Fast food wage hike will take years to implement, Libous found guilty of lying to FBI, Planners approve new casino design, UAlbany designed app to increase voter turnout

Fast food minimum wage hike
Andrew Cuomo hopes other states will follow New York in raising the minimum wage to $15 for fast food workers.Reactions to the news of the wage board decision to hike the fast food minimum wage were mixed. But advocates for the wage hike were disappointed to learn that the wage hike won't go into affect for another six years. [NYT][TU] [TU]

Libous found guilty
State Senator Tom Libous - the deputy majority leader of the state Senate, was founded guilty on Wednesday of lying to FBI agents regarding his son's hiring at a politically connected law firm. Libous, who has prostate cancer that he says is terminal, forfeits his seat as a result of the conviction and will be sentenced in October. [NYT][TU]

New casino design approved
The newest version of a plan for the $330 million Rivers Casino has been approved by Schenectady's Planning Commission with the condition that the materials and color of the pylon sign used in the design are changed. [Gazette][TU]

Three way race in Troy
Troy is anticipating a three way Democratic primary for Mayor in September between Ernest Everett, Rodney Wiltshire and Patrick Madden. [TU]

Morse endorsed
Shawn Morse has been endorsed for Mayor of Cohoes by the city Democratic Committee. [TU]

Lawsuit alleges Subway manager offered to trade jobs for sex
An Albany-based company that operates more than two-dozen Subway locations is being sued after a manager at one of the shops allegedly offered two teenagers jobs in exchange for sex. [TU]

Dogs found dead in Malta home
A Malta woman is facing animal cruelty charges after police found three dead dogs in her home. [Gazette]

Oil train inspections
Sixty-two defects were uncovered in the latest round of oil tank car inspections in Albany , Selkirk and Buffalo - one requiring an immediate fix. [CBS6]

Medical marijuana and jobs
Companies vying for medical marijuana licenses are addressing the challenge of finding employees. [TU]

Marine patrol in Schenectady
Schenectady County's new Marine Patrol unit.[TU]

Officer in taser case back in court
A former Albany County sheriff's Sergent who resigned last week while facing termination after a police car video showed him firing a taser at a teenager who was kneeling in front of officers with hands on his head, was in court yesterday to challenge an order of protection he said would hurt his chances of getting another law enforcement job. [TU]

Taxi
Efforts are underway to revamp taxi service in the Capital Region, with help from a regional committee. [TU]

There's an app for that
A pair of Ualbany researchers have designed an app called Electorate, with the goal of increasing voter turnout. [TU]

Happening Today

Saratoga County Fair
The Saratoga County Fair is underway in Ballston Spa. It runs through Sunday. Today-Sunday 9 am-midnight (amusements open later in the day) - $10 admission / unlimited rides $20

Outdoor film festival
The 2nd annual Dan DiNicola Film Festival begins tonight in Schenectady's Little Italy. Films will be screened every Thursday in the parking lot behind Perecca's on Thursday nights through August 20. Tonight's feature is Breaking Away. Films begin at dusk -- free.

Music

The Edgar Winter Band at Alive at Five
Rock. With: Charmboy. 5 pm - free

The Chris Smither show at Caffe Lena is sold out.

Comments

$15/hr is $30K if you work 40 hours a week, BEFORE taxes. By the time this is fully implemented it will not even be a living wage anymore (and let's face it, in NYC where rent is thousands of dollars for a tiny ROOM, it isn't a livable wage for workers in NYC NOW, never mind six years from now).

"A former Albany County sheriff's Sergent who resigned last week while facing termination after a police car video showed him firing a taser at a teenager who was kneeling in front of officers with hands on his head, was in court yesterday to challenge an order of protection he said would hurt his chances of getting another law enforcement job."
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What? What law enforcement agency would hire this nutjob after his resignation to avoid termination from a law enforcement job?

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