Former police chief accused of drug ring involvement, Grandma's gets a new owner, UAlbany nanotech aims for another building, giant pink bike rider assaulted

Former Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek is scheduled to appear in court today where he will reportedly face charges for his involvement with a drug ring. Kaczmarek's wife and stepson already face charges for being involved with the same operation. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The media sale price for a Capital Region home was down 2 percent last month from the same period last year. Albany County median prices saw the biggest local drop -- 6 percent to $202,500. [Daily Gazette]

One of three developers pick to submit proposals for the redevelopment of the Harriman Office Campus has dropped out of the process. One of Harriman's board members says tightening credit markets and competition from other tech park developments could slow the project. [TU]

Grandma's Country Restaurant on Central Ave has been sold to the owner of Ralph's Tavern (also on Central). The new owner says Grandma's gift shop will be closing, but says everything else -- including the pies -- will remain exactly the same. [Daily Gazette] [Biz Review]

UAlbany's nanotech college is aiming to build another building. The proposed project, the "Zero Energy Nanotechnology" building (yes, that would be ZEN), would ultimately cost about $85 million and be constructed on across Washington Ave Ext from the current nano college campus. [TU]

Three people have come forward to admit they were the ones who broke the legs on Handi-Cap, the art horse on Washington Street in Saratoga. It seems some drunken horse sculpture riding caused the damage. The trio is paying to fix the horse. [Saratogian]

The wall behind the Spirit of Life statue in Congress Park needs $350,000 of restoration work, according to a Sartoga Springs city official. [Daily Gazette]

The guy who rides that giant bike pink around Albany says he was assaulted recently by a driver on Fuller Road in an apparent bout of road rage. [TU]

Comments

Former Police Chief Accused of Drug Ring:

I hope he learns his lesson about drugs. I learned it a long time ago from a library poster, which had a picture of a cartoon owl wearing sassy sunglasses sitting in front of a stack of books. And along the bottom, it said "Say no to drugs and yes to reading". Since then, if someone asks me if I want to get high, I say yes and crack open a good book. It expands my mind, and frankly, there's no limit to where the magic of books can take me.

I hope this message is getting through to you, Mr. Kaczmarek.

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