It's cold, Cuomo details tax cut plans, questions about oil facility proposal at Port of Albany, sheriff's office joins the 1990s

You might have heard: It's cold. After hitting 50 degrees early Monday, the temperature dropped to 6 degrees overnight. Today's high is projected to be 10 degrees, with wind chill values as a low as -10. Albany city schools were closed because of the cold, and other districts delayed the start of the their school day. [NWS] [NWS] [ACSD FB] [TU]

Andrew Cuomo shared some details on the $2 billion in tax cuts he's proposed, including the elimination of the corporate income tax rate for manufacturing companies upstate. The governor said the state could afford the tax cuts because his administration had controlled spending and there were projected surpluses, though he did not share specific details about how they would be financed. Cuomo also set up the package of cuts -- which include a potential two-year upstate property tax freeze -- as a way to pressure to local governments to "take concrete steps vis-a-vis shared services and consolidation." [Cuomo admin] [NYT] [TU]

Joe Biden is scheduled to be in Albany today for an event with Andrew Cuomo. They'll be in the Red Room at the Capitol to "discuss infrastructure and other investments in the wake of Hurricane Sandy." It's not open to the public, but it will be livestreamed online. [Daily Gazette] [Cuomo admin]

Becky Goodermote -- who pled guilty to multiple charges after she struck Matthew Ratelle, a bicyclist, on Route 22 in Rensselaer County in September 2012, the injuries from which led to the death of the Ratelle -- was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison. Said Ratelle's father at the sentencing: "You hit Matt so hard he landed 30 yards off the road ... And you left him there like roadkill." Said Goodermote: "I will have to live with this for the rest of my life ... I pray that one day they will find it in their hearts to forgive me." [Troy Record] [TWCN] [TU]


At issue for the Albany Planning Board: A proposal to allow a facility at the Port of Albany for warming crude oil so that it can be loaded onto ships -- the company proposing the facility hasn't been clear about exactly what sort of oil will be involved, though signs point to it being tar sands oil from Canada. (That's different from the Bakken oil currently being moved through the port.) [TU]

Rensselaer mayor Dan Dwyer on his city's bid for the Capital Region casino, to the Times Union: "Saratoga is a wealthy community. Are going to turn around and say money goes to money? Or will they share the wealth with those who are struggling?" And in Saratoga Springs, the casino conversation is circling around what people mean by a "Vegas style" casino. [TU] [TU]

GlobalFoundries has a new CEO. Sanjay Jha was previously the head of Motorola Mobility, a smartphone maker. [Biz Review] [TU]

An Albany 19-year-old was sentenced to seven years in prison for stabbing a man 10 times last summer in West Hill (map) at the request of a friend. [TU]

Troy police say a 33-year-old woman has turned herself in for charges related to a robbery at the First Niagara bank in downtown Troy last month (map). [Troy Record]

A Saratoga County woman is accused of fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in Medicaid benefits. [WNYT]

A seventh woman has stepped forward with accusations that she was sexually harassed by state Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, a Democrat from the Buffalo area. [TU]

The next SAFE Act protest: a coordinated firing of guns at noon on Saturday. [Daily Gazette]

After three years of moratoriums halting the opening of halfway houses in the city, the Schenectady City Council has developed rules for the facilities. [Daily Gazette]

A Schenectady city snow plow out spreading salt overnight rolled onto its side after it slipped on ice. [Daily Gazette]

Among the changes at the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office being ushered by new sheriff Michael Zurlo: an email system that can email people outside the building (you know, on the internet) and can be checked from outside the building. (Zurlo is the first new Saratoga County sheriff in four decades.) [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]


Wait so... Andy is giving corporations tax cuts with money 'saved' by keeping state worker salaries stagnant, forcing furlough days and increasing the cost of their health insurance? I really though I'd voted for a liberal.

"Albany city schools were closed because of the cold".

Really?!?! What a bunch of pantywaists - I remember waiting for the bus as a lad in -20 F on many occasions. The only reason school ever closed was due to horrendous amounts of snow or ice, or if it was cold enough so that the buses wouldn't start (especially considering they had to go uphill in both directions).

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