Possible movement on property tax cap, SUNY police officer busted for alleged pot grow house, Kaczynski says Unabomber auction is "profoundly troubling"

There appears to some movement on a property tax cap in the legislature, with Dean Skelos saying he would look at proposed adjustments to the cap. The Assembly has not taken up the bill -- and Sheldon Silver says "there are a few minor details that have to be changed" for the cap to move forward. [TU] [State of Politics]

Silver and Skelos traded shots on the revived millionaire's tax. Silver: "The moral imperative is that Senator Skelos stand up for 99 percent of the taxpayers, not the 1 percent he's protecting who are millionaires and multi-millionaires about to get yet another tax windfall in six months." Skelos: "It's over with. There's not going to be a millionaire's tax." [State of Politics] [YNN]

Andrew Cuomo yesterday on the push for same-sex marriage: "I'm doing everything I can." [Daily Politics]

A lawyer for John O'Connor, the SUNY official who recently took a leave of absence after accusations that he gave Joe Bruno's daughter a no-show job, says the commission that investigated O'Connor has swipe card records for Bruno's daughter and 30,000 emails from her that show she was working. [AP/Troy Record]

The few local school districts whose budgets did not pass are working through their options (put a new budget up for vote, go with a contingency budget). The Rensselaer school district budget, which failed by 7 votes, will be modified and put back up for a vote. Averill Park's school board hasn't decided which direction to take, yet. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Albany library board is hoping a re-canvassing of voting machines will result in a passed budget -- and if not, it's not sure yet what direction it will take. [TU]

A SUNY police officer assigned to the UAlbany campus was busted this week after state police allegedly found about 100 pot plants growing in a heated barn on her Duanesburg property. [TU]

When asked by police why his DNA was found at the scene of the murder of Arica Lynn Schneider and Samuel Holley, Michael Mosley responded on tape: "I don't have an answer. I don't have a clue at all." [Troy Record]

Court documents indicate that Milton supervisor Frank Thompson is under investigation related to the allegation his wife stole as much as $38k from an elderly woman. Thompson has said he would resign if he was under investigation. [WNYT] [TU]

The state courts laid off 367 staffers yesterday because of budget cuts. [TU]

The Troy school district's superintendent, Fadhilika Atiba-Weza, is resigning because of "differences" with the school board regarding the direction and management of the district. [Troy Record] [TU]

David Kaczynski -- the brother of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, and a Schenectady resident -- on the government's auction of Unabomber items: "The government is pandering to a market that sort of makes celebrities of murderers and that I think is profoundly troubling." [Daily Gazette]

The wine-in-supermarkets bill is bubbling to the surface again -- though Sheldon Silver seems less than enthused. [YNN]

An attempted murder case related to a Lark Street home invasion last year was tossed after witnesses couldn't identify the accused (map). [TU]

The Colonie woman accused of stealing $60k from a blind woman has pleaded guilty. [Fox23]

East Greenbush police say they busted a Columbia High School student for allegedly selling coke and having a range of drugs. [Troy Record]

Schenectady police say they don't suspect foul play in the case of the homeless veteran found drowned in the Mohawk this week. [Daily Gazette]

The odd case involving the owner of Burger Centric (Delaware Ave, Albany) and an allegedly cracked windshield has come to some sort of conclusion. [TU]

A five car accident on Central Ave late yesterday afternoon jammed up traffic for two hours (map). The accident reportedly started when an 80-year-old driver with some sort of medical problem swerved into oncoming traffic. [Fox23] [TU]

The Buddhist group in Amsterdam is trying to sell off about half its properties there. [Daily Gazette]

The two artists building a sculpture out of World Trade Center steel for downtown Saratoga displayed the raw material. [Saratogian]

Schenectady can't seem to find a buyer for Brian Stratton's former SUV. [Daily Gazette]

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