Schumer warned Trump about the timing of Comey firing, husband pleads not-guilty to ax-murder of wife, Schenectady County reinstitutes fireworks ban


Schumer on Comey firing
Chuck Schumer says he warned Donald Trump that firing FBI Director James Comey now was a mistake, and would look like a cover-up. Schumer said he wants to see an independent prosecutor appointed to handle the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. [WNYT]

Alleged ax murder in Hadley
The woman whose body was found in her Hadley home last week, was the victim of an ax murder, and her husband is a suspect. Michael Norton pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife, Sherry Norton. Norton told reporters, "I love my wife. I didn't mean it to happen."[TWCN][Gazette][News 10][TU]

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Hamilton Hill stabbing
A second person has been charged in connection with a stabbing last month in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood. [Gazette]

Fireworks ban in Schenectady county
After complaints about noise and late night explosions, the Schenectady County Legislature reinstated a ban on the sale and use of small fireworks. [Gazette][TU]

Scamming to repay scam victims
A convicted Guilderland con man is in trouble again, for allegedly scamming new victims to pay restitution to his old victims. [TU][Gazette]

Top court upholds laws punishing repeat DWI offenders
The NYS Court of Appeals voted unanimously on Tuesday to uuphold a Cuomo administration ruling that would permanently revoke a driver's license if they have three DWI convictions in the span of four years, or four convictions in eight years. [State of Politics]

Faso defends health care vote
Protestors gathered outside Albany's University Club to oppose John Faso's yes vote on changes to the AHCA, but Faso stood by his vote.[News 10]

Honoring fallen officers
A ceremony on in a service on Tuesday memorialized fallen police officers, including 33 who died in the last year from 9/11 related illnesses. [TU]

Pushing to end the 5 year limit in sex abuse cases
A sexual abuse victim is questioning Andrew Cuomo's commitment to ending the five year limit on prosecuting abusers. [TU]

No cookies for you
A Hoosick Falls man is facing charges for allegedly shooting at signs encouraging exercise that were hung on the village greenway by a girl scout as part of a badge project. [TU]

Mother and daughter graduate together
A mother and daughter who are graduating from UAlbany together. [News 10]

Sister cities
A look at the 70-year bond between Albany and its sister city, Nymegen. [TU]

Dogs can't talk, but their DNA can
Paul Grondahl on finding out his sweet, cuddly Pit Bull/Lab mix was actually a Pit Bull Rottweiller. [TU+]

Stuff going on today

Tulip Trivia
There's a Tulip Trivia night at the University Club in Albany hosted by Matt Malette of Albany Archives and Albany city gardener Jessica Morgan. Trivia questions will focus on Washington Park, the Tulip Festival, and general Albany history relating to tulips. Wednesday 7:30 pm -- $10

Go see the tulips
The Washington Park tulips are already in bloom -- so don't wait, go see 'em now.

Cabaret
Today-Sunday: A national touring production of Cabaret is at Proctors. Its a revival of the Kander and Ebb classic with direction from Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Some People Hear Thunder
Today-Sunday: The musical Some People Hear Thunder continues at Capital Rep. "Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story - an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality." It runs through May 21. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Why Your Five Year Old Can't Paint That
Wednesday: The State Museum's Lunch Bite Tour series turns its attention to The People's Art: Selections from the Empire State Plaza Art Collection. "Overcome your issues with abstraction! Come find out why artists like Jackson Pollock were so innovative and what drove them to create original style." Wednesday noon -- free

Albany-Nijmegen: Sister-City History
Researcher Anja Adriaans will be at the Albany Institute to talk about the history of the relationship between Albany and Dutch sister city Nijmegen. Wednesday 6:15 pm -- free

Mona at The Hollow
Rock. With: Flagship. 9 pm -- $12

NF at Upstate Concert Hall
Rap. With: Kyd The Band. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

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