Late night end-of-session crunch for state legislature, concerns about pedestrian safety along 787 in Cohoes, working in Schenectady but not living there

End of session flurry
The late-night flurry of activity in the state legislature Friday produced a bill that includes a few ethics-related measures and a package deal that includes many issues such as an extension of state control over NYRA and provisions for foreclosed "zombie" properties. [Politico NY] [TU]

Other notable end-of-session action:
+ A measure that would have the state eventually pay the full cost of legal representation for people who can't afford it (as opposed to have the counties pay) is headed to Andrew Cuomo after passing in the Assembly. [TU]
+ Both chambers passed a bill that opens the way for CDTA to oversee a regionalization of taxi service in the Capital Region. [Biz Review]
+ Both chambers passed a bill that would legalize daily fantasy sports games. [Politico NY]
+ Among the things that did not make it through: a bill that addresses the insurance issue currently blocking the expansion of companies such as Uber and Lyft throughout the state. [Biz Review]

Concern about pedestrian safety along 787 in Cohoes
The death of a teen pedestrian trying to cross 787 at Bridge Ave in Cohoes last week has prompted a renewed focus on the design of the road and its danger to pedestrians. Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse says he wants to talk with the state Department of Transportation about the corridor's design, and there have been calls for the construction of a pedestrian bridge. Residents of Cohoes have been expressing concern about the design of the corridor since at least 2000. [TWCN] [TU+] [News10] [WNYT] [TU+]

Sidewalk assault
Security cameras at Pauly's Hotel in Albany captured video of a a group assaulting a man last Tuesday as he walked along Quail Street just before Central Ave. [WNYT]

Maestro's lawsuit
After John LaPosta and Tina Kruger paid $175k in restitution last week in the criminal case against them in the Maestro's situation, their former business partner in the restaurant filed a lawsuit against them seeking more than $500k. [Daily Gazette]

Working in Schenectady schools, living somewhere else
Less than 10 percent of administrators and teachers who work for the Schenectady school district live in the city, according to figures compiled by the district. [Daily Gazette]

Rockin' on the River
The Troy Downtown BID says it will be making changes to some of the setup and procedures at Rockin' on the River to make entry and beer sales run more smoothly. [Troy Record]

Cohoes comprehensive plan
Cohoes is moving to update its city comprehensive plan with an eye toward spurring downtown development. There will be public sessions to gather input in early July. [TU] [Troy Record]

Saint Rose
The American Association of University Professors voted to add the College of Saint Rose to its censure list -- the AAUP has been critical of the college's recent elimination of tenured positions. [TU]

Tourism
A look at some of the ways officials are hoping to attract tourists from China to the Capital Region and other places upstate. [TU+]

Dairy cows
Saratoga and Washington counties are apparently a "hotbed" for dairy cattle genetics. [Saratogian]

Schuyler Flatts
The remains of 14 people, thought to have been slaves at a Schuyler family estate in what's now Menands, were buried in St. Agnes Cemetery Saturday after lying in state at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany Friday. [TWCN]

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Front Parlor
The Front Parlor storytelling series is back at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Leadership." Monday 7:30 pm

Comments

Oh man. No Uber and shutting down AirBnb? So we are just stubbornly stumping our foot down in the past instead of embracing the sharing economy and bringing upstate New York into the present. Whose best interests is our legislature protecting here? At least I can get drunk at brunch.

In the case of Airbnb, they may be considering the best interests of residents, particularly renters.

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