Dean Skelos,Andrew Cuomo,Sheldon Silver,Jeff Klein
From left, Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, leave a news conference after announcing legislation to combat the rise of heroin use in the state in the Red Room at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (Mike Groll)
ALBANY, N.Y. — Today is the last scheduled day of session in Albany, which means voting could go past midnight and even into Friday. It’s going to be a long, Albany day.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are still working on a medical marijuana compromise, but they reached a consensus on initiatives to combat heroin and other opioid abuses and overdoses throughout the state.
The contradictory lawmaking is a response to two things: people are dying from heroin overdoses, and public opinion (as well as some patients) are decidedly in favor of making marijuana available for medical treatments.
Advocates from the Syracuse area were in Albany, making their case for medical marijuana.
Cuomo, in the past, did not ban smoking of the drug in his own medical marijuana plan and has said he supports decriminalization of marijuana for people caught with very small amounts.
But Wednesday, he reiterated that he wants New York’s medical marijuana program to focus on smoke-less forms of the drug.
Senate Democrats, meanwhile, are getting perturbed, saying their votes are vital to the bill’s passage but they are shut out of negotiations.
Another last-minute deal includes making kindergarten mandatory in Buffalo.
Jimmy Vielkind has six things to watch during today’s lawmaking festivities. City & State whittled its list to five.
What’s not on the list? Public financing of campaigns. And whose fault is that?
A bill passed by the New York State Senate signals that Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville may be headed to Destiny USA.
Lawmakers are making a last-minute effort to hold up planned closings of mental health facilities throughout the state, including one in Broome County.
State senators are also calling on the Department of Health to step up its efforts to combat Lyme disease.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is going after former Assemblyman Vito Lopez for his unpaid $330,000 fine for sexual harassment.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino was in Buffalo on Wednesday courting the African American vote. He’ll be in Syracuse today, first to tour the Pike Block project in downtown and then at the Onondaga County Republican Committee’s annual clam bake.
ICYMI “Breaking Bad” star Giancarlo Esposito was in the Syracuse area scouting film locations.
The Onondaga Lake amphitheater bill is on its way to Cuomo’s desk.
We have a new newspaper in Queens and a new news Website in Ithaca.
State lawmakers have made it illegal to tattoo your dog. Because someone did.
Sometimes you’re the peanut butter. Sometimes you’re the raccoon.
And that age-old question: Will Albany ever legalize sparklers?
Tweet of the Day
.@ShellySilver explains the New York Rangers Stanley Cup loss: “They scored less goals than the other team, overall.” #nyassembly
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) June 18, 2014
Contact Teri Weaver at [email protected], 315-470-2274 or on Twitter at @TeriKWeaver.
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