LuAnn Burgess sentenced, talk of second GloFo chip fab, legislature moving toward agreement on gun bills, major water main break in Niskayuna

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LuAnn Burgess -- the woman who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the crash that killed three people at a Vorheesville church in 2011 -- has been sentenced to five years probation, community service, the forfeiture of her license. Said Burgess at the sentencing Friday morning: "I am so sorry to have caused your pain. Words can't express the sorrow I feel." [YNN] [TU]

The CEO of GlobalFoundries made comments at UAlbany CNSE Thursday that indicate the company is leaning toward eventually building another chip fab at Luther Forest. At some point. Ajit Manocha told the crowd the second fab would be a $10 billion project. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady police say a woman was found dead in an apartment Thursday evening -- neighbors had reported hearing her two children crying. The apartment building is the same one from which a "person of interest" in the death of Mary Greco was taken -- but SPD says the two incidents don't appear to be related. [TU] [News10] [Daily Gazette]

The counting of 99 ballots for the state Senate 46th election is on hold while the state Court of Appeals decides whether it will hear an appeal from George Amedore. The Republican leads Democrat Cecelia Tkaczyk by 37 votes -- the Tkaczyk campaign won an appeal to a lower court earlier this week to allow the uncounted ballots. The election may not be settled for at least another week. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

As the state legislature looks to be heading toward some sort of deal on gun legislation, one of the last issues contention could be a proposed restriction on the size of detachable ammunition magazines. [NYT]

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With Andrew Cuomo talking about putting casinos "upstate," the meaning of "upstate" in this case has yet to be defined -- but it's probably somewhere north of the Bronx. The Saratoga racino is already angling to be one of the sites. [YNN] [State of Politics] [News10]

A major water main break overnight in Niskayuna temporarily distrupted service to many homes and closed roads (map). A boil water advisory has been issued for the town. [News10] [WNYT] [TU]

Saratoga Hospital has put restrictions on visitors because of the flu. [Saratogian]

Troy police say a man was mugged and stabbed in the butt Thursday evening in downtown Troy (map). TPD is looking for the suspect. [Troy Record] [TU]

State Police say they found about 1.5 pounds of cocaine in an Albany woman's car after stopping her on Route 9W for driving northbound in the southbound lane. [NYSP]

State Police say they're investigating an apparent suicide on the Shenendehowa School District campus. From the press release: "The individual resides nearby the campus area and has no affiliation with the school district. Weapons were not involved in the incident and at this time there are no indications of foul play and the matter is considered still under investigation." [NYSP]

A familiar theme in Rensselaer County exec Kathy Jimino's State of the County address: state mandates. [Troy Record]

Albany County exec Dan McCoy has endorsed a plan to start a land bank for redeveloping blighted properties -- though there's a competing plan from the Democratic leadership in the county legislature. [TU]

Gary McCarthy says he plans to push ahead with a Schenectady program to sell blighted properties to contractors -- the program took a hit earlier this week when it came out the first contractor approved had served prison time for not paying taxes and stealing from a pension fund. [TU]

HVCC is cutting 28 non-faculty positions because of an enrollment decline. [Troy Record] [TU]

The outgoing chair of the New York Racing & Wagering Board says NYRA should be focusing more efforts on getting people from the NYC to go the Saratoga Race Course. [Saratogian]

There's some disagreement over how much of a savings there would be from dissolving the the village of Victory. [TU]

There's a plan on the table for the Marvin Neitzel Building in Troy to be converted into market rate apartments (map). [Troy Record]

A handful of local municipalities have gotten state grant money to build sidewalks and crosswalks near schools. [TU]

At a doubleheader basketball game between Shaker and Shen Thursday night $22,000 was raised for scholarship funds honoring Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers. [WNYT]

Comments

Upstate starts at Yonkers...

In addition to Saratoga County wanting a real casino, the mayor of Lake George wants to look into the ramifications of casino gambling for the village and Warren County, with an eye towards being ready when the time comes:

http://poststar.com/news/local/lake-george-mayor-wants-warren-county-casino-study/article_865a07b2-5b6c-11e2-afad-0019bb2963f4.html

Does it make sense to place two of the three upstate casinos next door to each other?

Rather than letting politics guide this decision, let's just stay with the gambling theme and have the leaders of Warren Co. and Saratoga Co. play a few games of blackjack to see who wins.

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