Obama to talk about economy at GloFo, Bruno attorneys hit back at indictment, problems at nursing home "very troubling," hundreds ticketed for talking or texting while driving

There are still few details about Barack Obama's planned visit to the GlobalFoundries chip fab in Malta next Tuesday, which is expected to include a tour of the facility and a talk about the economy. Paul Tonko called the presidential visit "a powerful statement" that "acknowledges the investment we have made in this region and the attention we are garnering in this region." [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

Joe Bruno didn't make a public statement yesterday after pleading not guilty to the new federal indictment against him, which accuses him of taking bribes and kickbacks. But his attorneys hit back, arguing Bruno never took a kickback or bribe and alleging federal prosecutors are essentially using the same case against Bruno again. William Dreyer called the new indictment "a gross miscarriage of justice." Said E. Stewart Jones: "Seven years, tens of thousands of man hours wasted on this, tens of millions of dollars spent by the government of taxpayer dollars on this, and for what? To harm an 83-year-old man?" [TU] [AOA] [NYT] [Troy Record] [Fox23]

The state Court of Appeals -- the state's highest court -- has ruled that state Senate Republicans were within their constitutional right to add a 63rd state Senate district. [TU]

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced yesterday that he's suing the directors of the Saratoga-based Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for allegedly "driving TRF into insolvency and failing to provide the funding that needed to care for the 1,100 horses in its herd." An investigation by his office allegedly found that horses were neglected and not given adequate feed. The org released a statement defending its operations, saying it "vehemently denies all the baseless allegations included in the Attorney General's complaint, which is replete with false statements, rash generalizations, distorted representations and facts manipulated and taken out of context." Its chairman says the org has veterinary reports "from every farm that the herd is in excellent condition." The group cares for more than 1,000 horses. [NYS AG] [TRF] [Saratogian] [TU]

A watchdog group says the number of problems found at a Guilderland nursing home are "very troubling." [TU]

A state appellate court tossed a suit involving two Malta boys and homemade fireworks, essentially ruling that you can't blame your friend when you blow up your hand playing with firecrackers after witnessing that firecrackers do actually explode. [TU]

The town of Colonie ended its fiscal year with a fund balance for the first time in six years. [TU]

The town of Colonie board is looking to get an OK from the state to increase the amount of garbage that can be dumped at the town landfill by 50 percent. [TU]

The Colonie zoning board of appeals has given to OK for Trader Joe's to build a small addition to the building it will occupy on Wolf Road. [TU]

A former Albany DARE officer has pleaded guilty for repeated sexual acts with a minor in Albany County. He was convicted last month in Rensselaer County for acts with the same child. [Troy Record] [WNYT]

Five people were arrested in Ravena this week on gang assault charges. [TU]

DEC has ticketed an Albany ambulance company for allegedly leaving a bag of medical waste in a lot used by the service and improperly storing two boxes of used needles in ambulances that are no longer in service (map). [YNN] [News10]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office says it ticketed 230 driver for talking or texting on their mobiles while driving during a sweep at the end of April. [Troy Record]

Lake George officials are pushing for tighter inspection protocols for boats entering and leaving the water because of concern for the spread of invasive species. Two local elected leaders say if the state can't put a program in place, they'll pass local laws to make it happen. [TU] [Post-Star]

The Schenectady Greenmarket has gotten a state grant to set up a market in Schenectady's Bellevue neighborhood. [Daily Gazette]

BFS Restaurant in Guilderland is closing after 23 years. [Table Hopping]


Hooray for the ACSO! Article says *if convicted* you can get three points on your license and up to $150 in fines. Can we do this every month? Sounds like easy money.

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