Tyree acquitted in Jay Street fire case, Percoco Jury deadlocked, more snow causing closings and cancellations, a lobster of a different color

New York State has issued a travel advisory and many schools are closed and events canceled due to winter storm Quinn. [Spectrum]

Tyree acquitted
A jury acquitted former Schenectady code enforcement officer Kenneth Tyree of four counts of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with the fatal 2015 Jay Street fire. Tyree was found guilty on one count of offering a false instrument for filing for lying about past felonies on his job application to become a building inspector, and could face 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. [TU][Gazette]


Schenectady's response to comptroller audit
Schenectady has made changes to its Building Department following an audit of its building department by the state comptroller's office, but Mayor Gary McCarthy claims the audit had "significant factual mistakes."[Gazette]

Percoco jury deadlocked
The jury in the corruption trial of Joe Percoco told a judge on Tuesday that it was deadlocked. Three jurors asked to be dismissed from the case. The judge ordered the jury back to work and gave them Wednesday off due to the weather. [NYT][TU]

Albany police chief by July
The city of Albany expects that the search for a police chief will end in July. [TU]

Gun control
The state Assembly approved a package of gun control measures on Tuesday, including bills to keep abusers from obtaining guns. The plan has some major idealogical differences from a Senate plan proposed on Monday. [TU]

Troy fire
Eighteen people were displaced overnight when a fire broke out at a 1st Street apartment building in Troy. [Spectrum]

Senate wants special prosecutor for harassment complaints
There is a proposal in the NYS Senate that would overhaul sexual harassment policies in New York and require an independent prosecutor to handle all claims of sexual harassment at all levels of state government. [TU]

Saratoga Charter
Saratoga Mayor Meg Kelly has appointed a new charter review commission, including three commissioners that have been vehemently opposed to any charter change. The task force will tweak the current charter before it goes up for a vote in November. [Gazette][TU]

UAlbany violent crime reporting
Albany's Police Benevolent Association claims that UAlbany is taking to long to notify the community of violent crimes on campus. [Spectrum]

Price Chopper settlement
A judge has approved a settlement requiring Price Chopper to pay $6.5 million to employees who did not receive overtime pay.[Gazette]

Nixon for governor?
Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon is reportedly seriously considering challenging Andrew Cuomo in a gubernatorial primary. [NYT]

Air b &b
Danny Glover was a featured speaker at an Airbnb press conference at the state Capitol that descended into a shouting match when hotel trades employees protested as he tried to address the crowd. [TU]

Police chaplain remembered
Albany police are mourning the loss of police chaplain Reverend James Lefebvre who died on Tuesday at the age of 83. [TU]

A lobster of a different color
A calico lobster discovered at the East Greenbush Market 32 has escaped the pot due to its rare coloring. [TU]

Stuff going on today


The Humans
Wednesday-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway play The Humans will be at Proctors:

Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare.

It won the 2016 Tony for best play. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

The Business of Digital Games
Wednesday: The Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy hosting The Business of Digital Games: Understanding the Landscape of the Industry, an afternoon of talks and discussions about the industry. Reps from many of the games companies with local presences will be there. Wednesday 1-7 pm -- free, but pre-registration is recommended ($10 donation)

Wednesday: Photographer Frédéric Brenner will be at UAlbany as part of The Creative Life series. "A leader in the field of photography, Brenner conceived of and launched his most recent project This Place, in 2007, inviting eleven world-renowned photographers to join him in exploring Israel and the West Bank as place and metaphor." He'll be talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue. Wednesday 7 pm, Performing Arts Center Recital Hall -- free

Startup Tech Valley
Wednesday: The Startup Tech Valley series is back at Revolution Hall in Troy with more quick presentations from startup companies, including projects focused on independence for seniors, clothing, and shoes. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration required)

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
Wednesday: The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip returns to 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


Wednesday: Rebirth Brass Band at Putnam Place
Grammy-winning New Orleans brass band. With: Hot Club of Saratoga. 8 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Wednesday: Motionless in White at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Every Time I Die, Like Moths To Flames, Ice Nine Kills. 7 pm -- $20 ahead / $23 day of

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