People gather to watch inauguration, Paterson keeps everyone guessing, Alaei brothers sentenced, hot fudge business is sweet

People got together in places all over the Capital Region yesterday to watch the inauguration, including living rooms, restaurants, senior citizen homes, Proctors Theater, fraternal organizations, a think tank and a lot of schools. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [Saratogian] [Troy Record] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

There were also a bunch of local people at the actual event, some with better spots to view the ceremony than others. [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record] [Saratogian] [Fox23]

Hillary Clinton was not confirmed by the full Senate yesterday as Secretary of State. The vote on her confirmation was held up by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who expressed concerns about donors to the Clinton Global Initiative. [NYT]

David Paterson told reporters yesterday morning that he had a "good idea" about who he's going to pick to replace Hillary Clinton. Then he told Katie Couric and Bob Schieffer later that he's "not totally sure who I'm going to appoint yet." (video) He also told Couric and Schieffer that Andrew Cuomo is among the people he's considering. [Daily Politics] [CBSNews] [Buffalo News]

Dr. Kamiar Alaei, the UAlbany public health graduate student's who's been detained in Iran, was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday. His brother, Arash, was sentenced to six years. The facility they're being sent to is described as "notorious" by the group Physicians for Human Rights. [AOA] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Center for Disability Services, one of the region's largest private employers, says it's cutting 51 jobs. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The president of the Troy city council says he wants more information about how the police and fire departments handle overtime. It was recently reported that the list of the city's top 50 highest paid employees was overwhelmingly made up of police and firefighters who had racked up lots of overtime. [Troy Record]

Albany police chief James Tuffey visited Israel in November for an anti-terrorism seminar. [TU]

A former National Grid employee from Waterford has been arrested on charges she stole $95k from the utility through a tuition reimbursement scam. The utility says the woman inflated her reported tuition costs, though it's not sure how exactly. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The renewal fees for many LLCs and LLPs in New York State are going way up (and some are going down.) The state is raising an additional $84 million with the higher fees. [TU]

The Albany Public Library is looking for a new permanent director. [TU]

The owners of Sundae's Best Hot Fudge say the sauce is now being sold in 400 store across the country and they're expanding capacity. [TU]

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