Student stabbed at LaSalle, State A.G. may investigate Abelove, Troy council members fight tax hike, Schumer new Senate Minority Leader

Student stabbed at LaSale
Albany police are investigating a student stabbing at LaSalle High School on Wednesday. Police say one student stabbed another between classes on Wednesday morning, sending he victims to Albany Medical Center. [TU][News 10]

Ethics
Andrew Cuomo has announced a new set of ethics reforms that would affect the State Legislature, SUNY and CUNYm including the creation of a new position -- Chief Procurement Officer -- to examine contracts for wrongdoing.[NYT] [WNYT][News 10]

Schumer
Senate Democrats have elected Chuck Schumer to be their new minority leader. [News 10]

Disheartening and horrific
+Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox after viewing video of the beating death of an Albany woman outside her South Mall apartment :" I don't think I've ever seen anything as disheartening as that video... I've been involved in a lot of horrific incidents in 23 years and that might have been one of the most horrific incidents I've ever seen."[TWCN]

+The victim, Lori Milk, suffered from mental illness. [TU+]

Council members battle tax hike
Four Republican members of the Troy City Council continue to battle the proposed 28.2 percent tax hike, say they won't override the state tax cap if the city's tax rate rises by more than 9.5 percent. [TU]

NYS A.G's office may investigate RensCo D.A.
The NYS Attorney General's office has requested the authority to investigate Rensselaer County D.A. Joel Abelove for his handling of the fatal shooting of a DWI suspect by a Troy police officer earlier this year. [TU]

More Rensselaer Co. D.A. news
Four criminal cases were dismissed last week in Troy City Court because defendants were not indicted within a six-month period after their arrest. [TU]

Rensselaer County killings
The three men facing murder charges in two Rensselaer County deaths last month are facing an extradition hearing in Virginia. [WNYT][TU]

Colonie paving dilemma
So many roads. So little cash. [TU]

Clifton Park budget
Clifton Park's town board approved a $16.84 million 2017 budget on Wednesday, which includes a slight highway tax increase. Clifton Park doesn't pay a general property tax. [TU]

Man buried alive files lawsuit
The man who was beaten and buried alive in a Schenectady basement last year is suing the organization that placed his attacker in the apartment building where the incident occurred. [Gazette]

Upstate Uber
Andrew Cuomo says it will take public pressure to get Uber upstate. [TWCN]

Megyn Kelly
How mean girls in the Capital Region prepped Megyn Kelly to deal with Trump.[TU]

Rivers Casino announces opening
Rivers Casino has announced it will open on February 8. [TU]

Theater training center
Proctors is opening a theatrical training center.[Gazette]

Pitney Farm
The Saratoga Springs City Council has approved spending $1.2 million to preserve the 166 acre Pitney Farm, with plans to make it a community -supported farm and agricultural resource center and recreation area. [Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Tracy Kidder
Journalist Tracy Kidder will be at Schenectady High School for a talk. He has a new book out this fall called A Truck Full of Money, which is about Paul English, the founder of multiple software companies." Kidder casts a fresh, critical, and often humorous eye on the way new ideas and new money are reshaping our culture and the world, often frivolous and yet vital to the functioning of virtually aspect of modern society." The talk part of a series for the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library's 50th Anniversary. (The event is first-come, first-seat.) Thursday 7 pm (doors at 6:30 pm) -- free

Rock, Roll, and Press
The Albany Institute has a design-your-own-album-cover night in honor of the Rock & Roll Icons exhibit. "Join us in the Art Studio as we use an antique letterpress machine as well as a combination of collage and drawing techniques to create personalized album cover designs." Thursday 5:30 pm -- $10 (RSVP by Wednesday)

Film

Broadway Through A Keyhole
The Murder, Morals and Music series at The Madison is screening Broadway Through A Keyhole, a 1930 musical written by Walter Winchell. Thursday 7 pm -- $10

Blue Velvet
It Came From Schenectady has a 30th anniversary screening of David Lynch's Blue Velvet at Proctors. Thursday 7 pm -- $9

Martin Lawrence
Comedian Martin Lawrence will be at the TU Center for a stand-up show. 8 pm -- $48 and up

The Aluminum Show
A touring production called The Aluminum Show will be at Proctors. "This new and unique show brings the material, the music and the artists together on stage in a magical, mystery-filled creation combining visual theater, dance, and humor into an exciting, multi-sensory experience, the likes of which audiences have never before seen." (We get the impression it's kind of like Blue Man Group but with ductwork.) 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

Music
Girls, Guns, and Glory at The Low Beat
Roots rock. With: Hawbuckees. 7:30 pm -- $6

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