Debate today for special Congressional race, man charged with Troy murder, bankruptcy filings up, Luther Forest spinoff company a done deal

The latest from the very special election to fill Kirsten Gillibrand's former House seat: Jim Tedisco and Scott Murphy will debate today at the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 1:30 pm. Yesterday, Rudy Giuliani campaigned with Jim Tedisco in Dutchess County. And Scott Murphy was endorsed by the AFL-CIO. [CapNews9] [Fox23] [Saratogian]

Albany Common Councilman Corey Ellis officially announced that he's running for mayor yesterday. Here's his web site.

Joe Bruno was taken to the hospital yesterday after he was involved in a car wreck on Rt. 7 in Colonie. A spokesman for Bruno says an oncoming car jumped the median and hit Bruno's car. The spokesman says Bruno is sore and slightly bruised, but otherwise OK. [TU] [Troy Record]

A Schenectady cop was arraigned yesterday in Colonie on charges of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. The Schenectady police chief says the officer has been suspended 30 days without pay. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The man police say threatened them with a knife outside the house where a woman was murdered last week in Troy has been charged with murder. According to police, the man -- who had suffered stab wounds -- had been under sedation at Albany Med until Saturday when he was woken up, questioned and arrested. [Troy Record] [TU]

Bankruptcy filings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albany for 2008 were up 22 percent over the year before. And filings in January were up 10 percent over the same period a year ago. [Post-Star]

In a letter from Albany city treasurer Betty Barnette to Common Council President Shawn Morris, Barnette says her office knew nothing of the reportedly long-running ghost ticket system. [TU]

The driver at the wheel of the River Rats bus when it flipped on the Mass Turnpike has been cited for "negligent operation." The citation is not a speeding ticket. A passenger on has said he believes the bus was traveling too fast for the snowy conditions that night. [Troy Record] [TU]

AMD and Abu Dahbi's Advanced Technology Investment Co. officially signed the deal creating the spin-off company that will own the Luther Forest chip fab plant. ATIC is investing $700 million and taking on $1.1 billion of AMD debt for its portion of the new company. Next up: the new company has to officially buy the land for the plant. After that, land clearing is expected to start later this month and actual construction in June. [TU] [Biz Review] [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette]


After seeing Ellis at many Obama rallies and looking at his record, I think he's the breath of fresh air this city needs as mayor. We need someone outside the current political machine. Jennings is great for a joke, but no longer great for this city. Jennings barely lives within Albany's small city limits! (Orange you glad I didn't say Smalbany?) I hope his bid for mayor is successful and I hope to help.

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