Anti/pro SAFE Act rallies draw thousands to ESP and Capitol, Cuomo brings baseball bat to "grand slam" budget signing, Capital Region unemployment drops, Lincoln or not?

Thousands of people -- including both anti and pro SAFE Act -- were at the ESP and Capitol Tuesday. Among the speakers at the rally against the gun control law: Donald Trump and Rob Astorino, the Westchester County exec who's running for the Republican nomination for governor.[WNYT][TU][AOA]

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino told the crowd of gun enthusiasts at Tuesday's rally: "Rob Astorino is a good man, but we need someone who is going to get elected." Astorino says he doesn't need endorsements from Paladino or Donald Trump. [TU][State of Politics]

Andrew Cuomo brought a baseball bat with him when he signed the state budget bils Tuesday, and called the document a "grand slam." Astorino said the budget may have been on time, but it didn't address the cause of high property taxes. [WNYT][TU]

A hike in state aid means Troy's city school district can bring its proposed $106.8 million budget under the state tax cap.[TU]

Albany County has submitted an application to the the Empire State Development Corporation to create application for a land bank to combat blight by acquiring properties from the county foreclosure list for development. Albany County exec Dan McCoy says the county is committing $1 million to the bank over the next two years. [TU][WNYT][McCoy admin]

The director of operations for the inspector general's office of the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has been put on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted into allegations of sexual harassment complaints. [TU]

A firefighter from Bethlehem is being held without bail for allegedly having an sexually explicit online relationship with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. [TU]

The Troy man accused of creating child pornography will be extradited from Florida and arraigned in federal court in Albany. [Record]

Fingerprints on a toilet seat left up in the apartment where an 82-year-old nun lived alone helped lead police to her murderer, who recently pleaded guilty. [TU]

Saying he is "a defense attorney and not a security guard." the attorney for Glendon Scott Crawford, one of two men alleged to have conspired to build an x-ray weapon, is fighting an effort by federal prosecutors to keep his client from reviewing evidence against him without the attorney present. [TU]

A Greenfield woman who ran a meth lab in a trailer park will spend four years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in Saratoga County Court. [Gazette]

Police arrested a father and his 15-year-old son for attacking another person with a baseball bat and a knife. [Gazette]

A 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries after he was hit by a caron Eastern Avenue in Schenectady. [Gazette]

Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of the Stephentown man charged with DWI, aggravated vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the 2012 car crash that killed his best friend. [TU]

The unemployment rate in the Capital Region was 6.5 percent in February, down from 7.5 percent during the same month last year. [TU]]

Nearly 134,000 New Yorkers enrolled in health insurance plans via the state's online market over the last week, and more than 856,000 have enrolled in plans in NY overall. [TU][News 10]

More than 10 Saratoga Springs residents thanked the city council for passing an anti-casino vote in March --
just one day after Monday's state Gaming Facility Location Board said community support would be a requirement for applying for a casino license. [TU]

A collision between a car and a Price Chopper tractor-trailer on Tuesday night in Malta sent the car driver to the hospital. [Saratogian]

Water seeped into underground cables this week, ttemporarily interrupting 911 service in parts of Saratoga County.[TU]

An oil spill temporarily shut down part of I-890 near Schenectady County Community College on Tuesday. [TU]

An RPI fraternity is handing out grants of up to $1,000 to homeowners, landlords, nonprofits and business owners in the Mount Ida neighborhood for home improvement, historic restoration, neighborhood beautification, maintaining green spaces and not-for -profit programs that serve the neighborhood. [TU]

Firefighters rescued a turtle from a burning home in Brunswick on Tuesday.[WNYT]

A Queensbury wedding photographer and painting contractor has spent thousands of dollars trying to prove a silver-coated metallic plate daguerreotype he bought at a flea market from a vendor who claims it came from Virginia is an image of Abraham Lincoln. [TU]

Contrary to a Facebook April 1st message, Price Chopper will continue to accept pennies. [Gazette]

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