Cuomo to investigate Paterson, Bruno sentencing pushed back, guily plea for mom accused of using daughter in burglaries, big snowfall totals in spots

Andrew Cuomo has reportedly agreed to David Paterson's request that the AG investigate Paterson aide David Johnson, the actions of the state police and the governor himself. Paterson announced last night that he had suspended Johnson after the New York Times posted an article in which it reported that a woman had sought an order of protection against Johnson -- and both the State Police and Paterson intervened in some way. [NY Post] [Paterson press release] [NYT]

Joe Bruno's attorney have reached an agreement with the feds on how much money the former state senator will have to forfeit as part of his sentencing. The figure hasn't been released, but it will probably be some portion of the $240k he was accused of receiving fraudulently. Bruno's sentencing has also been pushed to May 6. [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [Troy Record]

The state Senate passed the Family Health Care Decisions Act yesterday. The bill allows a surrogate to make decision on behalf of patient whom doctors have determined lacks decision-making capacity. The bill has already passed the Assembly -- and David Paterson reportedly will sign it. [NY Senate] [TU]

Albany County DA David Soares told the TU's editorial board yesterday that the Albany Police Department is "doing greater work in that department without the former chief there." At a community forum last night, residents suggested interview questions for the eight police chief candidates. [TU] [CapNews9]

David Paterson has proposed a bill that would make driving while talking or texting on a mobile phone a primary offense -- that is, police would be able to pull a driver over specifically for violating the ban. [press release] [Troy Record]

A spokeswoman for the Town of Colonie says the employee the town board voted to fire is the head of the landfill. Town supervisor Paula Mahan has accused the employee of allowing a private trash hauler to underreport the amount of garbage it was dumping in the landfill. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

The Albany Convention Center has bought more land for the proposed project. [TU]

Saratoga Springs' city planning board voted to not recommend the extension of the city historic district. [Saratogian]

The state health department has cast doubt on the need for two new emergency departments in southern Saratoga County. [Daily Gazette $]

Harold Ford was heckled repeatedly last night while trying to explain his switch on same-sex marriage to a crowd of mostly gay Democrats. [NYDN]

The Rensselaer County woman accused of using her 10-year-old daughter to assist with burglaries has pleaded guilty. Prosecutors alleged that the woman and her boyfriend had used the girl to squeeze through tight spaces such as dog doors. [Troy Record] [TU]

A developer is proposing to turn the former Adult Learning Center on Western in Albany into condos (map). [TU]

While much of the Capital Region got about a foot of snow from yesterday's storm, the Hill Towns in Albany County got more than two feet. [Fox23]


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