RPI's Jackson and SEFCU CEO to head up economic development council, Crowne Plaza looks for tax break, Gibson says he'd vote for debt ceiling plan, Gosling Gosling Gosling

Andrew Cuomo announced that RPI president Shirley Jackson and SEFCU president and CEO Michael Castellano will head up the Capital Region's economic development council, along with a smattering of other prominent business people from the area. There are 10 regional councils around the state -- each team now has 90 days to submit an economic recovery plan for a chance at part of $1 billion in state funds. [YNN] [TU]

The Colonie Town Board approved the lease of the town landfill to a California waste management company in 6-1 vote last night. The lone "no" vote came from the board's only Republican, who argued the deal would cost the town in the long run. The vote came after a public comment period in which many Halfmoon residents urged Colonie to close the facility they say has led to bad odors and decreased property values. [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Albany are seeking a tax break deal that they say will help the hotel hold onto its franchise, which is probably necessary to keep the hotel open. [TU]

After being closed for two weeks, the South Mall expressway will reopen today. The state Department of Transportation added new supports to the cracked beams holding up the elevated highway -- permanent repairs on the highway will begin next year. [CBS6] [YNN]

Chris Gibson said he planned to vote last night for the House bill that would have raised the federal debt ceiling. The vote was called off last night after it appeared that Republican leaders in the chamber didn't have enough votes. [Saratogian] [NYT]

A report from the state Education Department concludes that Albany's Hackett Middle School has low academic expectations and needs significant changes. Albany High School was the subject of serious criticism from a state report last year. [TU]

Tyrone Chaires, the nephew of Schenectady police chief Mark Chaires, was acquitted of murder charges on Thursday. Chaires' defense team had argued that he was framed for the murder by the Bloods street gang. [YNN] [Troy Record]

East Greenbush police are searching for a car with a possible kidnapping victim in it after employees of the Troy Road McDonald's called Thursday night to say they had seen two men in the front seat and a woman bound and gagged in the back. [TU]

Albany police say the Citizens Bank on Washington Ave in downtown Albany was robbed Thursday morning. They say the suspect demanded money and did not display a weapon. [TU] [WTEN]

Steve Raucci emails: messages indicate that Raucci wouldn't turn on the heat for parishioners using a building their church had leased to the school district because Raucci was upset with the parish's pastor. [Daily Gazette]

Attendance and ticket revenue were up this year for the New York Ballet at SPAC -- though the venue still took a loss on the performances, as it has in previous years. [Saratogian]

The Lake George spot where a Long Island woman was seriously injured Thursday after slipping and falling down a cliff into the lake is a well-known diving spot among locals. [Post-Star]

A new food pantry in Wilton is completely self-funded and volunteer-run. [WYNT]

Scotia residents gawked at the shooting of scenes for the film "The Place Beyond the Pines" on Thursday, hoping to catch a glimpse of Ryan Gosling. [Daily Gazette]

The Music Mobile has a new mobile. [WNYT]

The North Hoosick post office, slated for possible closure, is the second smallest post office in the nation. [TU]

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What about Cooper, Cooper, Cooper? Where's the Bradley? I heard he was seen in/near Thacher Park on Sunday.


As an Albany tax payer I have to say I've very excited to hear i'll be able to bailout some investors in Dallas who bought the Crowne Plaza last year as part of a quarter billion dollar deal. I feel it is important for the little people to give until it hurts so that the people who have a quarter billion dollars to invest can always make the absolute most money possible. And Mayor Jennings also wants us to bailout the owner of the San Diego Chargers. So exciting to be part of all these big business deals!! If we can't pull together to help out millionaires and billionaires in other states, what point is there to living?

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