Term limits & ban on outside income being proposed for legislature, water main breaks becoming a problem, Liquor Authority sides with Saratoga bar

A new bill suggesting term limits of eight years for New York legislators is headed for the senate floor. Meanwhile the IDC is set to introduce a plan that would ban outside income for legislators. Senate Republicans are not in favor of the ban. Lawmakers are also openly discussing whether to make legislating a full time job in New York.[TU][TU][WNYT][CNY]

The State University of New York and its students are spending a combined $170 million a year to fill gaps left by secondary education.[TU]

Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer is hoping the state will help foot the bill for infrastructure repairs in the city after two water main breaks in three days. [News 10]

Albany has suffered nearly 20 water main breaks so far this year.[WNYT]

A stretch of Broadway in Schenectady has reopened after National Grid repaired a gas leak at Broadway Lunch.

Schenectady's newly paved streets are already showing potholes. [Gazette]

A new proposal from the Cuomo administration would require prospective state employees to have their taxes paid up before they can get a state job. [TU]

The State Liquor Authority has revoked the liquor license for Kokopellis, the Troy bar closed on January 1. The owner was charged with a shooting in the bar last month.

The State Liquor Authority has sided with the new owners of the Stadium Cafe in Saratoga, saying the bar may remain open until 4am. The city was hoping to move its closing time back to 2am. Saratoga's Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen says he'll continue forcing such hearings in an effort to cut back on late night drinking in the city. [TU][TU]

Marybeth Tinning, convicted of killing her 4-month-old daughter in 1985, was denied parole for a third time.[Gazette]

It cost Albany County $900,000 in legal fees to settle an $850,000 , seven-year legal battle with the contractor it fired over the county courthouse renovation. [TU]

A bomb threat that shut down Voorheesville Central High School for several hours
on Tuesday turned out to be unfounded.[TWCN] [TU]

Dozens of cancer survivors, patients and family were in Albany on Tuesday to lobby against $3 million in proposed cuts to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Services program.[WNYT]

A three month investigation led to a drug bust in Schaghticoke that netted one arrest, heroin, cocaine. [WNYT][Saratogian]

A Rensselaer County Court judge read a string of 35 charges against a 26 year old man accused of credit card theft, that was so long and detailed the judge began to lose his voice. [TU]

An Elsmere Elementary School student has been diagnosed with a highly contagious for of Whooping Cough. [TU]

Tom DiNapoli is concerned that the state budget includes language that would allow state agencies to share data about people receiving benefits which could then be open to abuse. [TU]

Preet Bharara says Andrew Cuomo was not forbidden to discuss the demise of the Moreland Commission .[CNY]

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A State Supreme Court jury in Schenectady County has awarded $10 million to the estate of an Indiana man whose death from mesothelelioma can be traced back to asbestos in a North Country talc mine. [Gazette]

The details of what has become known as TreeGate in Albany.[TU]

The snow has stopped, but the banks are a problem. [TWCN]

Investors have submitted plans to turn an office building at near the corner of State and Eagle Streets into a 74 unit apartment building. [Business Review]

Troy is one of 10 cities across the country being honored for its complete streets" effort to provide for the needs of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. [TU]


A new proposal from the Cuomo administration would require prospective state employees to have their taxes paid up before they can get a state job. [TU]

Imagine the increase in state tax revenue if this policy were applied to prospective employees in the private sector....

Cuomo is really doing a number on state and public sector employees. I guess I get it. It's great in theory. But working in public sector and having less and less and expecting to do more and more in his dictatorship/regime. It's like north korea and he's the sun.

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