Bruno won't get $2 million in legal fees from NYS --yet, legislators using redistricting plan as template, DOT wants to clear up Northway traffic, gas station at proposed Colonie Shop Rite a deal breaker, guard says Slocum told inmates "I'm a murderer."

Legislative leaders are using the state redistricting proposal handed down by a federal magistrate this week as a template from which they'll make "the necessary deals." A three judge panel is expecting to see a final proposal by Monday. [NYT]

The Attorney General's office says Joe Bruno won't get reimbursed for more than $2 million in legal fees -- yet. Bruno's attorney has filed for the reimbursement under a public officers law that allows state employees to be repaid in criminal cases resulting in acquittal or dismissed charges. Eric Schneiderman's office has rejected the request deeming it premature. [TU]

A day after 2,000 state employees turned out at the Capitol to meet with legislators about Governor Cuomo's proposed Tier VI pension cuts, there may be signs of compromise on the issue. [TU]

New York State's Department of Transportation is looking for ways to clear up some of the traffic congestion on the Northway. On the list of options: widening the twin bridges and rerouting traffic with message boards. [YNN] [News10]

Under a newly hammered out plan Global Foundries would pay $12 million a year in taxes through 2059, making it the largest private property taxpayer in the Capital Region.[Gazette]

Deliberations continue today in the Troy ballot fraud case. Yesterday the jury requested a 40 minute read- back of the testimony of city councilman John Brown and Kevin O'Malley and asked to look at handwriting samples. [Record] [TU] [WNYT]

Eleven people testified yesterday in the murder and arson trial of Matthew Slocum. Slocum's cousin said he heard Slocum threaten to burn the house down the day before the murders. A guard from the Washington County jail said that when other inmates were taunting Slocum, he yelled back that they didn't know who he was and shouted "I'm a murderer." [YNN] [WNYT] [TU]


An 80 year old Cohoes man was arrested yesterday for allegedly offering a teenage boy $20 in exchange for sex. [TU]

A 7 week old girl remains in critical condition with a broken leg and injuries to her head and genitalia and David B. Cook, who was watching the baby while her mother was way, is facing sexual abuse and assault charges. Cook's ex wife told the Post Star he has a history of violence toward women and children. [Saratogian] [ [Post Star]

The man charged with murdering his infant son last week will be arranged on murder, manslaughter and felony assault charges today. [CBS6]

The Saratoga man charged with making threats against the president will undergo a court ordered psychiatric evaluation to help determine understands the charges he's facing and can assist in his own defense.
As he was being transported to the Saratoga County Jail, 33 year old Brent Dickinson told reporters that the threats were "being blown way out of proportion." [TU] [Record]

A pool of potential jurors was dismissed in the trial of two men charged in the shooting an 11 year old boy and his brother, after supporters of the defendants were overheard talking about "taking out jurors. " [TU]

A Troy man is facing grand larceny charges for allegedly using his employer's credit card to buy gas for people, and then pocketing the as much as $3,600 in reimbursement money. [Record] [TU]

A 21 year old Albany man will spend up to seven years in prison after pealing guilty to criminal possession of a weapon. Ammar Elordi was original charged with selling guns and drugs. [TU]

Colonie planners have tabled a vote on a new 70,000 square foot Shop Rite store and gas station proposed for the Otto Cadillac site on Central Avenue. Area residents are concerned about the gas station but developers say it's a deal breaker. [Fox23] [TU]

The 33 education activists arrested at the State Capitol on Monday included students, professors and staff. Some of those charged were also arrested during the Occupy Albany protests in December. [TU]

Saratoga PBA president blames last year's layoffs for high overtime salaries incurred by Spa City police, saying, "The work didn't go anywhere." The highest paid officer more than doubled his pay from $47,000 to $114,874. [TU]

Saratoga Springs officials have released a $109 million draft school budget that wold raise spa city taxes by2.56 percent. The plan is expected to be undergo changes in upcoming workshops. [Post Star] [Saratogian]

Pastor Charlie Muller has won $10,000 and a feature story inUSA magazine's Make a Difference Day contest for his efforts to create an Albany tool lending library. [YNN]

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