Threat of flooding, Cuomo reportedly to push for same-sex marriage, scraping the bottom of the salt pile

The weather forecast includes rain all day (and tomorrow). And with all that rain, plus snow melt, plus frozen ground, plus the possibility of ice jams and blocked drains -- there's a threat of flooding. [NWS] [NWS]

Carl Kruger -- a Democratic state Senator from Brooklyn (you may remember him from the "four amigos" drama) -- reportedly will turn himself in this morning on federal corruption charges. "Sources" say Kruger will be charged with allegedly trading political favors for money. Said a "Democratic political operative" to the Post: "Everyone knows that Carl has been using his post to take money for years, so this isn't surprising. What's more surprising is that it didn't happen 10 years ago." [TU] [NYT] [NYDN] [NY Post]

During a closed-door meeting with same-sex marriage advocates yesterday, Andrew Cuomo reportedly said he was planning to give the issue his "full attention" this spring. The discussion reportedly focused on how to move a same-sex marriage bill through the state Senate, where it was voted down in 2009. [NYT] [State of Politics]

An Albany County sheriff's clerk has been arrested after it came out that he allegedly forged military documents to cover up a prior conviction for sexual contact with a minor. The sheriff's office says the clerk never would have been hired had it known of the man's past. The clerk's situation came to light after the sheriff's office got a complaint accusing the clerk illegally accessing the email account of a Little League with which he had been involved. [TU] [WNYT] [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs police say they don't suspect foul play in the death of Alexander Grant. The Saratoga County coroner says Grant was suffering from the effects of hypothermia before his death, and police are investigating whether that might account for Grant's actions (people suffering hypothermia sometimes experience a condition known as "paradoxical undressing"). [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [TU]

Local municipalities are running low on road salt. [TU]

The state is pledging more than $7 million toward cleaning up a PCB-contaminated site in Waterford that had been declared cleaned up more than a decade ago. [TU]

Among the ideas the state Board of Regents are discussing as possible ways to improve graduation rates and college preparedness: a longer school day and longer school year. [CBS6]

The Watervliet school district is asking teachers to forgo raises in an effort to close a budget gap. [Troy Record]

The former Saratoga-Wilton Elks club member convicted of stealing about $160k from the club has been ordered to repay $100k. [Saratogian]

The Saratoga Springs planning board voted to restrict outdoor concerts at Siro's to running no later than 9 pm on most nights. [Saratogian]

Price Chopper has recalled store-brand bolonga. [TU]

The Sage Colleges have frozen tuition for the second year in a row. [Troy Record]

The maple syrup season is apparently off to a slow start. [Daily Gazette]

An Albany Academies student is a finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. [Daily Gazette]

Recorded radio broadcasts of classic sporting events that had been collected by a Schenectady man have been added to the collection of the Library of Congress. [Daily Gazette]

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