Paterson says budget will be late, Jennings says Wash Ave Y will become community center, woman turns 107, DiNicola passes away

David Paterson said yesterday that he and the legislature are "too far apart" and the budget will most likely be late. The legislature's two budget plans are about $2 billion bigger than Paterson's proposed budget. The Paterson administration has put together emergency appropriation bills to keep the state running after the April 1 budget deadline. [NYT] [TU] [Daily Politics]

State Senate Democrats apparently offered labor unions special access -- for $50,000. NYPIRG called it a brazen example of pay-to-play. Said Senate Democratic conference leader John Sampson: "Nobody's twisting anybody's arms." [NY Post] [AP/YNN] [Daily Politics]

The YMCA and Jerry Jennings announced the Washington Ave location will now stay open until May 1 -- and after that the city will work to turn the location into some sort of community wellness center. Jennings says the city will have to find money to keep the facility open. [TU] [WNYT] [YNN]

Steven Raucci trial Day 17 A state police investigator testified that an explosive device was found in Raucci's school district office. And a state police sergeant testified that the explosive devices used in the incidents allegedly connected to Raucci were not firecrackers, as the defense has argued. The judge also ruled that she would allow attorneys in the case to review portions of the school district's internal investigation of the situation surrounding Raucci. At last night's school board meeting, board president Maxine Brisport said she was "stunned that any of these alleged events were so safely guarded for such a long time." District superintendent didn't say much when questioned about the allegations last night. [Fox23] [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they've arrested a man for the fatal Henry Street hit-and-run. [Post-Star]

Republican Dan Senor has decided to not challenge Kirsten Gillibrand this fall's election. [NYT]

The man who authorities say shot himself near a bike path in Ballston was last seen by his family in 2008. [Saratogian]

The taxes on the "green" affordable housing in Schenectady are apparently too much for the low-income families that bought the houses. [Daily Gazette $]

An 18-year-old faces 100 charges for streak of burglaries in Albany. [Fox23]

The Bethlehem school district's proposed budget includes the elimination of 12 full-time teaching positions. [TU]

A group of RPI students have develop a device for remotely removing the lids from containers that may hold hazardous materials. [Troy Record]

Breast cancer awareness bracelets have become an issue at a Saratoga middle school. [Saratogian]

The Watervliet school district is now offering a nanotechnology class. For eighth graders. [Troy Record]

A Saratoga County woman turned 107 yesterday. Her grandson says she lived on her own until she was 101. [Saratogian] [WNYT]

Dan DiNicola has passed away. He was 68. [CBS6]

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