Gillibrand v. Trump, Morse denies new allegations and refuses to step down, David Sweat on hunger strike

Gillibrand and Trump
Kirstin Gillibrand called Donald Trump's Tuesday morning tweet about her a "sexual smear." Gillibrand has called on Trump to resign over allegations of sexual harassment, and Trump's tweet, some say, is giving her some useful limelight. [NYT][Specrtrum][TU]

Shawn Morse
New allegations of harassment and abuse against Shawn Morse have been leveled by the roommate of a former girlfriend.. Some officials are calling for his resignation, but Morse denies the allegations and he announced on Tuesday that he has no plans to resign. His announcement, met with applause from supporters. [Spectrum][Record][WNYT][TU]
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Cohoes Blvd plan released
The Department of Transportation has released a traffic calming plan for Cohoes Blvd., where a high school student was hit and killed. [WNYT][TU]

New Albany Council will take up Rezoning
Albany officials have decided to hold off on reviewing the city's rezoning plan until the new council members take office in 2018. [TU]

Riverfront apartments approved
Plans for a $26 million riverfront apartment complex on a former auto scrap yard in Niskayuna were approved by the town planning board. [Gazette]

Arsenal
The four-star general in charge of the Watervliet Arsenal says he wants to sink more money into the facility. [Spectrum]

Capital Region economic development grants
A look at a few of the regional economic development projects hoping to win some of the $800 million in state grants that will be awarded today. [Gazette]

Mero trial
Video revealed in court on Tuesday shows that murder suspect Edward Mero told police that he understood why they'd arrested him, saying "I'd put me in handcuffs."[TU]

Facebook live murder trial
Contested evidence will be admitted into the trial of a man charged with the Schenectady shooting captured on Facebook Live last summer. [Gazette]

Sweat on hunger strike
David Sweat, the convicted cop killer who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in June of 2015, has gone on a hunger strike at Attica, because he wants to be moved back to Dannamora. [TU]

Stefanik
A pro-Trump PAC has spent about $00,00 on an ad campaign against Elise Stefanik for her vote against the GOP tax reform plan. [Politico]

Excelsior
Excelsior scholarships are helping more than half of New York State's public college and university students. [Spectrum]


From Albany to Buffalo
A Boston based airline startup with offer direct flights from Albany International to Buffalo. [TU]

NYS craft beverage production up
The number of craft alcohol producers has grown by 50 percent since 2014. [WNYT]

Street soldiers
A group called Street Soldiers has set up in Albany's Washington Park, in an effort to help distribute food and other necessities to homeless and needy people. [TU]

Stuff going on today

She Loves Me
Tuesday-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

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
Wednesday: The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip is back at The Low Beat. "Learn or practice figure drawing with live, alternative figure models, with local artist and educator Robert B. Eaton. Enjoy a complimentary draft while you sketch. All skill levels welcome, attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials but limited materials will be provided to get you started." Wednesday 6 pm -- $15 / $8 students

Immigrant stories
Wednesday: The "Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words" series in Saratoga Springs will be at Caffe Lena with stories about holidays. "Almost everyone celebrates a holiday, be it religious, national, or personal, and in this way we are brought to empathy, understanding and common ground. Tonight's immigrant storytellers will give accounts of their process of coming to the states with the experience of holidays woven in." Wednesday 6:30 pm -- free

Sushi
Wednesday: Different Drummer's Kitchen has an intermediate sushi class with Yasuo and Kathy Saso. Wednesday 6 pm -- $69

Skating

The ice skating rink at the ESP recently opened for the season, and if you're looking for some midweek fun, you might think about stopping by for an evening skate (or day skate, depending on your schedule). The rink is open Monday-Sunday 11 am-8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance) -- weather permitting. It's free to skate. Skate rentals are $4 / $3 for kids / free on Fridays.

Swinburne: The city of Albany's Swinburne Skating Rink also recently opened for the season.

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