Cuomo waves stick around, "tipping point" on student drinking in Troy, aggressive driving blamed for running tanker off Route 7

Andrew Cuomo released a video message in which he said: "I am working very hard to cooperate with the Legislature, but in the end, I will not compromise the important work you elected me to do, and I will not back down from my promise to the people of this great state" (translation: if I don't get what I want, I'm going to ram it through using budget extenders). The message prompted consternation among legislative leaders, who accused Cuomo of unnecessary stick waving. Legislators say the budget process is on track to finish by the April 1 deadline. [Cuomo admin] [TU] [WNYT]

One potential sticking point on the budget: whether a renewal of NYC rent control laws should be rolled into the budget. [State of Politics]

Thirty-three members of the union that reps CUNY faculty and staff were arrested at the Capitol yesterday during a protest of state budget cuts. The members, whom state police described as "very cooperative" were arrested for blocking a hallway with a sit-in. [TU] [Troy Record]

Troy police say they'll be cracking down on student drinking and vandalism in the Beman Park neighborhood because the situation there has "reached a tipping point." Said a neighborhood resident: "When I saw what happened in Albany, I said, 'We're not far behind.'" [TU] [TU]

Schenectady police say it appears $70,000 worth of tree grates and tree fences have been stolen from around the city. [CBS6]

A Schenectady police officer has been suspended after being arrested for a "domestic incident" last week. The man and his brother are both fourth-generation Schenectady cops. [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

Chris Gibson reiterated his support for a nuclear power plant in his district yesterday and called for policy makers to hold off making decisions until the situation in Japan is better understood. [YNN] [Saratogian]

As expected, the Troy school board voted to close School 12, an elementary school, in order to help close a budget gap. The closure prompted a protest by parents outside the school at yesterday's dismissal. [TU] [Troy Record]

While other districts are closing school buildings, the Schenectady district says growing enrollment will probably force it continue its lease of a former Catholic school building for use an elementary school. [Daily Gazette]

The number of serious crimes reported was up last year in Saratoga Springs, and the number of arrests was down. [Post-Star]

State police say aggressive driving from a "traffic dispute" (apparently "uncivil hand gestures" were exchanged) resulted in a gasoline tanker truck being run off Route 7 yesterday. No one was hurt. [Troy Record] [WNYT] [YNN]

Recent stories about alleged problems with a foundation that cares for retired race horses has prompted discussion about finding ways to fund care for the animals. [Saratogian]

The Harmony Mills loft conversation project in Cohoes has made use of $21.5 million in federal funding. [Troy Record]

A Colonie couple's mailbox has been whacked by a snowplow five times this winter. [TU]

A Queensbury woman is one of the first people to get a Chevy Volt, the new electric car. [Post-Star]

Comments

RPI's only about 10,000 students and 25 iq points per person away from SUNY Albany...sounds like a bunch of residents who really want to share some of the kegs'n'eggs spotlight.

The geeks at RPI don't hold a candle to the boorish downstate mouthbreathing bro-hordes of UAlbany...

In the WNYT article on the Route 7 traffic dispute, I love how the State Troopers use the phrase "uncivil hand gestures." How genteel! Do they learn that in the Academy?

Well said Ike.

Jimmy McMillan could have been talking about Harmony Mills when he said "the rent is too damn high". $1,190 to $2,500 per MONTH to live in a converted mill? In Cohoes? No thanks!

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