Elsewhere: Tough Day for Sampson; Bloomberg Still Against Pot

The Assembly passed Paterson’s economic development plan: Excelsior Jobs (no link)

The Business Council is unhappy with the funding level

The Senate will wait till Monday to take up budget bills.

John Sampson, denying wrongdoing, acknowledged he leaked a document on the Aqueduct racino to AEG lobbyist Carl Andrews.

Sampson also took heat for reportedly intervening to ward off negative testimony against a home care license application submitted by his sister. 

Harry Wilson is actually forging some consensus among state Republicans. 

Sheldon Silver said there “will be agreement” on cigarette taxes, and more.

Andrew Cuomo encouraged Paterson to put his property tax cap in an emergency budget extender.

Mayor Bloomberg really doesn’t like legalized medical marijuana. 

Second Avenue started to get protected bike lanes; Red Bull apparently didn’t notice.

The tremendously expensive ($1.3 B) Fulton Street Transit Center is showing visible progress

There are “few winners” in the MTA student Metrocard deal.

Solar energy lobbyists have some creative ads in Albany.

Eric Schniederman’s 17-year-old daughter is out doing some fundraising for him.

There will be fireworks on Coney Island tonight.

ebrown@observer.com

Elsewhere: Tough Day for Sampson; Bloomberg Still Against Pot