Rensselaer waterfront potential SUNY Poly site, DA's office looking for person in Dontay Ivy case, state Assemblyman pleads guilty, a good way to go through life

Nano Rensselaer?
Alain Kaloyeros says SUNY Poly is looking at creating "an innovation and commercialization hub" at the De Laet's Landing site on the Rensselaer waterfront. Kaloyeros says the decision to focus on Rensselaer was at the urging of Andrew Cuomo. [Biz Review] [TU]

Dontay Ivy case
The Albany County DA's office is looking for a person who appears in a surveillance video from around the scene of the incident involving Albany police and Dontay Ivy. From the DA's office press release: "To be clear, this person is not a suspect, but may have information in relation to the investigation of the death of Donald 'Dontay' Ivy." [Albany County DA]

Schenectady fatal fire
A second person has died from injuries in the house fire in Schenectady Wednesday. [Daily Gazette]

Scarborough pleads guilty
William Scarborough -- a Democratic state Assemblyman from Queens -- pleaded guilty in federal and county court in Albany Thursday to charges related to filing fraudulent travel reimbursements with the state and misusing campaign funds. Scarborough released statement saying that he had "faced severe financial problems." His plea deal includes a year in prison. [TU] [News10] [NYDN]

The Dean Skelos situation
Kathy Marchione says she thinks Dean Skelos is innocent of the allegations against him -- but she has also now decided Skelos should step down as majority leader. [NYSNYS/Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

The developer: The downstate development company that popped up in the criminal complaints against both Skelos and Sheldon Silver is Glenwood Management, which happens to also be a top campaign contributor to Andrew Cuomo. When asked this week whether he'd ever met with Glenwood about rent control, Cuomo told Capital: "No, never" -- except records indicate he did. A spokesperson says Cuomo forgot the meetings in 2011. [Capital] [TU]

Saratoga Springs mayoral race
Republican John Safford is officially into the pool for Saratoga Springs mayor. He said he's hoping to change what he called "dysfunction, bickering and stagnation" in city government. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

Troy mayoral race
Republican City Councilman Jim Gordon at his official announcement he's running for mayor: "We need a government with leaders who know how to live within their means while providing the very basic necessities." [Troy Record]

Technicality opens way for shakeup
Kathy Sheehan seized an opportunity to replace four of the five members of the Albany Housing Authority who remained from the Jennings admin using a technicality that also popped up in Saratoga Springs: the board hadn't properly filed oaths of office with the required time period. [TU]

Court of Appeals decision in Albany case
The state's highest court sided with the Albany County DA's office in a 6-0 decision in the dispute with a City Court judge over a decision to not prosecute a group of Occupy protestors. [TU] [NYS Court of Appeals]

Fireworks finale
Alonzo Fireworks in Mechanicville, which conducts the ESP fireworks, has been sold and renamed. [TU]

High school graduate
Rensselaer native Ken Kross received his high school diploma Thursday -- at age 87. [TU]


GE says it has a $4 billion annual economic impact in the Capital District, "supporting one in every 27 jobs," according to a company economic impact study. [Daily Gazette] [GE]


Clifton Park native Danielle Bouchard of Oh Honey, who will be back in the Capital Region playing at Tulip Fest this weekend on being nice, to the Times Union:

"I think it's a good way to go through life -- by being polite, and being nice to people. ... Everybody has their bad days, and everybody has days where they wake up and you want to strangle everyone around. But I think, by the end of the day, we get to walk on stage every night and make music for people -- and call it work! And how can you get off being rude to people, or being in a bad mood, when we're living our dream?"

Stuff going on

It's Friday. Hooray. Look for our "Stuff to do this weekend" post later this morning.


Re: GE - you can never trust data about a company coming directly from that company. I suspect the economic impact on the Capital Region would be much greater if they hadn't shipped jobs off to foreign countries (like Brazil) and shipped revenue off to foreign banks to avoid paying taxes. Also, they seem to be conveniently forgetting the layoffs in recent years - hundreds of jobs. Nice PR job, but lots of BS.

Read about the reality of GE's impact on Schenectady in this recent article.

From the above article >>> GE has axed 22,000 jobs since 1978 and dumped more than 1.3 million pounds of cancer causing chemicals in the Hudson River.

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