Arrest in Rotterdam crash that killed pedestrian, eye on river ice and flooding, Albany nearing contract with blue collar workers, remembering founder of Pine Hollow Arboretum

Pedestrian killed in Rotterdam hit-and-run
+ Police arrested a Schenectady woman in connection with the hit-and-run crash in Rotterdam Friday night in which 46-year-old Dramone Houston died -- 30-year-old Megan M. Alexandre of Schenectady is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Rotterdam police say surveillance camera video from nearby businesses played a key role in leading them to Alexandre's vehicle. [News10] [TU] [Daily Gazette]
+ Houston's wife, Yvette, to the Times Union: "What really hurts and bothers me is that he was lying there for hours in the sleet and freezing rain ... It just breaks my heart. I can't get it out of my head." [TU]

Recalling the Guilderland quadruple homicide
Guilderland police chief Carol Lawlor on the still-unsolved 2014 killing of a family of four: "Not one of us goes down Western Avenue without that coming to mind, because there it is -- it's right there ... I know that it still plays heavily on the minds and hearts of the community, and the police department." [TU]

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Flooding
+ The National Weather Service says flooding along the Mohawk River is a possibility this week because of ice jams and rain. There's already been some flooding in the Stockade. [Daily Gazette] [Spectrum]
+ A miles-long ice jam along the upper Hudson River is causing problems in Warren County. [Saratogian]

Schenectady police lieutenant in court
Schenectady Police Department lieutenant Mark McCracken is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on a charge related to a dispute with his wife, with whom he's going through a divorce. [TU]

Immigration
+ Capital Region Salvadorans who are in the US via Temporary Protective Status are looking at their options after the Trump admin announced its ending the designation for them. [TU]
+ Local economic development officials say the region's tech companies would suffer if the federal government tightens immigration rules. [TU]
+ Chris Churchill on the "poo pits" from which many American families can trace their roots. [TU]

Municipal blue collar workers
+ Albany is close to a new contract with its blue collar workers that will include retroactive pay increase. [TU]
+ Schenectady is on the verge of a new contract with the union that covers workers in departments such as water and parks. [Daily Gazette]

Halfmoon town attorney salary
Halfmoon's town attorney makes roughly $155k per year for a 30-hour work week, which the town supervisor says is cheaper on an hourly basis than what the town would pay if it hired out the work. [TU]

Price Chopper overtime suit
Price Chooper is close to finalizing a $6.5 million settlement with salaried department managers over unpaid overtime. [TU]

Albany County Legislature
A look at some of the waves caused by the election of a new chair for the Albany County Legislature. [TU]

School lunches
More students in the Capital Region are qualifying for free or reduced-price school lunches -- school district officials say that's partly because of economic trends, and partly because of a streamlining of the qualifying families. [TU]

The Capitol, sexual harassment, and ethics
Sara Foss on the confusion at the Capitol over how the recent allegation against IDC leader Jeff Klein should be investigated: "You'd think, in the year 2018, the answer to this question -- an answer most private-sector workplaces can easily furnish -- would be obvious. But it's not, which is a testament to the Legislature's complete and utter failure to take allegations of misconduct seriously." [Daily Gazette]

KKK
Someone's been distributing KKK flyers in Johnstown aimed at the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. [WNYT]

Follow the footprints
Colonie police say footprints in the snow were a key clue in tracking down two men accused of stealing $15k in jewelry. [News10]

Williams Press building
The local real estate arm of U-Haul has bought the former Williams Press building on Broadway in Menands (streetview). [Biz Review]

Dr. John Abbuhl
Remembering Slingerlands pediatrician John Abbuhl, who also created the Pine Hollow Arboretum -- he died this month at age 91. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Patroons
Tuesday: The Patroons take on the Ohio Cardinals at the Washington Ave Armory. Tuesday 7:05 pm -- $10 and up

Afrogalactica
Tuesday: The spring season at EMPAC opens with Afrogalactica, a film-performance by artist Kapwani Kiwanga. "Featuring live reading and video projection, the performance casts Kiwanga as a fictional anthropologist who synthesizes fragments of poetry, mythology, pop culture, science, and scholarly discourse to challenge historical narratives regarding colonial struggle and the African diaspora." Tuesday 7 pm -- $18 / $6 students

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

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