How exactly does the Cuomo tax break plan work?, the $300k clerical error, speculation about IBM stake at NanoCollege, push for JetBlue at ALB

Among the people apparently not entirely clear on the mechanics of the Cuomo administration's property tax "freeze" and "circuit breaker": the commissioner of the state Department of Taxation and Finance. [TU]

The state Board of Regents plan to "adjust" the implementation of the controversial Common Core standards. Among those not happy about the proposed adjustments: Andrew Cuomo. [TU] [State of Politics]

The city of Troy overpaid the Troy Public Library by more than $300k in tax revenue in what the city calls a clerical error -- and what the library is apparently considering to be at least partially rightful compensation. [WNYT] [TU]

The Roman Catholic Church has picked a priest from Brooklyn -- who's also an attorney -- to head up the Albany diocese. [TU]

A new proposal for an Albany County land bank prompted some heated comments and criticism. [Troy Record] [TU]

Potential speed bump for the state budget process: a showdown between Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein in the state Senate over the NYC income tax to fund pre-K. [State of Politics x2]

It appears management/confidential state employees will be getting their 2013 step and longevity raises. [TU]

With IBM apparently looking to sell of its chip business, there's speculation about what will become of its unit at the NanoCollege and its chip fab in Fishkill. [FT] [TU]

Colonie's crackdown on Central Ave motels continues -- the town attorney says the town is aiming to shutdown the Blu Bell Motel (streetview). [TU]

A Rensselaer County Court jury acquitted a man of charges stemming from an encounter with a Troy police officer last summer in which the man was tased after police say the man had punched an officer over being tagged for having an open container. [TU]

Schenectady's new fire chief -- Raymond Senecal -- is a 25-year veteran of the department and the son of a former captain in the department. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Schenectady City Council apparently is unfazed by the assertion that it "shall" appoint a new member to fill an empty seat. [Daily Gazette]

Kokopellis is headed for a city of Troy nuisance abatement hearing because of nuisance points assessed after the recent situation. [Troy Record]

The construction company that was handling the renovation of the Saratoga Springs Police Department headquarters in the city hall building has gone out of business, halting the project. [WNYT]

Potential snag for the rebuilding of the Woodlawn Ave row house apartments in downtown Saratoga Springs that were destroyed in a fire last summer: the replacement and upgrade of a century-old water main. [Daily Gazette]

Three projects that were up for discussion by the Troy IDA: the redevelopment of the old Proctor's Theater, the residential conversion of 444 River Street, and the Hudson Art House live/work spaces. [Troy Record]

Among the comments made at a Niskayuna planning board meeting about zoning for the next life of the O.D. Heck Development Center property (map): "let's do it so it's people-friendly, neighborhood-friendly, dog-friendly, children-friendly." [Daily Gazette]

Chuck Schumer is pushing for JetBlue to offer service out of ALB. [News10]

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