State of the State today, fracking and gun protests expected at SOS address, shouting and obscenities at Paul sentencing, Saratoga simmers over casinos

It's expected to warm up -- to around 19 degrees -- today. [NWS]

Andrew Cuomo will deliver his fourth State of the State address today. Among the items he's expected to mention: medical marijuana, and a $2.2 billion plan to cut taxes. [TWCN][News10]

Hundreds of anti-fracking activists and opponents of the NY SAFE Act are expected to protest at the State of the State address.[TU]

About 75 protestors gathered in the frigid temperatures outside the Capitol on Tuesday for the annual People's State of the State, an anti-poverty protest, on the day before the governor's State of the State. Income disparity was a big focus of the protest on Tuesday.[TU] [Record]

Vice President Joe Biden joined Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday as the governor outlined a plan to spend $16 billion in federal disaster aid on 1,000 separate projects that will help make New York better prepared for future storms. Here's a quick scan of details and quotes. [NYT][TWCN][AOA]

An obscenity-laden shouting match broke out as sentencing was about to being in the case of Joey Paul, the Stillwater woman who shot her boyfriend to death with his own AK-47 in his Schuylerville apartment in 2012. The shouting began when Paul screamed "Who are you to judge me?" as the victim's mother read an impact statement. Paul was escorted from the courtroom after the shouting match broke out. When she returned, Paul was sentenced to 18 1/2 years on manslaughter charges.[TU][Saratogain][News 10][TWCN]

More than 100 people packed the City Council room in Saratoga Springs for Joanne Yepsen's first meeting as mayor. Casino gambling wasn't on the official agenda but the council heard dozens of arguments both for and against locating a full casino in the city. [Saratogian][TWCN][TU]

Schenectady Democrats are looking for a replacement for
longtime Schenectady Councilwoman Denise Brucker
, who will step down from her post on Monday to move to Niskayuna. [Gazette]

An Albany man is recovering after he was hit by a CDTA bus outside the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon when he got off the bus and attempted to cross in front of it. [TU]

Fire significantly damaged a home in Victory Mills on Tuesday. The Red Cross is aiding four people who lived in the home. [WNYT][TU]

A convicted credit card scammer from New York City will spend six years in prison for his role in a plot to use counterfeit cards in Albany. [TU]

At the swearing in ceremony for his fifth term as Saratoga County DA, Jim Murphy said he would work toward bringing televised or remote arraignments to the county in an effort to save money on transporting prisoners. [TU]

A Delmar native who moved to Oakland, California has been missing since New Year's Day.[TU]

An East Greenbush woman is facing charges for allegedly leaving a pair of cats in a cardboard box in Waterford's Clement Park on New Years Eve, without any food or water. [WNYT]

Glens Falls opened its new Code Blue shelter on Tuesday night.[News 10]

Frigid temperatures have forced Amtrak to cutback service in the Northeast, including lines between New York City and Albany.[WNYT]

It's pothole season.[News 10]

The same defense doesn't work for everyone.[TU]

A 66-year-old retired state Department of Labor employee and grandmother from Queens has been blogging and running an internet radio show about state politics. [TU]

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