Today’s Lead: Albany Legislative Session Enters Final Hours by David Howard King, Jun 19, 2014 Twitter Today is the last scheduled day of session this year for the New York State Legislature and the big news has more to do with what won’t pass than what will. A blame game continues over who or what killed negotiations over sweeping public campaign finance reform. A last-ditch meeting on the issue scheduled for Monday was abruptly cancelled. Both houses of the Legislature seem to be playing a game of chicken on the Women’s Equality Agenda as the abortion plank remains a sticking point. The DREAM act is dead in the water as is an education tax credit, but legislators remain hopeful they can pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana despite resistance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Negotiations continue on teacher evaluations and legislation to clear up technical issues in the budget. New from Gotham Gazette As City Plans Payphone WiFi, Council Members Wary of MonopolyKristen Meriwether reports on the process by which the City will award a contract to one company to overhaul the city's 7,000-plus payphone kiosks into wireless internet hubs. While Improving, City's Air Quality Crisis Quietly PersistsAn in-depth report on New York City's air quality and the significant negative health ramifications of polluted city air. A Free-Market Solution to the Affordable Housing CrisisIn an op-ed, a housing expert offers a five-point solution to create more affordable housing without spending as much city money as the de Blasio plan calls for. ICYMI from Gotham Gazette The Horses of New York City: Central Park Carriages & NYPD MountedA comparison of the city's two groups of horses shows that they lead quite similar lives - though there is a major campaign to end the use of only one type. THE GOTHAM GAZETTE 2014 ELECTION PORTAL IS LIVE! Other Stories We're Following De Blasio’s Speed Limit Bill in Hands of Republican Senate Leader (Capital) City Emergency Management Chief Resigns (Capital) Legislature Reaches Deal on Laws to Fight Heroin (NY Times) Courting White Voters in Harlem District (NY Times) Public Allowed to Sue NYPD Cops Over Stop-and-Frisk Profiling (Daily News) 13th Congressional District Race Ignites Over Fake Eviction Notices (Daily News) Green Taxis Gaining Ground (WSJ) Lawmakers Want to Delay Downsizing Facilities For Mentally Ill (Times Union) Bratton Ends Raids on Homeless Shelter (DNAinfo) Schneiderman Dodges Open Records Law (Crain's) Tweet Editor's Choice With a Smirk, Bharara Diagnoses New York Corruption Problem Public Conversation on New Veterans Department Begins The Evolving Definition of Transparency Comments Comment(s) The comments section is provided as a free service to our readers. Gotham Gazette's editors reserve the right to delete any comments. Some reasons why comments might get deleted: inappropriate or offensive content, off-topic remarks or spam. Recent Articles by David Howard King :Three Years In, New York Ethics Commission Still Looking to Find FootingSmall Town Ethics Could Have Big-Time Fracking ImpactDemocrats Begin Push for Criminal Justice Reforms Ahead of Legislative SessionAmid Heightened Tension, Advocates Push Cuomo to Veto Police Discipline BillThe Commission Question: Would One Work for Legislative Pay Raises?