Trial date set for Silver, Scarborough to plead guilty in travel voucher scam, fracking ban won't be permanent, something stinky in Watervliet

Silver trial date
Sheldon Silver pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, at his arraignment on charges he transferred more than $287,000 of what prosecutors say were the proceeds of his crimes into investments that were not available to the general public.Silver's trial has been set for November 1[NYT][Business Review]

One Western New York Democrat wants the Assembly to vote on expelling Silver. [TU]


Scarborough to plead guilty
Assemblyman William Scarborough says he will plead guilty to federal charges that he misused $40,000 in travel vouchers and accepted payment for the days he was not in Albany. The Queens Democrat will plead guilty to federal charges he submitted false travel vouchers, accepting payments for days hat he was not in Albany. Scarborough sent out a statement apologizing for his actions and blaming poor judgement and a difficult financial situation. [TU][TU]

Cuomo plan for police oversight
Meeting with lobbyists and family members of people killed by police, Andrew Cuomo said if lawmakers don't approve his plans for independent monitor to oversee such cases he will create a special prosecutor who would have the power to pursue charges against officers.[TU]

Plea deal in Lansingburgh beating deaths
One of the defendants charged in the beating death of a Lansingburgh couple inside their home last year has taken a plea deal and agreed to testify against his codefendant.[Record][TWCN]

Medical marijuana fast track
A bill making its way through the Assembly would expedite access to medical marijuana for patients with special certifications. [TU]

What's Jerry Jennings been up to?
Former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings is a consultant for a firm exploring involvement with the coming NYS Medical Marijuana program. [TU]

Fracking ban won't be permanent
New York's fracking ban is soon to be official, but the ban is not permanent. [CNY]

Age of criminal responsibility
Advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York lobbied in Albany on Tuesday.[TU]

Albany Stabbing
Police have a man in custody following an early morning stabbing in Albany.[TWCN]

Albany firefighter raises
Albany Firefighters will get a 5.5% raise for the years 2012 and 2013, but will have to pay for party of their health insurance. [TU]

Air quality improvement
Air quality is up slightly in the Capital Region: [Gazette]

Mystery oil slick
A mysterious oil slick was discovered on Monday night along the banks of the Mohawk, near the site of the proposed Mohawk Harbor development. [Gazette]

Projects didn't create promised jobs
Only one of 10 Schenectady county projects that got tax breaks from 2011 to 2013 met job creation numbers. [TU]

Something stinks in Watervliet
A revolting smell in Watervliet has been chased back to a leaf and limb repurposing center.[TWCN]

Whitney honored at Churchill Downs
Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney will be honored with the title of First Lady of the Oaks at Churchill Downs this weekend for her efforts philanthropic efforts. [TU]

Union's Civil War connections
Union College's strong connection to the Civil War. [TU+]

Happening today:

+Noura Mint Seymali at Sanctuary for Independent Media
"Noura is blasting forward on the ancient spaceship of pentatonic desert blues and carving out a personality on her way as vanguard Diva of the Sahel." 7 pm - $15

+The Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo show at The Egg is sold out.

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
The Spectrum will be screening the documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, about the young gay man who was tortured and kill in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. After the screening the film's director, Michele Josue, will be appearing via Skype for a Q&A. Wednesday 6:30 pm - $12

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