Considering the causes of threats made against schools, two shootings in Albany, crunch time for state budget, sharp downturn in number of refugees to Albany

Gun violence
+ There have been more than a dozen threats made against Capital Region schools since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida -- none of the reported threats have been deemed credible by officials, though charges have been filed in multiple cases, including the recent threat at Shenendehowa High School East. So drives these threats? [TU] [Daily Gazette x2]
+ Thousands gathered in Albany Saturday for the local March for Our Lives event. [AOA]
+ Following along with local students at the march in Washington, DC. [Daily Gazette]
+ Albany police are investigating a shooting on Clinton Ave near Swinburne Park early Sunday morning. APD said a man was shot in the leg and suffered non-life threatening injuries. [APD]
+ Albany police are investigating a shooting inside a room at the Motel 6 on Watervliet Ave overnight Sunday to Monday. APD said a man was shot in the leg and suffered non-life threatening injuries. It described the situation as "an isolated incident that occurred inside of a single room at the motel in which the victim and suspects were known to each other." APD says "a suspect believed to be involved" was arrested. [APD]

Rensselaer landfill
The commissioner for the state Department of Environmental Conservation says the agency is investigating the Dunn C&D Landfill in Rensselaer -- which takes construction debris, and has been taking in more tonnage that the Albany and Colonie landfills combined. [TU]


State budget
It's crunch week for the state budget, the deadline for which is April 1. A look at what appears to be in and what's out. Also: Andrew Cuomo supporting a proposal from Democrats in the state Assembly to add a $1 fee to rides via services such as Uber and Lyft. [TU] [Politico NY x2]

Sexual harassment at the state Capitol
A group of former state legislature staffers are pushing for the legislature to take up new rules and legislation for addressing workplace harassment there outside the budget process, where it theoretically will be be more out in the open. (The budget process is usually opaque from the outside.) [TU]

Child Victims Act
The story behind the new billboard prompted by the fight to pass the Child Victims Act, which would extend the statute of limitations in cases involving sexual abuse of children. [TU]

Race for governor
+ Andrew Cuomo made a dumb joke. [NY Post]
+ Cynthia Nixon's campaign probably needs to work on its upstate outreach. [NYDN]
+ Nixon has a campaign event in Albany today. [TU]
+ Should Nixon team up with New York City councilman Jumaane Williams, who's running for lieutenant governor? [TU]

Troy quadruple homicide case
An attorney for one of the men indicted in the December Troy quadruple homicide states in a court filing that his client repeatedly invoked his right to remain silent and that allegedly incriminating statements he made should be inadmissible. [Daily Gazette]

Court records indicate the state Attorney General's office is investigating the "Ethical Science Foundation," a nonprofit connected to NXIVM. [TU]

The number of refugees being resettled in Albany has taken a sharp downward turn because of changes at the federal level. [AP/TU]

Ice jams
The state is putting up $500k to study ice jams on the Mohawk River. (This winter included a historically long jam that prompted flooding in places such as Schenectady.) [Daily Gazette]

Hard cider
Cider makers in New York are trying to push back on a proposed federal rule change about the amount of carbonation in their beverages. [Daily Gazette]

Niko Dinovo
Hundreds of people (or more) gathered at the wake for Niko Dinovo at the Palace Theater Sunday. [News10] [TU]

A generation fades out
Chris Churchill highlights the life of a Watervliet couple who recently died as an example of the lives lived by the WWII generation. [TU]

Stuff going on today

NCAA basketball tournament
Monday: The NCAA women's basketball tournament regional is at the TU Center. UConn -- ranked #1 overall -- will take on South Carolina -- last year's champ, and ranked #7 this year -- for a spot in the Final Four. This is a high-level, marquee game. Monday 7 pm -- $21 and up / $12 and up kids and seniors

"Women and Leadership: Equipping the Next Generation for Success"
Monday: The annual William Randolph Hearst Lecture at Saint Rose has a panel discussion -- "Women and Leadership: Equipping the Next Generation for Success" -- with Denise Gonick, CEO of MVP Health Care; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of RPI; and Elizabeth Miller, president of Miller Mechanical. Monday 7:30 pm, Lally School of Education -- free

Monday: Vice Media chief strategic officer Spencer Baim will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "Branding in the Bardo: What it means to be a brand today." Monday 5:30 pm, Palamountain Hall -- free

Ulysses Jenkins
Monday: The Other Uses series at EMPAC is featuring the work of Ulysses Jenkins, "whose videos examine television's power to shape current events and historical episodes." Monday 7 pm -- $6

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