Cuomo campaigns for property tax cap, Schenectady County legislature adopts weighted voting, mountain bikes banned from "wild" part of park, Wilma's back home

Said Andrew Cuomo yesterday in Syracuse on the first stop in campaign for his remaining legislative goals (tax cap, ethics reform, same-sex marriage): "Tell your legislators it's very simple: pass the bills or don't come home." Cuomo said the property tax cap is "job one." This being New York politics, though, nothing is straightforward. [NYT] [AP/Troy Record] [TU]

There's now a bill in the Assembly for marriage equality -- but it's not, as expected, a bill from the Cuomo admin. The Cuomo admin's top economic development official yesterday framed legalizing same-sex marriage as an economic competitiveness issue. And a national org pledged $1.5 to fight same-sex marriage in the state. [State of Politics] [TU] [Daily Politics]

Polling data points to Andrew Cuomo being one of the most popular governors in the country. [NYT]

The contract Andrew Cuomo said he hoped would serve as a model for other contracts with state employee unions has been rejected. The state's two big public employee unions had lobbied members of Council 82 to reject the deal. [TU] [State of Politics]

The prosecution in the trial of Michael Mosley, accused of killing Arica Lynn Schneider and Samuel Holley in Troy in 2002, showed a gruesome video of the crime scene yesterday in court. And a friend of Holley's testified that Mosley had run drugs for Holley. Another bit from the friend's testimony: he said he and Holley would "flip" money for people -- basically investing it in drugs -- including $10,000 from a college professor. [Troy Record] [YNN] [TU]

The man who pleaded guilty to attacking a Skidmore student last spring in downtown Saratoga Springs has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and is scheduled to be deported afterward. The woman bit the man in her effort to escape -- she said in a statement read at the sentencing: "You chose to mess with the wrong person." [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

The Schenectady County legislature approved a measure will bring weighted voting to the body. The plan has prompted criticism from minority and good-government groups. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Rensselaer County legislature approved a law that prohibits protests from within 750 feet of a military funeral. [TU]

It appears a group of Saratoga County supervisors aren't happy with the way some county officials responded (or didn't respond) to flooding along the Hudson River. [Post-Star]

The EPA says tests of flood mud indicate the recent flooding didn't widely spread PCB contamination onto the shore. [AP/CBS6]

Troy city council president Clement Campana, a Democrat, says he'll announce today that he's running for mayor. [Troy Record]

City officials in Schenectady say a recently restored trail in Central Park can't be used for mountain biking because the land has been dedicated "forever wild." [Daily Gazette]

The fountain at the entrance of Troy's Frear Park is being restored. [Troy Record]

Passenger travel on Amtrak routes through the Capital Region was up by double digit percentages this past month compared to the same period a year ago. [TU]

Wilma, the talking parrot who went missing last week, is back at her Saratoga Springs home after she landed on a woman's head outside a doctor's office on Route 9. [TU]


Isn't annoucing that your going to annouce something kind of redundant?

Lord, not this 'forever wild' versus mtb stuff again...1st of all, Schenectady should be glad that people are volunteering to clean up the park and that it's used for positive forms of recreation (versus, say drug use). Second, the whole argument about erosion from cyclists (dependent on good trail design) is not fact based (see Cessford '95 study).

Schenectady would rather have the trails and the rest of Central Park "forever trashed"

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