Capital Region has gained back jobs lost during crash, Cuomo talking about anti-corruption efforts, a whole of lot of Teddy Roosevelt

The Capital Region has regained just about half of the jobs it's lost since the financial crash in 2008. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo on ethics reform following last week's charges against two state legislators, on the Capitol Pressroom: "Never waste a crisis." A Cuomo spokesman says the governor will be "proposing a comprehensive anti-corruption package." [TU] [AP/Troy Record]

Cuomo also deflected a report in the NY Post (citing anonymous sources) that his administration was looking at how to oust Sheldon Silver. The report prompted pushback from Democratic members of the Assembly. [WCNY] [NY Post] [Buffalo News]

NYT's Danny Hakim on a recent rising level of criticism of Cuomo: "there have been indications that Mr. Cuomo is less invincible than he once was." [NYT]

Saratoga supervisor Joanne Yepsen, a Democrat, is formally into the pool for mayor of Saratoga Springs. Yepsen said she would aim to make city government more accessible, balance the needs of development and preservation, and make government more efficient. Current mayor Scott Johnson, a Republican, recently said he would not be running. The chair of the city's Republican committee says his party is still working on its slate of candidates. [Saratogian] [Saratoga Wire] [Daily Gazette]


A bill to legalize professional MMA in the state now has 64 co-sponsors in the Assembly. (The Assembly has kept the legislation in choke hold the last few years.) [State of Politics]

Jerry Jennings and Albany treasurer Kathy Sheehan are asking the county legislature to forgive interest and penalties accrued by a group of about 100 senior citizens who were confused by a design change to property tax bills. [TU]

After last month's Albany police training at the Ida Yarbrough Homes, an Albany woman has started a petition urging the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to ban police tactical training at federally-subsidized residential properties. [Daily Gazette]

Malta supervisor Paul Sausville on the idea of a new Northway exit for GlobalFoundries: "We realize it isn't justified at this point, but it may well be justified in a decade or so." [Daily Gazette]

SLAPPfest: A Halfmoon developer has dropped a libel suit against a Halfmoon resident who had been a vocal critic of the developer's management practices and political connections -- the resident's attorney had argued the suit was a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). [TU]

The Troy Housing Authority has approved a swap with the city of Troy: the former Leonard Hospital for two vacant Taylor Apartments Buildings near the Congress Street Bridge. [TU]

New UAlbany president Robert Jones is touring the Capital Region -- among the first stops: Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

A Rotterdam merchants association is pushing for an old Grand Union supermarket to be turned into a Schenectady County public safety facility/dispatch center. [Daily Gazette]

A road leading to a property owned by the a Buddhist organization in Auriesville has again been barricaded: this time by a large tree and a sign that says "closed." [Daily Gazette]

After what is apparently a not-insignificant role in The Place Beyond the Pines, Hugh Farley has gotten a SAG card. [TU]

The estate of an Albany man will be auctioning a large collection of Theodore Roosevelt items. [TU]


I'm grateful to you for posting this Morning Blend, especially today since once again both my newspapers were stolen off my front porch. This has been happening a lot lately. I got up at 5:40 am just to go to the front door to retrieve the paper and it was already gone. What to do?

To the lady who keeps losing her paper perhaps the person who is delivering your paper is not delivering it?

RE: New Northway exit for Global Foundries may be justified in a decade... good luck with that. Exit 3 to Wolf Road has been justified for the last two decades and there hasn't been much progress there.

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