It's snowing -- more than expected, Cuomo's Medicaid redesign team releases cuts, Schenectady's fill-in mayor will be part time

It's snowing. And it's forecasted to keep snowing (or some sort of precipitation) all day.

Noted: you can be fired for not showing up to work because of weather. [Daily Gazette]

The Cuomo admin's "Medicare Redesign Team" approved a package of recommendations yesterday that are intended to save $2.3 billion over the next fiscal year in the massive state program. The package includes a 4 percent annual cap on increases in the state's contribution to the program, as well as what are basically concessions from both the hospital lobby and health care employee unions. The panel approved the package ahead of schedule, which some criticized as rushing the process. [TU] [NY Post] [State of Politics] [NYT]

A State Police car was involved in a wreck with a cab in uptown Albany on Washington Ave early this morning (map). There have reports that four people were taken to the hospital. [TU] [CBS6]

After Brian Stratton leaves office, Schenectady city council president Gary McCarthy says he will take over the duties of the mayor's office on a part-time basis (by law, he can't be paid a full-time salary for the job). [Daily Gazette]

It appears that flu season has hit its peak locally. [TU] [Google Flu Trends]

The state attorney general's office has joined a lawsuit seeking to preserve the public's rights to travel waterways that pass through private property in the Adirondack Park. Two property owners had sued the editor of the Adirondack Explorer for paddling down what they say is a private part of a creek. [NYS AG] [TU]

Chris Gibson was in Iraq this week as part of a Congressional delegation. [Post-Star]

The Corinth area of northern Saratoga County has emergency advanced life support services again. The town's paramedic squad had suspended service at the end of January because of a contract dispute with the town. [YNN] [Saratogian]

Fire officials say it appears the man who died during a house fire in Moreau this week was trying to escape before he succumbed to smoke inhalation. [Post-Star]

Part of the Wellington Row property in downtown Albany has been added to the state's Superfund list (map). [TU]

The North Greenbush town board, roiled over an auditor's report of a $3 million account allegedly unknown to the board, has appointed a town comptroller. [Troy Record]

The second-lowest bidder in the old Troy city hall demolition project has cried foul. [Troy Record]

After much lobbying from the community, CDTA says it will be running a bus down Morton Ave in Albany. [TU]

A couple in Halfmoon has filed suit against a builder in what sounds like an episode of Holmes on Homes. [Daily Gazette]

Hy Rosen -- longtime editorial cartoonist at the Times Union -- has passed away. He was 88. [TU]


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