Cuomo says legislature "failed the people of New York," hazmat team called for chemicals at Delmar apartment, Albany school district now advertising for students, fish eggs in spaaaaccceee

After apparently making nice with Assembly Democrats during lunch, Andrew Cuomo then told reporters outside that the legislature "failed the people of New York" for "kick[ing] the can down the road" by not doing anything at this week's special session about the $315 million current year budget gap. [Daily Politics] [TU] [YNN]

The hazmat team was called to an apartment complex in Delmar yesterday after "suspicious-looking" chemicals were found in the basement (map). A "law enforcement sources" say that the older brother of the teen burned during a house explosion last December in Delmar was experimenting with the chemicals in the basement. [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT] [Fox23]

Albany police say they're investigating the rape of a woman in her apartment Monday morning around 9:30 on Dove Street near Washington Ave (map). They say the woman reported answering her door and the man pushed his way into her apartment and attacked her. The APD says there doesn't seem to be a previous connection between the woman and the attacker. [WTEN] [YNN] [Fox23]

The EPA is investigating whether there was an "air release" of radioactive material during a demolition project at the Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Niskayuna in September. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs city council passed a budget that includes a 4.45 percent property tax increase. [Saratogian]

The state Assembly has approved a measure that would ban hydro-fracking in the state until next May (the measure already passed the state Senate). David Paterson hasn't said whether he'll sign the bill. (Hydro-fracking is a method used to mine natural gas -- critics say it poses significant environmental and safety problems.) [TU] [NYT]

The state Assembly approved a bill that would help prop up the bankrupt NYC OTB -- the state Senate has taken up the bill. The betting org's collapse would mean a loss of revenue for the state's horse racing industry. [Saratogian]

Real estate and business groups who have backed Andrew Cuomo are organizing an effort to raise millions of dollars to fight the public employee unions. Cuomo has made noises about pursuing budget cuts that will almost surely irk the unions. [WSJ] [WTEN]

There's some question as to whether a Harvard School of Public Health study of people near the LaFarge plant in Raven can legally give individual blood test results to people in its study. [TU]

Prompted by competition from charter and private schools, the Albany school district is now advertising to recruit students. [TU]

A federal court jury found yesterday that the Shen school district had violated a federal special education law in a case that dates back to 1996 -- but did not violate a student with Tourette's civil rights by not paying for schooling off-campus. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Faith Hubbard, who as a teen was convicted in the murder of Troy cab driver in 2003, has been been picked up on cocaine charges. [Troy Record]

Albany police say a UAlbany student reported being mugged by two women at a bus stop on Washington Ave Monday night while a male acted as a lookout (map). [TU] [WNYT]

74 State may be put up for sale because of the McGinn, Smith mess. [TU]

A second Quintessence will open in the former Kirker's on Route 9 in Latham. [Table Hopping]

A science experiment designed by three Ballston Spa fifth-graders is scheduled to go up with the Space Shuttle in February. [Saratogian]

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