Car slams into Schenectady school, Nixon debuts gubernatorial campaign, judge won't toss charges against Silver, federal cuts could affect CDTA plan

School threats
+Police will be stationed at Colonie Central High School today following a threatening comment made by a student on a school bus on Tuesday. A letter to parents from the principal says that the threat was not credible but the district was still taking it seriously. [WNYT][TU]

+A 13-year-old Shenendahowa student has been charge with falsely reporting an incident after making a threatening Instagram post.[WNYT][TU]

+Cohoes High School went into lockdown on Tuesday after a student called in a shooting threat that turned out to be false. [TU]

Car slams into school
Schenectady's Martin Luther King Elementary School is closed today, after a car drove through a window and into a classroom overnight. [Spectrum][Gazette]


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Students protest gun violence
Capital Region students are planning to march in D.C. and in local marches, to call for stricter gun laws and safer schools.[Gazette]

Cynthia Nixon made her campaign Debut on Tuesday, questioning Andrew Cuomo's standing as a "real Democrat," and claiming the advantage of not being an "Albany insider."

Gillibrand and Cuomo
Kirsten Gillibrand has come out in support of Andrew Cuomo. [DN]

Judge won't toss charges against Silver
A U.S. District Judge is refusing to toss out corruption charges against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver is expected to go to trial on April 16.[NYT]

Cuomo and DCJS scandal
Chris Churchill looks at the lack of response by the Cuomo administration to reports of inappropriate behavior by a supervisor at the Division of Criminal Justice Services against women who worked for the department. [TU]

Cuomo education proposals
The Senate and Assembly are refusing to accept Cuomo administration plans to cap district spending on BOCES and transportation, and enact a statewide cap on School construction spending. [Gazette]

Schenectady may sue over opioids
Schenectady leaders are considering a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic. [TU]

Niko DiNovo
Friends and family are remembering Niko DiNovo, the 17-year-old who died this week after suffering massive burns in a 2016 crash. The driver of the car in the crash is serving six years in prison on a plea deal that assures he can not be charged with any further crimes.[Spectrum][News 10]

Rensselaer sheriff helping feds with undocumented immigrants
The NY Times looks at Rensselaer County Sheriff Patrick Russo -- the only Sheriff in New York State to agree to allow corrections officers to perform the functions of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. [NYT]

Village election day
Today is Election Day in villages around New York.[TU]

In Ravena, the story of a rabid raccoon chased down and killed with a car driven by law enforcement officers, is hanging over the village election. [TU]

Federal cuts could affect CDTA projects
Proposed federal budget cuts could affect CDTA plans to upgrade transportation on Western and Washington Avenues and Route 4, with bus rapid transit. [Spectrum]

Internet sales tax
County treasurers from around New York State are urging the state Senate to approve a Cuomo administration and Assembly plan to levy sales taxes on on-line sales that are currently tax free. [TU]

Cuomo on Weinstein case
Andrew Cuomo is ordering a review of the Manhattan district attorneys decision not to prosecute Harvey Weinstein. [NYT]

Stop sign cameras on school busses
Proposed legislation would allow for stop sign cameras to be installed on school busses in New York, to crack down on motorists illegally passing busses. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Punk Rock Sketch 'n Sip
Wednesday: The Punk Rock Sketch 'n Sip is back at The Low Beat. Wednesday 6 pm -- $12 / $8 students


Wednesday: A tour of long running stage show STOMP will be at The Palace. "A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists." Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $39


Wednesday: Shovels & Rope at The Egg
Folk/country/rock. 7:30 pm -- $34

Wednesday: The Dixie Dregs at The Egg
Rock. 8 pm -- $39.50 and up


Good Lord, what the heck is happening to our schools? As a teacher who walks into a school building every morning, all the school shootings and threats are rattling to say the least.

That feeling lead me to actively DO something that could help protect myself and my students in the case of a school intruder. And I made a video of it so other teachers can do something similar for their classroom: "DIY School Safety: Keep an Intruder Out of Your Classroom" link:

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