Obama visit to Schenectady postponed, 25 Troy employees make $101k or more, so much snow -- not enough tickets

The planned Barack Obama visit to Schenectady this Tuesday has been postponed because of the shooting in Arizona. The White House says it expects to reschedule the trip (a possible new date hasn't been released). Local officials were supportive of the decision -- and both Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson issued statements of sympathy for Gabrielle Giffords, their House colleague. [White House] [TU] [YNN] [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

Giffords' chief of staff, Pia Carusone, is a 1999 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. She was in DC at the time of the shooting. [TU] [Troy Record]

The possible trade-off for getting the state Assembly to support a property tax cap? Stronger rent control in NYC. [NYT]

The median Capital Region rent was $833 in 2009 -- up 12 percent from 2007, according to Census Bureau data. [TU]

Thanks to overtime, the City of Troy had 25 employees that made more than 101k last year -- the mayor not among them. [TU]

The federal prosecution of Albany's two major street gangs has resulted in 55 convictions. [TU]

The number of filings in the Albany office of US Bankruptcy court was down a bit last year compared to 2009, but still relatively high. [Post-Star]

A majority of the people arrested under Buster's Law, which makes it a felony to abuse an animal, either don't serve time or get off with only a low level penalty. [TU]

Rotterdam town supervisor Frank Del Gallo has switched his enrollment from Republican to Democrat. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Citizen's bid to change the structure of Saratoga Springs city government could be up for a public vote this spring after a state judge ruled the city had improperly bounced the referendum from last November's ballot. [Daily Gazette]

A Schenectady police officer was arrested on a DWI charge. [TU]

Schenectady police say they've arrested a Level 3 sex offender this past week for allegedly tattooing minors. The man, who police say plied his trade in local residences, was also charged for failing to register as a sex offender. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Police say a woman stole money that Grandma's Country Restaurant on Central Ave was collecting to support the troops. [YNN]

Albany police say they've arrested the two men accused of stealing a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie baseball card (among other things). [TU]

An eastbound Amtrak train stopped in Rotterdam Sunday afternoon after one of its engines caught fire. [TU]

The City of Mechanicville had so many people illegally parked during the most recent snow emergency that it ran out of tickets. [WNYT]

Local habitat for Blanding's turtle will be protected after Saratoga PLAN acquired parcel in Northumberland (map). [Daily Gazette]

A 1976 photo indicates where the lost Troy City Hall time capsule might be buried. [Troy Record]

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While stealing money from any charity is despicable, sadly, it's nothing new. My dad used to have a charity can on the counter of his pizza shop, and eventually had to stop putting it out because people kept swiping it. He said it would happen at LEAST once a week. It's sad because everyone loses; the people who are kind enough to give their change, and the people that the money intends to help.

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