Chip fab company says it's committed, Paterson says he'd take a pay cut, DA says frozen man may have overdosed, Albany High to be delayed for protest

While the paperwork hasn't all gone through, officials from GlobalFoundries -- the new AMD spinoff -- say they are committed to building the new chip fab at Luther Forest. "I don't know how much more formal of a commitment we can make," said the new company's president. GlobalFoundries says it expects to be turning out chips at full capacity by 2012. [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star] [TU]

David Paterson told a crowd in Buffalo yesterday that he would consider taking a 10 percent pay cut -- and he said he doesn't think a similar cut for the Legislature is a bad idea. Paterson also reiterated his support for a high-speed rail connection between Buffalo and Albany. (Earlier on AOA: High-speed rail? Maybe not so fast.) [Buffalo News]

Competition for federal stimulus money is fierce at the state Capitol as the team led by New York's stimulus czar -- AKA Captain Asphalt -- sifts through more than 7,500 projects. Local officials have proposed almost $42 billion in stimulus-funded projects -- the state has been given $4 billion. [NYT]

A bill that would reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws was passed by the state Assembly yesterday. Such reforms have been passed many times by the Assembly, but always died in the Senate. But now that Democrats control both chambers, the odds of passage seem higher -- though it's far from a done deal. [TU] [NYT]

A bunch of downstate Democrats are lining up for a potential primary challenge to Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010. [NYT]

RPI President Shirley Jackson announced yesterday that she will be taking a five percent pay cut. [AOA]

The Saratoga DA says it appears the man found partially frozen in Spa State Park this week may have died from a prescription drug overdose -- final autopsy results are still pending. An unidentified man stole OxyContin from a Wilton CVS on Monday -- authorities say they haven't ruled out the man found dead as "a potential suspect" in that case. [TU] [Saratogian]

Albany police say a man fired a shotgun through a neighbor's door yesterday after the neighbor slammed the door in his face. The alleged shotgunner has been charged with attempted murder. Police say the neighbor couldn't say why the guy would try to shoot him. [TU] [Troy Record]

Six Schenectady High School students have been charged with rioting after a fight caused the school to be locked down yesterday. [Daily Gazette]

Classes at Albany High School will be delayed two hours on Friday because of the planned Westboro Baptist Church protest. An "Albany Says No To Hate" vigil is planned for this evening at City Hall. [TU]

A truck carrying a cargo container -- apparently taller than the legal limit -- hit an overpass on I-787 yesterday. The wreck closed the southbound lanes for three hours. [Troy Record]

Harry Apkarian, longtime Schenectady booster and entrepreneur, died this week in Florida. He was 87. Apkarian, an RPI grad, founded MTI and served on a number of local boards and economic development initiatives. [Daily Gazette]


It's a sad state of affairs when a high school that has a enough problems of their own, has to delay classes because a group that is not even from this state feels that it is necessary to spread a message of hate and intolerance.

@Emma, I agree, but I'm relieved that the students will not be subjected to this. The last thing we would need is a riot and Phelps' cronies suing the school.

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