Latest episode of state Senate soap opera, NY-19 Democratic debate, advertising plan for Central Warehouse, Tommy from Upstate New York

State Senate soap opera
+ Time is running out on the current state legislature session, but the things in the state Senate are seized up as the chamber is split 31-31 because a Republican member is off serving with the Navy reserves and Republicans have pulled the legislative agenda rather than open the possibility of lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul casting tie-breaking votes. [TU]
+ To what extent does Hochul have power to cast votes in a tied-up Senate -- good question, because apparently that's not totally clear. [Politico NY]

Gubernatorial election
+ Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner, a Democrat, has left the door open for running for governor as an independent. [TU]
+ Cynthia Nixon was on The Daily Show Thursday night -- she told Trevor Noah that Andrew Cuomo's record barely qualifies him as a Democrat. [TDS]

The Democratic candidates running to challenge Republican John Faso for the NY-19 Congressional District were at The Linda Thursday for a debate/forum. And Donald Trump was a frequent topic. [WAMC] [Daily Freeman]


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Troy shooting
Troy police say they're investing an incident in which a man was shot in the arm in North Central Thursday afternoon, one block from an elementary school. [TU]

Lawsuit against Schenectady police
A Schenectady man has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Schenectady Police Department alleging he was subjected to excessive force during an incident in which officers responded to a 2017 complaint from neighbors that he was heavily intoxicated and causing a disturbance. [Daily Gazette]

+ State Senator George Amedore has floated legislation that would allow a type of medical marijuana to prescribed instead of opioids managing pain that's expected to last less than three months -- there's evidence that cannabidiol is effective without the addiction risk posed by opioids. (The state's medical marijuana regulations already allow its use for chronic pain.) [Daily Gazette]
+ The owners of the Jiff-E-Mart chain of gas stations in Rensselaer County say they'll be donating 1 cent from every gallon of gas sold to a fund for opioid addiction prevention and treatment -- they say they've had multiple employees suffer from opioid addiction. [TU]

Trump tariffs
Elise Stefanik and John Faso criticized the tariffs the Trump administration is moving to impose on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the EU -- both citing the potential effect on the upstate economy, which does a large amount of business with Canada. [TU]

43rd state Senate District
Scouting the candidates who appear to be the frontrunners for the Republican and Democratic picks to replace to Kathy Marchione. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady demolitions
Thirty-nine buildings around Schenectady are set to be demolished with money from Metroplex, the Capital Region Land Bank, Schenectady County, and real estate developer The Community Builders. [Daily Gazette]

Central Warehouse
A look at the plans from the new owner of the Central Warehouse to wrap the building in advertising. Also: Evan Blum's ideas for reusing the building. [News10 x2]

Sacramento, how?
Officials say they're still not sure how a Toronto firefighter disappeared while skiing at Whiteface Mountain and ended up in Sacramento. [TU]

Dog park
Halfmoon is opening a dog park called "Scentral Bark." [TU]

Headline of the day
From the Wall Street Journal: "British Expert on the Royal Family Is Actually Tommy From Upstate New York." [WSJ]

Stuff to do this weekend

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Looks like the new owner (The phoenix of Albany LLC) is not paying the school or city taxes on 143 Montgomery Street. (School tax approx $30,000, city tax approx $5,300) not a good sign.

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