McCarthy officially into the pool for Schenectady mayor, mixed-use proposal for former Troy city hall site, alleged communication with inmate was "classified"

Schenectady city council president -- and acting mayor -- Gary McCarthy has officially declared he's running for mayor of Schenectady. McCarthy says neighborhood revitalization would be one of the priorities of his administration. Also: "I'm not an academic. I find solutions to problems" (a shot at Roger Hull, the former Union College president who's also running). [Fox23] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

GlobalFoundries employees will start moving into the Malta complex in May. Full volume production is expected to start in 2013. [Post-Star] [YNN]

An influx of out-of-staters moving to the area because of the chip fab and nanotech is pushing up the rental market in the Saratoga area. [Saratogian]

Different takes on local results from an air quality report: "Strict rules lift air quality" | "Region's air quality not up to snuff" [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The FBI is reportedly investigating the allegations of voter fraud in Troy. [TU]

Hundreds of bricks fell off the veneer of the South Mall Tower late Tuesday afternoon. One resident said it sounded like a bomb had gone off. There no reported injuries. Officials say they're not sure why the bricks fell, but the structure is still safe. [WNYT] [Fox23] [YNN] [CBS6]

One of the proposals for the former city hall site in Troy includes 100 apartments, as well as restaurant and retail space. [TU]

The developers hoping to build a "new urbanist" town center in Glenmont are working to clear one of the hurdles to moving ahead with the project (map). [TU]

Habitat for Humanity plans to build 16 new row houses in Albany's South End (map). [TU]

Albany police say they arrested a 52-year-old man for allegedly shooting at a person yesterday in Arbor Hill. [CBS6]

Cohoes police say two teens have been arrested for a string of burglaries -- and two adults, including one of teens' mom, arrested for allegedly trying to cover for them. [Troy Record] [Fox23]

A Hudson Falls couple -- the husband already in jail -- has been arrested for secretly communicating with each other via phone, letter and... newspaper ad. [Post-Star]

"The market is so bad for lawyers right now. The transmission business will pay the bills until we get our law practice established," says one of the two Albany Law students who co-own a local auto transmission shop. [TU]

Two musicians have opened a rock music school in Clifton Park. [Daily Gazette]

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