NY Minute: Cuomo, state troopers, have serious concerns about medical … – The Post-Standard

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Good Monday morning. It’s going to be warmer today and rainier tonight, just in time to cozy up with Team USA at 6 p.m.

Talks about medical marijuana continued through the weekend, but by Sunday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo still had major concerns with the legislation, the New York Daily News reported. The governor wants to bar smoking and sharing the prescribed marijuana. He also wants to make it a felony for people who fraudulently seek or prescribe the drug, the Daily News reported. And he wants to cut down on the 20 conditions listed in the current version of the bill that would qualify for marijuana use.

The union representing New York State Police also weighed in. It says allowing marijuana for medical purposes will make it harder for law enforcement to go after those people using pot for recreation.

Cuomo raised money in a real estate firm’s luxury box during the NHL championship last week while watching the New York Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1.

Here’s my run-down from the end of last week on five issues to watch as the legislative session draws to a close.

Hear from one lawmaker on one of those issues: an omnibus bill meant to improve laws and working conditions for women. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, is urging her Democratic colleague in the Assembly to approve some of the Women’s Equality Act instead of holding the entire legislation up for a change to the state’s abortion laws.

With primaries looming for some lawmakers and even Cuomo himself, will lawmaking really end in June?

Zephyr Teachout plans to announce formally today her attempt to primary Cuomo on the Democratic Party line.

Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, could face a challenge from Syracuse Councilor-at-Large Jean Kessner. “I’m prepared,” Valesky said Friday. So are we, his fellow breakaway Democrats say.

Cuomo’s campaign says the new assessment on his partner Sandra Lee’s home was politically motivated.

Republican Rob Astorino, who is challenging Cuomo, plans to make the property assessment imbroglio at Lily Pond the cornerstone of his “first major policy platform.” Astorino will say more about it at 10 a.m. this morning in Manhattan.

State Republicans are launching their first television ad attacking Cuomo, focusing on the governor’s proclaimed economic turnaround.

Adoptees are again fighting for access to their own birth certificates.

Another last-minute effort by one lawmaker would make undocumented immigrants in New York state citizens.

A classic Upstate/Downstate fight over distribution is playing out in the state’s Family Court system.

See how the Common Core teaching standards feel to one 9-year-old. One of the fastest counters in his class sunk to the bottom rankings.

Statewide, 82 percent of voters say the new curriculum was rushed; 58 percent want to take a “time-out” on testing.

City & State takes a look at the money lawmakers get to pay for expenses for each day they travel on government business.

How does the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center stack up? Three out of five stars for efficiency, an inspector general’s report finds.

The cost of healthcare: A new pill that can cure Hepatitis C costs $1,000 a day.

If the Buffalo Bills leave, which Western New York politicians might crumble in their wake?

Tweet of the Day

Beautiful day in Syracuse on Father’s Day for @SyracuseChiefs and Norfolk. 40 min til 1st pitch. @NewhouseSports pic.twitter.com/71rV9UaQ4V

— Mike McCann (@MikeMcCannSYR) June 15, 2014

Contact Teri Weaver at [email protected], 315-470-2274 or on Twitter at @TeriKWeaver.

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