Finger pointed at "chief finger pointer," Luther Forest reportedly beat out Brazil and China, Schumer and Gillibrand hedge on Paterson, microloans in Watervliet

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A ceremony commemorating the 180th birthday of President Chester A. Arthur yesterday at his grave in the Albany Rural Cemetery. (Photo: Matt Ryan)

Democrats in Rensselaer County have hit back at allegations of absentee ballot fraud by accusing Republicans of similar electoral wrongdoing. The Dems are focusing their attention of Republican Bob Mirch, who they're calling -- we kid you not -- the "chief finger pointer." [TU] [Troy Record]

Brian Stratton's proposed Schenectady budget includes an almost 6 percent tax increase. Stratton says the city is facing "challenging times," which include big increases in pension and healthcare costs. [TU] [Fox23]

Albany police say a 16-year-old girl reported being temporarily abducted on Second Street yesterday. It's the second reported abduction attempt in the city in a week. [CBS6] [Fox23]

GlobalFoundries chairman Hector Ruiz told the National Press Club that Luther Forest beat out sites in Brazil, China and Russia for the new chip fab. [TU]

The journalist who wrote a profile of Joe Bruno for NY Mag last year will testify for the prosecution in Bruno's upcoming federal trial, according to prosecution documents. [NY Mag] [CapNews9]

David Paterson called out his "phantom" gubernatorial campaign opponents yesterday on CNBC. [PolitickerNY]

Chuck Schumber and Kirsten Gillibrand hedged on whether they support Paterson. [Daily Politics]

The 18-year-old accused of shooting a Troy man in the head last month has pleaded not guilty. [Troy Record]

There are detours at the intersection of Rt 155, Watervliet-Shaker, and Old Wolf and Old Niskayuna because of roundabout construction. [WTEN]

Bidding starts at $500,000 for the Schenectady Armory. [TU]

The Town of Clifton Park is moving to buy development rights on a farm to preserve it as open space. [TU]

Watervliet is using state grant money to issue no-interest microloans to start-up small businesses. [Troy Record]

The Saratoga Farmers' Market will be indoors at Division Street Elementary School this winter. [Daily Gazette $]

A collection of items from Caffe Lena has been added to the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center. [Post-Star]

The Watervliet woman who appeared on Jeopardy last night finished third. [TU]


The 2009 Nobel Prize in Alchemy goes to Mayor Brian Stratton, for developing a process to squeeze blood from a stone.

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