Legislative drama continues, NXIVM leader seeks bail, sheriff's sergeant convicted on child porn, Capital Region radio veteran Chris Martin dies

NXIVM leader seeking bail
Calling the Justice Department "morality police" NXIVM leader Keith Raniere's lawyers are seeking bail for their client.[TU]

Former deputy convicted in of child porn
A former Saratoga County sheriff's department sergeant was convicted on child pornography charges Tuesday after more than 1,000 images of child porn were found downloaded on his home computer. [Saratogian][TU]


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Days of our legislature
A divided state legislature resulted in more drama on Tuesday as Republicans balked at Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul's efforts to preside over the chamber to break a tie on a vote to advance an amendment on women's reproductive rights. Republicans in the state senate were accused of speaking to Hochul in a demeaning tone, while the right accused Hochul of picking and choosing rules to enforce the chamber. [TU][NYT]

Overseas call centers
Amid the backdrop of legislative drama, union members rallied at the Capitol Tuesday asking for legislation that would end tax breaks for companies that use overseas call centers. [TU]

Schenectady standoff
A nearly six hour standoff in Schenectady ended peacefully with the arrest of a man who made threats toward his family. Rifles and ammunition were later found inside his home. [Spectrum][TU]

Body discovered on walking trail
Police have identified the 31 year old woman whose body was discovered this week along a Rensselaer county walking trail. [Record]

Shots fired in Troy
After city workers heard gunfire, a SWAT team surrounded a Sixth Avenue home in Troy on Tuesday afternoon. No-one was found inside the home. [TU]

Radioactive waste
A mishap at an underground disposal facility in New Mexico could mean Cold-War era radioactive wast will be stored at Knolls in Niskayuna.[TU]

Voluntary payments to Albany
Albany officials are having trouble collecting some of the voluntary payments to the city from tax-exempt organizations using city services. [TU]

Health insurance companies seek hike
Health insurance companies operating in New York State want to raise rates by at least 20%.[Spectrum]

Environmentally friendly house
Students from Schenectady's YouthBuild program are working on on an environmentally friendly house on Prospect Street in the city. [Gazette]

Comptroller sites Scotia-Glenville
The State Comptroller's office says the Scotia-Glenville Central School District consistently overestimates spending which has resulted in higher than necessary tax race in recent years. [Gazette]

Henry Johnson Day
Albany celebrated the second Henry Johnson Day on Tuesday, and named the First Street Veterans House for the African American WW I hero. [TU][WNYT]

Center for Hispanic and Latino communities
A new center for the Capital District's Hispanic and Latino communities has opened in the former St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Albany. [TU]

Chris Martin
Chris Martin, whose voice was heard on Capital Region radio for 60 years, died Saturday at 89. [TU]

Stuff going on today

National Ballet of Cuba

Wednesday-Friday: The National Ballet of Cuba will be at SPAC for three performances of Giselle. "Based on a fairy tale about a peasant girl who falls in love with a dashing prince disguised as a commoner, Giselle follows its heroine through a haunting story of betrayal, heartbreak, forgiveness and redemption." Wednesday-Friday various times -- $30 and up

Free summer concert series

Free summer concert series starts to swing this week...

Rockin' on the River
Wednesday: The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park opens its season with Moriah Formica and opener Margo Macero. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission


Wednesday: Smile Empty Soul at Lucky Strike Jupiter Hall
Rock. With: Flaw, Eve to Adam. 7:30 pm -- $15 ahead / $20 at door

Wednesday: Io and Titan at Pauly's
"In his live set, Schlatter shows his mutli-instrumental genius and technical wizardry, dancing around the stage using a drum pad, guitar, wurlitzer, his voice and his laptop to recreate the dense musical landscape." With: Sinkcharmer, Bare Mattress. 8:30 pm -- $7


I would like to set up my property taxes as voluntary payments and have the city think I will pay those... what is going on with the way Albany manages it's income

If you want to live and do business in a city and not pay taxes, then you don't get public services. Your church is on fire? Don't call city fire, pray for rain. Sewage backed up into your hospital basement? Better start shoveling that shit because Albany Water Department is funded through TAXES.

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