Cuomo says upstate cities need "restructuring," club owner sues Albany over cabaret law, schools opt out of lunch program because kids don't like the food

The US Senate passed the $50 billion Sandy recovery aid bill, and it now heads to the President for a signature. [NYT]

Andrew Cuomo on the fiscal control board he's proposed to help economical distressed upstate cities, to the Times Union editorial board: "[I]f it was a corporation in a private-sector setting, you would be talking about restructuring. If the corporation does not restructure quickly enough, it goes bankrupt, and it goes to bankruptcy court. You need a restructuring here. The answer is not an additional, ongoing subsidy on a fundamental economic model that doesn't work." The Cuomo admin's pension smoothing plan continued to get a mixed reaction from mayors. [TU] [YNN]

Cuomo on the most recent Capital Region economic development grant application, which got a state-low $50 million, again to the TU editorial: "The Capital District's plan ... was siloed ... I think it was not as inclusive as other plans, and it showed." [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they're searching for the man who robbed the Trustco branch on Congress Monday (map). The suspect implied he had a gun. [Saratogian] [WNYT]

The man found dead in a wooded area of Niskayuna this past Saturday was an attorney at an Albany law firm. [TU]

One of the conditions set by the judge in the upcoming trial of James M. Wells, accused of killing Eddie Stanley in Schenectady: any materials identifying witnesses can only be reviewed by Wells in the presence of his attorney. The judge says the measure is intended to prevent witness intimidation. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A Schenectady assistant police chief says a recurring obstacle for detectives: witnesses who don't cooperate. [Daily Gazette]

The Niskayuna teen who held police in a standoff for seven hours last September has taken a plea deal that doesn't include prison time -- but does include probation, supervision, and a judge's order to address his mental health problems. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say a man was arrested five times in a week. [Daily Gazette]

A Queensbury pet store owner says a $2500 puppy was stolen from her store -- apparently smuggled out in a sweater. [News10]

The owner of the recently-shut Buddha Tea House club on Pearl Street in downtown Albany has sued the city arguing the cabaret law is unconstitutional. [TU]

One of the reasons more-well-off school districts are opting out of the federal school lunch program: kids don't eat the food as prepared under new guidelines. [TU]

Another RPI fraternity is looking to move off campus into a former church in Troy. [Troy Record]

Niskayuna High School is switching from letter grades to numerical grades -- on a 0-106 scale. [Daily Gazette]

Robert Larsson, an early and influential SCCC president, has died. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A group of veterans are organizing a plan to display 140 American flags along Route 9 in Loudonville this summer to honor local service members who died in combat. [TU]

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