Questions about train safety system, reaction to Medal of Honor for Henry Johnson, Start-Up NY's very slow start, buyer for Hoffman's Playland property

Train safety
The safety system that experts say could have possibly prevented the Amtrak crash near Philadelphia this week -- Positive Train Control -- is not yet in use on lines in New York State traveled by Amtrak. There's currently a fight in Congress over whether the deadline for implementing PTC nationwide should be pushed back to 2020. Amtrak officials said this week the railroad is close to testing its implementation of the system. [NPR] [TU x2] [NYT]

Henry Johnson
Albany WWI hero , the White House announced Thursday. Here's reaction from local historians, advocates, and officials. [AOA] [TU]

Teen stabbed
Albany police say a 17 year old was stabbed near First and Quail Thursday afternoon. [News10]

Mother/son arson case
The Schenectady mother and son who pleaded guilty to hiring a teen to burn down vacant house for them were sentenced to 2-6 years and 2.5-7.5 years respectively. [Daily Gazette]

Start-Up NY
Companies approved to operate under the Cuomo admin's much-touted Start-Up NY program in 2014 have created 76 jobs. [NYT]

Cohoes mayoral race
Shawn Morse, currently the chair of the Albany County Legislature, is officially into the pool for mayor of Cohoes. Morse on the city: "It is an old, struggling mill town community and we have a lot of work ahead to bring it back to days of an All America city that it once was. We've seen growth on the outskirts of Cohoes. We need to work on the inner-city." [TU] [Troy Record]

Third parties
The role of the Conservative Party in Albany County highlights how New York's electoral system opens the way for some third parties to exert influence that's probably disproportionate their party's enrollment. [TU]

Prosecutor exodus
Of the nine hires made by new Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove, five have already left or will be leaving soon. [TU]

Hoffman's Playland
The former Hoffman's Playland property in Latham is under contract to be sold to the owner of Newton Plaza. [Biz Review]

Record, Saratogian owner
Digital First Media, the parent company of the Record and the Saratogian, is apparently no longer for sale, though "we continue to have discussions concerning selected assets, and we are looking at potential acquisition opportunities." Six people were laid off from the joint Record/Saratogian operation this week. [Romenesko] [Daily Gazette]

What do researchers at the GE research center in Niskayuna do?
One example: A researcher worked for decades developing a new ceramic material that will help save billions of gallons in jet fuel. [TU]

Stuff going on

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

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (steamy), to the track,... (more)

An opinion on blood plasma centers, methadone clinics, a large logo, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Exploring Washington County

The rural, rolling hills of Washington County are just about an hour northeast of Albany on a scenic ride along Route 40. The county is... (more)

Morning Blend

Next Albany police chief + Kathy Sheehan has appointed Eric Hawkins to be the next Albany police chief. He's currently the police chief in Southfield,... (more)

The Cornplanter pipe tomahawk

We got a chance this week to stop in the State Museum and see an interesting artifact that's newly on display, Cornplanter's Pipe Tomahawk. The... (more)

Recent Comments

... The theft itself of this important Native American artifact is an important part of its story. It's really a miracle that almost 70 years later that the Cornplanter pipe tomahawk ended up back at the State Museum, instead of remaining in someone's secret, private collection acquired illicitly, or even worse, not cared for professionally and therefore damaged, destroyed, or lost forever.

Exploring Washington County

...has 2 comments, most recently from Katie

Scanning that New York State Department of Health report that argues the case for legalizing recreational marijuana

...has 12 comments, most recently from Megan m

The Cornplanter pipe tomahawk

...has 2 comments, most recently from Ed

Morning Blend for Jul 20

...has 1 comment, most recently from Amy

Local places to buy head scarves?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Summer