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]


Great Flats 525 x 80.jpg

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.

Stuff to do this weekend

Check out AOA's list of stuff to do this weekend.


"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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Friend connections across space and time

Over at the New York Times, The Upshot has an interesting interactive look at some research into Facebook friend links by place. Basically, the team... (more)

It was his idea to put Nipper up there

Longtime Albany architect Harris Sanders died this week at age 91. He designed a bunch of buildings around the area -- you've probably been in... (more)

What's up in the Neighborohood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: how Van Rensselaer Manor vanished, a sudden marriage, plastic, the old... (more)

Silver Fox Salvage is closing

This is sad to hear: Silver Fox Salvage -- the wonderfully eclectic collection of salvaged architectural and furniture pieces Albany's Warehouse District -- is closing.... (more)

Where to buy Mexican-style chorizo?

Sean emails: Do any of your readers know where I can find any of that good chorizo that crumbles when you remove the casing? Price... (more)

Recent Comments

They should turn Maiden Lane into a stepped pedestrian street, like they have all over Europe. We don't need to reinvent the wheel, they do steep small streets pretty well across the pond, let's look for some precedents... Human scaled lighting is critical too, that goes for the whole city. And we don't need paint on the road, just signage perpendicular to the flow of traffic at the bridge entrance. I also echo the call for basic, ongoing maintenance to our current infrastructure. How about some weed removal in sidewalks, etc?

Where to buy Mexican-style chorizo?

...has 7 comments, most recently from N

A look around the Maiden House residential + retail conversion in downtown Albany

...has 7 comments, most recently from Paul G

Toy donations?

...has 9 comments, most recently from Anonymous

Memories of a good dog

...has 35 comments, most recently from jsc

Mapping out the future for an alternative transportation network in the Capital District

...has 2 comments, most recently from Milo