Police search for gunman in overnight Schenectady shooting, Marchione amends water legislation then changes it back, police purchase headstone for murdered child

End of session
The state Senate passed 100 bills on Wednesday
as the session winds to a close, but ethics legislation and upstate ride sharing services are among the items that are not likely to make it out of session this time around. [Politico][WNYT][Politico]

Marchione amends water contamination bill, then un-amends it
State Senator Kathy Marchione, who represents the PFOA-contaminated Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, quietly amended water legislatio that would expand a citizen's right to sue for damage, and then quietly changed it back. The change, which effectively killed her own bill, removed reference to superfund sites, only citing "injury caused by contact with or exposure to ground water contaminated by substances, compounds or toxins." [TU][Politico]

Hoosick Falls residents rally
Wearing signs that indicated their place in their community or family, and a number that indicated their PFOA level, residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday in an effort to get legislators to hold hearings into the state's response to the water crisis. [NYT]

Schenectady shooting
A 20-year-old man is in critical condition following a shooting on Irving Street in Schenectady at around 11pm on Wednesday night. Police are still searching for the shooter. [TU][Gazette]

NYRA
Legislators voted on Wednesday on a plan to reprivatize NYRA, but the plan still needs to be signed by Andrew Cuomo, who has offered his own plan that would give him more control over appointments to the board of directors and over distribution of VLT funds. [TU]

Teachout/Yandik
Zephyr Teachout and Will Yandik, Democratic primary challengers for Chris Gibson's 19th Congressional District seat, seemed to agree more than disagree in a debate on Wednesday. [TWCN]

Schenectady taxis
Schenectady's City Council approved a 30-day moratorium on new taxi licenses while they look into ways to improve taxi service in the city. [Gazette]

Sit/lie law
Chris Churchill calls out Saratoga Spring's new sit/lie law, forbidding sitting or laying down on city sidewalks, for making poverty a crime.[TU+]

West Glenville adventure course debate
The heated debate in Glenville over a treetop rope and zip line adventure course. [Gazette]

Interfaith vigil for Orlando
Capital Region spiritual leaders were part of an interfaith vigil on Wednesday for the victims of the Orlando shooting. [WNYT][TWCN]

Police purchase headstone for child
Three years after 8-year-old Sha'him Nelligan was beaten to death by his grandmother, Schenectady police have purchased a headstone for the child's grave. [WNYT]

Peace instead of pranks
Seniors at Bethlehem High School decided to skip a senior prank, opting instead for a show of peace in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting. [TU]

Happening today

Schuyler Flatts
State Museum curator of bioarchaeology Lisa Anderson will giving a lunchtime talk about what was learned about the lives of people who were enslaved at the Schuyler Flatts site (in what's now Menands) from the study of human remains. Tuesday 12:10 pm, State Museum Huxley Theater -- free

Rockin' on the River
The Joy Formidable at Alive at Five
Alt rock. With: Good Fiction. 5 pm -- free

More music
Lewis Del Mar at The Hollow
Experimental pop rock. 9 pm - $10.27 ahead / $15 day of

Esperanza Spalding at Putnam Den
Grammy-winning jazz musician. Part of the Orchard Project series. 8 pm -- $55

The Lonely Heartstring Band at The Hangar
"Rooted in the tradition of bluegrass ... acoustic quintet that creates a unique blend of old and new styles." With: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys. 8 pm -- $15

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