Ethics agreement unlikely, push for police body cameras in Albany and Troy, Orlando night club hero is Niskayuna High School graduate

Ethics
In spite of back to back convictions of legislative leaders Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, it appears legislators will close this session without an ethics agreement. [NYT]

Beagles
Legislators did find time to pass he Beagle Bill, requires state-funded research facilities to make the dogs and cats used for testing available for adoption.[TU]

Schenectady considers age hike for tobacco purchases
Schenectady County will hold a public hearing on a proposal to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. [Gazette]

Body cameras
The APD is ironing out the details for putting body cameras on every one of Albany's police officers. [TU]

Meanwhile Troy police chief John Tedesco is pushing to get his force equipped with body cameras.[TU]

Local man Orlando hero
The bouncer and marine corps veteran who helped save the lives of 60 to 70 people in the Orlando nigh club shooting over the weekend is a Niskayuna High School graduate. [TU]

Schools
The Board of Regents is loosening some rules to help school districts who are having trouble finding independent teacher evaluators.[TU]

School crisis drills
Under a new plan approved by the Board of Regents, all NYS schools must conduct four lockdown drills a year as part of their safety plan. [TU]

Former Watervliet student sues school and police officials
A former Watervliet High School student is suing the school officials, the Watervliet police department and an ex-police officer with whom she had a sexual relationship, claiming city and school officials did not do enough to stop the circumstances that allowed Spratt to coerce students into sexual relationships. [TU]

Mitchell seeks Clemency in Dannemora incident
Joyce Mitchell, the former prison worker jailed for her role in aiding in last year's escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility, is seeking clemency. [TU]

Federal government sues former state official
The federal government is suing former NY deputy secretary of state Joseph Strevell and his daughter , alleging he funneled money to his daughter to pay for her wedding instead of paying restitution he owned to the state. [WNYT]

Skyline
The Skyline Motel in Colonie finally fell on Tuesday. [TU]

Honeywell rally
A rally to support employees of Honeywell in Green Island who have been locked out of the Aerospace plant since may over contract talks, will close down several streets around the plant today.[TU]

NYRA
Frustration is building among local leaders pushing for the reprivatization of NYRA. [Gazette]

Cohoes
Cohoes is planning some public meetings to get input for the restructuring of the city's comprehensive plan. [Record]

Megachurch expansion
Pastor Buddy Cremeans is making plans to double the size of the Northway mega church in Clifton Park. [Gazette]

Parade replacement
A pair of Troy council members are seeking a replacement for the Uncle Sam Parade -- a forty year Collar City tradition that ended this year. [Record]


Happening today

Ulysses
In honor of Bloomsday (which is Thursday) the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany is hosting a talk about James Joyce's Ulysses. "Stephen Bowman will lead the audience through the main themes and history of the book, making the story of one Leopold Bloom more accessible to all. Further, Bowman will show how Joyce truly attempted to capute the very soul of Dublin in his novel." Wednesday 7 pm -- free

At the Plaza
The At the Plaza series at the Empire State Plaza starts with a jazz night, featuring Rachelle Farrell, Cyrus Chestnut, and Out of the Box. Wednesday 5 pm -- free

Rockin' on the River
The Rockin' on the River concert series in Troy's Riverfront Park starts with a show from Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute act. Opener is The Troy Music Academy All-Stars. Wednesday 5 pm -- free

The Mumford and Sons show at SPAC is sold out (and has been for a while).

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus at Upstate Concert Hall
Punk. With: Bet Me I'm Lying, One Day Waiting. 7 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 day of

Upstate Rubdown outside The Egg
Appalachian soul. A Made in the Shade show. Wednesday noon -- free

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