Jennings: Albany may need to rethink convention center, Cuomo: no legislative pay raises until min. wage hike, Battle of Saratoga hero honored in NYC

At an address to the Albany/Colonie Regional Chamber of commerce on Tuesday, Jerry Jennings said the city may need to rethink the scale of the proposed convention center because, " It's unrealistic for us to think that the state is going free up a quarter of a billion dollars" for the project. [TU]

According to a soon to be released State Comptrollers audit of the SUNY system,
millions of dollars in Research Foundation money have been "mishandled,misspent or misused"- in one case, so badly that the Albany County D.A.'s office has been notified. [TU]

Last night's earthquake in Portland Maine was felt in parts of the Capital Reigon. [Fox 23]

Andrew Cuomo says there will be no legislative pay raises until there is a hike in the minimum wage. [Capitol Confidential]

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

Governor Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that it's possible he would cross party lines and endorse some non-Democrats if he thinks they are the best people for the jobs. [YNN]

Activist Alice Green, Execurive Director of The Center for Law and Justice, claims the recent sweeps targeting drug and gang members in local neighborhoods are being done "under the guise of public safety" but are actually
a form of modern racial oppression that targets black males and results in mass incarceration for non-violent crimes
. The Center wants a New York State task force formed to look into the issue and change what they say are ineffective policies. [TU] [YNN]

New York's highest court heard arguments yesterday in the Signature Pharmacy Steroids case. The State Court of Appeals is being asked to decide whether the five defendants in the case have the right to sue Albany County D.A. David Soares. An attorney for Soares argued yesterday that the decision to toss out a 33-count indictment against the five pharmacies involved because they were suing the Albany County D.A. violated the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and judicial branches of government. [WNYT] [TU]

New York has 133 new troopers - the first additions to the force since 2009. [WNYT]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Wendy long will debate tonight at Skidmore College.[YNN]

A 70-year-old long-time Albany con man will serve up to 15 years in prison for scamming a family friend out of $200,000. [TU]

A 32-year-old Schenectady man was was charged with rape on Tuesday for allegeldy having sex with a girl under 15 in Clifton Park. [TU]

Albany police have arrested a 35 year old city man in connection with a South Pearl Street stabbing last month. [APD Press Release (full release below)]

Albany police are looking into a Monday afternoon bank robbery at the Clinton Avenue SEFCU. [APD Press Release (full release below)]

Police in Albany have arrested a city teen in connection with a Morris Street burglary in May. [APD Press Release (full release below)]

Multiple shots were fired and police were reported chasing a suspect near a bike path off Ingalls Avenue in Troy on Wednesday afternoon. [Record]

Troy's City Council is expected to vote on a resolution to issue $7.2 million in bonds for reconstruction related to damage from Tropical Storm Irene. [Record]

State police in found 40 pot plants , growing inside the home of a 68-year-old Queensbury woman. [WNYT]

North Greenbush police are still looking into what caused a crash between two minivans on Tuesday afternoon. [WNYT]

A pair of Gloversville teens are facing charges for allegedly attacking a 47 year old woman
after a video of the attack was posted on Facebook. [WNYT]

Developers from Latham and Springfield Missouri have filed bids to to buy a now vacant historic building in Troy and turn it into apartments. [TU]]

A Congress Street Paving project will close the Troy street today between 15th and the intersection of Brunsick and Pawling Avenues and Route 2 (Brunswick Road). [TU]

No cars were trapped under the rock slide that occurred on Route 4 in Washington County on Monday. [WNYT]

Saratoga City Council is considering a plan to put solar panels on topo of the long clos-closed Weible Avenue city landfil to help provide for the city's electricity needs. [Gazette]

Schenectady County Community College is planning for a $24 million science facility [Gazette]

A black bear cub was hit on the Northway between exit 19 and 20 on Tuesday-- the thrid cub to be hit on that stretch of highway in less than a month. [Post Star]

The Daughters of the American Revolution are recognizing revolutionary war Hero Horatio Gates with a plaque in Manhattan, for his role in the battle of Saratoga. [Saratogian] [TU]

Groups of Catholics from the Capital Region are headed to the Vatican to celebrate the Canonization of the first Native American saint - Kateri Tekakwitha, from the Mohawk Vlally. [TU]

Troy's Little Italy and the Rensselaer County Historical Society and Russell Sage College will honor the late actress Maureen Stapleton with a plaque outside her former home on First Street in the Collar City. [Record]


APD Press Release - Bank Robbery

Albany police are investigating a bank robbery that happened yesterday afternoon on Clinton Avenue.
At approximately 2:15 p.m.,  Officers responded to SEFCU, 388 Clinton Avenue for a report of a robbery. When officers arrived they learned that a male suspect walked up to the counter and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a black male, 5'9", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and an olive colored mask over his face.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detectives Division at (518) 462-8039.

APD Press Release -- Stabbing arrest

Albany detectives arrested a 35 year old city resident last night for stabbing another man on South Pearl Street last month.

Winston Wolfe, of 66 Westerlo Street was arrested following an investigation by detectives.

On September 24, 2012 at approximately 9:10 p.m. Wolfe stabbed 22 year old Joseph David of Albany in his abdomen during an altercation at South Pearl Street and Madison Avenue.

David was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital where he underwent several surgeries.

Wolfe was charged with Assault 1st and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd.

He was arraigned this morning in the Albany City Criminal Court.

APD Press Release -- Burglary

Albany detectives arrested a 18 year old First street resident for burglarizing a home on Morris Street.

Aame Johnson, of 516 First Street was arrested following an investigation by detectives.

On May 19th 2012 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Johnson broke into a home on the 300 block of Morris Street and stole several electronic and jewelry items.

He was charged with Burglary 2nd, Grand Larceny 3rd, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd.

He was arraigned on October 11th 2012 and remanded to the Albany County Jail.


I wish this stupid convention center would just die already. It is such a terrible idea.

I'm with Colleen. If we put it before the voters I'd be amazed if even 10% of residents voted for it.

Can you imagine what we could do with a quarter of a billion dollars in Albany? We could fix up so many of the abandoned properties in West Hill (that's job creation too!). We could tear down that environmental hazard of a building along 787. We could have better public transportation. We could create better tax incentives for people looking to start up small businesses in town. We could make our schools awesome. We could make all the suburbs jealous because Albany would be the best place to live in the Capital District.

heck with a quarter of a billion dollars we could create something that is actually an attraction that might draw people into visiting (which then might require some additional hotels and better mass transit, but the convention center before there is a draw to the region is putting the horse before the cart)

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