IBM pouring billions into chip research, Albany councilman says he was confronted by police, details on fatal Crossgates off-ramp crash

IBM says it will spend $3 billion on chip research over the next five years, which is good for the company's operations at the NanoCollege and other sites in the region. [TU]

A spokesman for the state Gaming Commission on the recent Moody's downgrade on the outlook for the casino industry: "Based upon the fact that well over a dozen international entities just applied for four available casino licenses, we are confident in the state of the market in New York." [TU]

Albany Common Councilman Mark Robinson says he was confronted by Albany police officers and told to move along while he was sweeping up in front a building he owns in West Hill the night of the Fourth of July. [TU]

The new Price Chopper built on the site of the former St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet opens today. [Troy Record]

An analysis by a DC-based think tank report attempted to quantify the "return on investment" of school districts around the county, including the Capital Region. [Center for American Progress] [TU]

State Police on the fiery one-car crash on I-87 off-ramp to Crossgates that killed on person on Wednesday: "The operator of the vehicle ... apparently attempted to change lanes in traffic and subsequently struck a guide rail near the mall entrance ramp. The vehicle became airborne and landed on the driver's side, coming to rest in the center lane. The vehicle caught on fire due to a fuel leak as local fire departments responded and attempted to contain the fire." [WNYT] [NYSP]

The SEC is trying to get a judge to release assets from the co-founders of the McGinn, Smith brokerage in order to pay customers who lost money in the brokerage's fraud scheme. [TU]

In the opinion of the executive director of the state Committee on Open Government the majority Democrats in Schenectady County Legislature may be violating the state's Open Meeting Law by allowing Conservative party legislators to join their closed-door caucus. The county attorney says that opinion is wrong, because state law allows "members of adherents" of party to participate without the meeting needing to be open. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

UAlbany has asked the state to add space in two privately-owned buildings -- in downtown Albany, a the office park near Stuyvesant Plaza -- to the Start-Up NY program. [Biz Review]

The Albany County DA's office say an Albany man pleaded guilty in a case in which he attempted to return a stolen car in exchange for $20. [Albany County DA]

Troy city officials say they expect the Spring Avenue Bridge to be open by next summer -- and with a new name. [Troy Record] [TU]

Schenectady's new pay-and-display parking meters could eventually allow pay by plate and mobile app payments. [TU]

The lawn at SPAC is apparently already in bad shape. [TU]

Metroplex is putting up $65k to fix decorative faux brick pavement in the Upper Union Street corridor that's coming part only a few years after it was installed. [Daily Gazette]

The Stanley Cup recently visited the Glens Falls/Lake George area. [Saratogian]


The lawn at SPAC was in rough shape for the Jazz Festival, well before the Phish concert. Though I'm sure that didn't help any, it is in rough shape. But what are they to do, close for a few weeks to grow grass?

Maybe the Phish fans just didn't leave enough grass behind. ;)

The story about councilman Robinson serves as a reminder that policing can never be effective in Albany until the police actually *live* in Albany. It's appalling to me that city of Albany tax dollars continue to pay salaries for people who don't live here. How can we expect any city employee to do their best work when they're doing it for a place they have no stake in?

I would die of starvation before I ever shop at the Church Chopper in Watervliet. Luckily there are a plethora of grocery shopping choices in the capital district these days.

I love you karma.

>I would die of starvation before I ever shop at the Church Chopper

This is just a building, don't sacralize it. God is in people's hearts, not confined to four walls with a roof.

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