Look ahead to Obama visit, Troy City Center project stalled, NYRA president fired, state workforce aging and shrinking, parents upset school didn't stop bully's beating of 11-year-old

Barack Obama's visit to Albany isn't officially a campaign stop, and New York isn't a swing state -- but highlighting advanced manufacturing fits with the administration's theme of transforming the economy. And, of course, there are influential politicians from New York -- Andrew Cuomo and both Clintons. The POTUS visit will also continue to focus national attention on the growing tech scene in this region. [TU] [AP/Troy Record] [Daily Gazette]

The NYRA board fired president Charles Hayward and general counsel Patrick Kehoe Friday afternoon because of the scandal in which the racing org allegedly knowingly withheld millions from bettors. Hayward says the report indicating NYRA knowingly held back the money "badly misinterprets documents and was prepared without interviewing me or any other individuals relevant to their investigation." A tax examiner for the state Department of Taxation and Finance, the last on-track parimutuel monitor, who might have caught the problem was encouraged to retire shortly before NYRA allegedly started withholding the money. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [TU]

The City Center project in downtown Troy is stalled after it came to light the project included subsidized housing -- the city has bounced the plan back to the developer to be reformulated as fully market-rate housing. [TU]

A partnership called The Albany Promise, modeled on initiatives such as the Harlem Children's Zone, is aiming to create a comprehensive support system for kids in Albany's poorest neighborhoods. [TU]

The workforces for the "bureaucratic cores" of state agencies have contracted by about 18 percent over the last three years because of early retirements, regular retirements, and cuts, according to a Times Union analysis. [TU]

The Cuomo admin is planning to propose a new law enforcement and oversight agency to oversee the care of people with developmental disabilities. [NYT]

With just $76k in the bank, and costs outpacing revenues, the city of Schenectady's budget outlook this year is grim. [Daily Gazette]

In Troy, one woman's effort to keep order and decorum during city council meetings is another's gavel-happy heavy hand. [Troy Record]

The parents of a Schenectady 11-year-old are upset officials at the girl's school didn't do more to head off a beating from a bully that allegedly included being "knocked down, stomped on, punched repeatedly and dragged across the road." [Daily Gazette]

One of the adopted sons of the woman who got the Extreme Makeover house in Colonie has been arrested for allegedly having child pornography. Police say the man, who's now 20 years old, worked at a group of schools and a youth center. [TU]

A car crash knocked out power to about 1000 households Sunday in Green Island. The driver managed to hit two utility poles, four other vehicles, a house porch. Surprise: speed and alcohol are suspected causes. [TU] [Troy Record] [Fox23]

Bethlehem police say a man fired a shotgun in a laundromat during an argument with girlfriend two weeks ago (map). [TU]

Troy police say they nabbed a 15-year-old with a loaded hand gun in North Central on Friday (map). [News10]

The city-sponsored Troy gun buyback netted about 20 guns this weekend. [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs' public safety commissioner wants to crack down on loud motorcycles. [Saratogian]

The city of Saratoga Springs is in the process of finalizing a deal to buy a stretch of land along the Kayaderosseras Creek, which would be the first city-owned official public access point to the waterway. [Saratogian]

A proposed sidewalk district on Route 50 in Glenville near the new Target has been held up because property owners' concerns about liability and maintenance costs. [Daily Gazette]

The Saratoga Springs DPW is testing porous asphalt on a recently re-paved street. [Saratogian]

Developer Sonny Bonacio -- known for his many projects in Saratoga -- has bought the Keenan Buidling in downtown Troy (streetview). [TU]

The Honest Weight Food Co-op has consolidated its management team. [TU]

The Schenectady High School's concert band was the grand champion at a recent national music festival. [Daily Gazette]

A new data center in Latham gets as much as 75 percent of its power from rooftop solar panels. [Troy Record]

Comments

They close I-90 for 3 hours for Obama's visit. Do they do the same in DC every day?
I'm speechless

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Midday music break: Rosary Beard

Something to listen to this afternoon (or whenever): "Carcosa" by Rosary Beard. Rosary Bear is Hunter Sagehorn and Matthew Loiacono. The video above was filmed... (more)

"Troy's involvement in baseball began in the wake of the Civil War..."

There are bunch of good bits in Steve Wulf's article over at ESPN about the history of Troy's major league baseball team, the Trojans/Haymakers. As... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: bike lanes, summers past, a photo with a photo, morning at... (more)

The Big Adirondack

On the upcoming episode (August 29) of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, "Bear treks into the wilds of the Adirondacks with hoops legend Shaquille O'Neal."... (more)

Liz Miele at Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show

The Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show series is bringing Liz Miele to Proctors September 10. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $15 ahead,... (more)

Recent Comments

Tried them out yesterday on my bike. It felt SO much safer than the rest of Madison. And guess what? Where it's 4 lanes, I had to take up a whole lane anyway because there is not enough space. This will definitely encourage others to ride bikes. And I have not seen any additional traffic. It's astonishing that in 2016 Albany still only has 2 bike lanes. We need lots more!

Madison Ave Road Diet, now lined up

...has 11 comments, most recently from SiobhanGK

Madison Ave Road Diet striping to start, lower speed limit on Washington Ave

...has 18 comments, most recently from JayK

Tacos at Oaxaquena Triqui

...has 20 comments, most recently from Mel S

Get started hiking the High Peaks (Part II)

...has 3 comments, most recently from Manny

VanCurler Music is closing

...has 3 comments, most recently from MaryAlice McCullen-Senecal