Deal could return some VLT aid to Saratoga, Cuomo pushes for Indian Point closure, Troy elementary school recommended for closure, Billy Fucillo really is huge

Hugh Farley and Roy McDonald say a state budget deal on video lottery terminal aid to municipalities will result in Saratoga Springs getting about $1.5 million, and Saratoga County about $500k. The provision still has to be approved as part of the larger state budget. The last time Saratoga got state money for hosting a racino was 2008. [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [TU]

Andrew Cuomo is continuing to threaten the use of extender bills to push through "a good budget" on time. The budget deadline is April 1 -- and there's been talk that it might even come in early. [State Politics] [AP/Troy Record]

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a review of the Indian Point nuclear power plant's ability to withstand an earthquake is its top priority. Andrew Cuomo yesterday again said he's pushing for the plant to close. (Indian Point is about 30 miles from NYC, 100 miles from Albany -- and roughly 12 miles from Cuomo's residence in Mt. Kisco.) [TU] [NYT]

Said Chuck Schumer said yesterday "there is no dobut" that Henry Johnson should receive the Medal of Honor. Schumer says three new pieces of evidence turned up by his staff are "monumental" and make the case for the WWI hero. [TU] [Troy Record]

Following the recent arrest of department spokesman James Miller for alleged DWI, the Albany police department says its reviewing its policy on officers who refuse alcohol breath tests at traffic stops. [Daily Gazette]

It appears that someone stole a bunch of the grates that protect sidewalks from tree roots in Schenectady and sold them to a scrap yard -- and "sources" say the person was driving a city vehicle. [CBS6]

The Albany man accused of fatally stabbing his Park South neighbor last summer over a radio has taken a plea deal that will put him away for 20-25 years. [TU]

The superintendent of Troy school district has recommended that the district's largest elementary school, School 12, be closed to help cover a budget gap. The school board still has to approve the closure. [Troy Record] [Fox23]

The Shen school district is looking at cutting 37 teaching positions. [YNN]

The Averill Park school board voted to cut after-school care in an effort to close its budget gap. [WNYT]

The new Alliance Party -- on which former Union College president Roger Hull is running for mayor -- introduced its slate of candidates for Schenectady city offices. [TU]

Two more UAlbany students have turned themselves in to police over the kegs and eggs riot. They've both been charged with first-degree riot. [TU] [Troy Record]

Troy police say they've arrested a woman for allegedly starving two puppies that froze to death earlier this month. [Troy Record]

The Metroplex authority has been stabilizing the historic -- and decaying -- Foster Building in downtown Schenectady. The building is on the the National Register of Historic Places. [Daily Gazette] [Wikipedia]

The owners of Kings Ransom dairy farm say more than 300 people have helped them since their barn roof collapsed in early February. (Kings Ransom is one of the dairies mentioned in yesterday's post about home milk delivery.) [WNYT]

Kia has recognized Billy Fuccillo as its top dealer in the United States. [TU]


Another odd thing, James Miller does not appear on the Albany arrest blotter.. I know how I perceive that.

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