That was a lot of snow, commission: Albany County charter a "ramshackle mess," Alton Brown's captive audience

The city of Albany has declared a snow emergency starting at 8 pm Friday with even side parking. It flips to odd at 8 pm Saturday.

It snowed. A lot. The National Weather Service in Albany was reporting 17 inches of snow as of 7 am this morning. Snow totals around the region had a wide range, with some totals close to two feet. The NWS forecast includes another 1-3 inches of snow for today, with mid-30s and some strong wind gusts. If you're wondering if (something) has been delayed/snow emergencied/buried, the answer is probably yes. [NWS FB] [NWS]

Saratoga County DA Jim Murphy, a Republican, is set to officially announce that he's running for Saratoga County Court judge. Murphy would not have to step down from the DA's office to run for the seat. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

With Troy police commissioner Anthony Magnetto ending his one-year term today, police chief John Tedesco will once again be in control of the department -- and it sounds like support for naming another commissioner has waned. (The police commissioner position has been an ongoing drama in Troy over the past year.) [TU]

Among the conclusions made by the commission reviewing Albany County's charter: the document is a "poorly organized, difficult-to-read, ramshackle mess." [TU]

The Cuomo admin says it's reach an agreement with the federal government for an $8 billion Medicaid "waiver". The state had been seeking a $10 billion waiver. The length of the waiver approval process had become an issue between the state and federal government, complete with wonkish threats. The money is expected to aid hospitals in the NYC area. [Cuomo admin] [State of Politics] [Capital] [NYDN]

A state appeals court has upheld a decision by the state Workers' Compensation Board denying workers' comp benefits to an East Greenbush police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the shootout on I-90 in 2009. [TU]

State Police say they've arrested two Saratoga County men for their alleged connection with "a spree of thefts the two committed over the past month in which they stole copper wire and tools from numerous area Tractor Supply stores and other locations in the Capital District as well as Bennington, VT." [NYSP]

Your nephew probably isn't in jail in Baltimore. [TU]

The The Saratoga County Sewer District is settling an eminent domain case involving land near Saratoga Lake by paying $175,500 to the estate of the woman police say was killed by her son last fall in a murder-suicide. [Saratogian]

Lead (or lede) of the day, from the Times Union's Casey Seiler: "When the groundhog sees his shadow, it supposedly means six more weeks of winter. The morning after Donald Trump saw a crowd of Republican leaders applauding him, he predicted three more months of speculation over his gubernatorial ambitions." [TU]

An Albany woman on running a Clinton Ave tailoring/dry cleaning shop for 50 years with her husband: "I was crazy about him then, and I'm just plain crazy now." [TU]

Alton Brown during his show at Proctors Thursday night: "We know you're not going to leave, because you'll die if you go outside. I have a captive audience." (Schenectady didn't let him down.) [Daily Gazette] [@altonbrown]


"The Cuomo admin says it's reach an agreement with the federal government for an $8 billion Medicaid "waiver"."

On Valentine's Day, nothing says 'I Love You' like $8 billion.

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