Not so much snow, shooting in Schenectady, trio accused of drilling into gas tanks, challenges from a rising Hudson River, farming is hard work

The Albany area got about 6.5 inches of snow from the weekend snow storm, according to the National Weather Service. Areas to the east got hit much harder -- parts of Connecticut got 40 inches. [NWS] [NYT]

Schenectady police say a man was shot Friday afternoon in apartment near Erie Boulevard. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. SPD says a baby was in the apartment at the time, and unharmed. SPD says it's looking for the shooter. [News10] [TU] [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady police say an 18-year-old Gloversville woman has been arrested and accused of last week's stabbing of a cab driver. SPD says it appears the cab driver was stabbed at Nott Terrace and Eastern Ave -- where his car was found, still running -- and managed to get himself to the Schenectady County Public Library two blocks away (map), where staff called for help. He was airlifted to the hospital and is expected to survive. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

The Signature Compounding Pharmacy corporation -- the Orlando-based pharmacy that was part of the long-running and drama-filled steroids case pursued by the Albany County district attorney's office -- has pleaded guilty to illegally selling steroids, which gets its former operators off the hook. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Buffalo gets $600 per resident in state municipal aid -- Albany gets $150. [TU]

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A few profiles of Albany families trying to keep their kids in school and get out of poverty. [TU]

Rotterdam's highest paid employee in 2012 was a police officer who doubled his base salary through overtime to make almost $168k. [TU]

The Niskayuna school district says it will need a 7 percent tax increase -- even if it closes one of its middle schools. [TU]

A jury convicted an Albany man of tying a woman to a pullout sofa with dog leashes and sexually assaulting her last May. [TU]

A Saratoga County sheriff's deputy has been suspended after he was allegedly caught on video slashing the tires on a woman's car. [TU]

A Rensselaer County man has indicted on vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and DWI charges after he allegedly left the scene of a fatal crash last summer. [TU]

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says three men have been arrested and accused of stealing gasoline by drilling into vehicle gas tanks around the county -- there have been 20 reported incidents. [TU] [Sartogian]

A former Albany County jail corrections officer fired for living outside the county argues he was unfairly singled out. [TU]

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by De Von Callicutt (representing himself) -- in prison after being convicted of killing Richard Bailey -- alleging mistreatment by Albany police during an arrest in 2008. [TU]

Says the chair of NYRA's board about his push for greater transparency for the horse racing org: "There may be times where it is messy, but it's an honest messy." [Daily Gazette]

The results of Troy's first reassessment in more than 30 years will start arriving in property owners' mailboxes March 1. [Troy Record]

Despite being required to do so by state law, Troy has not had a city historian in 33 years. [TU]

Rising sea levels also mean a rising Hudson River. [AP/Saratogian]

Two reports from the local farm scene: 1) farming continues to be a lot of hard work, even if you're young and enthusiastic and 2) FarmieMarket, the online farmers' market, is doing well. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Local high school coaches say there's less tolerance for abusive behavior by coaches trying to motivate players. [TU]

Farther afield, from the Daily Gazette: "Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane is looking to rein in control of the city-owned bocce facility on the South Side." [Daily Gazette]

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"The results of Troy's first reassessment in more than 30 years will start arriving in property owners' mailboxes March 1. [Troy Record]"

"Despite being required to do so by state law, Troy has not had a city historian in 33 years. [TU]"

In unrelated news, scientists at RPI have uncovered evidence of a break in the time-space continuum occurring in or near the city of Troy around the year 1980. The full effects of this time warp phenomenon have yet to be determined but are under intense study.

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