Assembly passes same-sex marriage bill, alleged cocaine ring busted after anonymous letter, yearbook picture student says story is over

The bill that would legalize same-sex marriage passed in the state Assembly yesterday (as expected). How local Assembly members voted:
Yes: Canestrari, McEneny, Reilly
No: Amedore, Jordan, Tedisco, McLaughlin
Said Jim Tedisco after the vote: "I think it's going to really lead to us having legislators look at the dictionary, look at concepts, look at words and say, 'let's do an omnibus bill, there's a lot of words here and concepts that I want to change to fit my lifestyle.'" [State of Politics] [State of Politics] [Fox23]

What's going to happen in the state Senate on this issue continues to be unclear. The Republican majority conferenced for four hours yesterday without coming to a conclusion about whether to bring the bill to a vote. One the apparent sticking points is that some Republicans don't think the bill includes enough exemptions for religious orgs that don't support same-sex marriage. It looks like the bill is still one vote short of being able to pass. [NYT] [TU] [AP/Troy Record]

A group of state and local law enforcement agencies say they've busted an alleged drug ring that had been a major supplier of cocaine to the Capital Region. Albany police chief Steve Krokoff says an anonymous letter sent to him by a parent set off the investigation. Officials say 37 people have been arrested so far as part of the bust. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [CBS6]

Records indicate that Laurie Masi, the woman who's accused Sararoga Springs police chief Christopher Cole of sexting her after she asked him to stop, allegedly threatened the career of a Schenectady police officer after a disagreement in 2008. There were other complaints filed against -- and by -- her in Rotterdam and Scotia. Yesterday in an on-camera interview with WNYT, Masi accused Cole of "texting in his office half the day and going on dates in his city-owned car." [TU] [Saratogian] [WNYT]

SUNY's board of trustees voted to dismiss the head of the SUNY Research Foundation -- without severance. [TU]

Saratoga County's finances are being dragged down by state aid cuts and losses at the county nursing home. The county is facing a $9 million shortfall this year. [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

The city of Troy has put the Dauchy Building up for sale in order to get a sense of how much it might be worth. (The city council has been looking at the building as a possible new city hall.) [TU] [Troy Record]

Attention the alleged ballot fraud case in Troy is turning toward the city clerk. [TU]

Schenectady police say the two people brought in after a raid related to the death of Eddie Stanley were released hours later. The host of the party where the shooting occurred has been charged with slashing someone. [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

The Saratoga Springs police department and the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit are now assisting the Saratoga Springs school district in its investigation of the yellow-teeth yearbook picture. And the company that printed the yearbook has agreed to print 1,000 new yearbooks of the book free of charge. Said the girl in the altered photo in a statement: "Classes ended yesterday, and as far as I'm concerned, this story did too." [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [TU]

Rotterdam police say they arrested a guy for running into a burning building after he was told to stay back. [Fox23]

A soldier from Colonie has received a Purple Heart after being injured in Afghanistan. [TU]

Officials say they seized more than 50 animals from a Washington County home, including dogs, cats, chinchillas, rabbits, and chickens. [Fox23]

There's been another turn in Victory, the tiny village with big drama. [Post-Star]

A study indicates that controlled burns and habitat restoration in the Pine Bush significantly reduce the number of ticks. [TU]

Comments

"Saratoga County's finances are being dragged down by state aid cuts and losses at the county nursing home. The county is facing a $9 million shortfall this year. [Post-Star] [Saratogian]"

Folks insisted on tax cuts at the state level over the past few years. Politicians, eager to cater to their patrons, especially the wealthy ones, obliged. And this is the result. Be careful what you wish for.

Check out these comments- someone claiming to be Laurie Masi in a total rant (stormi717)

http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2011/06/16/news/doc4df9653e6d2ff803543266.txt?viewmode=comments

I know I shouldn't judge, but this Laurie Masi lady is starting to sound like a black widow...the sort of women who lures men to her and in lieu of killing them, she publicly embarrasses them and tries to destroy their careers. This particular case seems to be entrapment...how else do you explain, based on the texts that were released to the public, that she actually asked him to send these photos and the next day condemned him for it? Sending lewd pictures may not be appropriate, but if it's between two consenting adults and nobody gets hurt, who cares? What does she have to gain? Attention? Money? Is she mentally ill?

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