State Board of Elections scrutinizes Sheehan campaign, Schenectady officials say building inspection process improved, billboard presses Amedore over Child Victims Act

Sheehan campaign complaint
The state Board of Elections has filed a complaint alleging Kathy Sheehan's mayoral campaign took contributions from donors that exceeded limits, filed late reports, and violated a law that forbids political parties from holding raffles -- a campaign spokesman said the campaign has been working with the state BOE "to amend filings and ensure compliance." [TU]

Race for governor
+ Andrew Cuomo leads Cynthia Nixon for the Democratic primary 58-27 in the Siena poll out Tuesday. [SRI]
+ It sounds like the Cuomo campaign is trying to drop Kathy Hochul as lieutenant governor. [Buffalo News]
+ The leadership of the Conservative Party is lining up behind Republican Marc Molinaro, which could mean an exit from the race for John DeFrancisco. [TU]

Schenectady code enforcement
Schenectady city officials told a city council committee meeting that the city's buildings department is more quickly addressing code violation reports, emphasizing training, and working toward other improvements. The department has been the subject of significant criticism following the fatal Jay Street fire. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]


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Child Victims Act
A new billboard along 787 in Albany presses state Senator George Amedore to support the Child Victims Act. Amedore said he does support the legislation, but has some concerns about a "look back" period during which people could file lawsuits for incidents that happened many years in the past. [Spectrum] [TU]

State legislative aides and health care
Chris Bragg looks into Chris Tague's time as a part-time aide for then state Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin in 2011, a role that can qualify a staffer for health care coverage. Tague is the Republican nominee to replace former state Assemblyman Peter Lopez. [TU]

Schumer on Syria strike
In Glenville Monday, Chuck Schumer said of the recent US missile strike on Syria: "I thought the targeted and pinpointed nature of the strike against the chemical weapons was appropriate, but I'd be very worried about us getting into a wider, longer war." And he referenced the experience in Iraq: "I don't want to repeat the same mistake in Syria, and I believe any large-term engagement should go to Congress, and Congress would be the check." [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Glenville gun store theft
One of the two men accused of stealing a large group of guns from a store in Glenville last October has pleaded guilty to three felony charges. Authorities say about half the guns stolen are still in circulation and they believe they were taken to the Rochester area. [US DOJ] [Daily Gazette]

Ravenswood hit-and-run
The man who pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run at the Ravenswood in Clifton Park that seriously injured the bar's owner has been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison. [TU]

Colonie armed robbery
Colonie police say a gas station at Central and Fuller reported by robbed Monday night by two men with handguns. [WNYT]

Mechanicville mayor investigation
The state Office of Court Administration is investigating Francine Baker -- the wife of Mechancville mayor Dennis Baker and the chief city court clerk -- for an alleged role in the situation described in a harassment complaint against the mayor. [TU]

Sewers and water lines
+ A plan to run a new sewer line along Route 50 in Ballston is getting pushback from residents who are irked that they'll be forced to pay as much as $10,000 to connect to the system or face daily fines. [TU]
+ Estimated water rates for more than 600 households in Hampton Manor in East Greenbush will double when the current obsolete system is switched over to the town's general system. [TU]

State tests
Sara Foss is skeptical that there's anything to be gained for students in taking state tests on a computer. [Daily Gazette]

194 Washington Ave
The office building/parking garage at 194 Washington Ave in Albany (across from the Washignton Ave Armory) has sold for $9.2 million. [Biz Review]

Siena coach search
Chris Churchill: "It would be easy to saddle up a moral high horse and claim that The Rick Pitino Show has no place in Loudonville. But I can't do that." [TU]

Don Faulkner
Don Faulkner -- the former head of the NYS Writers Institute -- died last week at age 66. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Tax Day
The deadline for filing personal income taxes is Tuesday, in case you haven't filed, yet.

Sara Novi? and Peter Golden
Tuesday: Novelists Sara Novi? and Peter Golden will be at the State Museum as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. "Sara Novi?, acclaimed first-time novelist, is a notable figure in the American deaf community, founder of the deaf rights and culture website,, and an eloquent explainer of the riches of the deaf experience. ... Peter Golden is the author of the new novel, Nothing Is Forgotten (2018), about a young man from New Jersey who travels to Khrushchev's Russia, where he discovers love and the long-buried secrets of his heritage." Tuesday 7:30 pm, State Museum Huxley Theater -- free

Nitty Gritty
Tuesday: The Nitty Gritty poetry slam is back at The Low Beat in Albany. Tuesday 7 pm

Monday-Sunday: Albany Word Fest returns at locations around the area. It is an annual celebration of poetry and spoken word. This year's festival includes readings, performances, and a regional poetry slam. And there will also be a 24-hour Readings Against the End of the World event. Monday-Sunday various places and times

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week
Monday-Saturday: Restaurant week continues in downtown Albany. Eighteen restaurants will be offering three-course, fixed-price meals for $25. (Reservations are always a good idea during any restaurant week.)

Music: Brit Floyd at The Palace
"erforming songs from Pink Floyd's best-loved and biggest selling albums..." 7:30 pm -- $39.50 and up

Music: Banners at The Hollow
Alt pop rock. 9 pm -- $10.27

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