Political calculation and maneuvering on Scheiderman replacement, guilty verdicts in Schenectady murder for hire case, new Madison Theater operator aiming for summer opening

Replacing Schneiderman
+ A peek into the political calculation and maneuvering going on among New York State Democrats over who should replaced Eric Schneiderman. NYC Public Advocate Tish James has been at the center of the speculation, but Carl Heastie said Thursday there's no deal in place. [Politico NY x2]
+ One idea that's been in circulation is that acting AG Barbara Underwood could hold the job until the election of new AG this fall -- Andrew Cuomo stopped short of endorsing that option. [Politico NY]
+ Preet Bharara said on his podcast this week that he doesn't know if he'd want the job of AG, but that he's sure he doesn't want to be part of the state legislature's process of selecting AG for the rest of the current term. [TU]

Prosecuting Scheiderman
Andrew Cuomo has appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to investigate the domestic violence and abuse allegations against Eric Schneiderman. Not publicly clear at the moment: Whether the women mentioned in the New Yorker article want to press charges. [TU] [Politico NY]

Schenectady murder for hire verdict
A Schenectady County jury returned guilty verdicts for the two men on trial for their connection to the 2016 contract killing of Charles Dembrosky in Schenectady. Joevany Luna was found guilty of first-degree murder and potentially faces life in prison, while Kyshaan Moore was found guilty of second-degree murder and potentially faces 25 years to life. [Daily Gazette] [TU]


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Traffic stop scuffle
Schodack police say a man attacked a police officer during a traffic stop when the officer tried to seize heroin and needles. Police say the officer used a taser on the man, who then tried to take the taser away. Police say the man was cuffed when backup arrived. [CBS6] [TU] [WNYT]

Alleged embezzlement
State Police say a mother and son have been arrested for the alleged embezzlement of more than $400k from the NYS Weatherization Directors Association in Guilderland. [NYSP]

Matt Patricia 1996 allegation
Matt Patricia -- the new head coach of the Detroit Lions, and RPI alum -- said Thursday he was falsely accused when he and another then-RPI student were indicted on a sexual assault charge in Texas in 1996. The charges were later dropped. [TU]

Child Victims Act
State Senate Republicans have offered a version of the Child Victims Act that would compensate past victims with public money. [TU]

Joel Abelove
Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove on the state attorney general's office investigation of his handling of the review of the Troy police shooting of Edson Thevenin, and the charges of him that resulted: "These charges are very, very defensible." (Abelove is up for election this fall.) [TU]

Troy police body cameras
Checking on the Troy Police Department's progress toward rolling out officer body cameras. [The Alt]

Schenectady toxic site cleanup
The cleanup of the former SI Group plant on Tenth Ave in Schenectady has been certified complete by the state -- two decades after it started. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Public housing
Public housing renovation projects in Schenectady and Troy are getting money from the state. [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]

Composting plant
A $35 million composting plant is proposed for Rensselaer. [TU]

The Boy Scouts are sticking to their Friday deadline for Milton to buy the Boyhaven company property despite the town asking for an extension. [Daily Gazette]

Madison Theater
The new operator of the Madison Theater says it's hoping to open just before July 4.

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"Terrell Braly, CEO of Cosmic Cinemas, says the new Albany theater [the Madison] ‘is not a teen hangout.’ "

As a senior citizen....I am actually bothered that new version of the Madison Theater won't welcome young people. Seems to me that so long as EVERYONE behaves with consideration (no talking during the movies, knock it off with the texting), there should not be age discrimination. The Pine Hills is a residential neighborhood with a lot of families, and teens should be able to walk to the local movie theater to enjoy a movie.

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