Cuomo names RFK Jr. to transition team, Jackson no longer highest paid president, money stolen for scholarship in honor of fallen soldier

Andrew Cuomo has named his former brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., to his transition team. [State of Politics]

Chuck Schumer is calling for a federal investigation into the lead content in reusable grocery bags. [AP via WTEN]

New York won't be prosecuting Joe Bruno for allegedly using state employees for personal business, in spite of a proposal by the U.S. Attorney's office.[TU]

40 New York State security guards will lose their jobs as part of state worker layoffs. [The State Worker]

The absentee ballots have been counted in the race for the 109th Assembly seat and Bob Reilly held on to his job by 542 votes. [TU]

Newly elected Congressman Chris Gibson is preparing to represent the 20th congressional district. Among other moves, Gibson hired a former aide to Jerry Solomon -- who held the 20th Congressional District seat for 20 years. [TU]

Mario Cuomo won't go on CNN because of Elliot Spitzer. [NY Observer]

RPI president Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson's $1.6 million sallary no longer makes her the highest paid University President in the country. [TU]

Someone broke into Scallions Restaurant in Saratoga after last weeks charity event for the scholarship fund named for slain soldier David Taylor Miller and stole a safe containing between $1,500 and $1800 in cash. Twenty percent of the money earned that night was to go to the scholarship fund. [Saratogian]

The Rensselaer County man charged with throwing a teen into a fire last year was acquitted on all counts.[WTEN]

Police have identified the two people killed last week when a four seat plane crashed in Columbia County. [WNYT]

There were two other small plane accidents in Columbia County this weekend. In one incident, the pilot walked away uninjured, in the other two people were hospitalized. [TU]

A Schenectady man who pleaded guilty to drug charges is suing the city for $300,000. He says a police search connected with the case violated his civil rights. [Gazette $]

Two Albany men were arrested for criminal possession of a stolen Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card. [TU]

The chalk drawings of people in downtown Saratoga Springs this week are part of a guerilla marketing campaign to call attention to homelessness in the city. [Saratogian]

The Hannah's Hope Foundation is applying for another Pepsi Refresh Grant. [YNN]

A 6 thousand square foot home on the GE realty plot that was assessed at $389,000sold this weekend for $158,000. [WNYT]

The Rensselaer County School district bought an $80,000 Steinway piano for $1,000. [CBS 6]

The Niskayuna Coop is 67. [Gazette $]

Polar bears expected Saturday at Lake George. [Saratogian]

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