Upstate regions to compete for $500 million, clarification of SUNY Poly payment to Albany, shadow could dim prospects of parking garage, too tall

The Cuomo admin's new upstate economic development funding initiative: Having seven regions compete for three $500 million awards. It's a follow-up of sorts to the "Buffalo Billion." [TU] [State of Politics]

Some clarification on the $1.9 million that SUNY Poly will be contributing to the city of Albany. [TU]

The family of Trevor Duffy, the UAlbany student who died from an alcohol overdose last fall at what's alleged to have been underground frat off campus, has filed the initial paperwork for a lawsuit against UAlbany, SUNY, and the city of Albany seeking $55 million. [TWCN] [TU]

The Cuomo admin announced Andrew Cuomo will nominate Eugene Fahey to the state Court of Appeals. Fahey is currently a state appellate court justice in Buffalo. He represents the fourth seat on the court for which Cuomo has nominated a judge. [Cuomo admin] [TU]

Schenectady police are looking for the public's help in determining the path of the car stolen as part of the Wednesday carjacking/shooting. [TU]

State Police say a man has been arrested for allegedly touching a child inappropriately at a daycare in East Greenbush. The man and his wife have run the daycare for three decades. [NYSP] [WNYT]

The owner of a former dry cleaning building on Central Ave in Colonie, from which the state Department of Environmental Conservation says toxic chemicals are spreading in a toxic underground plume, says she didn't know about the problem when she bought the building and shouldn't have to pay to clean it up. [TU]

The city of Troy is assigning specific code inspectors to zones around the city in an attempt to create better connections with neighborhoods. [TU]

The Troy City Council approved a settlement that lowers the property value assessment on the Frear Building by more than 35 percent. [Troy Record]

The latest turn in the Saratoga City Center parking garage story: the literal shadow cast by the garage could keep it from getting the necessary approvals. [Daily Gazette]

Scotia's mayor is pushing for a new village hall -- its current village lacks many modern amenities, including public bathrooms. [Daily Gazette]

The backstory on what it took to get things together for a new pocket park in Albany's West Hill neighborhood. [TU]

There's an early plan to convert the former Ark Community Charter School building in Troy into "a hub for community development." [Troy Record]

The mayor of Canajoharie says the former Beech Nut baby food factory -- an enormous facility (you can see it from the Thruway) -- will be completely demolished. [Daily Gazette]

The owner of a string of boutiques says she'll be opening a showroom in the mixed-used redevelopment of the Foster Building on State Street in downtown Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Among the steps SPAC is taking to foster a more robust lawn this year: covering it in a blanket this winter. [Daily Gazette]

A day ice fishing on Moreau Lake. [Saratogian]

Fuller Road overpass 1, modular home 0. [TU]


Yikes. That part of Central Ave has quite a burden of "legacy" industrial waste.. First National Lead and its radioactivity, now the cleaners'.

If the plume is moving southwest of the corner of Rooney and Central it practically sandwiches the small neighborhood there between the old NL site and the "new" TCE; I feel bad for the folks over there.

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