Flooding concerns as ice jams break on Mohawk, pedestrian killed in Albany, former Troy councilman facing harassment charges in Reno, paid parking coming to downtown Saratoga

Mohawk Flooding
The warm temperatures have resulted in an ice jam break on the Mohawk that is beginning to flood the Stockade neighborhood. [Spectrum][Gazette]

Pedestrian death
Albany police are investigating the death of a 92-year-old pedestrian who was hit by a car as she stepped out from between parked vehicles near Washington and Quail Streets on Tuesday night. [TU]

Schenectady Restaurant Week 2018 in-post ad


Former Troy City Councilman faces Reno harassment charges
Former Troy City Councilman and planning director Bill Dunne is facing sexual harassment charges in Nevada for allegedly physically and verbally harassing female employees.[TU]

Mother pleads not guilty
The mother of three charged with endangering the welfare of a child after a fire broke out while her kids were home alone, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Percoco trial
+ Joe Percoco is not expected to testify at his ongoing bribery and corruption trial. [Spectrum]
+ Defense attorneys for Percoco want the Soprano references in the trial to stop. [TU]

Trial underway for man shot by police
Opening statements got underway on Tuesday in the Schenectady trial of Anthony Logan, who is facing a series of charges related to a June domestic incident that resulted in police opening fire on him. The shooting was captured by a bystander on Facebook Live. [Gazette]

Missing teen
Police are asking for the public's help to locate a missing teenage boy from Watervliet. [TU]

Records of slavery
A newly compiled searchable database contains more than 35,000 records showing the names of slave owners and slaves in New York from 1525 to 1865. [TU]

Prison leaders sanctioned
The current and former superintendents at Dannamora prison were ordered to pay $1,257 for delaying depositions in a federal lawsuit by and inmate who claims he was abused by guards keep him from cooperating in the investigation of the 2015 escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat.[TU]

Schumer on cyber security
Chuck Schumer made a last minute visit to SUNY Adirondack this week to highlight the need for cyber security training, after Special Counsel Robert Muller charged 13 Russians with plotting to influence the 2016 elections.[Post Star]

Sweat patch
GE Global Research in Niskayuna is working on a wireless sweat patch designed to help athletes, and others who work in hot, high-stress conditions from becoming dehydrated. [TU]

Paid parking in Spa City
Saratoga Springs is seeking bids for a paid parking management service to "study, designsmplement and manage" a paid parking system for the city's downtown.[Gazette]

Gideon Putnam delay
The reopening of the Gideon Putnam Hotel has been delayed until March 31. The hotel was closed earlier this year due to flooding and was expected to reopen in early February. [WNYT]

New York is offering $2.5 million for outside ideas on how canals can attract tourism business. [TU]

State Capitols
A recent survey ranks Albany 31st on the list of best state capitols to live in. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Saratoga Beer Week

Today-Saturday: Saratoga Beer Week returns with tastings, dinners, and other events around Saratoga Springs. The cap to the week is the Saratoga Beer Summit at the Saratoga City Center on Saturday. There's also a Whiskey Night and Cider Night this year. Monday-Saturday various times -- various prices

Les Misérables

Today-Sunday: A touring production of Les Misérables is at Proctors. "With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck ..." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $30 and up

Siena basketball

Wednesday: The Siena men's basketball team faces Fairfield at the TU Center in its last regular-season home game. 7 pm -- $10 and up

Arts and sciences

Sarah Jaffe
Wednesday: Journalist Sarah Jaffe will be at Sage for a talk about her book, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt. Wednesday 1 pm, Bush Memorial -- free

Randy Cohen
Wednesday: Randy Cohen -- host of the Person Place Thing podcast -- will be interviewing William Kennedy at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. Wednesday 7 pm, Performing Arts Center, uptown campus -- free

Old-Timey Trivia
Wednesday: The Schenectady County Historical Society has an "old-timey" trivia night at the Mabee Farm. "You might be asking "what exactly does 'old-timey' mean?" Well, Webster's states that the first use of the term was in 1850, so we'll consider anything from 1850 to 1930 as "old-timey." Be prepared for a special Schenectady round!" Wednesday 7 pm -- $5

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 drink 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 -- $12 / $8 students

Nature sketching
Wednesday: The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center has a nature sketching evening for adults. "During this indoor, evening program we will focus on improving our drawing skills while we spend time appreciating living and once-living objects and photographs of the Pine Bush Preserve. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials, purchase sketchbooks at the start of the program, or create their own sketchbooks out of materials we will provide." Wednesday 6:30 pm -- $3


Frozen - Family Fun Day
Wednesday: The Palace has a "Family Fun Day" for winter break with a screening of Frozen. There will be pre-film games and activities. Wednesday 1 pm (doors open at noon) -- $5

Oscar-nominated shorts
+ The Spectrum is showing the Oscar-nominated shorts -- live action and animated -- this week.
+ Proctors is showing the Oscar-nominated short documentaries in the The Addy on Wednesday and Thursday (different slates).


Wednesday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at The Egg
Swing revival. 7:30 pm -- $36


Read the article about the State Capitols to live in list. On what planet is Albany unaffordable and Austin isn't? I literally just got back from Austin yesterday. It was awesome, don't get me wrong, but it's like economic boom-town down there. It's like trendy Brooklyn, and just as expensive.

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