Cuomo proposes tax free zones around SUNY campuses, RPI to partner with Mount Sinai, more heavy rain expected

Andrew Cuomo is proposing the establishment of tax free zones for businesses that set up near SUNY campuses. Under the plan, 120 million square feet of tax free space would be made available for companies to locate within the zones, in an effort to create economic hubs. [YNN][TU]

It rained. A lot. And it's going to rain more. [TU][WNYT][NWS]

Recent agreements between the Cuomo administration and the Mohawk and Oneida tribes to keep new casinos away from reservation gaming establishments have ruled out a Lake George casino, but made Saratoga a much more likely site for one.[TU][Saratogian]

Niskayuna's school board will propose another round of budget cuts that could include school closures, before putting a spending plan up for a vote again in June.[TU]


The latest census data indicates Troy's population dropped to below 50,000 while Saratoga, Wilton, Moreau and Halfmoon saw increases.[TU]

Amid the latest round of scandals to hit the NYS legislature, some major political campaign donors are pushing Andrew Cuomo for campaign finance reform.[NYT]

The state Democratic Party committee passed a resolution to formally denounce Vito Lopez for the alleged sexually harassment of young women on his staff, and urge Lopez to resign his positions within the party. Neither Andrew Cuomo or state party co-chair Stephanie Miner were at the meeting. [Capitol Confidential][Record]

After laying off seven police officers in 2009, Saratoga Springs will hire two new officers. [YNN]

The trial of the 19-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 67-yaer old woman in Saratoga last year, continued on Wednesday with witness testimony and surveillance video. [Saratogian]

A Schenectady teenager pled guilty this week to beating a Colonie police officer who chased her as she fled from him in a routine traffic stop.[Record]

RPI and Mount Sinai Medical Center are forming a partnership to research treatments for cancer, heart problems, neurological disorders and other ailments. [Record]

Residents in Rotterdam Junction whose homes were flooded during Tropical Storm Irene are suing the NYS Canal Corporation, arguing it didn't take proper maintenance and prevention measures before and during the storm.[TU][YNN]

"No mail for you." [TU]

Lightning caused the fire that damaged a former tavern on West Sand Lake Road Tuesday night. An elderly woman was rescued from her apartment on the second floor of the building.[TU][Record]

A pair of Democratic state legislators have proposed a bill that would outlaw smoking in private cars with children under 14 as passengers.[News 10]

State legislators have proposed an anti-horse slaughtering bill.[Saratogian]

Chuck Schumer is pushing for a national storm notification app for smart phones and tablets. [AP/News 10]

NWS says there was no evidence of a tornado in Columbia County this week.[YNN]

A WWII veteran from Clifton Park who aided in the liberation of France has been named to the NYS Veterans Hall of Fame.[TU][Saratogian]

Troy's Big Ben has passed away. [Record][Troy PD Press Release ]

The Place Beyond the Pines is still pretty popular. [TU]

Wednesday was Tutu Day in Schenectady.[TU]

Troy PD Press Release --Big Ben

It is with deep regret that the Troy Police Department reports the passing of our Police Horse, "Big Ben".
Ben passed away due to natural causes on Tuesday, May 14th. Ben was a hugely popular figure while patrolling the streets of our city. Almost daily, Ben could be found tied up to the pole outside of Bruegger's Bagel Bakery on Congress Street as his partner squeezed in a meal break. Even when posted without his rider, people of all ages would approach to talk and pet this gentle giant. Ben was a large horse standing 18 hands high (62 inches) at the shoulder. His head stood almost ten feet off the ground and his healthy weight was just short of 2000 pounds.
During his distinguished Patrol career, Ben partnered in 79 arrests, the issuance of 1470 citations and proudly represented the department at over 150 special events. His duties varied, ranging from Little League parade details to executive protection. Big Ben went "on the road" quite often, representing Troy PD in Washington D.C. at the National Peace Officers Law Enforcement Memorial. His trusty trailer found it's way to training events in Canada and Lexington, Kentucky.
Ben was and will always be a trusted member of the City of Troy Police Department. Now reaching retirement in his own special way, he will be always missed, but never forgotten.


I'm very disappointed at Cuomo proposing yet another tax gimmick to "attract business" to NY. If the tax structure in NY is driving businesses away (or causing them not to locate here), then FIX THE SYSTEM, don't just pile on more gimmicks. History tells us that these kinds of gimmicks very seldom result in a net economic gain, but just transfer money from other taxpayers to those who can set up to take advantage of the gimmick.

I wonder why it's such a big deal about those people and their mail. In small towns across the country there are no resources for local delivery. The town I was born in had a small Post Office and we drove or walked every day to the PO to pick up our mail from our PO Box. Maybe it's because it was a poor rural area that no one made a stink. It was just the way things were.

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