Capital Region school budgets approved, injured man is suspect in Schenectady shooting,$23 M for Adirondack Rail Trail, lobbyists campaign to outlaw declawing

School budgets approved
School budgets in all districts around the Capital Region were approved overwhelmingly in elections on Tuesday. Of the more than 30 districts voting on Tuesday, Mechanicville was the only district to propose a tax increase. [TWCN][Gazette][TU]

Porecca case
A Judge int he Jaclyn Porecca murder case may suppress statements taken by one of the two defendants based on whether police knew he had a lawyer when they questioned him. [TU]

Schenectady Shooting
One of the three men shot in Schenectady on Tuesday morning is now a suspect in the shooting. Police say the man, 22 year old Pharoah Nisby, is a person of interest in a February shooting on Crane Street and went to prison in 2012 for a stabbing. [TU][Gazette]

Schenectady officer to return to work
The Schenectady police officer who allegedly drove away from a traffic stop is expected to return to work later this week . Charges against Aaron Zampella have been reduced from misdemeanor unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle to two traffic infractions -- Imprudent speed for his actions before the stop and failure to comply for his actions after the stop.[TU][Gazette]

Opioid addiction
The Statewide task force on heroin and opioid addiction held meetings around the state on Tuesday, including one at Proctors in Schenectady, to talk with the public about ideas for
addressing the growing epidemic. Meanwhile, Kirsten Gellibrand called on the White House for help addressing the heroin and opioid crisis in New York State. [TWCN][Gazette][WNYT]

Ethics Reform
Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that he expects that some, not all, of his proposed ethics reforms will be agreed to by the end of the legislative session. [TU]

Constitution pipeline
The developers of the constitution natural gas pipeline are headed to federal court to challenge New York's denial of critical environmental permits for the project. [TU]

Adirondack Rail Trail
Andrew Cuomo has approved a $23 million plan to renovate 45 miles of state-owned railroad track to extend the route of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to Tupper Lake. The plan calls for removing the tracks from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid and replacing them with a 34-mile community connector trail for bicyclists, hikers, snowmobilers and other users, but some rail supporters are lobbying to extend the plan to Lake Placid.[NYT][WNYT]

Watervliet water
Some Watervliet drinking water is testing over allowable limits of THMs or trihalomethanes, but a letter from the city says the water is still safe to drink. [WNYT]

Military convoys
The military convoys you may see around he Capital Region this weekend are part of a training exercise at Fort Drum. [TU]

Senate bike tour
Chad Putman, Schenectady's deputy city clerk and a candidate for Hugh Farley's 49th Senate District seat, is on a 120 mile, three-day biking and walking tour of the district. [Gazette]

Teacher helps refugee students
An Albany High teacher and Iraq veteran's efforts to help refugee students, including some from Iraq, get into UAlbany. [TU+]

Declawing of cats
Humans and felines gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby for a ban on declawing cats in New York. [Saratogian/AP]

Marion Field
Well known Troy activist and Little Italy pillar, Marion Field has died. [TU][Record]

Happening today:

Walk [Your City]
Walk [Your City] founder Matt Tomasula will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable annual meeting at the University Club. Tomasula is an expert at conducting "DIY urbanism" projects. Wednesday 6 pm -- $40

Warehouse District architecture tour
The Historic Albany Foundation has a walking tour of Albany's Warehouse District. It will touch on some of the anchor buildings of the neighborhood, including the Nipper Building, the Argus Press Building, Adam Ross Cut Stone, and others. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- $10

Maximizing your garden
Capital Roots has a class about planning a successful garden in limited space. "Topics covered will include preparing your soil, creating an optimal garden layout, selecting space-saving and easy to grow plant varieties, trellising and vertical growing methods, and succession planting to maximize your growing season." Wednesday 6 pm, Eddy Village Garden in Cohoes -- $5

Music

Justin Hayward at The Egg
From The Moddy Blues. With: Mike Dawes. 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

a href="http://www.proctors.org/events/rhapsody-rhythm-gershwin-concert-experience">Rhapsody & Rhythm - The Gershwin Concert Experience at Proctors
"Rhapsody & Rhythm is the official multimedia concert event celebrating the ingenious music and legacy of George and Ira Gershwin." 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Whitechapel at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: Fit For A King, The Plot In You, Enterprise Earth. 6:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of

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