Albany Med nurse unionization push, Greenfield woman shot in head, Siena coach plays defense on allegations, jobs now and in the future

Albany Med nurse unionization
A look at the heated situation surrounding the current unionization campaign among nurses at Albany Med. [TU]

Greenfield woman shot in head
The Saratoga County Sheriff's office says a Greenfield woman was shot in the head by her boyfriend during a domestic incident Saturday night, and was in critical condition. Neighbors said they heard yelling before the gunshot. The sheriff's office says the boyfriend has been charged with first-degree assault. [TU] [News10] [Saratogian]

Fatal industrial accident
Colonie police say a man working for a landscaping and excavation company died Saturday after he was pinned between by two pieces of equipment. [TU]


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Jay Street fire
+ Jason Sacks -- the former manager of 104 Jay Street -- was sentenced Friday to 1-3 years in prison for his guilty plea on four counts of criminally negligent homicide related to the fatal 2015 fire. [Daily Gazette]
+ A look at how a Schenectady Fire Department report on problems at 104 Jay wasn't followed up on by the city's Building and Codes Department -- a failing that city officials say has been since been fixed. [Daily Gazette]

Siena basketball coach investigation
+ During a late Friday afternoon press conference at his attorney's office, Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos denied verbally abusing a team manager and said he didn't know anything about allegations that per diem payments to players had been withheld. [News10] [TU]
+ Siena alum Mark Grimm, who's recently been an outspoken skeptic of Patsos, to WNYT: "[A]s a practical matter can Coach Patsos really stay on given what we've already seen?" [WNYT]
+ Times Union sports editor Leif Skodnick: "[W]hen [the investigation is] mercifully over -- days, weeks or even months from now -- Siena should clean house in its athletic department." [TU]

Todd Howe, IBM, and the state
Tracing the many connections involving Todd Howe, IBM, and state contracts. [TU]

Cynthia Nixon
+ Cynthia Nixon on marijuana legalization, appealing to upstate voters, and... what qualifies as "upstate." [NYT]
+ Sara Foss: Nixon has, so far, not focused on many of specific concerns of upstate residents. [Daily Gazette]

State legislature special elections
+ An overview of the upcoming special elections for state legislature seats that could shift power toward Democrats in the state Senate. [TU]
+ And could the swell in Democratic turnout in recent elections around the country also show up here as Democrats try to turn two state Assembly seats in the Capital Region. [TU]

State education tests
Students in grades 3-8 will start taking state tests this week -- this year's version will involve two days of testing instead of three. But the ongoing fight over the tests among education advocates continues. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Students with conservative viewpoints
Talking with a trio of conservative Ballston High School students about the recent student activism related to gun violence and calls for gun control. [Daily Gazette]

+ A look at how some former GE employees in Schenectady with advanced manufacturing expertise have fared since being laid off. [TU]
+ Chris Churchill says more attention should be paid to the potential job losses from self-driving vehicles. [TU]

+ Clifton Park is pursuing a plan to buy its street lights and replace them with LEDs, which is expected to save money. (A similar idea has been floated for Albany.) [TU]
+ There's now a large solar array on Troy's former landfill, one of multiple similar projects that are expected to help the city save money. [Troy Record]

Celebrity chef David Burke is now overseeing the restaurants at the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends
Monday: A show called New Worlds: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends will be at Proctors. Yep, that Bill Murray. Blurbage:

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler met during their travels and became friends in New York. Curious about each other's artistic world and interests, the actor and the cellist soon had the idea to work together on a project.
A program that showcases the core of the American values in literature and music. A show that communicates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Gershwin and Foster are some of the strongest voices that influenced generations of humans in America and gave the world a picture of the charm, energy and creative force of the New World.

The show also includes violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez. Monday 7:30 pm -- $50 and up

Purple Rain
Monday: The Palace's movies series is showing Purple Rain. 7 pm -- $5


"Chris Churchill says more attention should be paid to the potential job losses from self-driving vehicles. [TU]"

This, from Churchill's TU piece:

"The establishment didn't much care. It didn't pay attention to the dead Main Streets in the Rust Belt. It barely noticed the opioid crisis. Then Trump came along and ... well, you know the story. Voters who had been left behind rose up and spoke. Amazingly, the unchecked enthusiasm over driverless cars suggests most politicians still aren't listening."

Yep. Sensationalizing an important public policy issue is always the best way to inform readers....

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