That was a lot of rain, state Senate will meet on 4th, RPI disputes fire department accusations, Rudy Giuliani wants to motivate you, ALB says show up earlier

Yesterday's severe thunderstorms dropped more than three inches of rain in some places (the official NWS tally of 2.76 inches was a local record for July 1). Latham and Cohoes seemed to get the worst of it. There were reports of flooding all over the area. [TU] [NWS] [Fox23] [Twitter]

The state Senate held another of its "extraordinary" in-and-out sessions yesterday. The big issue of the day seemed to be the question of whether the Assembly would accept the bills "passed" by the Senate in Tuesday's V8-fueled session. It looks like the senators will be spending the Fourth of July at the Capitol -- David Paterson has ordered them into session every day through Monday. [TU] [Daily Politics]

Both Senate factions are expected to turn in per diem requests for the last two weeks today -- though whether they'll be paid is apparently up in the air. [NYDN]

Guilderland's supervisor says the town will be pulling its garbage business from the Albany landfill because of concerns about the facility's expansion into the Pine Bush. [TU]

RPI says that its public safety office called the Troy Fire Department just 32 seconds after the first report of a fire at one its chem labs this week -- not 12 minutes as the department has alleged. The TFD says RPI's delay created a more dangerous situation for firefighters. [Troy Record]

The school boards in Schenectady and Troy have new presidents. Now-former Schenectady school board president Jeff Janiszewski declined re-nomination to the post -- he said he was tired and accused a Daily Gazette columnist of months of "character assassination." [TU] [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs finance commissioner says he launching a petition to get the state to restore the city's VLT aid. [Saratogian]

National Grid has made significant upgrades to the power grid in Saratoga County -- in large part to support the Luther Forest chip fab. [TU]

The Albany County Sheriff says there will be DWI checkpoints around the county this weekend. [TU]

Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell and Steve Forbes will be at the TU Center later this month for a motivational seminar. [TU]

There are probably better ways of protesting a parking ticket. [Daily Gazette]

The Albany Academies are getting a new leader. [TU]

ALB officials say people should show up to the airport 90 minutes before their flight because of increased summer traffic. [Daily Gazette]

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