APD: Rocks shooting suspect in custody, attorney says client isn't the Crossgates shooter, snags for residential redevelopments

Rocks shooting
Albany police say they have a suspect in custody for the fatal shooting at a party at Rocks early Thanksgiving morning, but are not releasing a name. APD says the person was picked up on an unrelated charge. [WNYT] [TU]

Crossgates gunfire incident
The man accused of firing a gun inside Crossgates -- Tasheem Maeweather of Albany -- pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on Monday -- including attempted murder. Lee Kindlon, his attorney, said Maeweather had been at the mall to buy sneakers and did not have a gun: "Tasheem went to the mall that day like everybody else: to do some shopping. To say he went there with that intent [to kill someone] is just ridiculous." Kindlon says Maeweather was part of a scuffle, got punched in the face, and ran when he heard gunfire. He also argued that because Maeweather was on probation and being monitored, it was unlikely he'd have a gun. [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [TU] [WNYT]

Albany County budget
The Albany County Legislature passed a county budget that includes no change in the tax rate. [TU]

School aid
A range of education groups were at a state Assembly hearing Monday to push for increased funding for school districts with high numbers of students who are new to learning English -- the Albany school district has about 1,300 such students, and the number is growing. [TU]

Taxi apps
The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police is pushing for services such as Uber and Lyft to be allowed upstate because it says the services will cut down on drunk driving. [TU]

Oil trains
The state is deploying trailers with supplies that can be used in the event of a leak or spill from an oil train -- one for each county through which the trains travel, and one specifically for the city of Albany. [Daily Gazette]

Train station
The long-planned fourth track at the Albany-Rensselaer train station is now in operation and the hope is it will help reduce delays. [TU+]

Protesting health care costs
Unionized employees of Whitney Young Health were picketing Monday against a plan they argue would make their health care coverage too expensive. [TU]

Residential redevelopments
+ The loft conversion at the former Albany International headquarters on Broadway has officially opened. Developer Uri Kaufman, who's specialized in these sorts of redevelopments, says he's put other plans on hold because of uncertainty over a federal historic tax credit that's key to the projects. [Biz Review] [TU]
+ The residential redev of the former Troy Record building is on hold because the developer is changing construction companies. [TU]

Supermarkets
ALDI is planning a location in Glenville. [Daily Gazette]

"It was a true neighborhood bar."
Chris Churchill talks with the owner of Blessing's Tavern in Colonie about the fiery car crash and damage that's prompting the demolition of the building and the effect the incident has had on people. [TU+]

Stuff going on today

The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blow at Proctors
"A holiday mash-up for the whole family. Visually exciting and bold, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip hop choreography--along with rap legend Kurtis Blow to BREAK it up!" Tuesday 7:30 pm -- $20 and up

The Messiah at The Cathedral of All Saints
The 145th year of the performance by The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. "The concert, conducted by Director of Music, Woodrow Bynum, will feature guest soloists Sarah Brailey (soprano), Emily Marvosh (alto), Jonas Budris (tenor) and Nathaniel Webster (baritone) and will be accompanied by a period instrument ensemble led by the concert master of Boston's celebrated Handel and Haydn Society, Aysslinn Nosky." Tuesday 7 pm - $25 / $20 seniors / $15 students / $10 under 12

Joann Lublin
Pulitzer Prize-winner journalist Joann Lublin will be at UAlbany as part of the NYS Writers Institute visiting writers series. She'll be talking about her new book Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. Tuesday 8 pm, UAlbany downtown campus, Page Hall -- free

Climate change and health
Columbia University climate scientist Radley Horton will be at the UAlbany University Art Museum to talk about "climate change, heat waves, and the impacts on health to residents of New York City, the Northeast, and the US." The talk is part of the Picturing the Anthropocene series. Tuesday 4 pm -- free

Caroline Ramersdorfer
Artist Caroline Ramersdorfer will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus for a talk. A new exhibit of her sculpture, Gravity and Light, just opened at the gallery. Tuesday 6:30 pm -- free

Camelot
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of Camelot.

Nitty Gritty
The Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam series is back at The Low Beat. Tuesday 7 pm

Music Torey Lanez at Upstate Concert Hall
Hip hop. With: Jacquees, Kranium, Kurt Rockmore, DJ VeeCee. 8 pm -- $20 ahead / $24 day of

Music: Turkuaz at Putnam Den
Nine-piece funk band. With: New Mastersounds. 9 pm -- $17 ahead / $20 day of

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