State of the State/budget address today, Cuomo approval rating highest since summer, minimum wage and poverty themes in People's State of the State, significant cutbacks at GE battery plant, when Santa beat Mario Cuomo at checkers

President Obama laid out an ambitious agenda in Tuesday's State of the Union address. [NYT]

Andrew Cuomo gives his combined budget and State of the State address today. In a preview on Tuesday, said "This is probably the most robust State of the State I've done." Expect to hear about tax cuts for small business, property tax relief, funding for bridges and subways and improvements for public schools.[WNYT][TU][TWCN]

On the eve of the state of the state address a Siena poll showed Andrew Cuomo's favorability rating is up to 60 percent-- the highest since the summer. [TU]

Parents and teachers gathered in Valatie last night to send a message to Andrew Cuomo to drop common core.[TWCN]

Anti-poverty groups, labor leaders and others had their say on Tuesday at the 25th annual People's State of the State at the Capitol. [TWCN][WNYT]

More than 80 legislators have signed a letter to Andrew Cuomo requesting $2.2 billion in additional state aid for schools, including $250 million in pre-kindergarten.{TU]

Police in North Carolina say a 15 month old baby born in the Capital Region was murdered by his mother's boyfriend. [WNYT][News 10]

General Electric's Durathon battery plant in Schenectady will cut back from 400 jobs to only 50, thought GE says Wont include layoffs. The plant was opened in 2012 with the hope of transforming it into the next billion-dollar-business for the company.[TU][Business Review][Gazette]

A Swiss company has announced it will move forward with a $21 million expansion of its electrical insulation product business in Rotterdam with the help of $1million in state initiatives.[Gazette]

GlobalFoundries received the go ahead from Malta on Tuesday to begin working on a $2 billion Technology Development Center in the Luther Forest Technology Campus. [TU]

About $2.7 million of Troy's more than $3.5 million in overtime costs in 2014 are attributed to the city's Public Safety Department. [Record]

Albany County Health Commissioner James Crucetti, who has been with the Heath Department for 25 years, has submitted his resignation effective next week. [TU]

A Watertown woman has won a $134,000 lawsuit against the U. S. Justice Department after a DEA agent used her identity and personal photos to set up a fake Facebook page as part of a drug investigation. [TU]

Police have arrested a Montgomery County man for allegedly sneaking more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from the East Greenbush Walmart.[TU]

State Police say the man who died in a Saturday night car crash near Grooms and Visher Ferry Roads was 33-year-old Kyle A. Zimmerman. [TWCN][TU]

The attorney for former Halfmoon supervisor Mindy Wormuth wants statements given to the FBI by Wormuth tossed out, claiming she was technically in the custody of police at the time but was never read her Miranda rights. [Saratogian]

The TU Center says they nearly doubled their profits in 2014. [WNYT]

Albany police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting that sent one man to Albany Medical Center.[WNYT][News 10]

The German-based hosting service for a website that listed the names of pistol-permit holders in New York state has been deactivated, less than a month after it was sued by the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.[TU]

The Troy Local Development Corporation and Kirchhoff Companies have ordered a $60-thousand study to look for quick short term solutions for parking in the area from Federal Street to Division Street and River Street to Sixth Avenue.[Record]

SCCC's first-ever Casino and Gaming Management majors will graduate in May. [TWCN]

Celebrating 100 years of the Spa City.[Gazette]

How to frighten vultures -- the ones your neighbor feeds. [TU][News 10]

The former Nosh on Western Avenue will become Ted's Fish Fry[TU]

At the age of 70 the South End Santa just keeps going, in a suit given to him 40 years ago by Erastus Corning. Oh, and he once beat Mario Cuomo at checkers. [TU]

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