Report shows cause of Schenectady landslide, opening statements in Silver retrial, Saratoga Racecourse to get new building, Mets to honor late trooper

Schenectady landslide report
A report released to the Daily Gazette on Monday shows water from a broken water service line that leaked into a dirt basement floor of a Barney Street home caused the Schenectady landslide earlier this year. [Gazette]

Silver trial
Sheldon Silver's retrial got underway on Monday with prosecutors claiming the former Assembly speaker abused his power for personal gain by taking bribes, while the defense told the court "Everything that happened in this case was not only was designed to -- and did -- help people."[TU][NYT]

Kathy Hochul called rumors that she'll be dropped from Andrew Cuomo's democratic ticket a "non-story," but Cuomo has publicly suggested that she run for Chris Collins' House seat. [Politico]


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Third party candidates
A look at some of the third party candidates in the Gubernatorial race. [TU]

Teacher evaluations
A pair of Senate Republicans are sponsoring legislation to separate teacher evaluations from statewide student exam results, an effort already supported by the Democratic controlled Assembly. [TU]

Voorheesville firefighter injured
A Voorheesville firefighter was injured early Tuesday while battling a blaze on Delaware Turnpike.[TU]

Police are asking for help in locating a 16-year-old boy last seen in East Greenbush on Monday afternoon.[TU]

Saratoga County prescription drug program
Saratoga County has switched to a new prescription drug program to help uninsured or underinsured residents.[TU]

Gillibrand touts employee ownership plan
Kirsten Gillibrand visited Schenectady Steel Company on Monday, to support their employee stock ownership plan. Gillibrand also took time to talk about the need for more women legislators.

SUNY president joined Cuomo in Puerto Rico
UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez joined Andrew Cuomo on a trip to Puerto Rico to learn about plans for 500 SUNY and CUNY student volunteers to work on a summer rebuilding program there. [TU]

Trial will cost Troy
The trial surrounding an unlawful death suit filed by the widow of a man shot by Troy police at a DWI stop in 2016 is expected to be expensive for the city. [TU]

From bank to apartments
The former TrustCo headquarters on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady will be converted into 36 apartments and two floors of tech office space. [TU]

White powder sent to ICE center
Police are investigating a letter containing a white powder, opened Monday at the Immigration Services Office in Latham. [TU]

Ballston Spa tax hike
Ballston Spa officials approved budget with a 17 percent tax hike for village residents on Monday. [Spectrum]

Expired bullet proof vests
Some Albany police officers are using expired bullet proof vests on the job. [Spectrum]

Lake Local fire
Investigators say the fire at the popular Lake Local restaurant on Sunday appears to have started with an electrical malfunction. [WNYT]

Active shooter drill
RPI is planning an active shooter drill today. [TU]

Bill Cosby's honorary RPI degree
Chris Churchill makes the case for taking away Bill Cosby's honorary RPI degree.[TU]

Sara Foss on why the Boy Scouts should give Milton more time to come up with a the money to preserve Camp Boyhaven. [Gazette]

Gas prices
Gas prices are rising in the Capital Region.[WNYT]

Trimming Burger King's trees
Police charged a 79-year-old Brunswick man with criminal mischief for allegedly trimming a tree at a local Burger King because it blocked his new of nearby deer. [TU]

Mets to salute late state trooper
The family of local state trooper Michael Anson, who died earlier this year from an illness related to his assignment to the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attack, will head to Citi Field this week, where he will be honored by the NY Mets. [TU]

New building planned for Saratoga Racecourse
NYRA will proceed with plans to build a three story building on the site of the At the Rail tent at the Saratoga Racecourse. The plan was approved on Monday and the project is expected to be completed by opening day of the 2019 season. Officials say the building will "address the modern day needs" of the historic racecourse.[TU][Gazette][Saratogian]

Stuff going on today

Albany Patroons

Tuesday: The Albany Patroons face the Ohio Bootleggers in game 2 of a playoff series at the Washington Ave Armory. (Game three is Wednesday if necessary) Tuesday 7 pm -- $10 and up


The King and I
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I will be at Proctors. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Blithe Spirit
Tuesday-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Repertory Theatre's production of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. It runs through May 6. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

David Tomas Martinez
Tuesday: Poet David Tomas Martinez will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. "David Tomas Martinez, prize-winning poet, is a former San Diego gang member and teenage father whose work addresses themes of street life, poverty, masculinity, drugs, and violence in the barrio, and the redemptive potential of art, poetry, and self-knowledge." Tuesday 7 pm, uptown campus, Performing Arts Center -- free

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


Tuesday: The Steel Wheels at Caffe Lena
"[T]his dynamic four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia address the joys and sorrows of home, family and community through the voice of old-time musical traditions." 7 pm -- $28

Tuesday: Opera Saratoga: Saratoga Sings of Art & Inspiration at Albany Institute
"[A] concert of opera and song inspired by the visual arts." 5:30 pm -- free (advance registration recommended)


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