Police gave protest video to RPI, IDC staffers face layoffs following unification, Cuomo releases tax return, Pulitzer winner has roots in Troy

Police taped RPI protest
Troy police officers hired by RPI videotaped a protest at the school last fall, and handed the tape over to institute officials, who used it to identify protest leaders. [TU]

IDC layoffs
IDC staffers are dealing with salary cuts and layoffs now that Senate Democrats have unified. [TU]

A middle class guy
Andrew Cuomo released his tax return on Tuesday, and declared himself a "middle class guy."[DN][Buffalo News]


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Rotterdam man charged with injuring infant
A 21-year-old Rotterdam man was arrested this week and charged with shaking his 2-month-old son, causing serious brain injuries to the child. [TU]

Police support widow in suite against department
The widow of a late APD officer who died after being exposed to chemicals on the job says she is being denied benefits, and a number of APD officers are showing her support. [Spectrum]

Groundbreaking on new UAlbany complex
Officials broke ground on Tuesday on the new $180 million Emergency Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex on the Harriman Campus. [Spectrum]

SCCC at Schenectady Y
Schenectady County Community College will base a new academic degree program at the former YMCA building across the street from its State Street campus.[Gazette]

Faso calls for more food stamp restrictions
John Faso is standing behind a GOP proposed job requirement for people receiving food stamps. [TU]

Treatment plant employee allegedly falsified reports
A Bolton sewage treatment plant operator was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly falsifying reports and tampering with tests at the plant. [Spectrum][Gazette]

Former HUD employee allegedly faked cancer
A former federal housing employee is facing charges for allegedly pretending to have cancer and collecting more than $24,000 in salary from hours donated by co-workers. [TU]

Albany robberies
Police art trying to determine if a string of late-night robberies in Albany and Colonie on Monday are connected.

Glenmont crash
Two children and two adults were inured in a car crash Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of River Road and Glenmont Road. [TU]

Drugs and prison
"There are no throwaway people. Your life matters. It's possible to fight for yourself, to love yourself and to find a way out. I believe in you. Never give up."-- former inmate turned author Susan Burton, to a group of women inmates at the Albany County Jail. Many of the women are jailed on drug related offenses. [TU]

Cryptocurrency investigation
Eric Schneiderman's office is launching a probe into cryptocurrency siting concerns over the potential to defraud investors. [TU]

Pitino didn't say no
Chris Churchill on his conversation with Rick Pitino about his interest in coaching for Siena College and the controversy surrounding the former coach. [TU]

Siena search
Siena is hiring a search firm to help find a successor to former basketball coach Jimmy Patsos. [TU]

Me too movement for men
An Albany conference on how to help male victims of sexual assault. [TU]

Drug treatment for women and children
A drug treatment facility for women and children has opened its doors in Albany. [WNYT]

IRS scam
Some Capital Region residents were contacted by phone scammers on Tuesday, who claimed to be IRS representatives.[WNYT]

Hurricane-force winds flipped a tractor on its side on route 22 in Columbia County on Tuesday. [TU]

Sewing class helps with English
A sewing class that is helping Burmese refugees learn English.

Devlin Barrett, one of the Washington Post reporters awarded a Pulitzer on Monday for coverage of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is a Troy native. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week

Today-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.)


Today-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


Blithe Spirit
Today-Sunday: Capital Repertory Theatre continues its production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. "One highly spirited wife is fun - but two is fertile ground for this smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages from the witty pen of Noël Coward. Meet cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married to Ruth but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who has been conjured up by a visiting 'happy medium,' one Madame Arcati." The production runs through May 6. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Arts and sciences

Immigrants and Refugees in the Capital Region
Wednesday: The Sage Colleges are hosting a panel discussion -- "Immigrants and Refugees in the Capital Region" -- about "the contributions of immigrants to the economy, the demographic future and legal risks facing refugees and immigrants." Panelists includes Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan, federal public defender Gene Primomo, Dahlia Herring of the Capital Region Refugee Roundtable, and Albany Law School professor Sarah Rogerson. Wednesday 1 pm, Bush Memorial on the Troy campus -- free

Lorrie Moore
Wednesday: Author Lorrie Moore will be at Northshire Saratoga. She'll be talking with WAMC's Joe Donahue about See What Can Be Done, a collection of her essays. Wednesday 6 pm -- $5 ticket required


Wednesday: The Albany Patroons take on the Ohio Bootleggers at the Washington Ave Armory. Wednesday 7:05 pm -- $10 and up


Wednesday: Hawthorne Heights at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Rock. With: Hotel Books, Sienna Skies, Heavy Things. 6 pm -- $15

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial on The Low Beat
April residency. 7 pm

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