Percoco and the ziti, Senate Dems unveil gun legislation, RPI administrator asked alumni association to send controversial email, it's snowing

The snow is underway and area closings have begun. [TU]

Percoco and ziti
Tuesday in the corruption trial of former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, star witness Todd Howe testified that he helped Percoco set up a no show job for Percoco's wife in something they called "operation fat man," and that Percoco referred to money as "ziti." [TU][Gazette]


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The president of the Rensselaer Alumni Association tells the Times Union that association turned down a senior RPI administrator who asked them to send out the controversial email associated to send out the controversial email that alleged racism and sexism were the behind the decisions of some alumni to stop donating. [TU]

Golub seeks to rent part of headquarters
The Golub Corporation is looking for a tenant to rent out as much as half of its Nott Street headquarters.[Gazette]

Motel 6 robbed
Albany police are searching for a man who robbed a Motel 6 at gunpoint on Tuesday night. [WNYT]

Gun legislation
State Senate Democrats unveiled proposed gun legislation on Tuesday, including a bill that would prohibit ownership of bump stocks or other equipment that would increase firing.[TU]

Alternative energy listening sessions
The NYS Power Authority will hold a series of listening sessions on renewable energy options for powering the Empire State Plaza, after opposition from community groups to proposed gas-fired generators in Sheridan Hollow for the microgrid project.[TU]

Attorney General sues Schenectady photographer
Eric Schneiderman's office has filed a lawsuit against a Schenectady photographer who allegedly collected thousands of dollars from parents for sports league photos he never delivered. [Gazette]

Protestors rallied outside John Faso's Kinderhook office to protest Faso's stance on the DREAM Act.[TU]

Protestors rallied at the Federal Building to encourage Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to vote for a clean DACA bill.[Spectrum]

Bank robbery suspect
Police arrested a Greene County man on Tuesday in connection with the robbery of a Slingerlands Trustco bank branch in January. [TU]

Lawsuit to stop Code Blue shelter
Residents of a Saratoga Springs neighborhood are suing to stop the construction of an emergency cold weather homeless shelter on Walworth Street. [TU]

Tide pods
New York lawmakers want new safety packaging and labeling for laundry pods, out of concern for children and people with dementia who might eat the pods. [Spectrum]

Help for landslide victims
Community Crisis Network in Schenectady is raising money to help the victims of the Schenectady landslide. [Gazette]

SUNY applications up
State University applications are up 9 percent, an increase Andrew Cuomo attributes to the new free tuition program. [TU]

Opioid addiction in courts
New York courts are experimenting with sending opioid addicts to treatment rather than prison. [TU]

Black history month
The State Capitol has opened a Black History Month exhibit in the War Room.

Stuff going on today

Paris Time
Today-Sunday: The Rep continues its production of Paris Time. The production runs through February 18. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Jeff Dunham

Wednesday: Ventriloquist/comic Jeff Dunham will be at the TU Center for a stand-up show. Wednesday 7 pm -- $51.50

Pornography's Graphical Interface
Wednesday: University of Toronto researcher Patrick Keilty will be at EMPAC for a talk about "the impact that design and information systems in the pornography industry have on contemporary experiences and understandings of desire and sexuality." Wednesday 7 pm -- free

Creative Economy
Wednesday: The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy has a roundtable discussion at Overit in Albany to "announce our latest Creative Economy data, and share your thoughts on how we can work together to develop and grow creative jobs and opportunities in the Capital Region." Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration requested)

Startup Tech Valley

Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series is back at the Revolution Hall in Troy with more talks from startup companies, including two clothing-focused startups. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)


Wednesday: Valerie June at The Egg
Americana/blues/soul. With: Sunny War. 7:30 pm -- $25 and $35

Wednesday: Accordion Virtuosi of Russia at Troy Music Hall
"The ensemble's repertoire ranges from folk music to arrangements of rock songs and continues to astound audiences around the world." 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

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