Not guilty plea in Myrtle Ave stabbings, NY and NJ lobbying for Sandy aid together, plan for historic courthouse in Schenectady

You didn't win the Powerball jackpot. [AP/Troy Record]

Michael D. Anderson -- accused of killing one woman and serious injuring two others in the Myrtle Ave stabbing in Albany -- pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. The arraignment was delayed after police Anderson banged his head against the bars of a holding cell so hard that he had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Family of the women who were attacked say Anderson had been threatening them and the women had been trying to get an order of protection. Said the father of two of the women to the Times Union: "I want to kill him. I want to take his life ... Those are my daughters. How would you feel if somebody killed your daughter?" [WNYT] [Fox23] [YNN] [TU]

Gary McCarthy says the city of Schenectady is cracking down on problem-causing night clubs. Three of them have been shut down recently after stabbings or shootings.[TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Albany Common Council approved the city's 2013 budget, which doesn't include an increase in the tax levy but will result in higher taxes for homeowners. [TU]

A Schenectady school board member called the results of student progress reports from this year "disturbing." [Daily Gazette]

Leaders from New York and New Jersey have teamed up to push for federal aid for Sandy recovery. Cause for "puzzlement": Why has Andrew Cuomo not made an appearance in DC to lobby for aid? [TU] [NYT]

Among the policy issues Jeff Klein says the Independent Democratic Conference would push for in a "coalition" majority with Republicans: increasing the state's minimum wage and campaign finance reform. [YNN]

A spokesperson for Chris Gibson says the congressman will not sign onto Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge again. [AP/TU]

Cohoes Common Council president George Primeau will be the acting mayor of the city until a special election next November. (Current mayor John McDonald won a seat in the state Assembly.) [TU]

Municipal deep thought: "In the Village of Victory, residents are facing a quintessential philosophic conundrum: What, exactly, is the point of existence?" [TU]

There's a new CEO for the Troy-based community services agency CEO. [Troy Record]

There's a plan to turn 108 Union St. in Schenectady -- once a court building -- into a health and wellness complex, with a vegetarian restaurant and other services (map). (If you've ever been down that street, you'll recognize the building -- it's the large Greek revival across the street from what's probably the oldest house in Schenectady.) [Daily Gazette]

The Troy Public Library is moving toward getting the recently made scans of the Troy Sentinel posted online. [TU]

Upgrade: after a Glenville teacher asked to have pet rats in her classroom, the schools' principal suggested a therapy dog instead. [Daily Gazette]

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108 Union St. may have been Schenectady's first county courthouse. It also once housed the jail. It dates to 1833, when it was built for a whopping $9,964.

http://www.hoxsie.org/2012/01/doric-historic-available.html

You may have noticed the Chris Gibson got a write up in Daily Kos today. They expressed exactly how I felt when I read this here on AOA. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/29/1165764/-GOP-Rep-Chris-Gibson-My-pledge-to-Grover-Norquist-is-moot-because-my-district-number-changed?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailykos%2Findex+%28Daily+Kos%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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