Racino deal stumbling, Momentive headquarters at tech park, Schenectady schools chief up for another job, crack bust in Malta, Martina Hingis to play in Albany

The selection of AEG to run the Aqueduct racino continues to stir things up at the Capitol. The feds have reportedly subpoenaed member items given out by state Senate president Malcolm Smith to a non-profit with indirect connections to AEG. And Sheldon Silver called for the state inspector general to investigate David Paterson's role in supporting AEG's bid. A "source close to Silver" says the speaker may now pull his approval of the deal, which is required for the project to proceed. Revenue from the Aqueduct racino -- whenever/if the project moves ahead -- is slated to support horse racing at tracks around the state, including Saratoga. [TU] [NYT] [NY Post] [NYDN] [WTEN]

David Paterson said yesterday on Larry King that he thinks the Spitzer scandal has created an environment in which "people would tend to believe anything they hear these days." Gawker has a number of clips from the interview, in which -- we kid you not -- Larry King ask Paterson if his blindness makes it hard to respond to all the rumors because "people have to read these headlines to you." [NYDN] [Gawker]

In case you were wondering: Elliot Spitzer says he will not run for office this year. [CapNews9]

Momentive Performance Materials says it will start building its new global headquarters and technology center at the Rensselaer Technology Park later this year. The North Greenbush site apparently won out over sites in Atlanta and Raleigh. (Momentive already has a large manufacturing facility in Waterford.) [Daily Gazette $] [WTEN]

Members of the Albany police chief search task force say the committee has been working well, despite the complaints of one member. [TU]

Schenectady schools superintendent Eric Ely is reportedly a finalist for the top job in the Erie, PA schools. Ely's house recently went up for sale, but he said it was because he wanted a easier-to-maintain house. The school district has been facing criticism for its handling of the situation surrounding Steven Raucci. [Erie Times-News] [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

Supporters of Kamiar Alaei, the UAlbany grad student and AIDS doctors who's being held in Iran with his brother, will press the brothers' case at the UN on Monday. [TU]

The City of Albany has bought a handful of buildings in Arbor Hill from a troubled nonprofit landlord org. [TU]

The Catholic order of nuns that owns the Kenwood Campus in Albany has sued the Doane Stuart School. The order and the school are at odds over the ending of their lease agreement. Doane Stuart moved from the Albany site to Troy last year. [TU] [Troy Record]

A development that would involve condos and a Stewart's is facing opposition in Bethlehem. [TU]

State police say they arrested two people in Malta this week for allegedly dealing crack. [Post-Star]

A Saratoga Springs start up has developed a product that allows sports leagues to manage signups on online. [TU]

The Hannaford in East Greenbush was evacuated last night because of a fire. [CapNews9]

A farm in Greenfield has become a retirement home for race horses. [TU]

Former world #1 Martina Hingis will play in every match this season for the New York Buzz -- the World Team Tennis club that plays at UAlbany's SEFCU Arena. [CBS6]


Out of all the news today, I found the horse retirement farm story to be most heartwarming.

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