Central Warehouse fire considered suspicious, local officials upset about state takeover of Luther Forest tech park, crazy about Halloween

Officials say the fire at Central Warehouse is mostly out. And they say a search of the building found no bodies. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Jerry Jennings says officials consider the fire suspicious -- and he says the people reportedly working in the building with torches the day of the fire did not have permission to be there. For now, it appears the fire hasn't changed the building's prospects: too expensive to demolish, but too difficult to redevelop. [Troy Record] [Fox23] [TU] [CBS6] [WNYT] [TU]

The chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors called the state's plan to take over the Luther Forest tech park "heavy handed" and said no one from the state alerted local officials. He and other local leaders say they're concerned a state-operated tech park would be exempt from local zoning. The state's move was prompted by GlobalFoundries' concern about the slow pace of some infrastructure projects at the site. One of the key projects is providing a backup water system to supply for the 3 million gallons the plant will use each day. [Post-Star] [TU] [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

All this was going on while the federal Secretary of Commerce was visiting the GloFo site yesterday to tout high-tech manufacturing in the US. [Saratogian]

After a 90 minute interview, NYT's Nicholas Confessore remarks that Carl Paladino sounds "more like a small-business technocrat than a right-wing ideologue." [NYT]

Neither Paladino nor Andrew Cuomo have many women in top positions for their campaigns. [NYT]

The two candidates for state attorney general debated yesterday. The Aqueduct racino mess was one of the main topics. [YNN] [WNYT]

Food pantries in Saratoga County say demand is up. [Post-Star]

A federal judge has chosen not to order a drug company to provide a local woman an experimental drug she was taking as part of a now-discontinued clinical trial. [TU]

Still unsettled about the new UAlbany dorm that's going up on the patch of until-recently-wooded land on the uptown campus' southeast corner: where the sewage is going to go. [TU]

Skidmore is planning a $42 million dorm project. [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say an off-duty cop helped catch an alleged burglar after he noticed the man walking up his neighbor's driveway in uptown Albany (map). [APD]

Albany police say the ex-wife of the Albany man who allegedly had made racist phone calls to two families threw a cement block through the front window of the man's house Sunday. [TU]

A man in Scotia takes off from work the week before Halloween each year so he can decorate his house. [Daily Gazette]


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