Cuomo budget presentation, large gun rights rally at Capitol, a year later and driver in fatal hit-and-run still not found, new driver's licenses said to be very hard to fake

gun rights rally state capitol 2013-01-19 by tim raab

From the large gun rights rally at the state Capitol this past weekend -- photo by Tim Raab, who's posted large photoset from the rally on Flickr.

Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to present his 2013 budget Tuesday afternoon. And after relying business groups for support over his first two years, Cuomo is now looking for support from other groups for proposals such as a minimum wage increase. [TU] [TU]

On Saturday thousands turned out for a gun rights rally at the Capitol. Said local Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin at the rally of the state's recently passed gun control legislation: "This was abuse of power by a man [Cuomo] who wanted to be president but now never will." Said Jim Tedisco: "This week, representative democracy did not work." Said a man who attended the rally to WNYT of gun owners: "We're not a bunch of radicals out there to try to kill people." [TU] [Daily Gazette] [AP/Troy Record] [WNYT]

On the agenda for Cecelia Tkaczyk in the state Senate: pushing for a change in how state aid is distributed to rural and small city school districts. Tkaczyk is scheduled to take the oath of office Wednesday. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Jim Tedisco says Andrew Cuomo's casino plan is "more secret government" and, "It could very negatively impact Saratoga if it's not done properly." Also: the mayor of Lake George says Saratoga doesn't need a casino (but Lake George could use one). [Saratogian] [Saratogian]

The severe cold weather forecasted for this week has local shelters preparing extra room and relaxing some rules in order to get people out of the cold. [YNN] [TU]

On Friday a jury found Shateek Lanier guilty of attempted second-degree murder for the shooting of Troy High basketball star Jerrell Reid. Prosecutors say they think Reid was shot in a case of mistaken identity. [TU] [Troy Record]

A driver has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired by drugs after a fatal crash in Charlton Sunday. [Saratogian]

The College of St. Rose was locked down for an hour Saturday night as Albany police searched for three suspects following a report of a shot fired on nearby Hudson Ave (block map). [CSR] [TU]

Schenectady police say shots were fired early Sunday morning inside a downtown club that had just reopened after a liquor license suspension (map). [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say they're looking for a woman who robbed the Mr. Tikka Kebab on Madison Ave near Lark Monday night with a knife (map). [APD press release] [News10]

Troy police say there's been a recent rash of thefts from cars in Lansingburgh. [News10]

An Albany church says someone stole $20,000-worth of music equipment from it. [WNYT]

Saratoga Springs police say they stopped two men in a UHaul truck early Friday morning and found the truck filled with stolen manhole covers and sewer grates, apparently from Colonie. [Daily Gazette]

The driver in the hit-and-run that killed Philip Lawrence on upper Washington Ave in Albany (map) in December 2011 has still not been found. [TU]

Farther afield: the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a brawl in the frozen food section of the Amsterdam Walmart included five people -- and a baby. [TU]

The state's new driver's licenses are said to be very difficult to counterfeit -- in the three years Virginia's been using the format, not a single fake has been reportedly been found. [TU]

At issue in the proposed redistricting in Albany: whether three of UAlbany's quads -- and their thousands of students -- should be in the same ward or broken up. [TU]

How Colonie officials say the town cut its overtime costs almost in half last year: the addition of a second (regular time) shift for the highway department, and the a low-snow winter. [TU]

The top-paid town of Niskayuna employee last year: the highway superintendent, at $109,934. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady landlords are fighting a proposal that could significantly increase the fees associated with city inspections of rental properties. [Daily Gazette]

The owner of a business in Colonie since 1873 says zoning changes may prompt him to move out of the town. [TU]

Schenectady is pushing ahead with its plan to sell foreclosed properties to contractors in a deal that would split the eventual profits from the redeveloped property with the city. (The first transaction under this plan fell through because of a problem with the contractor.) [TU]

The CEO of ALB got a $25,000 raise after a job offer from another airport. [TU]

Broadway Brew in downtown Troy is closing. The bar had been temporarily shut down last year because of nuisance complaints, and TPD alleged there was recently an incident involving a gun outside recently -- said the owner: "We are just sick of dealing with Troy." [TU] [Fox23] [Troy Record]

Chuck Schumer was near the center Monday's inauguration ceremony. Funny photos ensued. [Buzzfeed]

Comments

Oh the signs in this gun rights rally... They are so soooo dumb. Frightening.

Just an observation: The pro-gun rally crowd was the whitest group of people I have seen in quite some time. Then I studied the photos looking for non-white faces. Nope.

I'm not judging, just noticing.

thanks for pointing out that photoset -S can't decide which is my favorite: the father son moment, or the guy in full fatigue with a Fiji water bottle sticking out of his pocket

Not just overwhelmingly white, but also overwhelmingly male.

Jal, I looked through that photo set and counted at least 8 women. Ha!

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