New York adopts nation's strictest gun control, SUNY to add online degrees and 3 year programs, local legal doc company lays off 220 in Albany and prepares to close

It snowed. Drive carefully. [TU]

New York legislators passed the strictest gun laws in the nation yesterday. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law shortly after, saying "common sense prevailed." The state Legislature is touting the new gun law as proof of the effectiveness of the new coalition government. [AOA] [Capitol Confidential] [YNN]

Among the legislators to oppose the new gun control law, newly elected Senator Kathy Marchione, one of two Senators who spoke out against passing the
law and one of only 18 to oppose it. Marchione argued the new law would weaken the Second Amendment.[Saratogian] [Record]

The NRA issued a statement calling the new gun control law "draconian" [Capitol Confidential]

Customers lined up to by weapons and ammunition on Tuesday before the new gun law went into effect. [TU] [YNN]

The House of Representatives has finally passed a $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill -- a vote that was postponed at the end of the last session a week ago. The measure moves to the Senate now, where it is expected to pass. [NYT]

Albany is learning to adjust to the new residential parking regulations. [TU]

The Albany branch of the company Matthew Bender, one of the nation's largest publishers of legal documents, let go 220 people. LexisNexis owns the company, which was founded here in the Capital Region, and plans to close the business altogether by 2014.[Record] [Fox 23]

Andrew Cuomo's choice for the open seat on the state's highest court is a Bronx Democrat who once clerked for Sonia Sotomayor.[TU]

SUNY will add 10 online bachelors degrees in the fall and is working to develop a three-year-degree. [TU] [Fox 23]

The gun show in Saratoga came and went this weekend, but residents continued to voice opposition to the show on Tuesday at a city council meeting, asking the council to pass a resolution banning future gun shows.[Saratogian]

A Saratoga resident is working to create a gun buyback program in the Spa City. [WNYT] [Saratogian]

Following a vote by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Maplewood Manor was officially transferred to control of a local development corporation, which is now expected to find a private operator for the nursing home. [Saratogian]

A 60-year-old cyclist was injured on Tuesday morning when he was hit by a car operated by an 80-year-old driver, and dragged more than 100 feet on the Dunn Memorial Bridge. [TU]

Fourteen people were displaced and six had to be rescued from a fire at Central Avenue and Lexington on Tuesday night. [TU]

The trial of the man accused of shooting a Troy High School basketball star got underway on Tuesday. [Record]

The bank robber who caused a lockdown of Ballston Spa Schools after robbing an Adirondack Trust company branch in May will spend 10 years in prison. [TU]

The burglar who got stuck in a duct system in an attempt to break into a Rotterdam pizzeria will spend up to 7 years in prison.[Gazette]

Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard from the Capital Region are heading to Washington DC to be part of next week's inaugural events. [Record]

Andrew Cuomo has $22.5 million in his campaign coffers.[Capitol Confidential]

Thirty-six Capital Region residents were selected by lottery to attend the inauguration ceremony next week. [News 10]

Albany High School students are fancying up an old Nissan before it gets crushed in this weekend's Monster Jam at the TU Center.[TU]

Champion cabbage champion. No, that's not a typo. [WNYT]

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The National Rifle Association released a new video on its Web site Tuesday calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for having Secret Service protection of his daughters at school but saying he was “skeptical” about installing armed guards in all schools." (WP)

The NRA reaches a new low in its campaign to turn the US into an armed camp.

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