Cuomo calls special legislative session, alleged murder was released by judge 5 weeks earlier , Albany Chiropractor allegedly abused patients, another rare lobster escapes the pot

Albany
For the second time in his tenure as governor, Andrew Cuomo is calling the legislature back for a special session. Cuomo says he wants lawmakers to vote on a bill to extend mayoral control of New York City's public schools and Cuomo included, "Such other subjects as I may recommend." One of the items that could come up in special session, a sales tax extender that could mean local tax increases if it goes unpassed. Some legislators are bemoaning the cost of a special session, which some estimate at hundreds of thousands of dollars. [TU][WNYT][NYT][WNYT][News 10]

Medicaid managed care provider legislation
Something that did pass in the legislative session -- a bill that would require Medicaid managed care providers to cover drugs from the two not-for-profit pharmacies in the state operated by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. [TU]

Alleged murderer was released after recent parole violations
The career criminal charged with the murder of a homeless man last Sunday violated was released five weeks earlier after he was brought before a judge on parole violations. [TU]

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Albany chiropractor arrested
An Albany chiropractor is facing charges for allegedly sexually abusing two female patients. [Spectrum]

Democratic challenger for Stefanik
Katie Wilson, a 33-year-old Democrat from Essex County, says she plans to take on Elise Stefanik in the midterm elections. [TU]

Chase through Albany ends in arrest
A Schenectady man was arrested and hospitalized with minor injuries after leading police on a high speed chase along I-90, that ended when he jeep rolled over. [TU]

Affordable housing projects in Saratoga
Saratoga Springs officials have announced proposals for three affordable housing projects for the city, with a total of 377 units. [Gazette][TU]

Heroin epidemic
First responders are taking extra precautions to avoid absorption of heroin after a deadly mix of the drug was recently discovered. [News 10]

Schenectady schools affected by state court ruling
The New York State Court of Appeals on /tuesday rejected an argument on school funding inadequacy -- in a case brought by Syracuse families that also affects Schenectady schools. [Gazette]

Albany County judge dismisses indictment against Senator Rob Ortt
An Albany County judge has dismissed an indictment charging state Senator Rob Ortt of a scheme to arrange a no-show job for his wife. [TU]

Scheiderman threatens lawsuit over health care bill
Eric Schneiderman is again threatening to sue the federal government if the Senate's health care legislation becomes law. [TU]

Marijuana dispensary to close
One of the five licensed medical marijuana companies in New York is closing down it's Albany dispensary to open one in Manhattan, but plans to offer home delivery for its 475 Capital Region patients. [TU]

Capital Region apartment boom
A look at the high demand for apartments in the Capital Region's urban centers. [TU]

Uber / Lyft drivers prepare
Local Lyft and Uber drivers are preparing for their new jobs. [TU]

Video of Crossgates shooting
New video has been released of the Crossgates Mall shooting. [Spectrum]

New Scotland bobcat
Photos of the New Scotland bobcat.[TU]

Another lobster saved
Another rare orange lobster has escaped the plate, after being donated to the Via Aquarium by Market 32. [TU]


Stuff to do today

Pine Hills
Wednesday: Akum Norder -- author of the upcoming book The History of Here: A House, the Pine Hills Neighborhood, and the City of Albany -- will be leading a history walking tour of Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood. (The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association recently posted an app-guided walking tour of the neighborhood that she created.) Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free, but registration required

At The Plaza
The Summer at the Plaza series of events at the ESP opens with Reggae Night featuring Freddie McGregor with Anthem. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Rockin' on the River
The Rockin' on the River series in Troy's Riverfront Park has Alex Torres y Su Orquesta with Heard. Wednesday 5 pm -- free admission

Made in the Shade
The Made in the Shade series of lunchtime shows outside The Egg has The Big Takeover. Wednesday at noon -- free admission

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