New direction for Albany convention center floated, community meeting about Park South redevelopment, "Ape's Law" signed, baseball hit king at Crossgates

New direction for the Albany convention center project: a smaller, two story building on a site between the ESP and the TU Center -- the idea is the facilitiy could be part of events that use all three venues. [TU] [Biz Review]

At a community meeting Wednesday night some residents of Park South expressed concerns about being displaced by the redevelopment plan. Said one resident: "They held the meeting and said 'we want you to feel a part of this process,' but it's gonna move along whether you agree with it or not." And another: "They're frustrated because they feel like they're not a part of it after contributing so much for so long." Said the head of Columbia Development at the meeting: "what we're trying to do is transform the community. You can't tell me what we're putting in there is not an upgrade." [WNYT] [News10] [YNN] [TU]

The attorney for Rory Poulin -- accused of shooting his partner of 30 years, Margaret Jordan, in North Greenbush last December after they had been drinking -- told jurors during opening arguments that Poulin accidentally fired the shotgun as he sat down. Prosecutors argued Poulin shot Jordan intentionally because he was mad at her. [TU] [Troy Record]

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Troy police say a woman was abducted, and later thrown from a moving vehicle, Wednesday night. [YNN]

Albany police say the arrested a man Tuesday night after allegedly fired several shots into the air in the West Hill neighborhood (block map). [APD]

Schenectady police say 23 people are facing charges related to an alleged food stamp scheme, which is alleged to defrauded the program of about $500k. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A man got 20 years in prison after being convicted of firing into a Schenectady house 15-20 times last summer (and it wasn't even the "right" house). [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Corey Ellis and Kathy Sheehan are now the lone Democrats left on the ballot for the Albany mayoral Democratic primary. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo signed "Ape's Law" Wedneday -- it makes the killing of a police animal a felony. Ape was an FBI dog killed during the standoff in the Herkimer shootings. [Cuomo admin] [News10]

Halfmoon continues to be the region's hot spot for new development. [Daily Gazette]

Issue being considered in Saratoga County: how to deal with increasing amounts of sewage being generated in and around Saratoga Springs. [Daily Gazette]

A community meeting in Lansingburgh focused on a lack of diversity in municipal jobs in Troy and Albany. [Troy Record]

The insurance company for a town home project in Schenectady has determined that the development was responsible for the flooding of the 146-year-old Union Inn. [Daily Gazette]

A bank has opened in the Stanford Mansion in Niskayuna. [Daily Gazette]

Pete Rose signed autographs at Crossgates Wednesday night. [TU]

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Can we just throw away this convention center idea and start over with something else.......

I'm surprised that for convention center ideas, Albany hasn't looked to another (albeit somewhat bigger) state capitol, Sacramento, for some pointers: http://www.sacramentoconventioncenter.com/aboutUs/ . Nice example of how you integrate historic landmarks and other existing structures into a convention center complex. Whatever comes out of this isn't going to be the Javits or Moscone centers, but it can be something that provides business for a downtown that sorely needs it.

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