Heastie set to be next Assembly speaker, Cuomo says no budget without ethics reform, Hello Kitty's alleged secret message, Ecovative opening factory in Troy

Sheldon Silver was set to resign the state Assembly speakership just before midnight Monday night. And Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie is set to be elected to the new speaker Tuesday morning. (Comments from a handful of Capital Region Assembly members.) The speaker vote had been scheduled for February 10, but was moved up. Assembly Democratic majority leader Joe Morelle defending the compressed schedule: "There has been a public airing. There's been a lot of news articles about the various candidates. We've gone through and talked to our colleagues. We've done this in a way that has always been done." [TU] [NYT] [Daily Gazette] [State of Politics] [TWCN]

In a speech Monday Andrew Cuomo said he would not sign the state budget this year without the passage of a five-point ethics reform plan. Among the provisions of the plan: increased disclosure about outside income for public officials. [Cuomo admin] [TU] [NYT]

Troy has declared its first snow emergency in many years. [City of Troy] [WNYT]

The Albany snow emergency starts at 8 pm Tuesday with even-side parking, and flips to odd-side parking at 8 pm Wednesday. [City of Albany]

Saint Rose MB in post ad 2014-fall

Troy City Council members are asking how things got mixed up with a sale/easement situation for the city-owned land on which the Bombers patio sits, and has gone unresolved for more than a year and a half. [TU]

The city of Rensselaer is looking into what is causing noxious odors in six homes -- it appears a process of lining old sewer lines with a PVC material could have prompted the fumes. [News10] [TU]

An 57-year-old Albany man was sentenced to 60 years in prison -- with 20 years of post-release supervision -- for a sexual assault in Albany in 2013. The man has been arrested 39 other times since 1973. [Albany County DA] [WNYT]

Albany police say an Albany man has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from two grocery stores -- APD says he pushed the clerks aside and grabbed money from the register. [APD FB]

Former Hoosick Town Supervisor Keith Cipperly was found guilty on misdemeanor charges related to forging documents to help a friend buy a house in 2013. [TU]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office alleges a couple recently tried to smuggle Suboxone into the county jail by embedding the drug in a Hello Kitty coloring book page. [WNYT]

Albany County legislator Christine Benedict, also the chair of the county Republican Party, is pushing for stricter limits on the campaign contributions from companies seeking county contracts. [TU]

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing a $1.4 million plan to control an underground plume of dry cleaning chemicals at Loudon Plaza on Northern Boulevard in Albany. [TU]

Ecovative is moving its Iowa manufacturing plant to Troy. [Biz Review]

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