Body discovered in Coeymans, special prosecutor appointed in Glans case, $61k in tax breaks for Playland project

CSX railroad employees discovered a body near a bridge in Coeymans.
An autopsy is scheduled for today and police are still trying to identify the body. [News 10][TU][WNYT]

The Albany County IDA and the Capital Resource Corporation have approved $61,000 in tax breaks to move the Hoffman's Playland rides to the Huck Finns Warehouse property. [TU]

The locations of up to 20 red light camera intersections in Albany will be released by the end of the year.[TU]

Plans to vote on Troy's proposed budget have been canceled yet again while the City Council continues to work on changes to the spending plan. [TU]

Saint Rose MB in post ad 2014-fall

A stretch of the Thruway is still closed due to heavy snow in Buffalo this week. [TWCN]

The Washington County District Attorney has been named special prosecutor in the case against former Saratoga County Sheriff's Sgt. Shawn Glans, who is charged with misconduct and harassment in the situation that included video of Glans allegedly slapping a man while trying to get the man to allow a search of a car. [Record]

A UAlbany football player pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of Falsely Reporting an Incident that alleges he sent a bomb threat through social media. [WNYT]

Schenectady police are , in and around the GE Realty Plot. [Gazette]

The daughter of a woman who has lived in the "student ghetto" area of Albany since 1993, on the constant partying she says keeps her mother trapped in her home after dark: "It's just this constant cycle of deterioration." [TU]

For the third time, the Troy City Council will consider a plan for a new courtroom.[TU]

Troy has received a $904,000 grant to upgrade the infrastructure in the Monument Square neighborhood.[TU]

Rotterdam's town board can't seem to reach a consensus on the town budget. [TU]

The NYS Comptroller's Office says the law firm reviewing the 16 casino applications is being paid nearly $5 million for its services. [Gazette]

A fellow with the Manhattan Institute warned this week that the toll on the Tappan Zee could double when the replacement bridge is built.[TU]

A master plan for renovating Saratoga's Canfield Casino was revealed this week, but the potential costs are still unknown. [Saratogian]

Lt. Governor Bob Duffy will become president of the Rochester Business Alliance when his term ends at the end of the year. [WNYT]

Brother F. Edward Coughlin, the interim president of Siena College, has been named the new college president. [Record]

The outgoing president of the SUNY Research Foundation will leave New York to become the next president of the University of Illinois. [TU]

Schenectady's animal shelter has been reopened after the discovery of a dog with parvo shut it down temporarily.[Gazette]

Albany Pro Musica is now the chorus-in-residence at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. [WNYT]

The Ice Pig comes to Bethlehem. [TU]


A long cherished regional asset, the new location for the Hoffman's Playland would diversify the robust commercial and residential growth occurring in North Albany (or colloquially the “Warehouse District”). And almost as significant as preserving this history for the region, would be the fact that it would be hosted by a community long ignored, paying off in several social-economic dividends for those who have often had the hardest time reaping the benefits of the American economy. I’m excited about this opportunity and the expanding options in this corner of my community, which are going a long way towards promoting walkability, mix use development, the incorporation of mass transit, and most importantly, the reclamation of post-industrial parcels of land, which were historically positioned next to the most vulnerable, but will now offer job opportunities and long sought retail and recreational opportunities that abandoned our inner core for the unsustainable suburbs.

I’m glad that the city of Albany, in concert with Albany County and the business community, are seizing the national narrative and embracing the demographic changes that have been leading to a reinvestment in our cities, the promotion of denser, greener communities that are less reliant on the automobile and oversized housing lots, and a more environmentally aware mindset that calculates all of life’s big and small decisions and their consequent affects. Many rustbelt cities, most notably Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, have made significant investments in their post-industrial communities, breathing new life and cleaner opportunities into these neighborhoods, despite the municipal zoning challenges and logistical tensions of working beside existing industrial partners. It is exciting that we are part of this trend, despite the pressures our community faces when we have regional stakeholders utilizing cheap, freshly bull-dozed green space and similar tax abatement policies (hello, Vista Tech Park, downtown Albany had prime, existing investment options) to poach commercial ventures.

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