Wheels turning on tax cap bill, Colonie-based org allegedly looked into setting up own country, soaked by a back water bill, Schenectady man a thousandaire

Andrew Cuomo has submitted a property tax cap bill to the state Senate -- and the chamber is expected to pass the bill this afternoon. The surprise move is apparently a bit of political strategy aimed at the cap-skeptic Assembly. [NYT] [TU] [State of Politics]

Cuomo is scheduled to release his budget proposal -- the one that reportedly includes 10,000+ layoffs -- on Tuesday. [NYDN]

State comptroller Tom DiNapoli has proposed a bill that would revoke the pensions of state officials who are convicted of a crime related to their public office. For example, former state comptroller (and convicted felon) Alan Hevesi receives an annual state pension of more than $100k. [NYS OSC] [TU]

Among the allegations made during testimony in a lawsuit related to NXIVM, the Colonie-based "executive success" program: the org was looking into whether it could set up its own sovereign country. [TU]

Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Watervliet Arsenal Friday pushing to make a federal tax credit on R&D expenditures permanent. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A federal appeals court ordered a man to be re-sentenced his child pornography conviction after US District Court judge Gary Sharpe, who sits in Albany, speculated that the man has a gene that prompted his behavior. [AP/TU]

A former Schenectady County child protective services case worker has been indicted on charges she lied during an investigation a case involving a malnourished child. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Norlite hazardous waste incinerator in Cohoes failed a test for dioxins last fall, according to the DEC (the company says it has since passed the test). [TU]

A Rensselaer County legislator is pushing for the state to require stores with rewards cards to not list customer info on receipts. [Troy Record]

Because of an allegedly broken meter, the City of Troy says a man owes back charges on years of water bills -- even though he's been diligently paying the bills he received. [TU]

Albany police say a man dragged another a man with his car along Chestnut Street after the alleged dragee's pants got caught on the driver's side-view mirror (map). [Troy Record]

CDTA says the BusPlus service -- the new "bus rapid transit" line along Route 5 -- will be ready to go in April. [Daily Gazette]

Already struggling dairy farms are now being squeezed by high fuel prices. [Post-Star]

Two dogs were reportedly thrown out the window of a passing SUV at an animal shelter in Saratoga County. [WTEN]

A family-owned paper mill in Saratoga County is one of the world's only manufacturers of a special paper used for electronics. [Saratogian]

A community of people have come to the aid of a Rensselaer County man whose home burned down -- and his dogs died -- in December. [TU]

Richard Angehr, the Schenectady man who appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? last week, won $17,550. [TU]


There has got to be a statute of limitations on the water bill situation. Ridiculous.

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