There's a state budget deal, $319 million lottery ticket sold in Albany, focus on code enforcement following riot

The Three Men in a Room have announced there's a state budget deal. The plan closes the $10 billion gap and includes no new taxes. It also cuts spending about two percent compared to the year before -- the first such rollback since the mid-90s. If the legislature approves the budget this week, it would be the first early budget since 1983. [NYT] [TU] [WSJ] [NYDN]

The budget ended up not including some contentious provisions: the income tax surcharge extension ("millionaire's tax"), a property tax cap, rent control extension, or the medical malpractice cap. [State of Politics]

Andrew Cuomo hailed the budget -- and the process the led up to it -- as "a new day for New York." And Cuomo is being hailed as the big winner in the budget game -- "the true steamroller." [AP/Post-Star] [NYDN]

The winning ticket in Friday night's $319 million Mega Millions lottery was sold at Coulsen's in downtown Albany. The winners can't claim the prize until today -- but the word circulating is that a pool of seven state employees have the winning ticket. [TU] [Troy Record] [Fox23]

Officials say a Milton man killed his wife -- and then killed himself -- Friday. Police say the couple had been separated. A joint funeral is planned for this week. [Saratogian] [TU] [TU]

Among the solutions that keep being mentioned in the discussion about how to fix Albany's student ghetto: code enforcement. [TU]

The state geologist is in hot water over comments he made about hydrofracking. [TU]

A Manhattan Assemblywoman is proposing legislation that would cap hospital executives' salaries at $250k. [Daily Gazette]

An Albany County legislator is proposing legislation that would ban "bath salts" that people snort to in order to get high. [TU]

A teen died at West Mountain this weekend after a skiing accident. [Post-Star]

Schenectady County's director of the bureau of weights and measures has been arrested on fraud charges. [TU]

The attorney for Edward McDonough -- the Rensselaer County elections commissioner indicted in the Troy voter fraud case -- alleges that the case's special prosecutor is going after his client because of an alleged grudge against McDonough's father. [Troy Record]

Albany police say a 68-year-old man threatened a woman with a machete Saturday night. [TU]

Bartenders at three Crossgates Mall restaurants were busted Friday for allegedly serving underage customers during a sting. [Troy Record]

A group of RPI students have started a mobile app development company. [Troy Record]

A project in Dutchess County is aiming to be the largest maple syrup operation in North America. [Saratogian]

The Beechnut baby food factory ended production at its plant in Canajoharie Friday, ending a 100-year run in the village. [Daily Gazette]

Comments


A $319 million dollar lottery ticket sold in Albany and an early state budget. Equally unlikely.

I can't wrap my head around having a joint funeral for the separated wife and husband in the murder-suicide. First, they were separated. Second, he killed her. I can't imagine that a joint funeral would create a peaceful or ideal situation for either side of the family.

I look forward to reading the results of AOA's bath salt taste test.

@cassie - I had the exact same reaction. I am sure there is more to it than we know, and maybe it was done was a joint funeral by the family for financial reasons, but still - I recoiled reading that. I can't imagine that her family would want to see the body of the man that took her life, when saying goodbye to her.

@Cassie & kert, I also read that and did a double take.

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