Paladino officially enters gubernatorial race, hunt for stick-up suspect in Troy, poor sap, from Bethlehem to Fox News

Carl Paladino formally announced that he's running for governor. His announcement was preceded by the "mad as hell" clip from Network. Said Paladino during his speech: "the Albany ruling class will soon learn the strength of our movement." He also mocked Andrew Cuomo. Earlier on AOA: Who is Carl Paladino? [YNN] [NYT] [YouTube] [TU] [NYDN]

State comptroller Tom DiNapoli says no one really knows the size of the state budget deficit. David Paterson, Richard Ravitch and John Sampson talked about the budget at Peter Luger yesterday. [NYT] [NYT]

New York State has the highest rates in the country for health plans bought on the individual market, according to a trade group. [TU]

Troy police say a man stole $40k-$50k in a stick-up of a check cashing store on Hoosic Street this morning. The suspect reportedly was sighted near RPI's linear accelerator facility and the school issued a campus alert urging people to stay in their building with windows and doors locked. There were also reports of the suspect being sighted near the east campus athletic village. [TU] [RPI Alert] [Troy Record]

State police say a mother and daughter died afer their car was rear-ended on the I-90 Berkshire bridge over the Hudson. Police say the car was stopped because of flat tire. [CBS6] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

The man accused of leaving his friend dying on the side of a North Greenbush road last year pleaded guilty yesterday and said his friend "suddenly exited the vehicle" while they were driving along. [Troy Record]

The ladyfriend of the Albany cop suspended after an alleged domestic incident this past weekend says she was kicked and pushed. [TU]

Albany police say 15 shots were fired on West Street Sunday night. [Fox23]

Said one teen girl at a community forum in Schenectady focused on youth violence: "Ain't nothing about it is gonna' get done, just like all the time." [Daily Gazette $]

Albany County comptroller Mike Conners says a consultancy has concluded that the county nursing home's costs are above average for the area. Conners also says a new facility could ultimately save the county money. (County exec Mike Breslin has been pushing to close the facility in favor of in-home care.) [Troy Record] [YNN]

A citizen's group has recommended that Saratoga Springs should switch to a city manager form of government. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs police station doesn't have a room for interviewing suspects. [Daily Gazette $]

A former RPI employee allegedly used a school credit card for $100k in personal purchases and advances. [TU]

Waterford police say they nabbed an underage driver with a BAC almost four times the legal limit Saturday night. [CBS6]

Yesterday was the enrollment lottery for Albany Leadership, the new all female charter high school. There were 177 applications for 125 spots. [TU] [YNN]

The founder of Americade says he may take the motorcycle festival somewhere else next year after the state doubled the permit fee for a parking lot in Lake George. [TU] [February Post-Star]

Regional maple producers say tproduction is down this season because of the warm weather. [Daily Gazette $]

The Malta Ave bridge over the Northway in Malta has been closed for construction. It's expected to re-open in September. [Saratogian] [WNYT]

The "Central Leatherstocking" region is no more. [AP/CBS6]

Megyn Kelly has made her way from Bethlehem, 80s hair and Albany Law to a prime spot on Fox News. [TU]

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