will also be food from New World, along with art and music. Thursday 5:30-8 pm -- free


Thursday: The John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring show at The Egg is sold out.

Thursday: Last in Line at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Untaymed, More Than Human. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

Thursday: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons at Caffe Lena
Fiddle and banjo. 7 pm -- $18


If you think McLaughlin's comments about the TU are amusing, you'll get a kick out of Joe Sullivan's recent interview on the Focus on Albany podcast. In his mind Albany politics are controlled by Hillary Clinton. Worth a listen if just as comedy.

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