Albany picks school superintendent but there's a catch, New Yorkers like Cuomo as governor but for president--not so much, Saratoga County woman re-indicted for harboring illegal, planning board approves Spa City movie theater

The Albany school district's choice for its new school superintendent - currently a deputy superintendent in New Jersey-- must first obtain a waiver from the State Education department, since she isn't certified to be a superintendent in New York. [TU] [YNN]

A new Quinnipiac poll shows New Yorkers are happy with the job Andrew Cuomo is doing as governor, but don't think he should run for president. [WNYT]

Albany County has spent more than $75,000 defending the new redistricting plan in a voting rights lawsuit. [TU]

Only two days after charges against her were dismissed, Annie George has been re-indicted on one count of harboring an illegal alien for financial gain. The owner of Llenroc mansion is expected back in court today to be arraigned on charges of harboring an illegal alien in her home for nearly six years. [Saratogian] [TU]

The list of nine finalists vying for the UAlbany president's post includes the university's current provost, and a former RPI provost who stepped down in 2011.[TU]

Albany County lawmakers have rejected a proposed hiring freeze, based on concerns that imposing a freeze may violate the county charter. [TU]

The Republican-controlled state Senate skipped over Albany County when it doled out last minute "bullet aid" -- which some consider education-based pork -- to New York school districts. [TU]

Governor Cuomo has until August 1 to decide whether to sign a controversial bill that would offer parents of special needs students more ability to seek reimbursements from public schools to send their kids to private school. The measure, passed on the final day of the legislative session apparently went through the proper committee process but received little debate. [YNN]

HVCC and a tenured criminology professor have gone to court over the professor's right to select the textbook of his choice for a class he's teaching. [Record]

The EU has awarded Italy $3.7 million to bring "brain-computer interface" technology developed by Albany Med and the Wadsworth Center to an institute in Italy. [TU]

Former Schenectady County Community College president Peter F. Burnham pleaded guilty to using the credit card from a New Jersey community college to wrack up $40,000 in personal expenses, and fraudulently seeking tuition reimbursement for his son. [Gazette]

As part of a plea bargain a former Schenectady high school basketball star will spend 24 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a man in 2008. [TU]

The Saratoga Springs Planning board has approved plans for a proposed 11-screen movie theater at the site of the former Price Chopper Supermarket on Railroad Place, but developer Sonny Bonacio says he is still working to secure an operator as well as $1.3 million in tax breaks from the Saratoga Industrial Development Agency before he'll go ahead with the project. [Saratogian]

A new sewer line project slated for the area surrounding Saratoga Lake could allow for new development around the lake. [Gazette]

Five people are homeless and one was taken to the hospital after fire destroyed a two family home in Watervliet on Wednesday morning. [TU]

Police in Queensbury have arrested a man for allegedly assaulting a woman, stealing money and prescription drugs from her and leaving her unconscious in the Aviation Mall parking lot -- while her 7 year old child was with her. [Saratogian]

Authorities have identified the body found in the wooded area off Route 9W in Selkirk this weekend as 46-year-old George Flannery, Jr., who was reported missing to police in Saratoga. [YNN]

A Brant Lake man convicted of shooting a puppy for defecating on the floor in 2009 will appear before a grand jury in Rensselaer for allegedly kicking a dog to death after it bit a child. [TU]

The town of Berlin is marking the 50th anniversary of the disastrous explosion and fire that killed nine people and destroyed eleven buildings when an oil tanker crashed. [YNN]

A three-year-old child was injured in an ATV accident in Washington County on Wednesday. [WNYT]

Friends and bandmates of a UAlbany student, paralyzed when the railing on a balcony gave way in the student ghetto, are raising money to help with his medical expenses. [TU]

Hunter Mountain is facing up to $8,500 in fines in connection with the death of a worker who slipped while working on snow making equipment and fell down a 200-foot embankment. [WNYT]

Here's another reason you shouldn't try to sneak into a SPAC show without a ticket. You know -- besides the obvious one. [WNYT]

A man found slumped behind the wheel of a car in Lake George was so drunk, authorities thought he was dead. His blood alcohol level was .27 -- three times the legal limit. [WNYT]

Nearly 1,400 drivers on the NYS Thruway were issued tickets in construction zones during a State Police Operation Work Break campaign. [YNN]

Albany businesses are getting ready for an influx of 35,000 fans expected to visit Giants training camp at Ualbany. [YNN]

Warren County DA Kate Hogan -- who spearheaded a criminal investigation of Albany Roman Catholic Diocese for its handling of clergy sex abuse cases -- was named District Attorney of the Year by the District Attorney's Association of New York. [TU]

Community members have replaced the two dozen children's bikes recently stolen from the Koinonia Christian Center in Schenectady. [YNN]

Students from Albany City Schools are building a new community garden on Catherine Street in the city. [YNN]


FYI folks, just to clarify, the new pick for Albany public schools superintendent does not need a "waiver" and we have not applied for one. The TU incorrectly reported it this way but they very quickly fixed the (quite minor) mistake.

What we're doing is simply asking the NY State Dep't of Education to certify Dr Margeurite Vanden Wyngaard under normal processes. She's certified in three state, but has never worked in New York so she doesn't hold a certificate here.

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