State of the State reaction, Cuomo continues to dodge, APD looking for community input, fire at firehouse

In his State of the State speech yesterday, David Paterson proposed a bunch of ethics reforms and economic development initiatives (full text of Paterson's speech). He also openly scolded the legislature and interest groups for creating a culture of "addiction to spending, power, and approval." That didn't seem to go over well with the audience. [TU] [Daily Politics] [NYO] [NYT]

Reactions to Paterson's speech:
+ Dean Skelos: "Governor Paterson talked a lot about fiscal restraint, but we've heard that speech before." [CapNews9]
+ Sheldon Silver seemed to be on board with some of Paterson's ethics reforms, but not others. [NYO]
+ Andrew Cuomo: the outline for spending and ethics reform is right, but "we've had trouble in the past is actually getting it done." [NYO]
+ Jim Tedisco: "You have to take what he says with a grain of salt until you see that positive action which he hasn't illustrated so far." [Fox23]
+ Roy McDonald: "I'm tired of these stupid budgets that don't work and of upstate getting the short end of the stick." [Saratogian]
+ Jack McEneny: "The proof is going to be in the [next] budget." [Troy Record]
+ Baruch College prof Doug Muzzio on the proposed ethics reforms: "Ain't going to happen." [AP/Post-Star]
+ George Pataki: "I thought it was exactly the right message." [NYO]

Andrew Cuomo continued to dodge the question of whether he's running for governor. [Daily Politics]

The Albany Police Department said last night that it's forming a community advisory panel to help it develop its community policing approach. Said one deputy chief: "We realize there is a disconnect." Another deputy chief said the APD wants to know what the community's "expectations are for the future." [TU] [Fox23] [CapNews9]

The state Charter Schools Insititute has recommended that the New Covenant charter school in Albany be closed. [TU]

The woman accused of setting the Schenectady house fire that killed a 10-year-old pleaded guilty -- and has been sentenced to 22 years to life. [WTEN] [TU]

There was a fire at a Rensselaer firehouse yesterday. An official says it looks the a problem with the kitchen stove started the fire. The department says it will now be moving into its new firehouse sooner than expected. [TU] [CBS6] [Troy Record]

Troy police say a man tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend -- and then himself -- Tuesday evening. [Troy Record]

County Waste, a local trash hauler, has bought new trucks that will carry both garbage and recyclables. [TU]

The Schuylerville school district is trying to figure out what to do with $4.5 million it didn't expect to have. [WTEN]

Some Saratoga shop owners say rents on Broadway are too high. [Daily Gazette $]

Le Canard -- the restaurant that replaced Nicole's Bistro at Quackenbush Square -- has closed. [TU]

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