Morning Blend: State of Upstate, Jeanne Neff retires, convention center cost, Saratoga botanical garden

Eliot Spitzer delivered the first "State of Upstate" speech yesterday in Buffalo. He said the the part of NY that's not the city is facing and economic storm. His solution? Take $1 billion and spray it all over upstate (OK, not literally, but close). Also part of the plan? Everyone's favorite economic development idea: tech parks! [NYT]

Jeanne Neff, president of the Sage Colleges, announced she's retiring in June. She's headed up the school for 13 years. [TU]

Remember that plan for a convention center in Albany? The projected cost is now $325 million -- that's $125 million more than the original estimate. [CBS6]

There's a small movement to build a botanical garden at Saratoga Spa State Park. An official says it's "a nice idea," but he's not sure where it would fit. [Saratogian]

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