The Assembly Democrats’ press release about the passage of a plan to keep state parks open arrived in my in-box at 3:17 a.m. The bill was approved, 86-47. The Senate is expected to pass the bill today and is scheduled to start its session at 9 a.m.

Here’s the parks program bill (which also creates an e-waste recycling program) and its accompanying memo.

Parks staffers are now scrambling to get ready to open in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

The Assembly and Senate are expected to pass this bill to raise the charter school cap from 200 to 460 today.

The charter school agreement was reached just days before the June 1 Round II deadline for federal “Race to the Top” funding.

A deal on the budget remained elusive.

A judge is expected to rule on Gov. David Paterson’s controversial furlough plan today.

There’s a “lingering sense of unease” about AG Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial candidacy that is “partly of his own design,” write Danny Hakim and Nick Confessore.

PEF President Ken Brynien offered conditional support for Cuomo’s proposed wage freeze for public employees.

Cuomo said he will “restore the public trust in government.”

Just because they cheered Cuomo’s reform platform at the convention doesn’t necessarily mean Democrats are ready to whole-heartedly endorse it.

The Staten Island Advance says the jury is still out on whether Cuomo’s aggressive stance against Albany will help clean up the Capitol.

“It’s nice to know that your first son who was so close to you and who was so much a part of your own political success…learned something about the political process from his father just by watching me perform, for better or worse,” Mario Cuomo said.

Cuomo is walking a fine line, trying to embrace the Democratic Party as he simultaneously tries to distance himself from the dysfunction with which it’s intimately connected.

An ongoing Manhattan DA’s probe of the state Independence Party, which might indeed be in prosecutors’ crosshairs, could complicate Cuomo’s acceptance of Row C.

Cuomo’s inner circle includes his father, friends from his HUD days and a longtime lobbyist.

Cuomo has a longshot primary challenger, Hudson Valley county Legislator Joel Tyner.

Paterson was noticeably absent from the convention.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle thinks Mayor Bob Duffy has a lot of explaining to do about how this whole LG run is going to impact the city.

Here’s Duffy’s acceptance speech.

A state task force found race is often a factor in off-duty police-on-police “friendly fire” shootings.

Former NYC Council President Andrew Stein’s legal troubles are mounting.

The Staten Island GOP made its second pick for NY-13 after former Rep. Vito Fossella turned the party down, tapping Michael Allegretti instead.

Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon is taking aim at the “Volcker rule,” which bans banks from trading for their own benefit, arguing it can also hurt average investors.

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced a challenge to Sen. Chuck Schumer.

A GOP primary is shaping up for Sen. Tom Morahan’s seat.

A Conservative Democrat entered the race for the seat Queens Assemblyman Mike Gianaris will vacate to run for the Senate.

New York drivers are the country’s worst, a new study found.

Bobby Kennedy Jr.’s marriage is in trouble.

His wife pleaded not guilty to a drunk-driving charge.

The owner of H&H Bagels admitted to cheating on his taxes.

A repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is advancing in Congress.

President Obama’s 11-year-old daughter is concerned about the BP oil spill.

Rick Lazio and Carl Paladino attended a conservative dinner in Madison County.