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Up on the Board: Albany’s big ugly, NSA foils plots, Supreme Court rulings

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), left, joined by

Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), left, joined by Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), center, and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, speaks during a news conference in Albany. (June 23, 2008) Photo Credit: AP

As the end-of-session bargaining churns ever faster in Albany, the editorial board is trying to make sense of negotiations over casinos, LIPA and the Women’s Equality Act. It looks as though the legislature is divided along regional lines over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s casino plan, which he has yet to put into writing. And lawmakers appear to be moving toward a compromise on LIPA that would reduce the property taxes the utility pays to individual school districts over time. That’s a good plan to give the school districts time to adjust – and take the rest of Long Island off the hook for supporting them through electric bills.

The National Security Agency is promising to release details of terrorism plots that have been foiled by its huge collection of phone data. We’re watching this one.

And the Supreme Court could rule this week on three cases of high interest, involving the Defense of Marriage Act, affirmative action and voting rights.

Finally, we’re taking a look at Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to compost city-dwellers’ waste.

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