Former Schenectady police chief to plead guilty, chip fab clears another hurdle, Paterson "disturbed" by list, Jumpin' Jacks waterfront to get makeover

Both former Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek and his wife are expected to plead guilty today to drug charges. The former top cop is expected to get two years in prison as part of the plea deal. [Daily Gazette]

State police incorrectly identified the victim in a fatal car crash over the weekend in Clifton Park. The mix-up led to the wrong family being notified. The situation was resolved after the grandmother of the man who actually did die noticed something was wrong. [TU]

Super Steel is closing its plant in Glenville. The manufacturer of train cars says it's seen "a steep decline in orders." The shutdown will put 175 people out of work. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Malta chip fab project cleared another hurdle yesterday. The Empire State Development Corp. approved the transfer of $1.2 billion in state incentives from AMD to the new spin-off company that will run the plant. [Daily Gazette]

The Troy woman who said the Albany police wrongfully performed a cavity search on her last January, has dropped her lawsuit. She was later arrested in October on charges she was carrying drugs -- charges to which she pled guilty. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

David Paterson says the list of candidates to replace Judith Kaye as chief judge on the state Court of Appeals "disturbs" him. The Gov is apparently upset that the list is made up of all men, all but one of whom is white. Among the white guys: George Carpinello from Albany. [TU] [CapNews9]

The special state commission that recommended capping school property tax increases at four percent a year is now recommending that the state consolidate many of its small school districts. David Paterson says he supports the idea. [TU]

Rensselaer County passed its 2009 budget. The plan doesn't include a tax rate increase, but it does increase spending. [Troy Record]

The Town of Scotia is looking to use fix up the Mohawk waterfront around Jumpin' Jacks. [TU]

The number of new single-family houses being constructed in the Capital Region continued its multi-year decline. [TU]

Paul Tonko is at Harvard this week for the New Members of Congress Conference, a sort of camp for first-time members of Congress. [Daily Gazette]


The fact that Kaczmarek is only going to get two years absolutely disgusts me. Great system we have going here.

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