Snowfall total way behind, Republicans lining up behind Lazio, shooting in north Albany, Brunomobile still parked

This winter's snowfall so far is about a foot less than typical totals. By the way: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today. [TU] [CNN]

Brian Stratton says Schenectady is facing a budget gap of almost $13 million in 2011. One possible way to help cover the gap: start charging non-profits such as Union College and Ellis Hospital for police and fire services. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

It's looking like the state Republican Party is lining up behind Rick Lazio as its choice for governor. Lazio was in Colonie yesterday and called out Andrew Cuomo, saying that Cuomo has "locked himself in his office and watched as Albany burned." A spokesman for Cuomo said yesterday that the AG is currently "focused on his public service." [CapNews9] [TU] [NYT] [Fox23]

Skidmore's president announced yesterday that the college will not have to go through with planned layoffs. He said the college's financial is improved because of an upswing in the endowment, as well as the results of attrition and a hiring freeze. [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Post-Star]

Albany police say an 18-year-old was shot in the stomach yesterday evening in north Albany (map). The APD said it had no suspects. [CapNews9] [WTEN]

Schenectady police say a man was shot Sunday night -- apparently while two men tried to steal his pants and wallet (map). [CapNews9] [TU]

Guilderland attorney Warren Redlich says he's seeking the nomination for governor on the Republican and Conservative lines. He says he represents the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Redlich also criticized Rick Lazio for being part of the Wall Street bailout scene. [TU] [AP/Troy Record] [CapNews9]

Scott Murphy has gotten campaign contributions from PACs representing the NRA and Planned Parenthood. [TU]

The Albany common council debated a resolution about charter schools for four hours last night. The non-binding resolution would have called for a cap on enrollment in the city's charter schools. The resolution was withdrawn after the four hours. [TU] [CapNews9] [@albanycitizen1]

Albany and Saratoga counties could be on the hook to fund substantial portions of the budget for the corporation that manages flood control in this region. [Post-Star]

A northern Saratoga County man has been charged with assaulting his five-month-old step daughter. State Police say the child sustained a skull fracture. [Fox23] [WTEN]

GE officially opened its new renewable energy global headquarters in Schenectady yesterday. The operation employs 650 people. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Reps from the New York State Theater Institute, which is located in Troy, testified before a state legislature committee about the proposed elimination of the org's state funding. [Troy Record]

The second phase of the Harmony Mills loft renovations in Cohoes has begun. [TU]

Gregory's Barbershops have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Update: the Clifton Park and Delmar locations will apparently stay open. [TU] [TU Biz Buzz]

Saratoga Springs High School's principal says he's retiring after 17 years in the job. [Saratogian]

The Brunomobile still sits in an ESP parking garage. [NYT]

Comments

Heh heh. "upswing in the endowment." heh heh.

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