Percoco/Kaloyeros face criminal charges, State Ed suggests Common Core revisions, tax cuts coming to Schenectady

Percoco/Kaloyeros
Former top Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros are among 8 people facing charges following a long-running federal investigation into the Buffalo Billion and other projects related to SUNY Poly in Syracuse. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is expected to hold a press conference at noon today to explain the charges. [Capitol Confidential][TWCN][NYT][News 10]

Common Core
New York State Education Department officials released proposed revisions to the state's Common Core on Wednesday. The proposal suggested changing 60 percent of the English standards and 55 percent of those in math.[TU][NYT]

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Child assault
A 4-year-old Fort Edward girl is on life support at Albany Medical Center after she was allegedly beaten by her stepmother. [TU][WNYT]

EpiPen
Assemblyman and pharmacist John T. McDonald is asking Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to expand his investigation into the EpiPen to help determine why insurance companies are denying claims for the generic version of the drug. [TU]

Prostitution ring
Troy police made four arrests in a prostitution sting in the city. [TU]

Tax cut
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy says the budget he will release next week will include a
tax cut of as much as 10 percent.
[TU]

Honeywell protest
Employees of Honeywell Aerospace, who have been locked out of their jobs in May over contract disputes, protested outside the O'Brien Federal Building on Wednesday with members of the UAW Local 1508. [TU]

Light the street
Schenectady is planning a Light the Street ceremony to remember murder victim Medina Knowles and to take a stand against murder and violent crime. [Gazette]

Oil protest
Opponents of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline protested on Wednesday in Downtown Schenectady. [Gazette]

Turkey
How a failed military coup in Turkey resulted in problems at the Turkish Cultural Center in Albany. [TU]

Survivor
Albany County ADA Jessica Blain-Lewis moved on to the next round in Survivor. [TU]


Happening today

AOA Startup Contest
Final presentations in the AOA Startup Contest will be held tonight at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Here are a few details about the finalists. The presentations are open to the public but we ask that you register. Thursday, 5:30pm -- free

Love Jones
A touring production of Love Jones: The Musical will be at The Palace. It's an adaption of the 1997 film of the same name. The production stars Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, and Marsha Ambrosius. Thursday 8 pm -- $35 and up

Music
Mabel Kwan at EMPAC
"erforming on two pianos simultaneously, Mabel Kwan takes on Trois Hommages, the virtuosic opus of contemporary composer Georg Friedrich Haas." 7:30 pm -- $18

The Parlor at The Low Beat
Playing a new live set. With: The Black Ships and Neighborhood of Make Believe. 8 pm -- $7

Comments

"Former top Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco and SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros are among 8 people facing charges following a long-running federal investigation into the Cuomo adminstrations attempts to lure jobs to upstate New York."

Bharara also named some private sector boodlers in his criminal complaint. Is this a new strategy -- to charge those in the private sector who facilitate public corruption? If so, it's long overdue.

Why is it that we need a federal prosecutor to tell us what we all know? There is a stinking mess of corruption around the city and county of Albany in which developers fund candidates - candidates get elected - those elected officials give tax breaks and contracts to their contributors. Come re-election time it all happens again.

That's where your tax dollars go. It's nothing but a big game to move money from your pockets to theirs.

Vote 'em out.

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