Legislative session ends with business left undone, suspicious white powder sent to Harriman Campus, Adelphi selling memorabilia, Tappan Zee could be named for Mario Cuomo

Session ends
The legislative session came to a close late Wednesday night without resolving a sales tax extension for 53 counties, and the question of whether New York City can be allowed more charter schools -- two bargaining chips that were leveraged against each other. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he won't bring the Assembly back into session to vote on mayoral control of charter schools. [Spectrum][NYT][TU][NYSOP]

White powder delivered to State Police
An envelope containing white powder was received in the mail at the Department of Correction and Community Supervision offices on the Harriman Campus. State Police are trying to determine what the powder is and who sent it, but say no-one has become ill. [TU] [Gazette]

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Albany tax exemption error
Albany mayoral candidate Frank Commisso Jr. claimed Wednesday that the city property tax exemption error uncovered last week that prompted the retirement of the city assessor, is something Mayor Kathy Sheehan should have known about. In a press conference, Sheehan said "It is the sole determination of the assessor to provide the exemption." [TU] [Spectrum]

SUNY tuition increase
SUNY's board of trustees has voted for a $200 tuition increase to help keep programs in place in light of the tuition lost from the Excelsior Scholarship Program. [TU]

Not-guilty plea in alleged hit and run
Brian Tromans, the man charged in the fatal hit and run death of a National Guardsman Colonie, pled not-guilty on Wednesday to elevated charges of criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence. Defense attorneys say Tromans didn't know he had hit a person. [TU][Spectrum][News 10]

Schenectady man allegedly hit pub owner with car
The owner of Ravenswood Grill in Clifton Park is recovering in the hospital after a restaurant patron hit her and another pedestrian in the Ravenswood parking lot on Wednesday.
[News 10]

Vigil for slain Albany man
Family and friends of Terrance Roberts, the Albany man who was fatally shot at a Father's Day barbecue, held a vigil for him in a Delaware Street parking lot on Wednesday. [WNYT]

Woman who died in Fish Creek remembered
The woman who drowned this week after driving her convertible off the road into fish creek was remembered by her friends for her baking and here work as a tour guide for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. [Gazette]

Suspect in burglary spree
Police arrested a Troy man on Wednesday and charged him with breaking into three apartments on Tuesday night. [WNYT]

Lake George BWI crackdown
Lake George officials are cracking down on BWI in the wake of last year's Log Bay Day crash that claimed the life of 8-year-old Charlotte McCue. [Gazette]

Churchill and Morse
Chris Churchill on the good and not-so-good of Shawn Morse.
[TU+]

Road closures
Parts of Western Avenue and State Street in Albany will be closed for paving on Thursday and Friday[TU]

Helping refugees
Habitat for Humanity was among the groups honored on Wednesday for helping Capital Region refugees.[TU]

Mario Cuomo bridge
If a newly introduced bill passes in the NYS Legislature, the Tappan Zee bridge could be renamed after the late Governor Mario Cuomo.

Adelphi
The Adelphi hotel is selling off parts memorabilia salvaged during its recent renovation. [Gazette]

Stuff to do today

Hidden City House & Garden Tour
The annual Hidden City House & Garden Tour is in Albany's Center Square neighborhood (and adjacent areas). "Every year, this tour brings the neighborhood to life as homeowners open their doors and gardens to the public. Guests are able to tour, at their leisure, the beautiful and historic homes and hidden gardens that make up the Center Square & Hudson/Park neighborhoods." Thursday 5-8 pm -- $20

Alive at Five
The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing on the Albany riverfront has Naughty By Nature with Paul Nice, DJ Trumastr, JB AKA Dirty Moses. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Brown's Summer Sessions
The Brown's Summer Sessions series behind the brewpub in Troy continues with Rustic Overtones, Angels on the Fourth, and Candy Ambulance. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Parkway Drive at Upstate Concert Hall
Metal. With: The Word Alive, Wage War. 7:30 pm -- $25 ahead / $28 day of

Kaia Kater at Caffe Lena
Bluegrass. 7 pm -- $18

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