Bloomberg adds support for pension reform, McDonald faces loss of support for Marriage Equality Act vote, trooper says Slocum confessed to murders, charges that a witness lied in ballot fraud trial, fire temporarily closes Corning Tower

Leap day snow caused a sloppy commute and resulted in school closings, but with temps of 40-50 degrees anticipated, it's not expected to stick around long. [TU]

Mike Bloomberg joined a group of leaders from municipalities around the state at the Capitol yesterday to support Andrew Cuomo's pension reform plans. Bloomberg pointed out that the more than $8 billion NYC is spending on pensions this year is more than it will spend on police, fire and sanitation departments combined. [TU] [NYT]

A State Police investigator -- the first person to testify in the Trial of Matthew Slocum yesterday -- told the court that Slocum confessed to the murder of his mother, stepfather and stepbrother in July. The defense told the court that Slocum's girlfriend was responsible for the murders. [TU] [Post Star]

A defense attorney in the Troy ballot fraud case says longtime Democratic operative Anthony Renna lied on the witness stand when he testified he watched elections commissioner Edward McDonough forge votes. Renna says his statement that he watched Edward McDonough cast fraudulent ballots in front of him was "a mistake" and that he was the one who filled the ballots out. [TU] [Record]

The teen driver charged with the hit and run death of an Arbor Hill man this weekend pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges. [TU]

A fire in the Wadsworth Lab at the State Department of Health resulted in a precautionary evacuation of the basement and first five floors of the Corning Tower. [TU]

Albany's proposed cabaret law has been reworked to include an expansion on exemptions for religious or education performances. [TU]

Roy McDonald's support of the Marriage Equality Act has cost him the support of the Republican committees in Milton, Malta, Halfmoon, and Clifton Park. In his former hometown of Wilton, where McDonald served as longtime town supervisor, republicans have officially endorsed another candidate. [NYT] [Record] [Post Star]

Three people were hospitalized and one is missing following a Schenectady fire late last night. The fire displaced 11 people. [TU] [News10] [YNN]

A Schenectady man is facing sex abuse charges for allegedly having sex with a 15 year old boy and a 10 year old boy, and exposing himself to an 8 year old girl. [TU] [WNYT]

A Rexford woman -- owner of the Llenroc mansion -- is facing charges for allegedly keeping an illegal immigrant living and working in her home without pay or a proper visa for three years. [Gazette]

A 19-year-old Greenwich man is charged with violently shaking his 3 year old daughter after the girl grabbed him from behind while he was arguing with his wife. [TU]

Jury deliberations are expected to begin this morning in the trial of four employees at the former Northwoods nursing home. [TU]

A 76-year-old Mechanicville man is dead after a fire in his senior apartment building.[Record]

Two tractor trailer crashes caused slowdowns near exits 25 and 26 on the Thruway yesterday. [TU]

Paying $1.5 million in delinquent taxes to Schenectady County would wipe out the Electric City's cash reserve if it's done all at once. [Gazette]

Kirsten Gillibrand will have a third Republican challenger.[News 10]

A 91-year-old Albany woman testified yesterday in the trial of the main accused of breaking into her home, tying her up and robbing her at knife point.[WNYT]

In spite of near record ridership CDTA may have to reduce its workforce by 10 percent under a new proposed budget. [Gazette]

Proposed IBM job cuts are expected to spare employees at UAlbany's College of Nanoscience sand Engineering . [TU]

Because of the warm winter, National Grid has been charging a "weather normalization adjustment" fee for customers that heat with natural gas. [CBS6]

A temporary contract extension between Young Broadcasting and Time Warner Cable will keep WTEN broadcasting on TWC for now. [Record]

The birthdays for Olivia DiGiovanone and Calvin Talbot will be years apart, and a 100-year-old woman celebrated her birthday yesterday. [Saratogian] [YNN] [WNYT]


"Kirsten Gillibrand will have a third Republican challenger.[News 10]"

Is a Republican senatorial primary that's as entertaining and wacky as the presidential one too much to hope for?

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