Calls for mistrial in Troy voter fraud trial, state employees leaving Schenectady reportedly will be replaced by greater number, mobile phone video submitted as evidence in fatal stabbing case

Two voter witnesses in the Troy ballot fraud trial testified yesterday that the signatures on the affidavits submitted to the grand jury in lieu of their in-person testimony are not their signatures. That prompted the defense to ask for either the indictments to be dismissed or a mistrial declared. [TU] [Troy Record]

Andrew Cuomo described the push for his proposed budget as the "Battle of Albany," pitting him against teacher unions, "wholly unacceptable" legislative redistricting, and "a system that for 15 years has been dysfunctional." One of the weapons in Cuomo's arsenal: Photoshop. Also yesterday: education lobbyists continued to press their case that the state's education aid is falling short. [AP/Troy Record] [State of Politics] [Fox23]

The state has recovered 46 percent of the jobs it lost during the recession, according to a report from the state comptroller's office. [State of Politics] [NYS OSC]

The 240 state DOT employees moving from a downtown Schenectady office building will reportedly be making way for as many as double that number of employees to be moved in. [Daily Gazette]

Because of court rulings and a dispute in the legislature, New York State could have three primary dates this year. [TU]

The proposed redistricting that puts Assemblyman Peter Lopez in a district that covers part of Albany could also mean a primary matchup between Lopez and fellow Republican Claudia Tenney. [Daily Gazette]

The state's Congressional delegation is trying to head off any potential effort to move National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing from Glenville. [Daily Gazette]

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher testified yesterday that about half of the state's entering community college students need remedial education. [TU]

Prosecutors submitted mobile phone video as evidence in the trial of Dhoruba Shuaib, the teen accused of restricting the movement of Tyler Rhodes -- the teen who was fatally stabbed in Hoffman Park last April. [TU]

The Albany man accused of making threatening, racist calls to neighbors has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of harassment. The man, who's an attorney, could get as many as three years in prison. [WTEN] [TU]

A CDTA bus driver was honored for his efforts in helping a man survive a stabbing. [WTEN]

The new power plant at the Port of Rensselaer has claimed almost $67 million in tax credits. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs Fire Department could start making ambulance runs as early as this weekend. [Saratogian]

At issue in Bethlehem: should non-profits be allowed to put up roadside signs promoting their events. [TU]

The town of Bethlehem is thinking about walkable development on New Scotland Road near the Vista Technology Campus (the site of the new ShopRite). [TU]

Farmers say the warm winter probably isn't messing with crops -- yet. [Fox23]

The owner of Trader Ed's in Lansingburgh says he's planning to re-open (there was a fire last year) -- the property is reportedly the site of the country's oldest pub. [Troy Record]


Re: Fatal stabbing case of 17 year old

It was at yesterday's news conference that I saw video of the victims mother for the first time. Turns out, I used to work with her in the mid/late 1990s. I didn't make the connection until I saw her face. I remember her being fun, a hard worker, and above all, a responsible mother with a fierce dedication to her children. I even met Tyler (her now deceased son) a couple of times when he was a youngster. This makes the senseless tragedy that much more real for me. And it's times like this, I have a really hard time listening to city advocates question my decision to move my child to the suburbs while claiming Albany youth violence is "overblown".

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