Legislature passes budget extender with health care cuts, LarkFest stabber sentenced to 65 years, sixth grader is kickass

Steven Raucci's sentencing is scheduled for today. [Daily Gazette $]

The legislature passed the budget extender that included $775 million in health care cuts. Legislators were not happy that David Paterson put the cuts in the vote-up-or-shut-the-government-down bill -- Jack McEneny called it "gubernatorial blackmail." And Republicans said they were left out of the process. Paterson is expected to include other cuts to future extenders. [NYT] [Buffalo News] [TU] [Fox23] [NYDN]

Also passed yesterday: a measure backed by Neil Breslin that requires health plans to get approval from the state insurance department before raising rates. [NY Senate] [WTEN]

Albany police say a 19-year-old was shot in the leg during a robbery of his Delaware Ave neighborhood apartment early Monday (map). Police say the apartment may have been targeted because of a possible connection to pot sales. [YNN] [TU]

The man convicted of stabbing three people last year at LarkFest was sentenced to 65 years in prison. [TU]

GlobalFoundries has convinced to the state keep secret how it will be spending state subsidies in order to protect "trade secrets." [TU]

The chairman of the state Racing and Wagering Board says New York needs to look at allowing casinos at places other than race tracks. [Saratogian]

A subsidiary of the Galesi Group has bought a large portion of the former ALCO site in Schenectady. A big mixed-use development is planned for the brownfields site. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

It's unclear who vetted the resume of the man arrested for working as a psychologist for the Saratoga County family court and public defender's office allegedly with forged degrees. [Saratogian] [Saratogian]

PEF is calling for an investigation of the state Department of Transportation's use of outside contractors, which the union alleges is wasting money. The Paterson admin says PEF's savings claims are "greatly overstated." One of the jobs that PEF says could be done more cheaply by state workers: dead deer removal from roads. [PEF] [WNYT] [TU]

The state Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities is getting a new name in order to remove the word "retardation." [NYT]

Robert Domenici, a Republican from Colonie, announced he's running for the state Senate seat held by Neil Breslin. Domenici is a retired Army lieutenant colonel. [TU] [YNN]

A 2008 UAlbany grad and New York National Guardsman was killed in Afghanistan last week. Joseph Theinert had gone through the ROTC program at Siena. [AP/WTEN] [CBS6]

Troy police say a teen curfew sweep this past week arrested 20 kids. Their parents will be fined $100 and be required to do 25 hours of community service with their children. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Albany Common Council has passed a ban on fireworks displays near hospitals after complaints about a fireworks at a reunion party at the Albany College of Pharmacy. [TU]

A Troy pharmacy in business since 1894 is closing after its owner says she can't recover from a case of alleged embezzlement. [Troy Record]

WNYT has turned up another local woman who, apparently through some sort of mixup, has the same social security number as someone else. [WNYT]

A Sage Colleges researcher is looking to whether a bacterium found in soil could have mood-improving effects. [TU]

Noted: do not pour vodka in eye. (Ahem.) [YNN] [Slate via @AngelosTzelepis]

Rotterdam sixth grader Sophia Greco is 4-foot-5, 65 pounds -- and has a black belt in taekwondo. [Daily Gazette $]

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