GE unveiling Schenectady battery factory, naked woman falls from light pole, firefighter alleges he's being pushed out because of PTSD, cherry crop took huge hit this year

GE is unveiling its new battery plant in Schenectady today -- CEO Jeff Immelt will be in town for it. The company says it's investing $70 million more in the factory -- bringing the total to $170 million -- to double production capacity and will eventually employ 450 people there. [TU] [GE]

The Albany County legislature has passed legislation that requires secondhand goods dealers to be licensed and file with police a photo and written description of items bought. The legislation is intended to make it harder to move stolen items. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Schenectady city council is considering a law that would make it illegal take items that have been set out for garbage at the curb. [Daily Gazette]

Among the usual drug confiscations and mishaps from Phish weekend at SPAC: a naked woman, apparently drunk or high, climbed to the top of a 25-foot light pole in the parking lot and fell. [Saratogian] [TU]

St. Peter's Health Partners announced that its longtime CEO, Steven Boyle, is retiring in October. The health care group become the region's largest following its recent merger with Northeast Health and Seton Health. [St. Peter's]

Saratoga County DA Jim Murphy says his office will be pursuing a felony vehicular manslaughter charge against the driver who allegedly hit and killed 14-year-old Kari Liedel in Milton this past weekend. The DA says his office is waiting on lab results for the driver. [Saratogian] [TU]

A Troy firefighter -- and Iraq veteran -- alleges the department is trying to fire him because he's been on leave with PTSD. [TU]

The total special prosecutor bill for the Troy ballot fraud case is now more than $314k -- and the Rensselaer County is fighting against paying about $131k of that. [TU]

"Sources" tell the Record that the former Rensselaer County corrections officer at the middle of a situation allegedly involving all sorts of misdeeds -- some of which involving a union that reps corrections officers -- has been offered a plea deal for a felony charge of tax evasion related to the The Red Front in Troy. [Troy Record]

Problem faced by prosecutors in an Albany rape case: the alleged victim has passed away (unrelated to the crime), so her statements to police and the grand jury can't be used at trial. [TU]

State Police say they're looking for the driver who allegedly hit a pedestrian walking near an intersection with Route 9 in Malta Saturday night, stopped to talk with the victim, and then left (map). [Saratogian]

Said the owner of the Bill's Car Hop in Moreau about why he recommended that the guy who pleaded guilty to trashing his restaurant not get jail time: "Jail doesn't always help people with drug or alcohol programs ... I think he will do better in getting some help if he stays out of jail and works." [Saratogian]

The former northern Saratoga County school bus driver who duct taped a student's mouth has been sentenced to probation and community service. [TU]

A former Troy High School student was shot and killed in Newark, New Jersey Sunday night. [Troy Record]

James Nichols Sr. -- a Malta town justice for 30 years -- is stepping down. [Saratogian]

The USDA is projecting that the weird spring cut cherry production in New York State by more than half this season. [AP/Troy Record]

The Howard Johnson in Lake George -- where Rachael Ray worked -- is not opening this year, for the first time since 1953. [Marv Cermak]

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.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (very July), to movies,... (more)

Checking out the new Rensselaer esplanade

We got a chance Friday afternoon to hop over the river and check out the new esplanade along the riverfront in Rensselaer. There are some... (more)

99 properties

The city of Troy is selling 99 foreclosed properties, so Luke Stoddard Nathan mapped them, pedaled past them, and highlighted a handful that look intriguing.... (more)

There will be a film shoot in Albany next week -- and a bunch of road closures and detours

A film production crew will be in Albany next week and its work will be prompting various road closures and detours Monday through Saturday each... (more)

Morning Blend

Kaloyeros guilty + A federal jury found Alain Kaloyeros and three development company executives guilty of wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy related to the... (more)

Recent Comments

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Albany takes that type of thing. I did an internship there and it's a really great organization and the refugees who receive the items are super grateful.

A few more bits about the present and future of the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

...has 4 comments, most recently from Nic

Checking out the new Rensselaer esplanade

...has 1 comment, most recently from Neighborhood Curmudgeon

There will be a film shoot in Albany next week -- and a bunch of road closures and detours

...has 3 comments, most recently from Greg

How a strawberry grown from a "wasteland" in Albany helped spread a national strawberry craze

...has 8 comments, most recently from Justin Devendorf

Morning Blend for Jul 13

...has 1 comment, most recently from -B