Yet another criticism of state's redistricting process, settlement in Troy free speech suit, Clifton Park parents present alternative sex ed curriculum, "Hotel Hell" in Cambridge

Yet another criticism of New York's re-districting process: the dragged-out effort gives incumbents even more of an edge. [NYT]

At a community forum hosted by Paul Tonko, residents of Schoharie County expressed extreme and continued frustration in dealing with FEMA and insurance companies for flooding recovery. [Daily Gazette]

Twenty percent of Albany High School's teachers have already missed seven more days of school this year, according a district internal report. [TU]

The lawsuit involving the Sanctuary for Independent Media, the city of Troy, and former public works commissioner Bob Mirch has been settled. The org's suit alleged its free speech rights had been violated when it was temporarily shut down for code violations they day after a Mirch-led protest of Wafaa Bilal's "Virtual Jihadi" exhibit. [Troy Record] [TU]

In case you somehow missed it: the Giants will be playing the Patriots in the Super Bowl. [AP/SI] [AP/SI]

Albany County has to make a multi-million dollar decision about whether it should lease or buy its family court building. [TU]

Prominent local LGBT activist Libby Post has started a campaign against the appointment of Thomas Marcelle for Albany County attorney because of his affiliation with a conservative group. [TU]

Schenectady Metroplex says a critical state Authorities Budget Office report on the economic development org includes many significant errors, including a claim that it didn't re-develop the site where the new Golub Corp. headquarters now stands. [Daily Gazette]

A Schenectady County official is rejecting an arbitrator's recommendation that SCCC faculty get a series of raises because they're underpaid compared to faculty at other community colleges. [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady school board has narrowed its superintendent search to three candidates. [TU]

The city of Schenectady expects new homeowners to pay their property tax bill -- even if the city doesn't tell them the bill is due. [TU]

A group of Clifton Park parents unhappy with the use of Planned Parenthood guest speakers in Shen sex ed classes presented an alternative curriculum they say more prominently features abstinence. [Saratogian]

An 11-year-old boy died in a car wreck in Wilton Friday afternoon. The driver of the minivan he was riding, his mother, has been ticketed with imprudent speed and failure to keep right. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The Albany church deacon accused of masturbating in front of two boys he was mentoring for confirmation has pleaded guilty endangering the welfare of a child. He'll get 60 days in jail and three years probation. [TU] [CBS6]

Police say they've arrested men allegedly responsible for the bank robbery in Niskayuna on Thursday. Police allege the men were also involved with a couple of jewelry store robberies. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Troy police say a man was found stabbed following a large fight downtown early Saturday morning (map). [Troy Record]

State Police say they'll be focusing on enforcing the new enhanced move-over law, which no requires drivers to move over for tow trucks and maintenance vehicles. [YNN]

The Albany Ronald McDonald House is adding a third residence because of demand. [AP/Troy Record]

Downtown Saratoga business owners say the City Center convention center has been an economic engine for the city. [Saratogian]

The Gordon Ramsay TV show "Hotel Hell" will be shooting at the Cambridge Hotel this week. [Post-Star]

An 86-year-old Latham man recently traveled to China in order to apologize for his role in an atrocity shortly after the end of World War II. [TU]

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