Too much rain in Rensselaer, Bruno will be interfacing with officials, YouTube vigilante, tunnel found in Stockade, Curlin owner issues challenge to Big Brown

State DEC officials say it looks like the recent flooding in Rensselaer was just the result of too much rain in too short a period of time. Rensselaer city leaders had been questioning whether development in the Greenbushes had overwhelmed the area's drainage system. The National Weather Service in Albany estimates Rensselaer got up to 6 inches of rain on Monday. [TU]

Joe Bruno has registered as a lobbyist with New York State. By law, he's not allowed to lobby the legislature for two years, but he says he will be "interfacing" with officials in the executive branch for his job as CEO of a computer services company. [TU]

Time on the $100 million Blue Gene supercomputer at RPI will be available free to New York State businesses -- if they can figure out how to use it. [Biz Review] [Daily Gazette]

A "YouTube vigilante" helped lead Schenectady police to arrest three men, one of them 76-years-old, in Central Park for public lewdness and loitering for the purposes of prostitution. [Daily Gazette]

The remains of the nation's first railroad tunnel may have been found in Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood. [Daily Gazette]

Right now, it's looking like Curlin and Big Brown will not be racing against each other at Saratoga this season -- no matter how much fans might like to see it. (Curlin is 2007's Horse of the Year and Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness this year.) Curlin's owner says he will put up $50,000 for charity if Big Brown's owner would enter the horse in the Woodward on August 30. [TU] [Saratogian]


As one of your local Red Cross mouthpieces, I have to pipe up for the people in Rensselaer. Regardless of what caused the flooding, I saw first-hand how thrashed that area is. I just hope the people that were affected get the aid the city and state are promising without too much political name-calling.

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