SUNY chancellor: "systemness" is the word, downtown Troy bar threatened with shutdown, Occupy Albany shifts focus, Meals on Wheels unexpectedly benefits from theft

GlobalFoundries announced it's started making chips about the new chip fab in Malta. [GloFo] [AOA]

In her State of the University address, SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher said "systemness" is the key to the higher education system's success. One result: SUNY will be regionalizing some administration tasks (like payroll) in an effort to save money. And, yes, apparently she (or someone) made up the word "systemness." -- said Zimpher: "If Stephen Colbert can do it with 'truthiness,' so can we." [SUNY] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The pedestrian hit by a pickup truck on upper Washington Ave in Albany last month has died -- and police have yet to find the truck (map). [TU]

The 18-year-old driver of the pickup truck involved in the crash that killed a Ballston Spa High School student has been cited for a handful of violations -- including driving without a license. His father -- who owned the truck -- has also been cited for allowing unlicensed operation. [Saratogian] [Fox23]

Both the city of Troy and Troy police are threatening to get Broadway Brew shut down because of a string of violent incidents connected to the bar. [WTEN] [Fox23]

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says a man being held at the county jail died Sunday in what appears to be a suicide. The man was being held on allegations he hit a woman with a hammer and attempted to strangle her with a computer cord. [TU] [Saratogian]

Mark Richardson -- the man accused of assaulting two people, one fatally, at a senior apartment complex in Cohoes -- has pleaded not guilty. Last week Richardson allegedly said he was sorry he had hurt the people. [Troy Record] [WTEN]

About a third of the forgery counts against former Troy city councilman Michael LoPorto have been dropped in the Troy voter fraud case. And there yet another round of back-and-forth over how the case has been conducted. [Troy Record] [TU]

Sales tax revenue in Rensselaer County up 8 percent last year, thanks in part to new businesses in the county. [TU]

More calls for lowering the speed limit on Route 9 into Saratoga Springs, this time from the owners of PJ's Bar-B-Q who say they've seen all sorts of collisions -- including a car hitting a cow. [TU]

The plan to give millions in tax breaks for a new medical complex near Northway Exit 12 was met with criticism at a public hearing. The project is also looking to get public funding for a new sewer line. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

In an effort to save money, Albany County is cutting its reimbursement rate for special education providers on short notice and before the end of its contract. [TU]

Yesterday at the Watervliet Arsenal Chuck Schumer said red tape is holding a new power plant at the facility in a case of "Washington bureaucracy at its worst." Schumer says the power plant could open the way for 2,000 jobs at the site. [TU] [Troy Record]

So, how is it that the state Senate could add an extra seat? Well, it's complicated... [TU]

Occupy Albany is turning its attention to corporate tax loopholes. [TU]

The now-found stolen Meals on Wheels van apparently was in pretty good shape -- and the program now unexpectedly finds itself in a better position with two vehicles. [WTEN] [YNN]

Witnesses to a fire in Albany yesterday reportedly shot mobile phone video of the incident before calling 911 (though the evidence for this claim seems a bit thin). [TU]

One of the members of the popular country group Lady Antebellum got married in Guilderland this past weekend. Or so it appears. [TU]

Comments

It's too bad for the bar. No matter what a bar bouncer, bar tender or any other try to do to filter out possible problems (underage, dress code, music selection) can stop what some people will do. Sometimes it's just the crowd attracted but if he did nothing to attract a bad crowd then what more can the owner do? It's tough for anyone.

I wonder how many of the accidents on Rt 9, witnessed by PJ's BBQ, were actually caused by people trying get into or out of PJ's parking lot.

I've been there many times and its quite a mess when traffic is heavy. People just jump right out or stop suddenly to turn in. They would probably benefit best from having a light at Kaydeross Ave/Rt 9, rather than lower the speed limit. It would effectively lower the speed near PJ's, and make it safer for vehicles exiting and entering the parking lot.

I've been very curious about this "witnesses shooting video" thing. It's a compelling story that speaks volumes about technology and citizenship. It's rather damning, really -- except I just don't know if I believe it.

Is there a timeline that verifies the relationship between when 911 was called and when bystanders started shooting video? The only proof seems to be that a college student claims the "authorities" told her this happened.

Can anybody shed some light on this?

I have been known to make up a word when I can't think of a perfect one, but another choice would be to use a thesaurus. Perhaps the SUNY Chancellor illustrated one of the problems with the system...

snarky, I know...

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