Albany Med/Saratoga Hospital affiliate, Peter Young COO heads to jail, Colonie Supervisors debate, not your average robo-calls

Albany Med / Saratoga Hospital affiliation
Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center have announced an affiliation. Albany Med's CEO, James Barba, says rather than Albany Med "swooping in" or rescuing, "What we're doing is we're being, if you will, neighbor to neighbor.". The move is being explained in part as an attempt to hold off potential takeovers from larger hospitals from cities outside of the Capital Region. [TU][TWCN][WNYT][Gazette]

Peter Young COO heads to jail
The former COO of the Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment will spend 90 days in jail for claiming $600 thousand in grants were planned to be used at a downstate drug treatment center when the money was actually used to fund programs upstate. Jacquelyn Gentile also resigned as COO.[TWCN][Gazette][WNYT]

Mahan/Benedict debate
Among the issues discussed in Tuesday's debate between Colonie supervisor Paula Mahan and Republican challenger Christine Benedict: the town landfill, the number of officers allowed in the police department, road conditions and the IDA.[TU]

Spa city crime claims
The four month old super PAC that calls itself Saratoga PAC is blaming Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen for what it calls a "Violent Crime Spike" in the spa city, but does not mention that total reported crime in the city dropped from 2014.[TU]

Veterans buy back bill vetoed
Andrew Cuomo has again vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Veterans buy back bill that would have allowed state and municipal pension credits to veterans for peacetime military service. [TU]

Export-Import Bank
A House of Representatives vote to reauthorize the U. S. Export-Import Bank is a victory for GE, but may come to late to save Schenectady jobs. [TU]

GE Hudson Falls headed to Clearwater soon
GE will wrap up the transfer of work at its Hudson Falls facility to a facility in Clearwater Florida by January 23. [TWCN]

"Every time you call me, you see my father's name in the paper, right?"
The transcript from an Adam Skelos wire tapped call that we're not entirely sure wasn't written by David Mamet. [TU]

Bombers, Troy
Matt Baumgartner has announced his intentions to take over the two year old Troy Bombers location. [TU]

Museum of Political Corruption
Trader Joe's campaigner Bruce Roter continues his push for a museum of political corruption. [Business Review]

New hospital employee
Ellis Hospital's newest employee eats kibble and helps keep the peace. [Gazette]

Not your average robo calls
Trojan robo-call from a "giant ginger mensch." [TU]

Happening today:

Silent Film Spectacular
Wednesday: The Albany Public Library's Silent Film Spectacular series concludes its season with "When an Alien Robot Crash-lands in Troy, NY, an original film and soundtrack by lastdayshining. Wednesday 7 pm, main branch - free

New York History Trivia
The Albany Institute is hosting a New York history trivia night mc'ed by Jack McEneny -- the museum is calling it "'competitive' philanthrophy." The competition includes food, beverages, and prizes. Teams can include up to four people. (People not part of teams can sign up and added to a team that night.) Wednesday 6 pm - $25 per person

The real, acted, and reenacted
The On Screen/Sound series continues at EMPAC with screenings of Hilvarenbeek by Jimmy Joe Roche and Dan Deacon ("faux documentary follows a heavy-metal cow herder, a gang of thrift-store naturalists who hunt with automatic weapons, and other imagined historical personalities") and Mishima by Paul Schrader with a score by Philip Glass ("called by Roger Ebert the 'most unconventional biopic I've ever seen, and one of the best.') Wednesday 7 pm - $6

Holly Bowling, The Music of Phish Reimagined for Solo Piano at the Massry Center
What it says on the label. 7:30 pm - $20 / $10 students

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and The Guilty Ones at The Hollow
Roots and blues. With: Dead Rock West. 8 pm - $22 ahead / $25

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