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Andrew Cuomo, preaching transparency, has been not so transparent about the level of coordination going on between his administration and the group of business leaders he's helped assemble to push back against other interest groups in the state. [NYT]

Chris Gibson says he will vote Wednesday in the House to repeal the health care reform act. He says there are aspects of the legislation he'd like to keep -- and would have preferred a replacement bill would be ready for an immediate vote. [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette]

The widow of David Park, the Albany teacher shot and killed when he entered the wrong house in a Buffalo suburb last year, has dropped her wrongful death lawsuit against the homeowner. [Buffalo News]

The City of Albany has settled recently reached a $39k settlement in a civil rights lawsuit related to a 2007 arrest. [TU]

If your environmental issue isn't getting enough attention at the state Capitol, you might need more Mark Ruffalo. [TU]

Albany police say a man was shot in the head last night while sitting in a car in Arbor Hill (map). As of this morning, there had been no arrests -- police are looking for one suspect. [TU] [YNN] [Fox23]

The City of Watervliet's bond rating was upgraded -- the city's rating is up five levels from just-above-junk status a few years back. [@Manningvliet] [Troy Record]

Clifton Park has very low overtime costs relative to other local towns -- in large part because it contracts with the State Police and county sheriff's office for policing. [TU]

The number of DWI arrests made by the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department and the Saratoga Springs Police Department were down last year. [Post-Star]

A Clifton Park wedding media company has apparently not delivered the agreed upon photo and video services to many local couples. The owner of the company -- a former state assembly candidate -- says he's now out of business. [Fox23] [CBS6]

Sign of the economy? Adults have been going door-to-door in Schenectady trying to make money shoveling snow. [Marv Cermak]

Among the cab drivers looking to start their own taxi operations in Schenectady: Tooreshwar Persaud, who says he wears a suit to drive his cab. [Daily Gazette]

Prospect Place, a 19th century Federal style mansion in Loudonville, is this year's Vanguard Showhouse. [TU]

The Blue Ribbon Diner in Schenectady is looking to expand. [Daily Gazette]

Lillian Elizabeth Thompson Samuelson of Niskayuna -- engineer, expert birder, retailer of Native American crafts -- has died. She was 84. [Daily Gazette]

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