Luther Forest officials respond to state takeover move, Paterson details layoffs, Bill Clinton scheduled to appear before sunrise

Speaking publicly for the first time since the state announced its intention to take over the Luther Forest tech park, Michael Relyea -- the head of the tech park -- said: "We're the experts on this. We know how to get this done." He said the org was surprised by the state's takeover move. And he said two of the incomplete infrastructure projects at issue could be completed relatively quickly -- if the state puts up the money for them. But how to resolve the issue of a backup water supply is unclear. GlobalFoundries says regardless of whether the tech park becomes state owned or not, it's not looking to get out of paying property taxes. [WNYT] [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [TU]

David Paterson detailed the 898 state employee layoffs he says his administration will be pursuing before the end of the year. They includes cuts of 150 at DEC and 140 at DOT. Andrew Cuomo has said he supports the layoffs. Both the big civil service unions were predictably irked. In turn, a Paterson statement criticized the unions for their "alarmist rhetoric, intransigence and excuses." [CBS6] [WNYT] [AP/Post-Star] [PEF] [CSEA] [Paterson admin]

Contrary to what a state Senate spokesman said earlier, Neil Breslin says he did have a few drinks the night he was stopped by a state trooper (he passed a field sobriety test). [State of Politics] [TU]

A YouTube video has been circulating this week that shows state senator Hugh Farley saying "same-sex marriage is an abhorrent situation." Farley says he "may have chosen the wrong word." [YouTube] [WNYT]

Bill Clinton's appearance for Scott Murphy in Saratoga Springs on Monday is scheduled to start before sunrise. A limited number of free tickets are available for the event at the Hall of Springs. [Post-Star] [Post-Star]

Carl Paladino will be in Saratoga Springs today. And Andrew Cuomo will be appearing in Ballston Lake Saturday. [Post-Star] [Post-Star]

If elected, Andrew Cuomo talking about putting lieutenant governor candidate Bob Duffy in charge of improving the upstate economy and shrinking government. [NYT]

How big a lead does Andrew Cuomo have in the race for governor? A story in NYT focuses on Cuomo's love of muscle cars. [NYT]

Whoever's elected governor, education reform (specially, spending less) will be on the agenda. [TU]

Chuck Schumer is positioning himself for a run at Senate majority leader in the event Harry Reid goes down. [NYT]

Paladino called Kirsten Gillibrand "Schumer's little girl" yesterday. [NYT]

Payments on the debt from the City of Troy's bailout in the 1990s represents a third of the city's tax levy (the city plans to refinance part of that debt). [Troy Record]

It looks like the curtain could soon fall on NYSTI -- the Troy-based arts org says it's having trouble raising money because of doubts about its future. [TU]

The total payout for the Schenectady school district rosary case was actually $22,500. [Daily Gazette]

The Capital Region continues to have one of the lowest rates of home foreclosure in the nation. [TU]

HVCC is drawing people looking for skills to work at the GloFo fab. [Post-Star]

Residents of Albany's South End neighborhood are pushing for a bus route to run up steep incline of Morton Ave. [TU]

A four-mile section of the New York State Canalway Trail System in Schenectady County re-opened. [Daily Gazette]

The Delmar Farmers' Market is doing well. [TU]

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