Hoffman's Playland closes for final time, report concludes state's "restacking" saved money, over the White House fence with Pikachu

Hoffman's Playland closed for the season for the final time Sunday after more than six decades -- a few hours later than usual. The owners say it looks like they have buyers lined up for the park's rides who intend to keep the equipment in the area. [TU] [Biz Review] [News10] [WNYT]

A Times Union investigation looks at what motivated a shake up of the State Police's governor's protective unit ahead of the start of the Cuomo administration: Was it housecleaning following scandal, or race based? [TU]

The state Department of Health reports there have been more than a dozen confirmed cases of enterovirus EV-D68, a respiratory infection that can seriously affect children. Ten of the children have been treated at Albany Med. DOH says people should take the same prevention steps around children and people with compromised immune systems as they would during influenza season. [NYS DOH] [TU]

An attorney for the family of Daryl Mount, the man who died this past May from injuries sustained during a foot chase involving Saratoga Springs police in 2013, is criticizing a note placed on Mount's death certificate by the county coroner. [TU]

State Police say the body of a man, possibly homeless, was found behind the State Museum last week -- no foul play is suspected. [TU]

Rob Astorino, campaigning in Brunswick Saturday: "I'm happy it's raining because it's actually washing off the mud and slime (Gov. Andrew Cuomo)'s been throwing at me." On Sunday, Ralph Nader was in Albany to speak in support of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. [TU x2]

A review of the state's office "restacking" by the state comptroller's office concludes that the process of consolidating state office space has saved than $7 million more than expected, for a total of $33 million saved. [NYS OSC] [TU]

Is New York State overlooking hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes that big real estate partnerships should be paying, but aren't? [TU]

If politicians appoint most of the members to the state's legislative redistricting panel, is it fair to call the panel "independent"? [TU]

An SEDC report concludes that GlobalFoundries paid more than $11 million in taxes to its two school districts during the 2013-2014 school year. [TU]

There are two bids for the Glens Falls Civic Center. The group behind the high bid -- more than double the other bid -- wants to use the center as an academy for hockey players. [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

The new general manager of the Niskayuna Co-op, Jennifer Felitte, is the former operations manager at Honest Weight. (She's replacing Dan Bisgrove, who had the job for almost four decades.) [TU]

Schenectady's Rose Garden was the scene of a wedding Friday between Jahaysia Graham, who's 19 and in hospice care for cancer, and 20-year-old Jathyis LaJuett. [Daily Gazette]

Goats will be used to mow the "green" burial ground at Vale Cemetery. [Daily Gazette]

The new Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, the third Miss New York in a row to win the title. [AP/Syracuse Post-Standard] [Wikipedia]

WNYT reports the man who allegedly jumped the fence at the White House last Thursday -- apparently carrying a stuffed Pokemon character -- is from Rensselaer. [Washington Post] [Kotaku] [WNYT]


Not joking at all. I saw the Pikachu guy at Colonie Center about a month ago in that get-up. I pointed him out to my wife. She confirmed when she saw the picture. So weird.

Excellent reporting on Hoffman's by WNYT, who apparently only bothered to interview one family for their thoughts on the occasion -- unless there just happened to be a lot of Phillipses from Guilderland on hand.

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