Cuomo: "zero tolerance" for Lopez, development planned for Wellington Row, Handy Andy severely damaged in fire

Andrew Cuomo on Assemblyman Vito Lopez, following the ethics report about allegations of sexual harassment against Lopez: "The reaction should be zero tolerance. If he doesn't resign, they should expel him." Cuomo also said the Assembly has handled the situation surrounding Lopez "poorly and terribly," though he didn't specifically single out Sheldon Silver. Thursday night Silver's office announced the speaker will introduce a resolution that could lead to Lopez's expulsion from the Assembly. [State of Politics] [TU] [NYT]

The state attorney general's office and NYPD say 16 people have indicted for an alleged "criminal ring that flooded New York City, Albany County and Schenectady County with more than a million cartons of untaxed cigarettes illegally imported from Virginia." State AG Eric Schneiderman says authorities aren't sure where all the money ended up, ""We know that some members of this group have ties to some very dangerous people." [NYS AG] [TU]

The Cuomo admin and the Oneida Indian Nation announced a deal that grants the nation exclusive casino rights (and settle some longstanding land rights disuptes) in Central New York in exchange for a 25 percent of the casino revenue. The deal takes a potential Syracuse-area casino off the table if/when the state approves full casino gambling. (Andrew Cuomo has proposed siting three casinos upstate, with a preference for one in the Capital Region.) [Cuomo admin] [Post-Standard] [TU] [Cuomo admin]

Columbia Development is planning to build office and condo space in portions of Wellington Row, the stretch of facades along State Street in Albany near the Capitol. [TU] [News10]

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The state will be monitoring the Rensselaer County sheriff's department's use of a state criminal history database after a complaint that a jail sergeant and a jail clerk improperly accessed a record. [TU]

Murder charges against a Troy teen accused of shooting her father have been dropped because of a problem with the grand jury -- the Rensselaer County DA says a new indictment or a plea deal are possible. [TU]

The Ballston Lake man who said he was trying to time travel when drove drunk/high into another car has been sentenced to 1.5-3 years in prison. [Saratoga County DA]

The city of Schenectady's finance commissioner reports the city ended 2012 with a $3.5 million budget surplus. [Daily Gazette]

The Cohoes High School principal alleged to have bought ammunition in the school's parking lot has been placed on administrative leave. Thursday night a majority of speakers at a board of education meeting supported the principal. [Troy Record] [TU]

Ed Spychalski, exec director of the recently much-criticized Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, says he'll be be retiring at the end of the 2014. [Saratogian]

A fire heavily damaged the Handy Andy convenience store in Latham. The store has been there since 1952 -- originally as Norm's Friendly Market. [TU] [YNN] [News10]

The demolition of St. Patrick's in Watervliet continues. [Troy Record]

In Wilton, pointed debate about a large three-story mixed used development, the attorney for which describes as New Urbanism. [Saratogian]

Message from the winning design for an anti-drunk-driving billboard, now on display in Halfmoon: "A drunk driver killed my little sisters / Choose not to drink and drive" -- it was designed by an only child. [TU] [YNN]

Andrew Cuomo's net worth is at least $1.8 million, according to a disclosure form filed with the state's ethics commission. [TU]

The Daily Gazette has bought a "lightly used" press for $1.5 million. [Daily Gazette]

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