Former Watervliet cop allegedly bought cocaine on duty, two more red light cameras activated, Warren County medical marijuana facility breaks ground

Former cop arrested in drug investigation
A Troy drug investigation has netted 20 arrests, including a former Watervliet police officer who allegedly bought cocaine while on duty. [TU][Record][News 10]

Red light cameras
Two more red light cameras in Albany turned on at midnight.
The cameras cover the north and southbound lanes at the intersection of Everett Road and Watervliet Avenue Extension.[TWCN][WNYT]

JCOPE
JCOPE met on Tuesday in an effort to select a new leader
and spent time arguing over the governor's influence in the hiring process.
A legislative aide on Tuesday's JCOPE meeting: "It's state government's version of 'The Office,'" said one legislative aide who watched the proceedings. "I'm uncomfortable, but I can't turn away."[TU][News 10][Capital NY]

Schenectady peace walk
As part of National Night Out, Schenectady residents held a walk for peace on Tuesday, in the wake of two shootings - one fatal-- in less than two weeks.[TWCN][Gazette]

Schenectady drug bust
Schenectady County Sheriff's deputies uncovered 200 bags of heroin, 49 grams of uncut heroin and $7,500 in cash during a drug bust Monday. [Gazette]

How nearby casinos affect each other
A look at the new Oneida Nation-owned casino and its impact on the nearby Vernon Downs racino that could provide insight into the geographic limits of casinos in upstate New York. [TU]

Medical marijuana facility breaks ground
A Warren County medical marijuana facility breaks ground today on the site of a former horse farm.[TU][WNYT]

Sandra Lee hospitalized
The Daily News reports that Andrew Cuomo's girlfriend Sandra Lee has was hospitalized overnight for a fluid buildup. [Daily News]

Jeter at Siena
Derek Jeter made a stop at Siena College on Tuesday as part of an anti-bullying campaign. [TWCN]

Mudge's legacy
How a dog named Mudge inspired the Upstate Underdog Rescue.[TU]

Today in history
130 years ago today 80,000 people in Albany paid their last respects to President Ulysses S. Grant, as his funeral procession passed through the city. Today is the last day of a special Capitol Tour that marks the 130th anniversary of that event. [TU]

Happening today
Free admission day at Saratoga Racecourse
Saratoga Race Coursecelebrates Saratoga Centennial Day, with free admission.

Philadelphia Orchestra/Bernadette Peters
The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its annual residency at SPAC with concert featuring Bernadette Peters.

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair opened this past weekend at the fairgrounds in Cobleskill. It runs through Saturday.

Murder for Two
This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of Murder for Two -- "a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano." Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Capitol Park After Dark
The series of free movies screened outside the Capitol in West Capitol Park starts with Mary Poppins. Wednesday 8 pm - free

Music

Almost Queen at Rockin' on the River (Riverfront Park)
Queen tribute. With: Dead at 40. 5 pm - free

Blotto at The Low Beat
A warm up for Alive at Five. 7 pm

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