Cuomo continues call for study of marijuana legalization issues, Madison Theater sale complete, eating scorpions with Bear Grylls

Marijuana legalization
Andrew Cuomo on marijuana legalization: "It's not really 'legalize or not.' It's, 'do you not legalize when it is legal 10 miles from both sides of your border.'" (Cynthia Nixon called for legalization earlier this week.) [Politico NY] [NYT]

Schenectady police
Last year's Court of Appeals ruling that Schenectady's public safety commissioner can preside over police disciplinary hearings includes a provision that the trial portion of the process is open to the public -- though the three cases that come up since then have been resolved before reaching that point. [TU]

Former mayor pleads guilty
The former mayor of Stillwater -- Rick W. Nelson -- has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. He's facing 5-15 years in prison. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Roger Stone and James O'Keefe at Siena
Siena is hosting a student-organized free speech conference this weekend that will feature many conservative political figures and operatives, including Roger Stone and James O'Keefe. [TU]

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Race for governor
Howie Hawkins has officially announced announced that he's running for governor again as a Green Party candidate. [Politico NY]

Congressional elections
Surveying the crowded fields of Democratic candidates for the NY-19 (John Faso) and NY-21 (Elise Stefanik) Congressional Districts. [Daily Gazette]

Race for Rensselaer County DA
Rensselaer County Democratic Committee has endorsed East Greenbush town justice Mary Pat Donnelly for county district attorney. [TU]

New voters
Stopping by a voter registration drive at Albany High School. [WNYT]

Alleged Schenectady murder for hire
Tracing the alleged plot threads in the 2016 shooting death of a man in Schenectady that prosecutors say was a murder for hire. [TU]

Investment fraud sentencing
Two men were sentenced to prison and restitution for an investment fraud scheme that prosecutors say involved scamming money in order to pay attorney fees and restitution for an earlier fraud. [TU]

Troy comprehensive plan
The updated draft of the Troy comprehensive plan includes language about plans being conceptual and not an effort devalue or relocate businesses. (The addition was the result of the ruffled feathers over a concept plan for the riverfront that didn't include the Dinosaur Bar-B-Q.) [TU]

Troy variances
A look at the debate in Troy over whether the Zoning Board of Appeals votes on variances should require a super majority. [TU]

UAlbany
Still-somewhat-new UAlbany president Havidán Rodríguez says the university is looking at grad programs and online programs as growth areas. [Daily Gazette]

Madison Theater
The sale of the Madison Theater in Albany has been completed for more than half a million dollars. [Biz Review]

Eating scorpions
A Guilderland teen recently ate scorpions with Bear Grylls. [TU]

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