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Thursday, March 17

Front page: Officials expect (relatively) peaceful St. Patrick's Day celebration in Saratoga Springs today, state leaders meet on budget negotiations

Top o' the morning to ya and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A year after tragedy marred St. Patty's Day festivities in the Spa City, city public safety officials say there will be an increased police presence in town today. While a riot ala 'Kegs 'n' Eggs' is not expected, officials say they are ready for anything. [Srtgn]

Congressman Chris Gibson has a new website. [Srtgn]

Rensselaer County Legislator Peter Grimm has called for the creation of a bipartisan redistricting commission to make recommendations to the County Legislature. [Record]

In Albany; the 'millionaire's tax' supported by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has hit a dead end in budget negotiations. [AP via PstStr]

Silver, Gov. Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos began the annual ritual of 'three men in a room' budget talks to try and make the April 1 deadline. [TU]

After the nuclear crisis in Japan, Gov. Cuomo cited "concerns" with the Indian Point nuclear plant near NYC. [TU/CapCon]

The recently formed Independent Democratic Conference is pushing for historic building rehabilitation tax credits. [LoHud]

In Washington; legislators have found a way around the self-imposed earmarks ban - lobbying federal agencies for funds directly. [NYT]

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