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Same-sex marriage still hasn't made it to the floor as Senators conference

The same-sex marriage bill didn't make it to the floor Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said earlier he'd discuss the bill with his conference later on. When they're done with the conference--sometime this evening---he said he expects they'll announce whether they will bring the bill to the floor for a vote.  Go to full article
If it takes a little bit more time, it takes a little bit more time. I would much rather get it right than rush it.

Same sex marriage vote down in the queue

The state Senate may decide today whether to bring a bill legalizing same sex marriage to the floor for an up or down vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomoo continues to be optimistic about its chances for passage. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
I think we are on the cusp of historic progress for this state.

State legislature now set to start passing bills

The New York State legislature is apparently set to begin passing bills late Thursday to strengthen and extend New York City's rent laws, enact a 2 percent property tax cap for schools and local governments, and raise tuition at public colleges and universities.  Go to full article

Cuomo "cautiously optimistic" gay marriage will come to a vote

After days of delay as Republican senators met behind closed doors, Governor Cuomo said he's "cautiously optimistic" that a same-sex marriage bill will be voted on the floor of the State Senate before legislators wrap up their session later this week. Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article

Legislative leaders announce resolutions on most--not all--issues

As the legislative session drags on, it seems an end may be in sight. The senate and assembly leaders have announced a "tentative framework agreement" with Governor Cuomo to resolve all the remaining end of session issues- except- gay marriage. Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article
You could come in and have a judge knock out all the religious protections, and you could still have gay marriage.

As same-sex marriage supporters and opponents rally, no resolution in Senate

The halls of the Capitol echoed with shouting and singing Monday, as pro- and anti-same-sex marriage advocates rallied. Meanwhile, high level meetings between Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders produced some progress, but no final deals on gay marriage or other issues, like renewal of New York City's rent laws or a property tax cap. Karen DeWitt was at the capital and filed this report.  Go to full article

After a long week of discussions and no resolution, gay marriage vote postponed

A vote in the State Senate on gay marriage is not expected until sometime this week, as Republicans, who hold the majority in that house, wrangle with concerns over greater protections for religious organizations.

As Karen DeWitt reports, last week was one of ups and downs for both supporters and opponents of same sex marriage.  Go to full article
Mayor Clyde Rabideau (Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
Mayor Clyde Rabideau (Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

Profile: Saranac Lake's Mayor Rabideau sparks with ideas and controversy

Clyde Rabideau has emerged as one of the North Country's most enduring, colorful and sometimes controversial politicians. Rabideau was mayor of Plattsburgh for a decade in the 1990s and ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1998.

Sixteen months ago, the Democrat was elected mayor of Saranac Lake, the largest community in the Adirondack Park. His latest adventure in politics has been marked by some big successes, including a public campaign to convince the Trudeau Institute to keep its laboratories in Saranac Lake.

But he has also clashed publicly and fiercely with other leaders in the North Country and his brash style is sparking criticism. Brian Mann sat down to talk in-depth with Rabideau and has our profile.  Go to full article

Frustrated Cuomo threatens special legislative session

With the official legislative session set to end on the 20th, lawmakers at the Capitol remain mired in disputes Thursday over a bill to legalize gay marriage, the now-expired New York City rent regulations, and a property tax cap. Meanwhile, an increasingly frustrated Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to keep the legislature in special session if they failed to act.  Go to full article
The land purchase ban would have affected projects like Follensby Pond (Photo:  Jon Rosenthal)
The land purchase ban would have affected projects like Follensby Pond (Photo: Jon Rosenthal)

Green groups score victory in Albany, defeating land moratorium

Environmentalists won a key victory in Albany yesterday. They defeated a bill introduced by state Senator Betty Little that would have banned the state from purchasing new land in the Adirondacks to be added to the "forever wild" forest preserve.

At least one Republican Senator voted against the measure in the Rules Committee on Wednesday. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article

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