It's primary day, new tenants for Kiernan Plaza, local protests against Syria military intervention, another apartment conversion proposed for Troy

Today is primary day. Polls are open noon-9 pm. Don't know where to vote? Check with your county board of elections: Albany | Rensselaer | Saratoga | Schenectady.

Because of the overwhelming Democratic enrollment in Albany, the party's mayoral primary winner will almost certainly be elected the next mayor. Easy-scan-and-focus candidate interviews: Corey Ellis | Kathy Sheehan.

A quick overview of highlighted primaries around the region. [TU]

The Cuomo admin announced new tenants for the now-NanoCollege-owned Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany: the headquarters of the credit union SEFCU and engineering firm CHA, as well as a regional operations center for telecom provider Windstream. The former train station/bank building is now being called the "CNSE Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI)" and described as a "technology hub." All three companies say they'll be creating initiatives to work with the "smart cities" focus. The tenants will move 130 jobs to the location, with the potential for more. [Cuomo admin] [TU] [Troy Record]

Joe Bruno's re-trial is scheduled for December 2.


There was a series of protests against US military intervention in Syria around the area Monday evening. (Here's the latest on the Syria situation.) [TU] [YNN] [Daily Gazette] [NYT]

At the sentencing of a Rensselaer County accomplice to a man convicted and described as a "monster" in a child pornography case, US District Court Chief Judge Gary Sharpe would not mention the man's name, referring to man as "he who shall not be named." [TU]

A former Rensselaer County jail sergeant and jail officers union leader pleaded guilty to a felony tax charge related to a downtown Troy restaurant. [TU] [Troy Record]

Situation addressed by proposed state legislation from Cecilia Tkaczyk and Angelo Santabarbara: people with flood-damaged homes in five upstate counties being required to pay taxes this year based on the pre-flood assessment of their property. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Summary of a report by the Albany city auditor: the city's payroll system is old (part of it uses punch cards) and complicated, raising the possibility of mistakes or fraud. [TU]

At issue on the Schenectady city council: the size of the salaries for assessor and assistant fire chief. [Daily Gazette]

Under Gary McCarthy, the Schenectady mayor's office has been sending out birthday cards to residents. [Marv Cermak]

A recent posting for IBM engineering jobs in Albany, the Hudson Valley, and Vermont prompted questions about whether the company is biased against higher older workers. [TU]

A Missouri-based developer has plans to turn a former factory building in Troy into 80 apartments, including live/work spaces for artists (streetview). [Troy Record]

It's alleged that 300 teens broke into a large Stephentown home, in the words of News10, "converting the old farmhouse into a wild party house." [News10]

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