Cuomo pushes for independent redistricting, another post office closure in Albany, Harmony Mills developer looking in Troy, come on down!

Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation that would create an independent commission to draw the lines for Congressional and state legislature districts, which advocates say would help end gerrymandering. Democrats have argued that Republican control the state Senate not because they got more votes from the public, but because of the way the districts are drawn. Dean Skelos said in a statement yesterday that redistricting reform is important -- but not currently a priority. [NYT] [TU] [State of Politics]

Observers say Cuomo is trying to expand the powers of the state's executive branch. [WSJ via State of Politics]

Pedro Espada's state Senate office spent $1.2 million from April to September last year, the most of any senator (by about $300k). The now-indicted former senator had a staff of 50 people working for him. [TU] [NYDN]

The state Public Service Commission approved a plan to build a new high-voltage transmission line from from northern Saratoga County to Rotterdam. Many property owners along the path of the line opposed the project. The $66 million line will help power the GlobalFoundries fab in Malta. [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

Said a GloFo spokesman yesterday about the fab's economic impact on this area: "We think it's going to lead to very positive impacts, (but) we don't have a crystal ball into the future." Economic development officials say they're already seeing interest from companies looking to do business with the fab, but there's a lack of suitable office/warehouse space currently available. [Troy Record] [Post-Star]

The US Postal Service say it's closing the Patroon Station post office in north Albany (map). The USPS says it still hasn't made a decision about the Pine Hills Station on South Allen. [TU] [Fox23]

A Brighter Choice Foundation bid for financing through an economic development arm of the city of Albany was rejected, a decision some are placing in the larger context of the ongoing charter school debate. [TU]

Hank Morris, who was convicted of helping to organize the "pay to play" scheme at the state pension fund under former comptroller Alan Hevesi, was sentenced to 1.3-4 years in prison. [State of Politics]

Brian Scavo, the Albany County legislator accused of forging a tenant's signature on an eviction notice, has pleaded not guilty. [TU]
Rotterdam has become a hotspot for local municipal drama -- the latest turn is over the hiring of the a law firm for the town. [Daily Gazette]

The North Colonie school board voted to close the Maplewood School, which has been open in some form since 1897. The closure is expected to save $750k. [WTEN] [Troy Record] [YNN]

Hundreds of people showed up for a Bethlehem town meeting about whether the town should put in a bid for the bankrupt Normanside Country Club, a debate that balances concerns about the cost of the potential purchase (maybe more than $1 million) against the desire to preserve open space. [YNN] [TU]

The developer of the Harmony Mills apartments has interest in turning the Marshall Ray building on River Sreet in Troy into student housing (map). [Troy Record]

The head of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce says the Borders building in downtown Saratoga will probably be subdivided into space for four or five businesses after the bookstore closes. [TU]

Troy police say a man was mugged outside the Atrium during daylight on Wednesday. [Troy Record]

The Saratoga County sheriff's department says three men were arrested for allegedly stealing six Northface jackets from the EMS in Wilton. [CBS6]

A woman won a Travers Week trip to Saratoga yesterday on the Price is Right (and a trip to Scotland -- it was part of a showcase). "Tatiana" seemed rather excited. [WNYT]

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Morning Blend

Rensselaer County exec election Christopher Meyer has formally conceded the Republican and Conservative primaries to Steve McLaughlin in the race for Rensselaer County exec. (Meyer... (more)

Checking in on the Tivoli Preserve Community Farm sheep

Among the newest residents of Albany's Tivoli Lake Preserve: sheep. The small flock is there now as part of the Tivoli Preserve Community Farm project.... (more)

TEDxAlbany is back in December, and the call for speakers is out

TEDxAlbany -- the local, independently-organized version of the TED talks series -- will return to Overit in Albany December 7. And the call for speakers... (more)

Albany's mayor gets selected by just a small slice of the city's population

Here's another bit from last week's Albany Democratic mayoral primary: Just about 15 percent of the city's voting-age population cast a vote in the primary.... (more)

Good lawn mowing service in Albany?

Alie emails: We just bought a house in the Pine Hills neighborhood, and are hoping to find someone who can mow our lawn until the... (more)

Recent Comments

Seems like they've put together realistic plans, though I wonder whether the proximity to the ESP ramps would be a deterrent to finding a residential developer. I'd really like to see that Trailways Building kept. We have so few century buildings in Albany that I'd really we rather keep them when we can. And this building is not at all shy about advertising its era. E-Comm 6, however...well, I won't cry if it comes down.

Good lawn mowing service in Albany?

...has 1 comment, most recently from Albany Landlord

The week ahead

...has 1 comment, most recently from Dan Roesser

Albany's mayor gets selected by just a small slice of the city's population

...has 1 comment, most recently from leslie

Here's the latest outline of a plan for redeveloping the former convention center site in downtown Albany

...has 11 comments, most recently from Ben

AOA Startup Grant 2017 late leaderboard

...has 1 comment, most recently from daleyplanit