State leaders meet and get nothing done, Troy needs a fire truck, UAlbany students charged with rape, truck hits overpass

David Paterson, Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos met up on Sunday to discuss possible budget cuts ahead of tomorrow's special legislative session. And the result: nothing. [TU]

Saratoga Springs city officials say they'll be lobbying state leaders this week in an attempt to keep all of the VLT money originally allotted to the city. David Paterson's proposed budget cuts would cut $1.9 million from the city's share of VLT revenue -- that's five percent of the city budget. [Daily Gazette]

Seemingly half of New York's Congressional delegation -- not to mention a handful of other state officials -- could be in the running for an appointment to Hillary Clinton's Senate seat in the event she takes a post with the Obama Administration. Oh, and about that -- Clinton's not talking. [TU] [TU]

Troy's deputy mayor says the city's fire chief sent him a letter last week reporting that the city is in emergency need of a new fire truck after two of the trucks were recently taken out of service. [Troy Record]

Two UAlbany students have been charged with raping a student in a residence hall last week. [TU]

Local Food banks in suburban areas say they're seeing a surge in demand. [TU]

About 300 people showed up outside city hall in Albany on Saturday to protest for same-sex marriage rights. Among the signs: "Don't we all have the right to marry Rachel Maddow?" [TU] [A Futile Mistake (blog)]

Local restaurateur Angelo Mazzone (677 Prime, Glen Sanders, Aperitivo) says "a bunch" of banks and companies have canceled their holiday parties because of the economy. [Daily Gazette]

Plans are underway to build a new apartment building in the hole left in the row house block across from Washington Park on Madison in Albany. The site, which looks like the space left by a knocked out tooth, is open because the previous building burned down last year. [TU]

A Schenectady playground designed to include children with disabilities has turned out to be a big hit with all sorts of kids. Among the features: what one parent described as "child-proof concrete." [Daily Gazette]

Ever wonder what happens when a tall truck ignores one of those "low clearance" signs for a railroad overpass? After an incident yesterday in Schenectady, wonder no longer. [CBS6]

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