End-of-session deal but still no movement on same-sex marriage bill, questions about NYRA's books, babysitter accused of "brutal, horrific attack," fox that bit woman was rabid

The Three Men in a Room said yesterday that they had reached agreement on a deal that would open the way for a property tax cap and the extension of NYC rent control. Also part of "The Big Ugly" end of session deal: no new pension tier for state employees and a $300/year tuition increase at SUNY schools for the next five years. [TU] [State of Politics] [Daily Politics]

A vote on the same-sex marriage bill in the state Senate is not part of that deal, though there were some indications it could come up soon (which is what they've been saying for days now). Andrew Cuomo says he thinks the Senate will bring the bill up for a vote and is "cautiously optimistic" about its chances of passing. Sheldon Silver indicated the Assembly, which has already passed the bill, is open to amendments that would provide protections for religious orgs -- an apparent sticking point for the Senate. [TU] [Daily Politics] [AP/Troy Record]

There are signs that GlobalFoundries is strongly considering building a second chip fab at Luther Forest, though the company won't confirm or deny it. One issue that still hasn't been resolved for the already-committed fab: a backup water supply. GloFo has been moving employees into the facility over the last week. [TU] [Post-Star] [Post-Star]

The separation agreement between superintendent Fadhilika Atiba-Weza and the Troy school district will pay Atiba-Weza $250,000 this summer -- plus provide health insurance for the rest of his life after retirement. [Troy Record]

The Albany County sheriff's office say a New Scotland man has been arrested for allegedly raping and trying to kill a 10-year-old girl. Undersheriff Craig Apple described the incident as a "very brutal, horrific attack." The girl's parents, pressed for a baby sitter, had asked the man to watch the girl. The man is a registered sex offender because of a 2005 crime in Massachusetts. The sheriff's office say the parents may not have known about the man's background. [CBS6] [Fox23] [WTEN] [TU] [YNN]

Schenectady's public safety commissioner says the man who carried the Asiah Maxam across the street for help after the 20-month-old stopped breathing is "an obvious person of interest" in the case the SPD has described as a homicide. Police aren't say much about the case and no one has been charged, yet. That hasn't stopped the boy's family from making accusations. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [TU]

Local and federal authorities have accused a Troy man of possessing porn featuring local underage girls. The man is already facing charges he tried to pick up two underage teens with a van near a Troy middle school in 2010. [TU] [Troy Record]

Keith Dare, the convicted sex offender who pleaded guilty to attacking a woman in her Dove Street apartment last year, was sentenced to 25-years to life. [YNN]

Troy police say a woman walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her in their bed -- then she allegedly assaulted the boyfriend and the other woman, including cutting the boyfriend with a kitchen knife. [TU]

Guilderland police say they arrested a mother at a McDonald's after she allegedly was involved in a domestic incident with her children while high on "bath salts." [TU] [Fox23]

State budget director Bob Megna has asked the state inspector general to audit NYRA's books after officials from the racing org refused to disclose salary information at state oversight board meeting. NYRA is projecting wages will increase five percent this year -- but the org also expects an $11 million shortfall. [TU] [State of Politics]

Local union officials are opposing development subsidies being given to the FedEx distribution center planned for Route 4 in East Greenbush. The project could get $4 million in tax breaks. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors approved legislation that restricts protests at military funerals to 500 feet from the event. [Saratogian]

The fox that bit a Schoharie County woman earlier this month has tested positive for rabies. [Daily Gazette]

The last day at the Bethlehem school district's Clarksville Elementary was yesterday -- the school is closing after more than 60 years. [TU]

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