NYRA deal comes together, Republicans back opponent for Gillibrand, landfill questions, Spitzer plan irks Amazon, will it flush?

It looks like a NYRA deal has finally come together. The short story: the state gets the deeds to Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct; NYRA gets a 25 year contract to run the tracks; NYRA also gets a three seat majority on its board; and the state comptroller will now get to look over the association's books. With word of the deal, Saratoga breathes a sigh of relief. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Republican establishment is backing Sandy Treadwell to run against Kirsten Gillibrand in the 21st Congressional District. [Post-Star]

The state DEC wants more details from the city of Albany about the plan to expand the Rapp Road landfill. If the DEC's questions slow down the expansion, the city could be in a tight spot because the dump's current capacity will be maxed out by the end of next year. Albany also makes about $13 million a year taking trash from a bunch of other municipalities. [TU]

Spitzer's budget includes another attempt to tax online sales -- and Amazon is not happy. [AP]

"Will it flush?" seems to be a favorite game for inmates at the Schenectady County jail. As a result, the facility is installing a "grinder" on its sewer line. Popular items to send down the toilet: blankets, uniforms, underwear, socks, shirts, plastic bags. [Daily Gazette]

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