Reactions to casino & fracking decisions, Feds seeking money from Saratoga drug bust, tickets to visit Cuomo

Andrew Cuomois headed to Schenectady today to congratulate the city on winning the bid for the Rivers Casino. [TU][AOA]

Some reaction to the casino decision:

Schenectady is celebrating its win in the casino competition.[TWCN]

Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer on losing the proposal for a Hard Rock Casino: "I don't have $40 or $50 million. We're in trouble. Our system is collapsing like a lot of cities are. I was hoping to really use that money for development,"[TWCN]

The developers for the planned Rivers Casino in Schenectady say the prep work that went into making the site shovel ready was a main reason they project won its casino bid. [Gazette]

Opponents of the proposed East Greenbush casino are celebrating the casino decision. [TU]

Glenville officials say they will need infrastructure improvements to prepare for the effects of a Schenectady casino. [Gazette]

Union College is concerned about having a casino so nearby. [Gazette]

Saint Rose MB in post ad 2014-fall

Reaction to Wednesday's decision to ban fracking ban in New York. [Record][AOA]

Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have created a commission to make recommendations on raises for the state's management confidential employees. [TU]

State police picked up an Albany man for DWI whose BAC was three times the legal limit. [TU]

Southwest Airlines is planning to run nonstop flights between Albany and Denver on Saturdays during the summer.[TU]

Chuck Schumer is warning against delaying new regulations that would toughen safety standards for railroad tank cars carrying crude oil, ethanol and other volatile material.[TU]

Three prosecutors have left David Soares office in the last five weeks-- the latest, an up and coming prosecutor, is going to work for one of he best defense attorneys in the area.[TU]

Troy's new snow emergency plan [TU]

The Saratoga Springs city council voted this week to abolish a controversial water connection fee.[Saratogian]

The Federal government is trying to seize $28,ooo from a July drug raid on an alleged marijuana growing operation in Saratoga. [Gazette]

A pair of recent robberies in the area of Hackett Boulevard and South Allen streets has neighbors concerned. [WNYT]

The home of a Colonie EMS worker was destroyed by fire this morning. [News 10]

CDTA says fare increases or service cuts are not part of the plan to reduce a $6.8 million dollar gap in its newly adopted budget that needs to be closed by April of 2015. [Gazette]

Paula Mahan will get a 2 percent pay raise in 2015, her first pay raise since becoming Colonie supervisor in 2008. [TU]

The latest statewide economic development grants included funding for arts and cultural projects, among them, Capital Rep, Albany Institute for History and Art and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.[TU]

National Grid has unleashed the weather bugs. [WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo wants you to stop by and say hi, but you'll have to have a ticket. [NY.Gov]

A 13-year-old Guilderland girl will take part in the New York Giants Punt, Pass and Kick competition. [News 10]


Hey AOA, how about chatting up the mayor who just said our "system is collapsing like a lot of cities are?" I for one would like to get a few more details on that. Seems newsworthy to me.

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