Albany police probe overnight shooting, Cohoes Dems back Morse, suspect in Blessings Tavern crash back in jail, $85M in REDC grants

Albany shootings
Albany police are investigating a shooting near Dove Street And Hudson Avenue that occurred late Wednesday night. The victim says he was attacked by four men who stole his wallet, punched him in the face and shot him in the foot and elbow. [WNYT][APD]

Albany man charged in shooting
Albany police have linked a Schenectady man to a Clinton Street shooting that took place on December 23 of 2016. [TU]

Morse
The Cohoes Democratic Committee is backing Shawn Morse in spite of allegations of domestic abuse against the mayor. Morse held a closed door meeting with committee members on Wednesday night to discuss the allegations as well as economic development issues. [WNYT][Spectrum][TU]

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REDC Awards
The Capital Region saw $85 million in Regional Economic Development grants for a variety of projects including $5 million to help Albany to protect the Hudson from Stormwater runoff and $2.5 million for the Palace Theater.

Cuomo wants gun ban in domestic violence perpetrators
Andrew Cuomo says he will push for laws allowing confiscation of guns from anyone convicted of domestic violence in New York. [TU]

Scotia depot
Schenectady's Metroplex Development Authority will purchase 43 acres of land at the Glenville Business and Technology park for economic development. [Gazette][TU]

FOIL
In an effort to boost transparency, Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would require judges to award attorneys fees to people who prevail in Freedom of Information Law Cases

Malta rapist sentenced
A Saratoga County judge sentenced a 31-year-old Malta man to 25 years to life for the violent rape of a 16-year-old girl and for possession of child pornography. [ Saratogian]

Blessings tavern suspect jailed again
The man accused of causing the car crash at Blessings Tavern that severely burned his friend, 16-year-old Niko DiNovo, is back in jail after violating the terms of his release. [Spectrum]

Mero trial
The murder trial of Edward Mero will go to the jury today, after Mero elected on Wednesday not to testify in his own defense. [TU]

Schumer
+Chuck Schumer unsuccessfully called on Senate Republicans to delay a vote on the GOP tax plan until Doug Jones takes office. [TU]

+Chuck Schumer's staff filed a police report over a fraudulent document describing false allegations of sexual harassment against the senator. [NYT]

Glens Falls
The State Comptroller says Glens Falls that after three and a half years, Glens Falls is no longer on the brink of fiscal crisis. [WNYT]

Deer heads and a bobcat
After following up on a tip, a DEC officer found severed deer heads and a dead bobcat in a Schagticoke garage.

Windy
High winds in the region on Wednesday caused some flights to be diverted to other airports.

Palace
The Cohoes City Council voted 5-1 to officially make former Palace Theater manager Holly Brown the director of the Cohoes Music Hall.

Gourmet market in formerly vacant building
Sarah Foss on the new gourmet Italian market coming to a formerly vacant building in Schenectady. [Gazette]


Stuff going on today

Stage

She Loves Me
Thursday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of She Loves Me. "This confection of a musical is based on the timeless story by Miklos Laszlo that also served as inspiration for the classic film The Shop Around the Corner and more recently You've Got Mail." Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $25 and up

Disney on Ice
Thursday-Sunday: The touring Disney on Ice show is at the TU Center. It has a Frozen them, because of course it does. Thursday-Sunday various times and prices

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Thursday-Sunday: A production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be at Cohoes Music Hall. "The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world-so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics." A Park Playhouse production. Thursday-Sunday various times -- $25 / $15 kids 12 and under

Skating

The ice skating rink at the ESP recently opened for the season, and if you're looking for some midweek fun, you might think about stopping by for an evening skate (or day skate, depending on your schedule). The rink is open Monday-Sunday 11 am-8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance) -- weather permitting. It's free to skate. Skate rentals are $4 / $3 for kids / free on Fridays.

Swinburne: The city of Albany's Swinburne Skating Rink also recently opened for the season.

Music

Thursday-Sunday: Melodies of Christmas at Proctors
Annual holiday concerts featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale. various times -- $15 and up

Thursday: Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas at Troy Music Hall
"Celebrate the season with one of the world's most acclaimed fiddlers!" 7:30 pm -- $32 and up

Thursday: Scotty McCreery at Upstate Concert Hall
Country. With: Drew Baldridge. 8 pm -- $30 ahead / $33 day of

Thursday: Adam Ezra Group at Caffe Lena
Alt folk rock. 7 pm -- $18

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