Silver said to be handing off some power in the Assembly, Bharara questions "three men in a room" setup, Albany parking enforcement reportedly fighting tech glitches

Yep, it's going to snow a lot -- probably about a foot here in the Capital Region. [NWS]

Sheldon Silver will be handing the state budget negotiations over to a five-member group of Assembly members as he faces federal corruption charges. Silver is not resigning his post as speaker, and will continue to get the $41k leadership stipend. [NYDN] [TU]

Joe Bruno, commenting on the Sheldon Silver situation Friday on TALK 1300: "My experience with the feds. You are guilty from day one. When they start looking at you and then you better be able to prove that you're innocent." [WNYT]

US Attorney Preet Bharara speaking Friday about state's government's longstanding "three men in a room" power structure: "There are by my count 213 men and women in the state legislature, and yet it is common knowledge that only three men essentially wield all the power. ... I must confess a little bit of confusion about this: When did this come to pass? Why has everyone just come to accept it?" [Capital]

Police and community org officials say the effort to get more minority police officers needs to include persistent recruitment and more minority community members taking civil service tests. [Daily Gazette]

Chris Churchill: The case of an Albany teen sent to prison for 9 years on a conviction connected to the theft of a pair of sneakers highlights the role of poverty in the criminal justice system's inequities. [TU]

Tina Karuzas -- whose 2012 first-degree manslaughter for stabbing her Schenectady neighbor was overturned by an appeals court -- took a plea deal in the case Friday that includes 15 years in prison. [Daily Gazette]

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department says the person killed in a mobile home fire early Saturday morning was a 77-year-old woman with disabilities. [Daily Gazette]

There is no formal drug treatment program for inmates addicted to opiates at the Albany County jail, but it's been partnering with Catholic Charities on a program to train addicts on how to use Narcan to help someone who's overdosed. [TU]

The city of Schenectady's former general services commissioner left the job with a $94k lump sum payout for unused vacation and sick time. [TU]

"A person with knowledge of the situation" tells the Times Union that problems with a new computer system have "hobbled the [Albany's] ability to enforce parking rules." [TU]

A group of Hoosick Falls residents say they're concerned about low levels of a carcinogen detected in the village water supply. [Troy Record]

The owner of a long-established taxi company in Schenectady says independent, "rogue" taxis not operating by the rules are pushing her business toward "unsustainable losses." [Marv Cermak/TU]

The State Liquor Authority's attempt to crack down on Empire Wine for shipping wine to customers in states that prohibit out-of-state wine shipments is moving along... slowly. [TU]

As the state prepares to distribute millions of dollars for classroom technology, a handful of local school districts report uneven experiences trying incorporate new tech tools into classrooms. [Daily Gazette]

There are indications the Cuomo admin wants to extend the state's direct control of NYRA another year. [Saratogian]

The old Route 40 bridge in Schaghticoke was demolished Friday. It was a rather loud explosion, apparently. [WNYT] [Troy Record]

More than 23 tons of phones books that had been intended for delivery ended up being taken to a recycler instead. [Daily Gazette]

Anne Palamountain -- the "first lady of Skidmore" -- died this past weekend at age 91. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Union men's hockey team beat RPI 8-3 in the Mayor's Cup at the TU Center Saturday. [Daily Gazette]

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