Two charged in fatal Albany shooting, Skelos won't step down, "United Nations of workers" bringing FIOS to Guilderland

Two suspects in Albany shooting
Two men have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the deadly shooting at Lark Street and Sheridan Avenue in Albany. [TU]

Skelos update
Dismissing a federal corruption complaint against himself and his son as "nothing more than a press release," Dean Skelos has decided not to step down as Senate Majority Leader. While Senate Republicans have stood behind Skelos, Assembly Republicans are calling on Skelos to step down from his leadership post. The cases against Skelos and Sheldon Silver involve some pretty powerful New York real estate names, including a major Albany political donor who has given at least $1 million to Andrew Cuomo. [TU][NYT][TWCN][NYT][CapNY][CapNY]

Schneiderman on Corruption
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took the opportunity to point out that the state has two path's forward, "one path is further investigations and prosecutions and the erosion of public confidence. The other path is to enact comprehensive reforms far more serious than anything that has been or is on the table in Albany. "[Capitol Confidential]

Uniform bar exam
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman unveiled a plan on Tuesday for New York to adopt a Uniform Bar Exam that will mirror tests given in other states in an effort to make it easier for attorneys to work across the country. [TU][NYT]

McCarthy to run for second term
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is planning to announce his run for a second term today. [Gazette]

Partial collapse of former Albany church
Efforts are underway to try and save the former Church of The Holy Innocents in Albany's Arbor Hill after parts of the back of the building collapsed on Monday. [WNYT][TWCN]

Contaminated water?
People who drank water from Cohoes and Colonie "likely were not at risk" when their water supply was tainted by an eight-day raw sewage spill in Amsterdam two winters ago - but officials say it's not likely they will ever be able to find out for certain.[TU]

McGregor to become state parkland
The land that once housed Mount McGregor prison in Saratoga County will become part of Moreau State Park.

National Grid cleanup in Rensselaer
National Grid will conduct a $3.9 million voluntary cleanup of a former Rensselaer coal gas plant that is now a parking lot.[TU]

Honoring officers
Eight police officers who died in the line of duty in 2014 were honored on Friday in a memorial service at the ESP.[TU]

Guilderland FiOS
The nomadic life of the "United Nations of workers" traveling the East Coast to dig the ditches and installing FIOS in Guilderland and around the country. [TU]

This is what distracted driving looks like
The new distracted driving simulator at the Saratoga Auto Museum.[WNYT]

Brown's Beach to reopen this month
The Town of Stillwater will officially reopen Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake on May 30.[TU]

Happening today

The Spectrum is hosting an encore screening of the new slate of films produced by the YouthFX program, in which teens learn the skills of digital filmmaking and media. (The first screening sold out.) The filmmakers will be there for a Q&A following the screening. Wednesday 6:30 pm - $11 adults / $7 students

Old valleys
State Museum geoarchaeologist Julieann Van Nest will be at the museum giving a talk about the origins of distinctive landforms in the North Country that were formed by enormous floods. Wednesday 7 pm - free

Music: Big Sean at Upstate Concert Hall
Rap star. With: Casey Veggies, Justine Skye. 8 pm - $35.75 ahead / $38 day of

Music: The Sawyer Fredericks "The Voice" show at The Palace is sold out.

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