State comptroller to audit Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, SCCC president says new job would be upgrade from Chevy to Cadillac, Brad Pitt producing film about Saratoga story

The state comptroller's office will be auditing the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority to "help provide the transparency and accountability" to the situation surrounding the recently embattled agency. Said SSHA executive director Ed Spychalski of the audit: "I think it will clear up a lot of misconceptions about the Housing Authority." [TU] [Saratogian]

The pest control company brought in to deal with the bed bug problem at the Saratoga springs Housing Authority's Stonequist Apartments says almost 25 percent of the building's units had bed bugs. [Saratogian]

Testified Democratic Party operative Robert Martiniano yesterday during the Troy ballot fraud trial: "We didn't want to know [if] they had a legal excuse because it was a common culture in Troy to collect ballots so they could be controlled." [Troy Record]

The Schenectady school board has picked Laurence Spring to be its next superintendent. Spring is currently the superintendent of the Cortland, New York school district. Said Spring of the job ahead: "We've got work to do with the community, trust to build." Interim superintendent John Yagielski says the district is currently facing a $7 million budget gap. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [YNN] [Fox23]

The Schenectady man accused of hitting and killing a woman with his car on State Street last November and then fleeing the scene has been indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and manslaughter. The Schenectady County DA's office alleges the man was under the influence of drugs at the time. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady officials say two injured police officers were pulled from a burning building in the Central State neighborhood yesterday (map). Both officers were treated and released. Public safety commissioner Wayne Bennett says the officers were responding to a domestic dispute when they noticed the fire in another apartment and helped evacuate the building. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Albany County sheriff Craig Apple says the body found in a car wreck in Knox early Wednesday was "burned beyond recognition." He called the crash "horrific." Investigators weren't initially able to even identify the sex of the driver -- an autopsy concluded it was a male. [Troy Record] [CBS6] [WTEN]

Saratoga Springs police say they busted a man on charges he allegedly possessed 18 pounds of pot. [Saratogian]

SCCC president Quintin Bullock described said during a recent job interview at another school that the new position would allow him to "transition from the Chevrolet to a Cadillac." Said SCCC's chair of Bullock's comment: "I didn't take it as dumping, to be compared to a Chevy." [Frederick News Post] [TU]

The State Museum has a new director. [TU]

The Schenectady Museum has ousted its executive director. [Daily Gazette]

Three hundred employees of the state Workers' Compensation Board are being moved from Albany to Schenectady as part of the state's office space restacking. [TU]

State Assembly Democrats are pushing to insert new money for member items (you know, pork) into the state budget. [TU]

NYSERDA says it got a record high number of applications for its solar power incentive program. It's pushing to double the amount of money available for incentives. [TU] [TU]

Brad Pitt's production company is producing a film about Saratoga resident Solomon Northup -- and Pitt is expected to appear in the movie. [Saratogian]

Jimmer Fredette scored 8 points for the Sacramento Kings last night in a loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. [Post-Star]

Kirsten Gillibrand was a guest of Anna Wintour at a Carolina Herrerra runway show this week during Fashion Week in New York. [WWD via State of Politics]


I feel that I should probably be outraged regarding the Troy Voter fraud, but I'm too confused to follow what is going on. :-(

"Three hundred employees of the state Workers' Compensation Board are being moved from Albany to Schenectady as part of the state's office space restacking. [TU]"

I understand they'll be driving Chevys as their official cars.

" major productions have been filmed here since "The Horse Whisperer" (starring Robert Redford, 1998)."

What about Seabiscuit? It was my understanding that some very pivotal scenes were filmed there. I would certainly call that a major production.

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