Gillibrand/Long debate at Skidmore, Albany fire sends pre-schooler to Boston burn unit, 235 years since the Battle of Saratoga, newlyweds buy site of first date

In their only debate of he campaign, last night at Skidmore College, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and challenger Wendy Long took on foreign policy, the economy, fracking and abortion. Long called for Sheldon Silver's resignation for his handling of the Vito Lopez scandal and asked Gillibrand to do the same. She did not. What did they agree on? Banning large sugary drinks, Fifty Shades of Grey, and not describing Andrew Cuomo as the best governor in their lifetimes.
[Capitol Confidential] [YNN] [NYT]

Kirsten Gillibrand outraised Long 5 to one in the last financial filing period. [Capitol Confidential]

A pre-school-age Albany girl was flown to a burn unit in Boston on Wednesday morning after being rescued from a Benson Street house fire. Fire officials are still looking for the cause. [WNYT] [YNN]

A New Jersey woman was charged with DWI after she rear-ended an East Greenbush police cruiser. Field sobriety tsts show Valerie Kennedy had a blood alcohol of three times the legal limit. [WNYT] [TU]

One person was hospitalized following an overnight shooting on Kelton Avenue in Schenectady overnight. [YNN]

Two homes were damaged and 16 people were left homeless in a fire on Sixth Avenue in Troy last night [Record]

A Troy teen was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a violent Robbery in the city last year. [Record]

Police have charged an 18-year-old West Hill man with burglary for the third time in 15 months. [TU]

The driver of a dump truck that overturned and got wedged in a tree on Wednesday afternoon was rescued by emergency crews with a pair of winches and a ladder truck. [TU]

Five people were arrested for selling alcohol to minors in a swee in Rensselaer County [TU]

The proposed Schenectady County budget is in limbo because legislators couldn't agree on a 7.49 percent tax increase.

Congressman Paul Tonko and 20th Congressional District challenger Bob Dieterich will debate on Twitter today at 3pm.[Gazette]

The Malta Planning Board has approved plans for Global Foundries proposed three story technology development center to go up next to the chip fab plant in Luther Forest. [Saratogian]

Geologists are still trying to determine what caused the rock slide that shut down part of Route 4 in Fort Ann. DOT crews reomved 43 truckloads of rock from the site and the road has reopened. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo showed up in the spin room at Tuesday's presidential debate at Hofstra,where he complimented President Obama on a "masterful" performace. [Capitol Confidential]

A UAlbany researcher says Mitt Romney's statement that a survey done by the school in 2004 concluded that his cabinet had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America, was inaccurate -- but says that both Romney and President Obama have strong records of hiring women in their administrations. [WNYT]

Schenectady County will auction off 20 foreclosed properties on Saturday morning. [WNYT]

Ballston Spa Teachers Association and the Central School District have finalized a teacher evaluation system [Saratogian]

The Warren County DA's office is asking for a special prosecutor in the case of a Saratoga man who allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars from the charity where he worked, because DA Kate Hogan knows the defendant through her involvment in the Glens Falls Rotary Club.
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New York State has been ordered to pay $605,750 to a woman who was raped by a prison guard while she was serving a sentence for violating probation. [YNN]

Albany County Correctional Facility inmates may soon have access to a Skype like technology that allows them to make video calls to their friends and family. [News 10]

Occupy Albany is planning demonstrations today to mark its first anniversary. [YNN]

Part of Washington Avenue westbound will be closed from 9p.m. On Friday through 7a.m. On Monday for construction. [TU]

The bridge from the Northway to Crossgates Mall is in worse shape than the DOT suspected and will be replaced next year.[YNN]

The unusually mild winter is being blamed for an increase in the squirrel population in the Capital Region.[Gazette]

The turning point of the American Revolution - the battle of Saratoga - occurred 235 years ago this month.[Saratogian]

A pair of newlyweds couple have purchased Bumpy's, the Schenectady ice cream stand where, five years ago, they had their first date. [Gazette]

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