Cold snap continues, Tkaczyk sworn in as 46th District senator, cats found in Schoharie freezer, UAlbany welcomes new president, Jack's Oyster House celebrates 100 years

It's still cold. Really cold. And there's a frostbite warning in effect.[Weather Underground] [News 10] [YNN]

Cecilia Tkaczyk took the oath of office yesterday in the 46th Senate Dstrict. [TU]

Schoharie County sheriffs deputies found 100 cats and two dogs living in deplorable conditions at a residence, and 60 cats were found in a freezer. [YNN] [WNYT]

The parents of the 13-year-old Fort Edward boy who was shot and killed with his own gun last summer admitted to child neglect for allowing the boy access to the shotgun. [WNYT]

A look at how Andrew Cuomo managed to get gun legislation passed so quickly .[NYT]

Wilton's Republican Committee passed a resolution opposing New York's new gun law restruictions and they're expressing support for Senator Kathy Marchione's efforts to repeal portions of the law. [Saratogian]

Jerry Jennings says he's optimistic that Albany will get the $8 million advance on the payment in lieu of taxes (the "spin up") for the ESP this year, even though there's no provision for it in the budget Andrew Cuomo proposed this week. (The city has been asking the state advance it money on the PILOT arrangement by taking money off the backend and paying it now.) [WNYT]

While controversy continues over whether to turn the former St. Joseph's church into a brew pub, a few blocks away, the former Jillian's night club on Pearl street has been turned into an evangelical church called The White Couch Albany. [TU]

Troy police have made an arrest in connection with a recent crime spree in Lansingburgh.[Troy]

A woman who worked for Stewart's shops for nearly 20 years is charged with stealing up to $3,500 from the company. [TU]

School aid allotments will actually drop in a number of Capital Region districts under Andrew Cuomo's newly announced budget plan, causing some to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. [TU]

Two fired NYRA execs are seeking hefty severance pays and attorney's fees from the association, and NYRA's current head is reportedly seeking a payout to leave her job. [TU]

In a shocking twist, drivers and attorneys are complaining about Governor Cuomo's new plan to make it harder to plead down a speeding ticket. [WNYT]

Dr. Robert Jones is now officially the new president of the University at Albany. [YNN]

Police are looking for two men who robbed the Guilderland branch of Berkeshire Bank on Wednesday.[Fox 23]

A Stillwater man is facing assault charges for allegedly slashing another mans throat with a broken beer bottle. [TU]

Albany police are looking for two men who allegedly held up a Quail Street tattoo parlor earlier this week. [TU]

A bystander in an East Greenbush Hannaford parking lot caught a purse snatcher. [TU]

A Saratoga County man was arrested for the fifth time in one week on Wednesday, after allegedly burglarizing the home of his ex-wife. [WNYT]

Fire crews are flushing out sewer lines on Central Avenue while investigators try to determine how gasoline got into those sewer lines on Tuesday evening, causing the evacuation of three buildings. [Fox 23]

Schenectady High school is collecting data and interviewing students in an effort to find out why the drop out rate-- which was 23.3 percent in 2011-- is so high. [Gazette]

$20,000 in uninsured musical equipment has been stolen from an Albany church. [TU]

An independent Queensbury market is closing its doors after 40 years.[YNN]

Jack's Oyster house is celebrating 100 years.[TU]

Ballston Spa's middle school robotics club has earned a spot in the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Lego League world championships in April. [Gazette]

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