Cuomo says raising taxes not on the table, Albany County considers sales tax increase, reported abduction attempt near RPI, 96-year-old donates e-readers to fellow nursing home residents

The official snowfall total yesterday: 1.3 inches. [NWS]

At a conference in Puerto Rico, Andrew Cuomo said raising taxes is not an option for closing the state's $9 billion budget gap. [NY Post]

Swirling rumor at the conference: that an attempt to overthrow Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver might be simmering (with or without Cuomo's hand at work). Silver seemed unimpressed by the rumors. [NY Post] [NYT] [NYDN]

David Paterson line at the conference: "Before we hear from the governor-elect, we will hear from the 'governor reject.'" [YNN]

The DEC says more than 600 gallons of radioactive water spilled from the Knolls Atomic Power Lab site in Niskayuna into the Mohawk last month. [TU]

Up for discussion at the Albany County legislature meeting: a potential .5 percent sales tax increase. Legislators say the increase would fill $28 million of the county's $40 million budget gap. The bill was sent to committee where it could sit for months. [WTEN] [CBS6] [TU]

In the face of a "mountain of proof," 13 alleged members of one of Albany's most notorious gangs are expected to plead guilty. [TU]

Troy police say a woman reported that two men tried to abduct her near the RPI campus early Sunday morning (map). They say the woman was able to get away and run for help. [Troy Record] [YNN]

The Greenfield man charged with stabbing his mother and brother in January has taken a plea deal and expects to get 7 years in prison. [Post-Star]

During an appearance at Crossgates Mall yesterday, Chuck Schumer said Congress should be focused on making sure "that that middle-class paycheck stretches." He also said it might be time to do away with the filibuster in the Senate. [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

The Albany County legislature has passed a cyberbullying law. It includes penalties of up to a year in jail. [Fox23] [YNN]

The president of Albany's school board is accusing the Brighter Choice Foundation of harassment after his personal mobile phone was deluged with messages calling for more funding for charter schools. [TU]

Albany city leaders got a tour of Public Bath No. 2, the small indoor South End pool that's slated to close because of a budget crunch. The facility needs $90k to stay open short term and as much as $1 million long term. [TU] [WTEN]

Albany's economic center is being pulled westward by development at Albany Nanotech, the Harriman campus and Patroon Creek. [TU]

There have been more than double the number of whooping cough cases in New York State this year (509), compared to last. [CBS6]

An off-duty Troy police officer is being credited with stopping an alleged mugging Sunday in downtown Troy (map). [Troy Record]

East Greenbush police say they busted five people at a house where cocaine and heroin were allegedly being sold (map). [CBS6] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say a Skidmore student was airlifted to Albany Med early Sunday morning after allegedly driving drunk on campus. [Saratogian]

Saratoga Springs police say there was a rash of car break-ins in downtown parking lots and on the eastside over the weekend. [Saratogian] [YNN]

Saratoga Springs police say a man drove his car through Congress Park Sunday before crashing into the reflecting pool in front of the Spirit of Life statue (the statue was not damaged). They say the man was found on foot nearby and arrested for DWI. [Saratogian] [TU] [Post-Star]

Mitch, the steppe eagle from Afghanistan, has finally made it to the Berkshire Bird Paradise in Rensselaer County. [Troy Record]

A 96-year-old resident of The Eddy nursing home in Niskayuna has donated $20k so that every resident of the facility can have a Kindle. [Daily Gazette]

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