Happy Wednesday! We’re another day closer to 4th of July weekend and there’s plenty to do. Check out our calendar and preview section for day-to-day suggestions! If there’s something we missed, don’t hesitate to comment and let us know.
Have you caught a glimpse of today’s paper? The Farm to Table issue dropped and we’ve got plenty of farmers market suggestions, informative news on food deserts and profiles of your favorite food trucks, farms and local chefs. Check it out!
Oh, and here’s what we’ve been reading up on this morning:
Katie Cusack, @katiecusackk
A proposal to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the US) that updated the Clean Water Act in order to apply federal regulation to US waterways. “This foolish rollback of clean water standards rejects years of work building stakeholder input and scientific data support, and it imperils the progress for safe clean drinking water in the Midwest,” Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, told Reuters.
A reporter comes across a phone memory chip belonging to a dead IS fighter and sets out to learn more about the young man and his comrades who terrorized the local villages surrounding their hideout.
P.S. There are so many great bands to check out tonight in Albany and Troy, head to our preview section to check them out.
Today is the day. Governor Cuomo has called legislators back to the Capitol to go over mayoral control — plus whichever other subjects he is in the mood to address. Lawmakers and advocates are hoping for some train talk.
FYI: There are lots of scientific theories but who knows what will happen if they collide. Should be interesting.
Luke Stoddard Nathan, @lukestdnathan
Special prosecutor in police probe —Times Union
“A judge has appointed Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka as a special prosecutor in an ongoing investigation in which Troy detectives are suspected of fabricating a burglary report to cover up their unauthorized search of a private residence.”
Business groups pressing Cuomo to drop gender pay order —Albany Business Review
“Seventeen business groups in New York are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to rescind an executive order regarding contractor salaries that they say is overly burdensome and possibly exceeds the governor’s authority.”
Disrupt the Citizen —n+1
“As ride-sharing companies stepped up their lobbying pressure, politicians quickly folded—especially the politicians that already fashioned themselves as tech CEOs. The mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, frustrated with the pace of regulation-skirting in Pennsylvania, took up the cause of illegality with fervor, proclaiming, ‘I will not let the governor and the Public Utility Commission shut down innovation without a fight.’”
In Long-Secret FIFA Report, More Details but No Smoking Gun —The New York Times
The report was compiled by now-New York Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Garcia.
Jaya Sundaresh @jayaist
A good primer on the life-saving program that is at risk of being gutted.
A good primer on the Senate health care bill that stands to strip millions of their access to life-saving healthcare.
After Grenfell Tower Fire, U.K. Asks: Has Deregulation Gone Too Far? — New York Times
Britain reconsiders austerity.
Is Attorney General Schneiderman neglecting his duties to New York State?
For immigrant family, Schenectady graduation is dream come true — Daily Gazette
ICYMI — a heartwarming story out of Schenectady from last week.