Ice and freezing rain on the way, budget process again focus of Capitol, Bruno calls indictment "garbage," texting gets UAlbany teams in trouble, don't be a spigot pig

The storm that's moving the through the area today has already glazed large portions of the South and Midwest. Ice and freezing rain are expected here this afternoon. [AP]

With the Senate selection circus over, things returned to normal at the Capitol -- which is to say, gridlock and complaining about the budget. [AP/Troy Record] [TU]

New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says year-end bonuses on Wall Street were down 44 percent this year -- and that will cost the state $1 billion in tax revenue. [Biz Review]

David Paterson says he won't pursue the source(s) of the leaks about Caroline Kennedy from his administration. That's created a weird situation where many members of the press know who the leaker (or leakers) is -- and the governor's telling them not to tell anyone. [AP/Troy Record] [NY Post]

Kirsten Gillibrand officially became a US Senator yesterday (99th on the seniority list), as she continued to take heat over her views on guns and immigration. [NYDN] [Daily Gazette] [NYT]

After officially being tapped as the Republican candidate in the upcoming special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand, Jim Tedisco said his focus will be "jobs, jobs, jobs." Tedisco doesn't actually live in the Congressional district (he's not required to), but says he'll move there. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Of his 8 count indictment, Joe Bruno says his lawyers "have never seen such a piece of garbage." [Troy Record]

The area's snowfall total is above average so far. If the season continues as it has, municipalities will probably find themselves short of salt and budgeted money for snow removal. [Troy Record] [Saratogian]

The Saratoga Springs school board is expected to approve spending $377,000 on a new gas line for its high school. The district's superintendent says the line requires "prompt corrective action." [TU]

Somebody ripped off about $350 worth of empty cans and bottles from the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society Monday night. [TU]

Emma Willard says it will be cutting faculty and staff because its endowment has taken a major hit. [TU]

UAlbany's football and baseball teams have been placed on two years of NCAA probation. Coaches for the two teams had been sending text messages to recruits that violated NCAA rules. [TU]

New signs at the State Seal spring in Spa State Park urge people to "Share Spigots, Don't Be a Water Hog." Apparently people had gotten a little piggy with the tasty water. [Daily Gazette]


Re: Joe Bruno - I have two thoughts. The first is "the lady doth protest too much" or lad as it is in this case. I wonder if he'll follow the Rob Blagojevich model of proclaiming your innocence and schedule himself to appear on every morning talk show in New York...including the ever so relevant and thought provoking show "The View." In fact, maybe the two of them can get together for lunch, invite Bill O'Reilly and discuss their thoughts on ethics.

My second thought is that his lawyers should visit "The Joe" and see what real garbage looks like. $14 million dollars worth of garbage...

You don't have to live in a congressional district to run for the seat? What's That all about!?!? I'm going to run for a seat in Florida, maybe Hawaii just to get the free airfare!

wow...Patterson reminds reporters that they have "a 'First Amendment right' to protect their sources"...Um, Dave, that doesn't mean they have an obligation to do so, much as you might wish it.

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