GE Power may lose 12,000 jobs, Gillibrand & Schumer: Franken should resign, single vote decides Troy council race, Saratoga scraps two longtime festivals

GE Power to cut 12,000 jobs
GE Power may cut 12 thousand jobs in an effort to slash $2.5 billion in expenses. The reductions, account for about 18 percent of GE Power's workforce and are mostly expected to affect workers outside the U.S. [TU][Gazette]

Franken
Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are among a group of Democratic senators calling for Al Franken to step down in light of harassment allegations. [NYT]

McGrath wins Troy council seat by single vote
Following the counting of three absentee votes, longtime Troy Councilman and Republican Mark McGrath beat Democratic challenger Cindy Blakely by a single vote.[TU][Record]

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Saint Rose trustees resign
Six members of the board of trustees of The College of Saint Rose, including the board chair, have resigned in recent weeks.[TU]

Excelsior Scholarships and private colleges
Sara Foss on the free state university college tuition program and how its affecting independent colleges and universities. [Gazette]

If you can't beat them, demonize them
Chris Churchill on Andrew Cuomo's rhetoric surrounding the Republican tax overhaul. [TU]

DACA protest in Saratoga
Activists in Saratoga rallied on Wednesday in support of the Dream Act.[Spectrum]

NYS deficit
Albany lawmakers are making plans to deal with the states $4.6 billion budget deficit.[Spectrum]

State of the State
Andrew Cuomo will not be taking the State of the State on the rod this year. [TU]

Milton harassment settlement included County job
Recently unsealed court records show the former secretary who accused Milton Supervisor Dan Lewis of harassment was promised a $40,000-a-year job with Saratoga County as part of a settlement agreement negotiated with Lewis and attorneys. [TU]

Mouzon house
The Mouzon House in Saratoga won another victory in its battle to keep the city from building a parking lot on adjacent land, when a state appellate court rejected city efforts to dismiss a legal challenge to the city's plan to lease the land in question to the City Center. [TU]

Grim hunting discovery
A local hunter uncovered about 20 dear carcasses at boat launches on Rodgers Island in Washington County. [TU]

Hats off and Final Stretch canceled
After nearly 30 years, Saratoga has pulled the plug on the Hats Off and Final Stretch festivals that mark the beginning and end of the racing season. [Gazette]

Universal Preservation Hall
Proctors and the Saratoga Springs City Council are requesting a $1 million grant to help with the estimated $6.5 million repair of Universal Preservation Hall. [Saratogian]

A hidden gem
A look at the Rensselaer Land Trust.[TU]


Stuff going on today


Stage

Finding Neverland
Today-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway show Finding Neverland will be at Proctors. It's an adaptation of the film of the same name, about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

She Loves Me
Today-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of She Loves Me. "This confection of a musical is based on the timeless story by Miklos Laszlo that also served as inspiration for the classic film The Shop Around the Corner and more recently You've Got Mail." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Arts and sciences

Nic Stone
Thursday: Novelist Nic Stone will be at the State Museum as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writer series. "Nic Stone's novel Dear Martin (2017) is loosely inspired by a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African-American teens.New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds called Dear Martin, 'Raw and gripping... An undeniably real feast of fury and forgiveness.'" Thursday 7 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

Julia Jacquette
Thursday: Artist Julia Jacquette will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus to talk about her work. Thursday 6:30 pm -- free


Music

Thursday: Keller Williams at The Egg
An evening with. 7:30 pm -- $29.50

Thursday: Lespecial at Parish Public House
Multi-genre rock. With: Backup Planet. 9 pm -- $12 ahead / $15 at door

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