Deal on raising minimum wage, tax breaks approved for GloFo, sad irony in DWI charge, prosecutors: pork buns had uninspected meat

It snowed. But not as much as forecasted yesterday. A dry zone of air in the system "greatly diminished the precip in the area," according to the NSW forecast discussion.

The Four Men in a Room have agreed on a deal that would phase in a minimum wage increase over the next three years, eventually up to $9 an hour. The deal does not include indexing the minimum wage to inflation. There's still not a deal on the state budget. [TU] [NYDN] [NYT] [State of Politics]

The Saratoga County IDA has approved $387 million in potential sales tax breaks for GlobalFoundries projects. GloFo says the two projects -- a research center and a possible second fab -- represent a potential $16.8 billion investment. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

Paul Grondahl: the growth of the tech industry in the Capital Region "represents a sixth age in the ongoing reinvention of the region's economy." [TU]

Thirteen service members from the Capital Region have died in Iraq over the last 10 years, many of them members of the National Guard. [TU] [Daily Gazette]


The Cuomo admin has picked its nominee to head up the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, the new agency created to investigations of allegations of abuse and neglect of people with disabilities. [TU]

One of the Assembly budget bills includes a provision that would reduce the amount of funding the Albany school district sends to charter schools by about 17 percent. [TU]

An executive with the private company aiming to take over the Albany County nursing home told county legislature committee that the could retain as many as 95 percent of the nursing home's current employees. [TU]

After closing arguments in the trial of James Wells for the 2011 fatal shooting of Eddie Stanley in Schenectady, the jury now set being deliberating. In her closing argument, Wells' attorney tried to undermine the credibility of the prosecution witnesses who identified Wells as the shooter. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Former Troy city councilman John Brown has filed an appeal of his sentencing in the Troy ballot fraud case. Brown is facing six months in jail. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Rensselaer police officer charged with DWI after a fatal crash in East Greenbush last week has been placed on unpaid leave. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police are looking for the man -- or group -- who robbed and assaulted a woman Sunday night (map). SSPD says it appears the woman was approached from behind and knocked down by the man or group. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A group of law enforcement agencies say they arrested a man for allegedly robbing the Trustco bank on Upper Union Street in Schenectady Monday. They say the man also matches the description of the person who robbed a Trustco in Rotterdam in February. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A Colonie woman -- whose brother died during a crash caused by drunk driving, and whose family subsequently campaigned against drunk driving -- has been charged with DWI after a crash early Monday morning. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The 22-year-old recent college grad nominated to head up the Saratoga County Animal Shelter also recently became a member of the Halfmoon Republican committee, "a person familiar with the matter" tells the Times Union. The county board of supervisors is scheduled to vote on the Christine Abele's nomination today. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Acronym that's come up during a legal dispute between a Halfmoon developer and a frequent, vocal critic: a SLAPP lawsuit -- "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation." [TU]

Federal prosecutors say the Asian Super Market on Central Ave has sold pork and chicken buns that included uninspected meat. [TU]

The Albany Fire Department has gotten funding for a fireboat. [Troy Record]

The founder of Bella Napoli Bakery has passed away -- John V. Mainella was 78. [Troy Record]

The UAlbany women's basketball team got a #14 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face #3 seed North Carolina on Sunday. [NCAA] [YNN]


"The Saratoga County IDA has approved $387 million in potential sales tax breaks for GlobalFoundries projects."

Just curious what our 'return on investment' is for the local and state tax breaks given to GlobalFoundries. Not in terms of all the happy talk that surrounds this sort of development, but in terms of hard dollars and cents. You know, like from a business point of view.

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