Sheehan asks state for $17 million, Schenectady middle school students still failing in large numbers, Albany County Land Bank seeks owners with vision for 123 properties

Andrew Cuomo held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss pre-K andhis plan to fight sexual assault on college campuses, but instead he found himself dealing with ethics questions. Cuomo told reporters he has not been subpoenaed by federal investigators to this point. The press conference was called for the exact same time NYC mayor Bill De Blasio was set to make his budget pitch to legislators, which raised some eyebrows. [Daily News][TU][TU][NYT]

One day after Albany learned there would be few strings on its $5 million state Financial Restructuring Board grant, Kathy Sheehan appeared before state legislators on "tin cup day" to lay out a case for the city to get another $5 million to reduce its tax levy, along with a recurring $12 million grant. [TU]

After seeing that Albany got that $5 million from the Financial Restructuring Board, Troy mayor Lou Rosamilia is also looking for help from the board.[TU]

The Albany County Land Bank is soliciting proposals for 121 properties scattered throughout the city and two properties in Cohoes. [TU]

For a second year in a row, reports indicate Schenectady students are failing middle school in droves. [Gazette]

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The Albany Promise has released three plans to deal with what Albany schools superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard says is a system that is failing students.[TU]

A pro-charter school group funded by the Walton Family Foundation said Wednesday that it will urge the governor and state leaders to place all failing schools under state receivership, allowing a stat-chosen person or organization like a non-profit or charter school to take them over. [TU]

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a permit to allow the Galesi Group to move forward for plans to put a 50 slip harbor at the old Alco site. [Gazette]

Anti-casino activists in Central New York are using drones to monitor the progress of Lago Resort and Casino .[TU]

A Schenectady police officer was sent to the hospital following a head-on collision.[TU]

Schenectady police have arrested a fourth person in connection with the shooting death of Carlos Figueroa.[TU]

A former National Guard recruiter based at the Watervliet Arsenal pled guilty on Wednesday to raping one woman, sodomizing another and strangling a third in Hudson Falls. [WNYT]

A Kingsbury man has been arraigned on a criminal contempt charge for allegedly violating an order of protection with his ex-girlfriend hours after her daughter died. [WNYT]

A missing Halfmoon teenager has been found in Orlando, Florida. [WNYT]

The controversy over the plan to put a drop-in center for the homeless at a church on upper New Scotland Ave in Albany. [TU]

A Hoosick Falls bus driver has been reinstated after apologizing for grabbing a sixth grade student who was picking on a younger child.[WNYT]

Three former brokers who sold securities for McGinn, Smith and company have been banned from the industry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. [TU]

CDTA ridership has been up 4 or 5 percent a month for the last year, but that dropped in January with the cold weather and February numbers are also expected to be off. [Gazette]

A plan to get homeless veterans off the street in Saratoga.[Gazette]

Former Democratic state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk will be the host The Albany Report, a new radio show on WGXC (90.7 FM). [TU]

A Troy native and Catholic Central gym teacher will be boxing at a tournament in France. [News 10]

Soap for dogs from Cohoes.[Record]


So, ya....

For several decades, the city of Albany has made the claim that the crushing taxes were largely due to the fact that 2/3's of its tax base was non-exempt, per capita its residents do not get what other upstate cities receive in AIM from the State, and the disproportionate amount of aging infrastructure that suburban jurisdictions largely get subsidized maintenance for from the county and state. The state, especially under King Cuomo, has claimed that there is so much more that can be cut (stop begging) and offered up the Financial Restructuring Board as a tool to show good ‘ole Albany where it could prune.

So, ya…

The masterminds at the state popped the hood, looked around, saw a lot that could be cu…wait…what...what’s that you said…you now agree with these arguments..and have largely conceded that the city does have a lot of tax-exempt property lying around, therefore, we’ll give you a bridge loan to help you out as we “try” to steer some of it back to private hands. Oh yea, don’t mind the fact that we are still undercutting you through the StateUpNY program and please don’t beg for more aid, because you know, there is plenty to cut (except for this useless talking point on King Cuomo’s resume).

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