The Three Men discuss property tax cap, Clifton Park neighbors not so sunny about solar array, special delivery in Stillwater

"Collegiality" was the word of the day yesterday for Andrew Cuomo, as The Three Men convened in the Governor's Mansion for lunch. Though on his push for a property tax cap, Cuomo's collegial approach seems to be his way -- or else. Publicly, at least, that had Sheldon Silver retreating from his vow to link a tax cap with stronger rent control in NYC -- though it sounds like the Assembly is trying to influence the specifics of the cap. [State of Politics] [NYT City Room] [NYDN] [NY Post] [AP/Troy Record]

The highest-paid person in the Governor's office is not the governor, but Larry Schwartz -- the former top aide to David Paterson, who was not required to take the 5 percent pay cut. [TU]

The Capitol's newest greeter: Andrew Cuomo. [NY Post]

Neil Breslin is now the deputy leader of the Democratic minority in the state Senate. [TU]

The State Police say they won't release the record(s) they have related to Breslin's traffic stop last October. [TU]

King Modest, one of the lookouts during the Richard Bailey shooting, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Modest had taken a plea bargain and testified for the prosecution during the trial of the shooter, De Von Callicut. [YNN] [TU]

The two Albany men accused of kidnapping a man -- now missing, presumed dead -- in order to interrogate him for info about a marijuana stash were sent to prison as teens after being convicted of a string of violent robberies. [TU]

The Troy man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in her sleep last year has, on second thought, decided not to represent himself in court. [Troy Record]

Troy deputy mayor Dan Crawley is leaving the job to become head of the Troy Housing Authority. [Troy Record]

A Clifton Park family has installed what may be the state's largest residential solar energy system -- to the chagrin of their neighbors. The town has become a bit of a hotbed for solar installations. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

NYRA says its online betting operation has seen a big increase in business after the closure of NYC OTB. [Saratogian]

Noted: you can be towed in Saratoga Springs for not moving your car because of snow -- even when there's not a snow emergency. [TU]

There was case of whooping cough at Saratoga Springs High School. [Saratogian]

A bunch of Capital Region school district officials have gotten PhDs through a relatively new Sage Colleges program. [TU]

The War on Crows is focusing its efforts on downtown Albany. [Fox23]

A Greenfield man is constructing his own private ski hill. [Saratogian]

With the help of a 911 dispatcher, a Stillwater father performed an emergency delivery at home after his wife quickly went into labor. The cop who stopped him on the Northway as he followed ambulance to the hospital afterward let him off with a warning. [WTEN] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

James Donald Fisk -- known as "Uncle Jim" on the old Capital Region kids TV show "The Freddie Freihofer Show," has passed away. He was 91. [CBS6] [Saratogian]

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