Same-sex marriage closer to getting enough votes, Saratoga police chief put on leave, more tax breaks for GlobalFoundries, 108-year-old woman in Saratoga County

Four state Senators have publicly switched to "yes" votes for legalizing same-sex marriage. That leaves the measure two votes short of the 32 needed to pass. Among the four switching to yes Monday was Jim Alesi, the first Republican to publicly state he'll support the measure (remember, Alesi was the Senator who seemed to agonize over casting a no vote the last time). With 29 of 30 Democrats in the Senate now supporting it (Ruben Diaz is the one who doesn't), two more Republican would have to switch -- though it may actually have to be four Republicans so that none of them gets tagged as the deciding vote. Dean Skelos says the Senate could vote on the measure this week. Said Hugh Farley, who's against the measure: "Everybody is voting what they believe in." [NYT] [AP/Saratogian] [TU] [New York Now YouTube] [YNN] [State of Politics] [Daily Politics] [Fox23]

The state ethics reform legislation passed both the Senate and Assembly yesterday. Among the provisions of the bill: greater disclosure of outside income by legislators. A New York Times analysis concluded that the state has awarded $7.4 billion in contracts over the last five years to clients represented by law firms that employ state legislators. [WNYT] [TU] [NYT]

Saratoga Springs has placed police chief Christopher Cole on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the sexting situation. Richard Wirth, the city's public safety commissioner, says there's no timeline for the investigation. The attorney for Laurie Masi, the woman who had been exchanging texts with Cole, said his client has Cole to stop sending her messages on "several occasions." Cole's attorney says that's not true. [Saratogian] [YNN] [TU] [Post-Star]

Schenectady police say there was a shooting this morning in Hamilton Hill (map). They say it appears to be related to a domestic dispute. [YNN] [CBS6]

Schenectady police say they're trying to track down about 40 people who were at the party where Eddie Stanley was shot and killed over the weekend. The SPD says it's trying to figure out what exactly happened -- and it's yet to make an arrest. One of Stanley's cousins say witnesses haven't been talking. A $1000 reward has been put up for info about the case. [Daily Gazette] [Fox23] [TU] [YNN] [WTEN]

The much-criticized head of the SUNY Research Foundation is trying reach a settlement with the system that would give him six-figure job at a NYC-area SUNY school. [TU]

Mixed-martial arts legalization made it through another Assembly committee, but it doesn't look like Sheldon Silver is on board. [Daily Politics]

Two state legislators were arrested at a rally for rent control extension yesterday inside the Capitol. [TU]

The Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency has approved $405 million in sales tax exemptions for the GlobalFoundries chip fab. The company had already received $1.2 billion-worth of incentives. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

The Albany County legislature approved a resolution that would require restaurants to post inspection reports that "identify critical and/or serious deficiencies observed" at the front of the restaurant. [TU]

Odd fraud: a man claiming to be a member of the military has set up parties for returning service members at a handful of local restaurants -- and then never shown up. [Fox23] [TU]

The Troy neighborhood where Jahvion Perez was hit and killed now has signs featuring Perez's picture telling drivers to slow down. [WNYT]

ShopRite is looking to hire 300 people for its Niskayuna store. [Fox23]

A Ballston Spa classroom has fish -- that have been in space. [TU]

Saratoga County's nursing home has six residents 100-years-old or older -- including one who will turn 109 this August. [Post-Star]


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