Central Warehouse fire still smoldering, state moves to take over Luther Forest tech park, the last place Carl Paladino still polls well, Snooki in Wonderland

The fire at Central Warehouse is still smoldering this morning. Officials say they're no longer concerned about a possible collapse, but it's still not safe to send firefighters into the building. So far, air quality tests from the site have not indicated there's a danger to people in the area. Fire investigators say there were workers in the building on Friday, though it's unknown whether their presence has any connection to the fire. [CBS6] [Troy Record] [TU] [TU]

Earlier: a whole bunch of photos from the Central Warehouse fire. [AOA]

The state's economic development arm has moved to seize the Luther Forest Technology Campus because of concerns over infrastructure delays that reportedly have the potential to jeopardize the GlobalFoundries chip fab project. A GloFo spokesman says "nothing is off the rails," but says the company is concerned about the slow pace of development for a road and utilities. The tech park has also reportedly fallen behind on paying back loans to the state. The president of the tech park says the org's board hasn't decided yet whether to fight the takeover. [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette]

Andrew Cuomo says his effort to transform the state will include a permanent campaign against the state's labor unions and interests groups -- and a soft touch with the legislature. [NYT]

The gubernatorial debate has raised the profile of Libertarian candidate Warren Redlich, who's from Guilderland. [Daily Gazette]

Bill Clinton will be campaigning for Scott Murphy next Monday in Saratoga Springs. [Post-Star]

An Albany man alleges the owner of a pizza shop on Central Ave assaulted him and used homophobic slurs early Saturday morning (map). In the man's version of events, the incident was set off when he accidentally spilled parmesan cheese. The shop's owner says he never called the man any names and alleges the man hit him in the face with a slice of pizza and the owner responded by hitting the man once. [YNN] [WNYT] [Fox23]

In his one televised chance to go after Chuck Schumer, Republican Jay Townsend went after Schumer -- criticizing the "Obama, Pelosi, Schumer agenda." (Debate video.) The senior senator seems more concerned about his campaign to become majority leader, though. [NYT] [TU] [YNN] [TU]

Ted Danz, the Republican challenging Paul Tonko for the 21st Congressional District, says he decided to get involved with politics after he met friction in getting a pistol permit. If re-elected, Tonko says he would focus on job creation. [TU] [TU]

The biggest donors to the campaigns of Roy McDonald and Joanne Yepsen are from outside the state Senate district. [Daily Gazette]

Pete Grannis, the now-fired head of DEC, said top Paterson admin official Larry Schwartz argued during a meeting that only 20 percent of the state work actually did any work. Grannis' firing has been much criticized by members of both parties and environmental groups. [TU] [TU]

The FBI and Albany police say they've arrested a man for allegedly harassing two families with racist and threatening phone calls. They say the man is a lawyer with a state agency. [WTEN] [WNYT]

Albany police say two people were stabbed outside a club on South Pearl Street early Saturday morning (map). [WNYT]

Some members of the Guyanese community in Schenectady say the city's not as welcoming as once it was -- and they're thinking about leaving. [TU]

Schenectady property owners have gotten better at fighting assessments -- more than a third won their cases in small claims court this year. [Daily Gazette]

One of the Sandy Horowitz companies that owns buildings in downtown Troy has filed for bankruptcy. [Troy Record]

Perhaps the last place Carl Paladino still polls well: the village of Santa Croce Di Magliano in Italy. [NYT]

This year's hot Halloween costumes at a local costume shop: Alice in Wonderland, Avatar and... Jersey Shore. [Daily Gazette]


That pizza shop assault story is insane. I really wonder who is being truthful. It doesn't make sense that someone operating a business next to gay bars would be so homophobic, and that they would lose it so violently over some spilled cheese. I don't want to call the victim a liar, but I have a feeling there may have been more to it than that. On the flip side, based on the extent of the victim's injuries, he was clearly punched more than once.
In any case, I hope the truth is revealed and justice is appropriately handed out.

It depresses me to know that Paladino's roots are not far from mine in Italy.

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