State Trooper killed in crash outside barracks, not-guilty plea in Cohoes murder case, Music Hall restaurant tied to tax breaks, Cuomo says he's ruling out a 2020 run

State Trooper killed in crash
A New York State Trooper was killed on Tuesday morning when his car was struck by a box truck, pushing him into oncoming traffic as he waited to turn into the State Police barracks in Montgomery County. Trooper Jeremy Van Nostrand, a six year veteran of the State Police, was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center. An investigation into the incident is continuing, and police say weather appears to have been a factor[TU][Spectrum][Gazette]

Cuomo ruling out a 2020 presidential run
Andrew Cuomo told Brian Lehrer on Tuesday that he is ruling out a 2020 presidential run, saying "I ran for governor, I have a full plate, I have many projects - I'm going to be here doing the job of governor."[Spectrum]


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Cuomo / Trump
Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump are scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss the $13 billion Gateway Tunnel project slated to replace the connection between New York and New Jersey.[NYT]

Not guilty plea in Cohoes murder
A Watervliet man pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to second-degree murder in the November 16th shooting death of a 17-year-old in Cohoes. [TU]

Proposed music hall restaurant tied to tax breaks
Developer Uri Kaufman is tying a promise to open a new 677 Prime in the Cohoes Music Hall to a request for ten more years of tax relief for his Lofts at Harmony Mills apartments complex. [TU]

Student arrested for bomb threat
A student at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly making a bomb threat at the school. The student, who is under 16-years-old, allegedly told a staff member "I am going to blow the school up."[TU]

Stewart-Cousins and the room where it happens
Newly elected Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on who is in the room for high level budget negotiations : "I personally don't see any reason to not have the minority leaders in, but it's not my room." [Spectrum]

Kolb reelected
Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb was unanimously re-elected on Tuesday as leader of the NYS Assembly Republicans. [TU]

Ellis opposes Albany Med expansion
Ellis Medicine wants to block a proposed Albany Medical Center ambulatory surgery center at AMC's EmUrgentCare building in Niskayuna, claiming it will divert wealthier patients from Ellis and leave the hospital in financial difficulty. [Gazette]

The cost of a lightening strike
Repairs that have shut down Saratoga Springs City Hall since an August lightening strike could reach a cost of $11.2 million.
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Student on the school board?
A Schenectady School Board member wants the board to consider adding a non-voting student member to its ranks. [Gazette]

Carver Community Center
Students and volunteers began cleanup on Tuesday at the Carver Community Center in Schenectady, in an effort to prepare the building for renovations. [Gazette]

Sandra Lee
1st girlfriend Sandra Lee is stepping into the political spotlight to push for a "No Excuses" bill to help expand breast cancer screening and eliminate insurance co-pays for the process. [NYT]

The undiscovered country
The same day he announced his stage 4 prostate cancer, Shakespeare and Company co-founder Dennis Krausnick moved on to the undiscovered country. [TU]

Snowy owl
An injured snowy owl, found on the ground in Johnsburg last may, is taking flight again thanks to help from a wildlife rehabilitator. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley

Today-Sunday: The Rep opens its production of Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, based on characters from Pride and Prejudice. "In this charmingly imagined sequel to Jane Austen's masterwork, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family visits for Christmas, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match -- and possibly even love?" Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $22 and up

Arts and sciences

Harry Rosenfeld
Wednesday: Former Times Union editor Harry Rosenfeld will be at The Book House to talk about this new memoir Battling Editor: The Albany Years. Wednesday 6 pm -- free admission

Artificial intelligence
Wednesday: The Rockefeller Institute is hosting a "comprehensive discussion of artificial intelligence's current and future effects on labor, the economy, ethics, and society with leading experts and practitioners in key fields." Wednesday 2-5:30 pm -- free (pre-registration required)

DNA ancestry and biosurveillance
Wednesday: Heather Dewey-Hagborg will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media for a workshop about DNA, ancestry, and surveillance. "In this workshop we will take a tour of diy biotech including DNA extraction, phenotyping, and concoction of our own genetic obfuscation spray. We will explore the present and future of biological surveillance and discuss what you can do to resist it." Wednesday 3-7 pm -- $10 suggested donation

One Funny Mother

Wednesday-Thursday: Dena Blizzard -- AKA the Target mom -- will be at Proctors for two performances of her comedic one-woman show One Funny Mother in the GE Theater. Wednesday-Thursday 7:30 pm -- $42.50

Music

Wednesday: Trans Siberian Orchestra at the TU Center
Christmas music, very loud. 7:30 pm -- $46.75 and up

Wednesday: Dave East at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Rapper. 7 pm -- $25

Wednesday: Hamell on Trial at The Low Beat
Last night of November residency. 7 pm

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