Cuomo presents casino plan for upstate, TFD: firefighter stabbed with used needle, developments in downtown Troy

The Cuomo admin unveiled its "comprehensive resort gaming destination plan" (or, as some people call them, casinos) for upstate. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday his preference would be to site casinos in three areas: the Capital Region, Catskills/Hudson Valley, and Southern Tier/Finger Lakes. Cuomo is also using the plan -- and the threat of possible competition -- to pressure Native American casinos to resolve unsettled "matters" with the state. [Cuomo admin] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [State of Politics]

Shirley Huntley, the former state Senator who wore a wire to record other legislators for prosecutors, was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing from a non-profit. [NYT]

Question at the state Capitol: Has there been a racial bias in recent investigations of state legislators for corruption? [TU]

Troy's fire chief says a firefighter was stabbed with a used needle or lancet by a man being treated for a heroin overdose Thursday afternoon. Troy police say both the firefighter and man were taken to a hospital, from which the man allegedly fled and was later picked up in Schaghticoke. [News10] [TU]

The St. Patrick's bell tower was still standing early Friday morning. A snapped cable held up the planned demolition on Thursday. [TU] [Troy Record]

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GlobalFoundries is readying a proposal to get the Saratoga IDA's help in securing $70 million in bonds for infrastructure at the Luther Forest Tech Campus. [Daily Gazette]

A state appellate court has ruled that the former president of the SUNY Research Foundation must testify about an alleged no-show job at the foundation for Susan Bruno, Joe's Bruno's daughter. [TU]

The city of Albany considering formal guidelines for how long impromptu memorials along streets can stay in place. [TU]

A family members says the five-year-old girl who survived the Schenectady house fire that killed four people was found in the house by firefighters, wrapped her in father's arms. [News10]

The Schenectady man who pleaded guilty Thursday to grabbing an 11-year-old after the Gazette Holiday Parade last November was tracked down that night by the girl's father, who chased the man while calling police on his mobile. [Daily Gazette]

The pair of men who pleaded guilty this week to a string of bank robberies stretching from Syracuse, through the Capital Region, and into Massachusetts apparently spent the money they stole at... Turning Stone. [YNN] [TU]

The UAlbany student accused of helping other students cheat says he denies the allegations and is fighting a university effort to expel him. [TU]

The Great Escape is settling a class action suit for $1.3 million over an alleged outbreak of norovirus at its indoor water park in 2008. [Post-Star]

Rensselaer County is planning to move its social services offices to Flanigan Square. [TU]

One of a handful of bits about projects developer Sonny Bonacio has going on in downtown Troy: all the apartments in the recently renovated Keenan Building have been rented. [Troy Record]

Potential hitch in the plan to expand the Rip Van Dam Hotel in downtown Saratoga Springs: parking. [Saratogian]

A 13-year-old guitarist in Colonie got a delivery from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. [TU]

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