Arrest in Schenectady school crash, Gipson withdraws gubernatorial bid, Capital Region population grows while upstate shrinks

Charges in Schenectady school crash
A Schenectady man is facing charges for driving through a window into a classroom at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in the early morning hours on Wednesday. [Spectrum]

School threats
+An 18-year-old Colonie High School Student has been charged with making the weapons threat that caused an increased police presence at the school on Wednesday. The teen is charged with making a terroristic threat, which carries a maximum penalty of 2 to 7 years in prison. [TU]

+Police in Galway arrested a 13-year-old student in the central school district for allegedly threatening, in two social media posts, to shoot at the school. [TU]

Capital Region population growth up while upstate population declines
According to new census data, the Capital Region added nearly 17,000 residents since 2010, making it the only Upstate New York region to show population growth in that time period. [TU]


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Cole free until appeal
Auto repair business owner John Cole, convicted this week in a DWI crash that left a passenger quadriplegic, has been released on $50,000 bail pending his appeal. [TU]

Accused drug dealer indicted in fatal overdose
A Saratoga Springs man facing drug charges following a raid last year is now charged with distributing fentanyl to a person who overdosed on the drug. [Saratogian][Gazette]

Resident requirement laws
The /Town of Milton is considering a proposed rewrite of a town that would eliminate residency requirements for the jobs of comptroller, deputy highway superintendent and assessor positions -- allowing the three non-residents currently serving in the posts to keep their jobs. [TU]

Colonie landfill expansion
As Colonie prepares a scaled back version of the plan to expand its landfill, the towns of Waterford and Halfmoon, along with Riverkeeper, want the DEC to investigate potential PFOA pollution at the site. [TU][Spectrum]

Cuomo /Nixon
Andrew Cuomo on the announcement of Cynthia Nixon's gubernatorial primary challenge:
"This is the political silly season at an especially bizarre time in politics. We're a democracy; anybody can run, anybody can say anything, but we have some real work to do," [Politico]

Gipson withdraws from race for governor
Democrat, and former state Senator, Terry Gipson has withdrawn from the governor's race after conversations with Cynthia Nixon, saying she has the ability to defeat Andrew Cuomo in a primary. [Spectrum]

Following Kirsten Gillibrand's endorsement of Andrew Cuomo, Gillibrand's Republican challenger Chele Farley questioned Gillibrands support of women, siting Cuomo's protection of Sheldon Silver in the Vito Lopez scandal and the recent harassment scandal at the Division of Criminal Justice Services.[TU]

Budget talks are being held in the governors mansion -- even further out of public view than in previous years. [Spectrum]

Troy/Bowtie lawsuit
The City of Troy remains embroiled in a lawsuit with the Bowtie Cinema owners over the failed plan to put a multiplex movie theater at 1 Monument Square. [TU]

Live streaming town board meetings
Colonie will being live-streaming its town board meetings tonight. [TU]

State money for Roosevelt II bathhouse
New York State will provide $2.2 million in funding to convert the long vacant Roosevelt II bathhouse in Saratoga Spa State Park into a lifelong learning and well-being center. [Gazette][TU]

Kids selling water at Saratoga Racecourse
The city of Saratoga has decided to allow kids to sell water outside the Saratoga Racecourse, but plans to regulate the sales to certain areas. [WNYT]

Bucket list
Shenendahowa students are raising money to help a sick teen with his bucket list. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Royal Ballet: Winter's Tale
Thursday: Proctors will be showing a film of the Royal Ballet production of The Winter's Tale in the GE Theater. "The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret - and after a seemingly miraculous return to life - the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation." Wednesday 6:30 pm and Thursday 1 pm -- $15

Arts and sciences

Al Smith, American Progressivism, and the Coming of the New Deal
Thursday: Historian/author Robert Chiles will be at the State Museum to talk about his book The Revolution of '28: Al Smith, American Progressivism, and the Coming of the New Deal. "Chiles uncovers a distinctive strain of American progressivism that resonated among urban, ethnic, working-class Americans during Smith's early years as a state legislator through his time as governor of the Empire State, before exploring the ways in which Smith's gubernatorial progressivism was presented to a national audience during the 1928 presidential campaign." Thursday 7 pm, Huxley Theater -- free

No Más Bebés
Thursday: Skidmore is hosting a screening of No Más Bebés. The documentary "tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice, when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s." One of the film's producers and researches, Virginia Espino, will be there for Q&A. Thursday 6 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Kathleen Madigan

Thursday: Comedian Kathleen Madigan will be at The Egg for a stand-ip show. 8 pm -- $25 and up


Thursday: Michael Gordon's Anonymous Man at EMPAC
"Composer and Bang on a Can founder Michael Gordon presents his new choral work, Anonymous Man, performed by the 24-voice ensemble The Crossing." 7:30 pm -- $18

Thursday: Zakir Hussain and Rakesh Chaurasia at Troy Music Hall
"One of the finest Indian tabla players in the world, Zakir Hussain, and renowned flautist player Rakesh Chaurasia team up for one legendary night." 7:30 pm -- $29 and up

Thursday: Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams at Caffe Lena
"The First Couple of Americana." 7 pm -- $32

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