GloFo says negotiations for second incentive package are less than fab, jumping off a bridge when they get to it, Andrew Cuomo's future foreshadowed by washing machine

Somewhat conflicting reports on the situation surrounding the possibility of a second GlobalFoundries chip fab at Luther Forest. The Saratogian reports "multiple company officials" say GloFo is in "preliminary discussions" with the Cuomo admin about a second massive package of incentives for a second fab. (The package for the first fab is worth about $1.37 billion.) But a GloFo spokesman tells the Times Union that there had been a "window of opportunity" to negotiate a deal with the state and the "window has passed." GloFo says it has already started installing tools at the Luther Forest fab, two months ahead of schedule. The company says the fab will create 6500 jobs, directly and indirectly. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Post-Star] [Fox23]

An official with the development company behind The Alexander, the large apartment complex that's seeking a big tax break from the city of Albany, says it's seeking the break in part because it made a mistake in its earlier requests for tax help. [TU]

PEF says some of its members were originally given just an hour to make bumping decisions following layoff notices from the state this week. [TU]

Two federal agencies are pushing for the Hudson River PCB dredging project to include more parts of the river than originally planned because they say contamination is higher than previously expected. A regional official for the EPA, which has been the federal agency coordinating the project, says the agency is "not inclined" to change the cleanup agreement it has with GE. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Cuomo admin announced yesterday that seven state prisons will be closing. The closest facility to the Capital Region: the Summit Shock prison in Schoharie County. No prisons in the North Country, which relies on prisons to partially prop up its economy, were on the list. [Cuomo admin] [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

The City of Troy finished 2010 with a $1.3 million surplus, according to a city report filed with the state. [Troy Record]

A Troy man is suing the city, alleging that police officers "savagely beat" him last year during an arrest. [Troy Record]

Schenectady police say they nabbed a guy for allegedly taking delivery of a package containing 15 pounds of pot (no, the dryer sheet trick apparently doesn't work).

There was a five-car crash in downtown Schenectady that resulted in one of the cars flipping over (map). [Daily Gazette]

Two men were sentenced yesterday for a Schenectady robbery last year that was foiled by a 911 call... about a woman in labor (map). [Daily Gazette]

Police say it appears counterfeit money is being passed off at area malls. [WNYT]

The popular aluminum beer bottles are technically illegal in New York State -- though, perhaps not for much longer. [NYDN]

In Rotterdam Junction, when kids are asked: "If everyone else was jumping off a bridge, would you, too?" -- the answer appears to be "yes." [Fox23]

Noted: the Big Belly, Albany's solar-powered compacting trash cans, have developed a reputation as "The Big Smelly." [Fox23]

Andrew Cuomo was a golden child whose facility as governor was foreshadowed by his ability to fix washing machines. According to his mother. [TU]

Comments

"PEF says some of its members were originally given just an hour to make bumping decisions following layoff notices from the state this week. [TU]"

There's no excuse for agency managers treating employees this way. Aside from the fact that state policies require giving employees a reasonable amount of time to make transfer and bumping decisions, it's also a matter of common decency. Protestations that "we were operating under a short time-frame" are disingenuous at best. Agency managers had been preparing for these layoffs for months.

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