Cuomo rejects medical marijuana bill, red light cameras and downtown Albany residential parking permit stuck in end of session scramble, it's now legal to spend eternity with Fido

Overnight storms caused power outages and downed trees around the region -- including a massive tree that fell on a house and van in Saratoga County. [TWCN]

Andrew Cuomo has rejected the "Compassionate Care Act", intended to legalize medical marijuana in New York. The act was revised by the legislature earlier this week, but Cuomo rejected it because it still doesn't include a ban on smoking the drug or a provision to evaluate the program in five years. But lawmakers still believe a compromise can be reached in time for the bill to pass by the end of session. [WNYT][News10][TWCN]

With only two days left in the legislative session there are a number of items the legislature is trying to plow through, including a deal on a package of bills intended to curb heroin addiction in New York State. [Buffalo News]

The fate of items like Albany's residential parking permit system and red light cameras is also still up in the air. A bill that would mandate teaching CPR in NYS schools has passed in the Senate and Assembly and is now on Andrew Cuomo's desk for approval or veto. [TU][TU]

The Assembly passed a bill that would allow night courts in cities like Schenectady, Troy and Albany, in order to cut costs.[TU]

A Schenectady police officer suspended after road rage allegations in Saratoga Glenville last year has taken a plea deal allowing him to retire with full pension and avoid misdemeanor menacing charges if he stays out of trouble for six months, does community service, surrenders all weapons and agrees to anger management treatment. [TWCN][TU][News 10]

A FOIL request filed by a leader of group opposing the East Greenbush casino netted documents that indicate East Greenbush leaders planned to have just one public meeting on the project to discourage discussion of the "negative side" of a casino. [TU]

Amsterdam's Common Council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to support a $250 million casino project at Exit 27 of the Thruway.[TU]

Hundreds of fast food workers showed up in Albany on Tuesday to push for a minimum-wage increase from $8 an hour to $10.10 an hour. [Business Review]

Troy's principal code inspector Dave Sheeran on his job, at yet another hearing about the King Street demolitions held by the City Council on Tuesday: "I get paid to do a job, And the job, 95 percent of the time, angers someone. The job is the job. We go out every day and do the job to the best of our ability." [Record]

Jurors heard testimony in a wrongful death civil suit by the parents of Nicholas Naumkin, who was shot and killed accidentally by a playmate in Wilton in 2010. Meanwhile, a bill named for Nicholas Naumkin that would penalize gun owners who don't lock up their guns at home is currently before the state Senate and Assembly.[WNYT][TWCN]

A Massachusetts woman was arrested in Queensbury after she allegedly left her 6-month-old daughter alone to go sell crack. [WNYT]

The red substance spilling into the Mohawk River near the Glenville Business and Technology Park in May was latex paint that had gotten mixed into the municipal sewer system.[TU]

Ellis Medicine and St. Peters Health Partners have formed an alliance they say will deliver better, more efficient care at a lower cost. [Gazette]

SPAC has announced that the New York City Ballet will extend its SPAC residency to two weeks next summer. [TU]

Donations that had piled up at a Salvation Army drop-off site in Queensbury have been soaked by rain. [News 10]

The Albany airport has opened a currency exchange store.[TU]

Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo of Vero Beach, Florida will replace the late David Griggs-Janower as the artistic director of Albany Pro Musica. [WNYT]

A 15-passenger BrewCycle will host barhopping tours in Saratoga and Troy. [TU]

Fourth graders in Ballston Spa wrapped up a year-long physics experiment by dropping eggs from high places.[WNYT]

It is now legal to spend eternity with your pet. [Daily News]


"A 15 passenger BrewCycle will host barhopping tours in Saratoga and Troy." But not Albany. Sigh.

@ Ethan: if you read the article, it says they company is working on developing a partially motorized version for Albany. The terrain is too hilly to make it realistically work.

I've seen these while visiting other cities, they look like fun.

@KGB - Admittedly I did not read the article, but. Albany is not "too hilly." The entirety of downtown and the warehouse district is one long flat strip that is mostly bars & restaurants. Center square is flat and Lark would be perfect for this sort of thing. Pine Hills/Madison Ave is flat. But whatever.

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