Nano college buys Kiernan Plaza, Obama to talk college access in Western NY, David Cassidy picked up for DWI in Schodack, good year for apples

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering has closed on a $3 million dollar purchase of the Kiernan Plaza -- the former Union Station-- in Albany, avoiding the need for the Albany IDA to take the building through eminent domain. They plan to create a Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center and an incubator for tech companies at the site.[TU][Business Review]

President Obama plans to talk about access to college education on his visits to the University at Buffalo and Binghamton University.[TU]

If you're headed for the State Fair, the presidential motorcade may slow you down.[TU]

This happened: Tom Jones arrested David Cassidy for DWI in Schodack. Said the 70s teen idol to the police officer (not the 70s Scottish crooner) "What's new Pussycat?"Cassidy had a BAC of .10 and was charged with felony DWI [WNYT][TU][Record][YNN]


Schenectady police have charged a 21-year-old man with attempted murder in connection with a shooting on Crane Street on Tuesday night.[YNN]

The Trustco on New Scotland Road in Slingerlands was robbed on Wednesday morning by an armed man in a hard hat and yellow and orange construction vest.[WNYT][TU]

Eric Aaron "Boogz" Mallard -- the last of the seven teenagers charged in the killing of Takim Smith, will go to trial in October, after rejecting a plea deal with a 20 years to life sentence on Wednesday. [TU]

A section of Downtown Broadway in Albany was closed for a short time on Wednesday afternoon while police investigated a suspicious package that turned out to be harmless. [TU]

Cohoes is considering an urban park that would connect downtown to the up-and-coming area of the city that includes The Venue and the Cohoes Armory-- where Ravens Head brewing is locating.

The Rensselaer County jail is expected to generate over $5 million in revenue this year. [WNYT]

Mosquitos carrying West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been found in NY state.[WNYT]

Two women who were harassed by Vito Lopez after Sheldon Silver approved a settlement with previous abuse victims, are suing Silver and other state officials, claiming in a letter that the speaker gave "support and assistance" to Lopez.[Capitol Confidential]

A good-government watchdog group is raising questions about the undisclosed sale of a lakefront home to Lt. Governor Bob Duffy by the head of a business lobbying group. [TU]

A new proposed billwould crack down on drivers who evade paying tolls in New York- something which is costing the state millions of dollars in uncollected tolls and fines. [YNN]

A dozen bison got loose from a Schoharie County farm this week, and 11 of them are still missing. [Gazette]

Local apple orchards are looking forward to a good season.[Gazette]

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