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A.M. Roundup: Cuomo raked in controversial donations from aviation magnate

Good morning. Madison VanDenburg wasn’t crowned the next “American Idol,” but the 17-year-old star is joining a list of contestants who finished third and went on to have incredibly successful careers. Following her journey on the show was a blast, but it’s merely the beginning. Stay tuned. (TU)

Here’s your roundup!

Adam Katz is known for providing private jet services to high-profiled people, like LeBron James and Mick Jagger. Somehow, he’s become even more popular for being a controversial donor – specifically to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (TU)

Rep. Elise Stefanik hoped to have more women join the Republican party, but Alabama’s near-total ban on abortion may undercut her goal. (TU)

Soon, New Yorkers may be able to obtain one-day authorization to officiate weddings. (TU)

In case you missed it: Another “Tales from the Coup” dropped last week. Crank up the pod. (TU)

More entertainment for your ears: The second week of the NXIVM trial featured a number of testimonies that painted Keith Raniere as a diabolical cult leader. Rob Gavin, who’s been covering the trial, joined the podcast to discuss the trial. (TU)

State Democrats will seek input on automatic voter registration in an effort to increase voter turnout, specifically for the presidential primary. (DN/WSJ)

Income inequality is rising across the United States, and the Capital Region is no exception. (TU)

If Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand becomes president, she has no plans to use the detention system for immigrants. (Politico)

Mayor Bill de Blasio used to ignore Trump – but now he’s running a campaign on criticizing him. (NYT)

If a provision in a bill that would legalize weed is passed, it would prevent police officers from using “the odor of marijuana” as probably cause to conduct a search. (Buffalo News)

Speaking of marijuanastate police confiscated over 200 pounds of it following a traffic stop Friday. (WKBW)

A fire destroyed seven row houses in Albany, leaving 40 people homeless. (TU)

The New York taxi industry is taking a big hit from Uber and Lyft. (DN)

And finally, a good news palate cleanser: Congratulations to all the HVCC, UAlbany and RPI graduates!

CapCon’s A.M. Roundup is compiled by Ben Mehic, Ben.Mehic@timesunion.com

Have a state-related news tip for the Times Union’s Capitol Bureau? Please contact Brendan J. Lyons, State Editor, at 518-454-5547 or Blyons@timesunion.com.

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