Faso, Stefanik safe following Amtrak crash, 20 years for Albany Father's Day shooting, prosecutors: Percoco used influence in "Albany game," William Kennedy celebrates 90 years

Faso/ Stefanik uninjured in train crash
Corrected Representatives John Faso was not injured when an Amtrak charter train carrying Congressional Republicans to a retreat crashed into a garbage truck on Wednesday. (Elise Stefanik was not a train.) [WNYT] [AP/TU] [@RepStefanik]

Percoco trial
Wednesday in the trial of Joe Percoco:
+ Prosecutors said Percoco used his close ties to Andrew Cuomo to give developers access to the "Albany game." [NYT]
+ The court heard testimony about an alleged "low show" job that prosecutors claim was arranged for Percoco's wife by lobbyist Todd Howe.[TU]


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Twenty years for Father's Day killing
A Cohoes man was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of Terrance Roberts at a Father's Day barbecue in Albany's South End. [TU]

Fatal Corinth crash
Two people are dead following a one car crash overnight in Corinth. [Saratogian]

Federal weapons charge
A Latham man is facing 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges for using a short barrel to modify a rifle.[TU]

Education aid
State education leaders, concerned about the 3 percent increase proposed in Andrew Cuomo's spending plan, were in Albany on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to increase school aid. [TU]

Racism claim
Chris Churchill takes on claims made in an email to RPI alumni that suggest criticism of the institute's president, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, is rooted in racism.[TU][TU]

Schenectady mudslide
Officials in Schenectady are still trying to determine the cause of a mudslide over the weekend that injured three people and displaced about 2 dozen residents. [Gazette]

RensCo Dems pressure sheriff on ICE
Democrats in the Rensselaer County legislature want County Sheriff Pat Russo to withdraw his application to the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement program that could give local law enforcement some of the power of immigration officers. [WNYT]

Developer implicated in fraud
Peter D. Amato, a longtime business partner of Halfmoon-based developer Bruce Tanski, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal bank fraud charges and implicated Tanski as a "co-conspirator."[TU]

Demand for GlobalFoundries chip
There is a high demand for a 7 nanometer architecture chip that GlobalFoundries will be making later this year at its Fab 8 plant. [TU]

High speed internet
Andrew Cuomo has announced that all of New York State will have access to high speed internet by the end of 2018. [News 10]

Unclaimed funds
About 1,000 current and former African-American and Hispanic state workers eligible for payouts from a seven year old lawsuit decision have yet to collect their money. [TU]

Clifton Park land eyed for tech companies
About 180 acres of land in Clifton Park has been targeted for a commercial park aimed toward industrial and technology businesses. [Gazette]

PCBs in the Hudson
A expanded water sampling report by government trustees from Hudson River Natural Resources shows PCB pollution in the Hudson was sometimes hundreds of times higher than state and federal thresholds.[Gazette][Saratogian]

New troopers
New York State has 208 new Troopers. [Spectrum]

Tonko carries message to Trump
A Troy firefighter and Trump supporter who lost his daughter to the opioid epidemic, sent a message to Trump via Paul Tonko at the State of the Union this week. [TU][WNYT]

Schenectady County parks/preserves closed
Icing and other weather conditions have resulted in the temporary closure of Schenectady County's parks and nature preserves. [Gazette]

90 years of Kennedy
Albany celebrated the 90th birthday one of its favorite sons, author William Kennedy, at City Hall on Wednesday. [TU]

Stuff going on today


Paris Time
Today-Sunday: The Rep opens its world premiere production of Paris Time (it was in previews this past weekend):

A gripping and sophisticated drama that looks behind the headlines at anti-semitism in today's France. When Deborah, the wife of a successful American executive based in Paris, becomes an activist defending a young Jewish Frenchwoman, Charles gets caught in the corporate hot seat. Company policy demands him to withdraw from the political limelight or lose his career, but if he won't get involved, he may lose his marriage.

The production runs through February 18. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The Bodyguard
Today-Sunday: A touring production of the stage version of The Bodyguard is at Proctors. Deborah Cox plays the lead (Whitney Houston) role. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up


Thursday: Driftwood at Caffe Lena
"Incorporating folk, old-time, country, punk, and rock..." 7pm -- $24

Thursday: Grass is Dead at The Hollow
Bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead songs. With: Dustin Sawyer. 8 pm -- $10 ahead / $12 day of


"Faso/ Stefanik uninjured in train crash — Representatives John Faso and Elise Stefanik were onboard the Amtrak charter train that crashed into a garbage truck on Wednesday. Both were unharmed in the crash.[WNYT][TU]"

Actually, Stefanik was not onboard the train. She tweeted yesterday, after noontime, that she had decided to go to the legislative retreat by car. The TU blog leads readers to think she, like Faso, was onboard for the crash.

Editors: Thank you flagging that. We should have had it correct the first time.

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