Guilty verdict in death of infant, state official fired following harassment allegations, sign returned to Siena 50 years after prank

Guilty verdict in death of child
An Albany County jury found David Bridges of Troy guilty of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old boy. Bridges could face up to 25 years in prison for the abuse that led to the death of 1-year-old Luka Patrick. [WNYT][TU]

State official fired following complaints of sexual harassment
Jay Kiyonaga, the #2 official at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, was fired on Wednesday, one day after a former lawyer for the state's Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special needs filed a discrimination complaint charging that the Cuomo administration covered up the fact that he had sexually harassed her -- the state Inspector General reported in a letter that Kiyonaga had a "history of improper and sexually inappropriate acts towards and comments to fellow staff members and subordinates" during his time as an official at the Justice Center. [TU] [NYT


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Days of Our Legislature
Republicans in the state legislature are hoping to strategically wrap up the session early, but Democrats say there is enough work left to take them right through the June 20 deadline. With retiring Senator Tom Croci on active duty with the Navy, Republicans in the Senate ended the day early on Wednesday, to avoid losing a vote on women's health. The bill in question were efforts to codify Roe v. Wade in state law and to expand access to contraceptives. [Politico][NYT][Spectrum]

Saratoga Springs charter
Proposed changes to the Saratoga Springs Charter, suggested this week by the Charter Review Commission established by Mayor Meg Kelly, go beyond their original scope, to include changes and expansion to the role of the city's mayor.[TU]

SUNY Poly trial
The lineup of potential characters that could be called as witnesses in the upcoming corruption trial of SUNY Poly founder Alain KAloyeros. [TU]

Lake George Watershed Coalition director indicted
The former director of Lake George Watershed Coalition is facing 22 charges alleging he stole $170,000 by redirecting funds meant for conservation projects to his personal bank accounts and a Glenville-based contracting company that was not involved with the projects. [Post Star]

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro on Wednesday called for a law that would ban contributions to state candidates by anyone pursuing state government contracts. [TU]

Hudson Falls clown
Hudson Falls Elementary School had reports this week of a person dressed as a clown approaching students on the playground. [WNYT]

Helping vets with opioid addiction
Albany's VA hospital is struggling to help veterans dealing with opioid addiction.[TU]

Central Avenue stabbing
Albany police say they have a suspect in the stabbing of a 17-year-old on Central Avenue earlier this week. [Spectrum]

Cyclist struck
State troopers are asking for the public's help to identify the car that struck a bicyclist on Wednesday morning at the intersection of Clifton Country Road and Route 146. [TU]

A fence for the Canadian border
Chris Churchill on fences, neighbors and the border between the U.S. and Canada. [TU]

Honoring fallen State Police
New York State Police honored fallen colleagues on Wednesday at a memorial service at the State Police Academy. [TU]

Trauma surgeon recalls Vegas shooting
A Union College alum and Vegas trauma doctor returned to his alma mater this week and recounted the hours after the Vegas mass shooting earlier this year. [TU]

Effort to protect Bowman Orchards
In an effort to protect its land from development, Bowman Orchards in Rexford is seeking to sell development rights to the property to a conservation organization. [Gazette]

Saratoga Springs gun buyback program
Saratoga's Unitarian Universalist Congregation will host a gun buyback program this weekend at its North Broadway parish. [TU]

Lansingburgh school supplies
The Lansingburgh school district will be purchasing the school supplies for all of its K-12 students in the up coming school year. [WNYT]

Schenectady High School mentors
Sarah Foss looks at a sample mentorship program demonstrated on Wednesday at Schenectady High School and considers what students at the school need. [Gazette]

Siena sign returns after 50 years
After 50 years, Siena College alums return the sign they stole as a prank from their alma mater. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

On Your Feet!
Wednesday-Sunday: A touring production of the musical On Your Feet! is at Proctors. It's about Emilio and Gloria Estefan. "From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet." Wednesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The documentary RBG -- about Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- is playing at The Spectrum. It's gotten good reviews.

Thursday: WAMC is hosting a debate at The Linda with the Democratic challengers for the 19th Congressional District, which is currently held by Republican John Faso. Thursday 1 pm -- registration required

The annual Capital Pride celebration is gaining momentum with events this week and next. There's a Pride kick-off barbecue at the Washington Park Lakehouse this Thursday. And the big Pride weekend is not this weekend but the weekend after -- with the Black and Latino Gray Pride celebration on Saturday and the Capital Pride parade and festival that Sunday.

American Music Festival
Thursday-Sunday: The Albany Symphony's annual American Music Festival has multiple events in Troy. Festival blurbage:

Hear more than 25 new works by 18 American composers, including 14 stunning world premieres by today's best composers. American master, David Del Tredici returns to the Albany Symphony for a performance of "Adventures Underground," one of his most famous works inspired by the literary classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and Water Music NY composer Loren Loiacono premieres a brand new Piano Concerto with the Albany Symphony on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

An all-festival pass is $99. But the cap to the festival is a free Albany Symphony concert in Troy's Riverfront Park on Sunday that starts at 7:30 pm.

Music: Séan McCann at Caffe Lena
From Great Big Sea. 7 pm -- $18

Music: Radiator King, Tears of Joy, Abbey McGrath at Pauly's
Punk blues + indie + singer/songwriter. 8:30 pm -- $7

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