Movie studio considered for Schenectady, Latham Circle developers get variance for supermarket, Saratoga movie theater to open in October

A $68 million film and television studio with five sounds stages could be built on the grounds of the former ALCO site in downtown Schenectady. [TU]

The Latham Circle Mall (re)developers have gotten a variance that would allow them to bring a grocery store to the site. [TU]

The Capital Region's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in August, according to the latest report from the state Department of Labor. That's down from 7.5 percent in August 2012, and one of the lowest rates in the state. And total number of people tagged as unemployed in August -- people actively seeking work, but who didn't have a job -- was the lowest August number for the Capital Region in five years. [NYS DOL] [TU]

Troy Police captain John Cooney on recent shootings in the city, to YNN: "Quite often, it's the victim of the shooting or the assault that tells the detective, I have no need to talk to you. I don't want to tell you what happened. I'll take care of it myself. We can't have that form of justice." (Albany's police chief said something similar recently.) The organizer of a community meeting in North Central Tuesday about the recent upswing in crime were disappointed that it drew only 14 people. [YNN] [TU] [Record]

An insurance company is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who stole five antique trophies from the National Museum of Racing earlier this month. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame reopened this week, after being closed for two weeks following the burglary. [TU] [YNN]

A fourth defendant got off without jail time in a gambling case in which Albany County jail officers took wagers at work.[TU]

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The SEC filed civil charges against ten former brokers from McGuinn & Smith. The brokers have been hit with charges that they made omissions and misrepresentations to clients , ignored red flags about investments and failed to conduct due diligence in the investments they recommended. [YNN][Gazette]

Saratoga County contractor David Jelenick was sentenced to three years of probation on tax fraud charges and has three years to pay $200,000 in restitution to New York State. [TU][WNYT]

In opening arguments in Schenectady on Wednesday in the murder trial of Brooklyn gang member Rodney "Rock" Davis, prosecutors argued Davis shot and killed Rashad "Twin" Robinson, and then opened fire on two of Robinson's friends as they fled the scene. [TU]

A Long Island man is charged with sexually abusing a girl under the age of 13 in Saratoga Springs in the summer of 2012.[Saratogian]

Albany police are looking for the man who allegedly exposed himself to two female Myers Middle School students on Tuesday morning near Delaware and Morton Avenues.[TU]

A Rensselaer County Court judge ordered a full psychiatric exam for a career criminal and serial check forger who claims he is not competent to stand trial.[TU]

The man charged with a hammer attack in a Saratoga apartment over the summer pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, assault and criminal possession of a weapon on Tuesday.[Saratogian]

Public policy experts and good government groups testified before Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission on Tuesday about pork barrel "member items" and other money at the heart of recent NYS corruption cases. One member's reaction: "you've got to be kidding me that this is legal."[WNYT][TU]

Local Congressmen Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson are at odds over the possibility of a government shutdown and a GOP plan to avoid it by de-funding the President's healthcare plan. [WNYT]

Republican leaders from across New York met in Albany this week to discuss their political agenda. [YNN]

Bethlehem's town board is expected to reveal a $39.24 million budget on Wednesday that includes a small property tax increase.[TU]

A group of lawmakers are expected to discuss a plan today that could keep Mount McGregor prison in Saratoga county, one of four state prisons slated for closure, open. [YNN]

An 80-year-old Scotia man is hospitalized after being attacked by his neighbor's pit bull over the weekend.[Gazette]

A Scotia skydiver was rescued on Monday night from a tree in Gansevoort. [WNYT]

Elementary schools in Delmar and Clifton Park have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013.[WNYT]

Saratoga's new Bow Tie Cinema will have its grand opening on October 17.[Saratogian]

Jack's Drive-In in Wynantskill is wrapping up its 75th season. [Record]

An Albany upholsterer's good deed.[TU]


So when do the Wegmans rumors begin?

Might I suggest a combination movie studio/aquarium for shooting underwater scenes?

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