"Blockbuster" storm kind of a dud, Cuomo says budget will "shake up" the establishment, Niskayuna couple continues to push chicken issue, that's a lot of... shoes

The combined snowfall total from Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.8 inches -- quite a bit less than had been forecasted (30 inches?). [NWS]

In a video message posted online yesterday, Andrew Cuomo said his proposed budget "will shake up the Albany establishment, but that is exactly what we must do." Earlier: Speed reading the coverage of Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget. [Cuomo admin]

There's a campaign calling for changes at the state agency that disciplines judges. [NYT]

Albany police say a man was shot in the leg Wednesday afternoon in Arbor Hill (map). [YNN]

The person with the winning $48 million Powerball ticket sold on Christmas day in Wilton has finally come forward. Also: a Cohoes woman won $3 million from a scratch-off ticket -- and, more importantly, she'll get to meet Yolanda Vega. [TU] [CBS6]

The recent snow and cold has led to packed nights at the Capital City Rescue Mission. [WNYT]

Ellis Medicine is pushing ahead with plans to build an emergency department expansion and parking garage at its Nott Street campus. [TU]

The man who was injured by a fall from a bridge in 2009 while allegedly fleeing Schenectady police argues in a lawsuit that he didn't jump -- but instead fell after being tased. [Daily Gazette]

Another former RPI employee has sued the school alleging age discrimination. [Troy Record]

Saratoga County says it will save $1 million this year from early retirements. [Post-Star]

None of the almost 300 Berlin elementary students tested for lead have registered with elevated levels (tests last fall had shown high lead levels around the school). [TU]

The Niskayuna couple who had to give up their chickens after the hens were deemed to be a code violation are pushing forward with their effort to appeal the decision. Earlier: Changing Albany's chicken laws [Daily Gazette]

Snow storms are apparently big days for pizza deliveries. [Daily Gazette]

A group of RPI students set up a Facebook page to help with snow shoveling in the neighborhoods around the campus. [YNN]

Says the head of the Albany landfill: "People ask me what's in the landfill and I always say, 'Shoes and porn.'" [TU]

Please don't throw your shovel at the snow plow driver. [Saratogian]

Comments

I honestly don't know what's more exciting- winning the lottery or meeting Yolanda Vega.

I honestly don't know what's more irritating: interesting links to the Gazette or the one-sentence teaser before the $ request. Sorry AOA folks, I can't help myself - apparently no more than Gazette can control their hubris...

I'm with R. I really wanted to read about the banished chickens.

Come on, would it kill you to like, buy a newspaper once in a while? I hear they sell them at Stewart's, and you can trip and fall over three Stewart's in this area. Or heaven forbid, pay for online content? The Gazette doesn't have Hearst or Journal Register Co. money to back it. We're fortunate we don't live in a one-paper town. I grew up in a one-paper region, and believe me, a newspaper with a monopoly is a crap paper.

I get the feeling that we're all buy-local and pro-independent business supporters in these parts here on AOA, except when it comes to the occasional griping about the Gazette's paywall vs. the free and chain-owned other papers. I doubt many of you would gobble down a bucket of free McDonald's Big Macs and then complain that one of our favorite locally owned restaurants charged you for a meal. Then why do some of you do that with the papers?

I realize that in the end, it's the publishers fault for establishing a precedent for giving away their workers' labor for free on the web, but still, pick up a paper and get ink on your hands every once in a while. It's good for the economy.

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