Women's Equality bill split ten ways, Cuomo and legislators reach casino agreement, Niskayuna school budget passes, Colonie among New York's most fiscally stressed communities

The legislative session is getting down to the wire. Last night Andrew Cuomo's proposed Women's Equality Act was split into 10 parts to separate the portion that clarifies state abortion law from the rest of the bill. Senate GOP leaders were refusing to vote on the original bill based on the abortion condition.[News10][TU][YNN]

Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have reached an agreement on proposed casinos. The arrangement would limit the number of Casinos to two per region -- and would call for four casinos in upstate NY -- two in the Catskills, one in the Capital Region and one in the Southern tier.[YNN][YNN][TU]

Revised budgets in Niskayuna and Middleburgh passed on Tuesday night.[TU]

Based on a 23 point examination, State comptroller Tom DiNapoli Colonie is one of the most fiscally stressed municipalities in the state. Paula Mahan doesn't disagree but says getting out of debt was the first priority for the town, and she'll now be focused on building a cash reserve. Albany and Saratoga Counties were listed as under "moderate stress" and Rensselaer County is "susceptible"to stress.[TU][YNN][Saratogian]

Funeral services were held in Guilderland on Tuesday for Lt. Col. Todd Clark, killed earlier this month in Afghanistan. Chidren from Pine Bush Elementary School lined the route to the church holding signs and American Flags for what
their principal called a "teachable moment." Clark's remains will be flown to his final resting place in Texas on an honor flight provided by Southwest Airlines. [YNN][TU][YNN]

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Twenty one people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges outside the office for state Senate I.D.C leader Jeff Klein. The protestors were advocating for senate action on campaign finance legislation. Protestors say Klein should have made sure the bills advanced to the floor for a vote.[TU][WNYT][YNN]

Christopher Kay, a former "Toys R Us' executive with no experience in horse racing, has been named the new CEO of NYRA.

The state Senate has passed a law that would require convicted animal abusers to register with the division of criminal justice and would ban them from ever owning a pet again. The bill still has to go before the Assembly.

Senator Kathy Marchione says her office is not behind robocall surveys to her constituents about casinos. [Capitol Confidential]

The 32-year-old cyclist struck by a car on Hoosick and 10th Streets on Monday remains in serious condition. Alcohol and speed have been ruled out in the accident and an investigation continues. [YNN] [Record]

A New Jersey man who was pulled over for driving more that 100 miles per hour on the Thruway in Coeymans on Monday was arrested when police found he had two loaded handguns, an assault rifle and marijuana in the car. [TU]

A man who was stabbed multiple times in Troy had to be forced to go to the hospital and has been uncooperative in the search for his assailant.[TU]

The man who led Troy police on a foot chase through downtown back in May has pleaded not guilty to weapons possession charges.

Police are looking for a burglary suspect in connection with a June 9 incident near Central Avenue and Manning Boulevard.[WNYT]

Four men have plead guilty to firebombing Scotia homes with Molotov cocktails in 2010.[Gazette]

A Saratoga County Jail inmate was hospitalized on Saturday night and another was charged with second degree assault after a fight broke out between the two at the jail.[TU][Saratogian]

Rotterdam police are warning people about a phone scam after a man called a local business, identifying himself a s a National Grid employee and asking for debit card codes and personal information. [TU]

The Senate and Assembly have passed a measure restoring the $90 million cut to non-profit groups that provide services to the developmentally disabled.[Capitol Confidential]

A Saratoga County youth has undergone rabies shots after a fox that bit him earlier this month tested positive for the disease.

Sections of the NYS Canal system that were shot down because of high water last week, have reopened.[WNYT]

In New York as part of an effort to draw business to the Lone Star State, Texas Governor Rick Perry called Andrew Cuomo's proposed tax free zones around colleges campuses "kind of like a sacrificial bunt down to second base."[WNYT][YNN]

Glens Falls hospital has ended its search for a new CEO and hired the interim CEO Dianne Shugrue.[WNYT]

A new study criticizes the way teacher ed programs are teaching teachers. [TU]

A recommendation on whether the College of nanoscale Science and Engineering should separate from UAlbany is being weighed and is expected shortly.[TU]

State Enironmental Conservation officials are again examining a Troy sewer pipe, supposedly fixed earlier this month, that has been dumping raw sewage into a tributary of the Hudson.[TU]

A suspicious package found outside the Chasan Building in Troy was found to be harmless. [Record]

The Saratoga Springs City Council has voted down salaries proposed for the Housing Authority Director and some of the authority employees -- but that may not actually make a difference.[Saratogian]

An Averill Park High School teacher has been fired for what school officials say was his conduct outside the school, after an investigation into his online activity.[News10]

The new Albany Satellite campus is being blamed in part for a 7.1 percent hike in he SCCC budget.[Gazette]

Ellis Medicine is making another bid for its Clifton Park medical center to get ER status. [Gazette]

Maple syrup production is up 59 percent over 2012, thanks to better weather.[WNYT]

Nearly two years after Tropical Storm Irene some Schoharie County offices are moving back to the County office building.[TU]

The heads of Albany Molecular Research and Trans World Entertainment are the highest paid CEOs of any publicly traded companies in the Capital Region, each
earning over $3.7 million
. [TU]

Opening today: Honest Weight Food Coop's new building and the new Troy Bombers. [TU][AOA]

A look at the old First Prize Center and what it meant to the Capital Region.[TU]

The Albany Institute of History and Art has a new executive director. [TU]

An elementary school janitor in Colonie was honored yesterday for saving the life of a student. [YNN]

The Tri-City ValleyCats had a sellout crowd at their home opener on Monday.[TU]

New York City Director Daniel Freudenberger is filming a mystery-thriller film at Capital District locations, including the South End Tavern. [Record]

"Last Call" for lawmakers. [WSJ]


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