Abelove may face misconduct review in investigation of alleged police shooting, Cuomo distancing himself from alleged fraud case, Music Mobile closing

Rensselaer County DA may still face charges in investigation of alleged police shooting
Rensselear County DA Joel Abelove may not be entirely off the hook regarding his investigation of an alleged police shooting in Troy. Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday that while his office dropped a lawsuit against Abelove after Abelove agreed to turn over files and records from the investigation of the April 17 Troy police shooting of Edson Thevenin to the AG's office, the agreement "does not exonerate D.A. Abelove for any potential claims of misconduct." [TU][NYT]

Cuomo distancing himself from fraud case
Andrew Cuomo attempted to distance himself on Tuesday from lobbyist and longtime associate Todd Howe, and the investigation of Howe and former Cuomo's former aide, Joe Percoco for fraud and improper lobbying. Cuomo told reporters on Tuesday that Howe was just a casual acquaintance and said he did not ask Percoco about any controversial consulting deals because ,"You're a state employee, you know the ethics rules; you know the legal regulations. The onus is on you to follow them, not for you to be questioned and then follow them."

Rensselaer County surplus
Auditors reported on Tuesday that Rensselaer County closed out its 2015 fiscal year with a $400,000 surplus. [TU]

Rape arrests in Saratoga
A 22-year old woman and 40-year-old man in Saratoga have been arrested in connection with the 2014 rape of a boy under the age of 13. [Saratogian]

$25K for illegal search
A Schenectady man who was arrested after police conducted a cavity search and discovered with 69 packets of heroin in his buttocks, was awarded $25K on Tuesday when a Schenectady judge ruled the search was illegal because police didn't have a warrant. [TU]

Arrest for allegedly punching child
A 58 year old Queensbury woman is facing felony assault and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly punching a 6-year-old child. [TU]

Heroin task force
Andrew Cuomo has appointed a task force to take on what he called the crisis of heroin and opioid abuse in New York.[WNYT]

"Come to find out this is a living hell"
Residents of a housing facility for recovering drug addicts run by the Altamont Program (and owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany) on Second Ave in Albany allege they were sent to a homeless shelter rather than other housing after their complaints about the condition of the building, which has been shut by the city because of code issues. [TU+]

Taxi moratorium
Schenectady is considering a temporary moratorium on new taxis while the council tweaks the code for cabs in the city. [Gazette]

Thrown out for swearing
A Schenectady man was thrown out of a City Council meeting for swearing while addressing the council president during privilege of the floor on Monday. [TU}

National anthem
The NYS Senate passed legislation that would drop the permit requirement that is currently necessary to sing the National Anthem at a public event.[WNYT]

Film tax credit
Screenwriters were at the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for an expansion of New York's film tax credit. [TU]

Music Mobile closing
Ruth Pelham is closing the Music Mobile after 39 years. [TU+]

Happening today

Once
Today-Sunday: A touring production of the Broadway musical Once will be at Proctors for the week. The show is based on the film of the same name, and won 8 Tonys on Broadway. Blurbage: "Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The Trip to Bountiful
Today-Sunday: This is the last week for Capital Rep's production of The Trip to Bountiful. The show is the story of Carrie Watts, an aging widow who escapes from the home of her son and goes on a journey to revisit her childhood home. The show stars a number of talented Capital Region actors, including the amazing Barbara Howard, Kevin Craig West, Tony Pallone, and newcomer Joshua Powell. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Music: Cage the Elephant at The Palace
This show was moved from the TU Center. With: Portugal. The Man and Broncho. 7 pm -- $37.50 and up

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uh... who introduced the legislation that necessitated a permit requirement to sing the National Anthem at a public event in the first place??

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