Cuomo rating up in new Q Poll, federal cuts may affect NY budget plan, fewer local opt outs on state exams, fixing up FDR's Packard

Q Poll shows hike in Cuomo's approval
The latest Quinnapiac poll shows Andrew Cuomo's approval rating at a two year high of 52%, while Donald Trump's rating is at 29 percent. [Politico]

State budget
New York's budget deadline is three days away and Andrew Cuomo says deals are close on policy items like expanding ride sharing outside NYC and raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York. but Cuomo is concerned about the impact federal funding cuts could have on the state budget. Cuomo also said on Tuesday that he won't sign a budget without a wage hike for workers who care for workers who care for people with developmental disabilities. [TU][NYT][News10]

Albany budget
While New York State is concerned about the impact of the federal budget on New York's spending plan, Kathy Sheehan is concerned with getting $12.5 million from the state to balance Albany's budget.Sheehan is also concerned about the impact of Albany's sanctuary city designation and what that could mean for federal funding to the city, since earlier this week Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to pull funding for sanctuary cities -- but Sheehan reaffirmed that Albany will remain a sanctuary city. [TWCN][WNYT]

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Healthy county
New state rankings show Saratoga County is the healthiest county in New York State. [WNYT]

Colonie solar farm rule
Colonie has new rules for solar farms. [TU]

Tax breaks on SUNY Poly facility
The North Carolina Company purchasing a Rochester area SUNY Poly manufacturing facility at a discount will also get $8 million in state tax credits. [TU]

Albany School Board allegations
An Albany City School Board members campaign to expose what he charges were illegal actions by board members and school staff over the Albany High School theater space constructed last spring. [TU]

State exams
There's a drop in state testing opt out requests in the Capital Region this year. [TU]

Niskayuna coop
The struggling Niskayuna coop's efforts to save itself.[Gazette]

Running for Schenectady Mayor
Eighty-four-year-old, Mary McClain, a regular presence at Schenectady City Council meetings says she is running for a council seat in the primary. [Gazette]

Schenectady apartments
Schenectady planners have approved eighty-eight new apartments for Van Vranken Avenue. [Gazette]

Cohoes fire
Thirteen people were displaced by a fire on Saratoga Street in Cohoes on Tuesday. [News 10]

Ellen Picotte
Chris Churchill on the life of the tough and dedicated Ellen Picotte, who passed away from cancer earlier this month. [TU+]

Sentencing in horse neglect case
The Albany man arrested for failing to care for 12 horses in Greenfield will spend eight months of weekends in jail for animal neglect. [News 10]

Man O'War
The 20th Century's greatest horse, and his connections to Saratoga. [Saratogian]

Cuomo will take care of FDR's car
Andrew Cuomo wants to take care of FDR's Packard. [Daily News]


Stuff going on today

Punk Rock Sketch and Sip
The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip returns to The Low Beat. "All skill levels welcome. You may bring whatever materials you like. Some material will be provided to get you started." Wednesday 7 pm -- $15 (includes a drink) / $8 students

August Is Ours at Parish Public House
Indie folk rock. With: Evergreen, Tyler Samuels. 8 pm

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