In a session that was meant to be easy, breezy and controversy-free, the state Legislature is sure having its share of hiccups. First, it was the storm dubbed ‘SnowJam’ at the end of January when two inches of snow ground the state’s capital city to a halt, in part because it appears lawmakers were slow to take the storm seriously and coordinate the appropriate response. Now a bill filed by a freshman Republican lawmaker has become, in the words of Uncle Billy from the film “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a “squall” that’s “shaping up into a storm.”
Albany Symphony board members have decided to part ways ways with longtime conductor Claire Fox Hillard. A symphony official says, the board won't be bringing Hillard back next year after Camilla police arrested the conductor in August on loitering and prowling charges. Hillard was suspended without pay until the board voted to let him go.