Budget drama continues, car delivering gunshot victim crashes into ER, bear sighting in Guilderland

Something's going to happen on the state budget today -- although no one seems sure what exactly that is. In an attempt to end the budget game, David Paterson stuffed a bunch of provisions (including a property tax cap and wine in grocery stores) into the extender for this week. The legislature responded over the weekend by putting together its own budget bills. Because the bills are amended versions of Paterson's original plan, the governor can't reject them outright -- but he can veto everything added to them, which he's threatening to do because he says the bills include "irrational spending that's not paid for" (he's also says the legislature isn't planning for a huge potential loss of federal funding for Medicaid). One important side effect of the legislature's action: it temporarily averts a shutdown of the government. [TU] [NYT] [TU] [NYDN] [Daily Politics] [State of Politics] [NY Post] [Buffalo News]

The Albany man stabbed on Morris Street Thursday has died. The APD has arrested an 18-year-old for the crime. They allege the teen attacked the man over some stereo equipment. [Troy Record] [Fox23] [TU]

Albany police say a man died -- either of a stab would or gunshot -- after a fight in Arbor Hill early Sunday morning (map). They say the man managed to drive himself to the hospital before passing away. They also say another man was shot, apparently as part of the same incident. [TU] [Fox23] [CBS6]

Schenectady police say a man was shot and killed early Sunday in Mont Pleasant (map). They say the car driving him to Ellis Hospital's McClellan campus crashed through the doors of the emergency department in its attempt to deliver him. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Travis Carroll, the man who pleaded guilty to hitting Ryan Rossley with his car St. Patrick's Day night in Saratoga, was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison on Friday. [Saratogian]

A house fire in Ft. Edward Saturday killed six children, all siblings. [Post-Star] [Fox23]

Albany police say a man speeding down Second Ave early Sunday morning lost control and crashed into five houses (photos) (map). [YNN] [CBS6]

A man has been charged with DWI after Troy police say he crashed into the front of a convenience store Friday night (map). [Fox23]

The judge that presided over Joe Bruno's trial will let an appeals court take up the task of deciding whether the recent Supreme Court decisions will overturn Bruno's conviction. [Daily Gazette $]

Matthew J. Ryan, the Troy man accused of running a Ponzi scheme, has pleaded not guilty. [TU]

Chris Gibson, the Republican challenging Scott Murphy for the 20th Congressional District, says he opposes the cap and trade bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions because he says it would increase energy prices too much. Scott Murphy voted for the bill when it passed in the House last year. [TU] [Post-Star]

A company from India is putting $20 million toward a research center at UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering focused on smart grid technology. The project is expected to bring 50 employees and generate 50 new jobs. [TU] [Troy Record]

The influx of transplants for the GlobalFoundries chip fab is currently "more of a trickle than a stream." [Daily Gazette $]

The final mass was held at St. Patrick's in Troy, which had been open since 1871. The 106-year-old Immaculate Conception parish in Schenectady also held its final mass. And the 156-year-old St. Brigid's Catholic school in Watervliet graduated its last class last week. [YNN] [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette $] [Troy Record]

There was a bear spotted near Schoolhouse Road in Guilderland Friday (map. [TU]

The last call for Albany bar Shea's was Sunday. [TU]

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