Same-sex marriage vote today in Assembly, two confirmed cases of H1N1 in Capital Region, Saratoga Springs facing big budget gap, Rachael Ray back at her alma mater

The state Assembly is expected to pass a bill today that would make same-sex marriage legal in New York (no vote is scheduled in the Senate). One of the leading advocates of the bill in the Assembly is Daniel O'Donnell, the first openly gay person to serve in the Assembly -- he's also Rosie's brother. [NYDN] [TU] [NYT]

Former state health commissioner -- and US Surgeon General -- Antonia Novella was arraigned this morning in Albany County court on charges she defrauded the state by taking advantage of her state staffers. [TU]

There are now two confirmed cases of the emerging H1N1 influenza in the greater Capital Region. Officials are saying very little about the case in Saratoga County -- they do say that it's a 12-year-old. The other case is in a Washington County student -- Cambridge Central School officials say they've been disinfecting high traffic areas of the school every night. There have now been 196 confirmed cases of the new strain of H1N1 in New York State -- 38 of them outside NYC. [Post-Star] [Fox23] [NYS DoH]

The Schenectady County DA says investigators have matched DNA from a fork used by Steven Raucci to DNA found on a cigarette used as part of an explosive device. The former Schenectady school district employee was arraigned yesterday -- he's under indictment for 26 felony counts that include terrorism and arson. Raucci's attorney said yesterday that prosecutors have put together "a case full of exaggerations." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The City of Saratoga Springs is facing a budget gap of as much as $3.5 million -- that's about 10 percent of the city's total budget. The city's budget hole got deeper earlier this year when the state pulled $1.8 million in VLT money. [TU] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

Albany County Judge Stephen Herrick yesterday to a Colonie woman convicted of scamming an 87-year-old man, her friend and her own son: "You are a bad person." [TU]

An Albany police tactical team used tear gas to storm a South End building suspected of having a gunman inside of it yesterday (they didn't find anyone) -- though apparently no official told the nearby Doane Stuart School (map). [TU]

Almost 20 percent of CDTA's buses are now hybrids. [Daily Gazette]

SCCC will be awarding its first degree from its nanoscale materials technology program this coming weekend. The curriculum was designed by nearby superconductor company SuperPower -- and the graduate already has a job lined up there. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Rachael Ray was in Lake George yesterday for her annual fundraiser at her alma mater, Lake George High School. [CapNews9]

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I am so glad the CDTA is switching to hybrids. Not only because they are 1mpg more efficient (I think I saw something like the old did 3mpg, the new are 4mpg) but because they are so much quieter.

CDTA employing more of these hybrids is a great thing. They have a high initial cost but by only using about three quarters the amount of fuel a conventional bus does, there's a lot of long-term savings. With that, a healthy increase in ridership, and the ongoing route reorganization which should also save money, it would be nice to see CDTA consider reducing fares back to $1 if they see a surplus.

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Oh, sorry, I just finished laughing at that too. Carry on.

hey all

actually Assemblywomen Glick was the 1st openly gay person to serve in the Assembly, Assemblyman O'Donnell is the 1st opening gay man to serve

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