Last day of the legislative session, still no agreement on medical marijuana, Rensselear casino plans to be unveiled tonight, NYCLU calls for Spa City police review board, legislature outlaws pet tattoos/piercings

Today is the last official day of the legislative session. Among the items still undecided, the Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize medical marijuana. The latest version of the bill was rejected by Governor Cuomo earlier this week because it still allows for smoking the drug. Medical marijuana advocates rallied in Albany for the passage of the bill. [CNY][WSJ][TWCN]

Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement, Wednesday on a series of bills that are geared toward fighting heroin addiction in New York State. [NYT][WNYT][TWCN]

The Senate has passed the bill to allow Schenectady, Troy, Albany and other small cities around the state to hold night courts, but with an amendment giving authority over where the night courts go in the hands of the Office of Court Administration. [TU]

Plans for a proposed Rensselaer casino at DeLaet's Landing are expected to be unveiled at meeting this evening. [TU]

East Greenbush Casino opponents spoke out at a public meeting on Wednesday claiming the approval process has been secretive and unfair. One East Greenbush Councilwoman, blaming the state for the lack of time to have more than one community meeting on a proposed casino in the town: "Like the army tank in Tiananmen Square, this thing was coming,The predisposition to make it happen and not find out if the community supported it was born at the state level when they rolled out a time line that made it impossible to to a public referendum."[TWCN][TU]

If East Greenbush gets a casino, Mazzone Hospitality has agreed to create a high end dining facility on the property. [WNYT]


With only 11 days to go until the application deadline, there is no fair gaming agreement between the coalition of entertainment venues and the prospective operators of a proposed casino on the old ALC/o property in Schenectady -- and without an agreement the coalition is not promising to support the proposed casino. [Gazette]

A bill has emerged in the Assembly that would change existing legislation to allow some people with criminal histories to be considered for Casino licenses.[TU]

In a letter earlier this week, the acting director of the state Gaming Commission said smaller gambling developments proposed in economically strapped areas, like the Exit 27 project in Amsterdam should be able to compete with projects in more affluent areas. [TU]

Next month NYS OGS is taking over control of the 10,000 space parking system for State Workers in downtown Albany, which is currently controlled by individual agencies. [TU]

A Senate Task force on combating Lyme and other tick-borane diseases has released a new report calling for more research and proposed a bill that would protect physicians who make Lyme disease diagnosis.[TU]

A last minute session push is being made in the legislature to institute a three year delay on closures and downsizings at stat-run psychiatric hospitals and centers for the disabled -- including Niskayuna's O.D. Heck facility.[TU]

With a July 1 fiscal year deadline looming, the controversial Saratoga Springs Housing Authority still has not complied with Public Housing Law by bringing employee salaries to the City Council for approval. [Saratogian]

The state's highest court will take up a case in which an Albany City Court Judge sought to compel District Attorney David Soares to call witnesses against four Occupy Albany protesters who had been arrested. [TU]

Police in North Greenbush are looking for two men who robbed a man as he was making a business deposit at M&T bank on North Greenbush Road on Tuesday at around 9:30pm.[TU]

Two men were arrested in Saratoga springs after reportedly pretending to stab a man with a knife at a Saratoga Springs home.[TU]

Some Lansingburgh residents are concerned about what they fear is vandalism at St. John's Cemetery, where about a dozen headstones were found toppled recently, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany believes the stones may simple have toppled due to old age. [TWCN][Record]

The second of two boys injured last month when an inflatable bounce house became airborne, has been released from the hospital.[TU]

A redistricting committee has begun the controversial process of changing school attendance zones in Schenectady. [Gazette]

In the wake of the Death of Darryl Mount, who died following injuries sustained in a chase with Saratoga Springs police, the NYCLU is recommending that Saratoga Springs create and in dependent Police Review Board to hear complaints about law enforcement officials. [TU]

Business owners on the lower end of River Street in Troy say they are being hurt by the road closures caused by the Collar City's popular Saturday morning Farmers' Market .[TU]

The Albany Public Library will offer a new MyCard Library card with no late fees for borrowers under 18.[TU]

Legislators have managed to get behind the idea that New Yorkers shouldn't be allowed to tattoo or pierce their pets.[Daily News]

Governor Gumby.[TU]


I am surprised this GMO issue is not considered newsworthy. Please reconsider:
New Yorkers Wage Urgent Battle for GMO Label Law

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