Late deal on medical marijuana, Hard Rock connected to Rensselaer casino proposal, questions about for-profit biz in non-profit real estate, roundabout for Schenectady

The state legislature was cramming in legislation as it approached the end of its session Thursday night. There were two major deals by state leaders as the legislature's session headed for its end Thursday night: medical marijuana, and an adjustment to the system of teacher evaluations. [NYT] [TU]

The medical marijuana bill includes a wide range of restrictions on how the drug can be sold, prescribed, and administered -- for example: it won't be allowed to be smoked. The state Assembly passed the bill overnight. And state Senate is expected to vote on the bill this morning. [State of Politics] [AP/Troy Record] [WBNG] [State of Politics]

As the state legislature careened to the finish, it was unclear what would happen to the city of Albany's request for an extension of its residential parking permit system and a bill that would open the way for red light cameras in the city. [TU]

Hard Rock International -- the company behind the Hard Rock Cafe and casino chain -- announced that it's involved with the proposed casino at DeLaet's Landing in Rensselaer. But many of the details related to the project won't be released until after its application is submitted to the state Gaming Commission. [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette]

A few of the communities in the running for a casino, including the Amsterdam/Florida proposal, have made an appeals to the state Gaming Commission based on the depressed states of their local economies. [TU]

The city of Saratoga Springs request for the state legislature to increase the number of seats on the City Center board didn't make it in time. [TU]

After the announcement that Columbia Development would be moving offices into the not-yet-constructed "ZEN" building on the NanoCollege campus, some Albany Common Council members are raising concerns that "otherwise taxable enterprises seek refuge under the not-for-profit mantle." [TU]

The Albany school district is considering a range of options for the future of its high school, including building an entirely new school building. [TU]

The Knox man who pleaded guilty to charges associated with an incident in which he set fire to his farmhouse and engaged in a standoff with emergency responders and police has been sentenced to 2.3-7 years in prison. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The wrongful death civil suit filed by the family of Nicholas Naumkin, the 12 year old who was accidentally shot by a friend as they played in Wilton, was settled on the third day of trial. [TU]

The state corrections officer accused of scuffling with police and other unruly behavior following an incident on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs last August was convicted of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He faces up to a year in jail. [TU] [Saratoga County DA]

A Schenectady woman was convicted of hitting and kicking a dog in Central Park last September and faces up to a year in jail. [Daily Gazette]

State Police say a man stopped for an alleged traffic infraction on the Northway near Exit 13 was found to have 28 suspensions on his license. [NYSP]

State Police say they arrested the owner of a Troy corner store for allegedly having a case of cups that were stolen from Mazzone Hospitality at the ESP. [NYSP]

Emergency responders rescued a woman from the Plotterkill Preserve Thursday evening after she reportedly went over one of the waterfalls there. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady is getting its first roundabout, at Nott Street and Erie Boulevard. [Daily Gazette]


What does Cuomo have against smoking pot for medical issues? With all the "legal" items he's taken, doesn't he understand the difference between joints and cigarettes?

Last story (roundabout) links to an Amsterdam casino article.

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

"An artist’s rendering of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino proposed for DeLaet’s Landing along the Hudson River in Rensselaer, N.Y"

Artist? Seriously? Ugh. Looks as antiseptic as a Motel 6. With a development as important as this, that will have a long lasting mark on the skyline and identity of the entire region, this casino's architecture MUST be dynamic. This original design wasn't super, but the Deleat's landing "rendering" of a few years ago had a lot of presence. &

Pretty disturbing that Kenneth Fortuin got such a light sentence (minimum of 2 years - maximum of 7 years) for burning down his house and preventing police and firemen from responding by threatening to shoot them. I am so disgusted with the cult of guns in this country. How is that someone threatening to murder first responders gets TWO YEARS?

I hate Hard Rock Cafe. The first and last time was 7 years ago. I went to one in Hawaii and there was the most disgusting hair in my food that I still have nightmares over!

Please! Bring some class to the area....

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