Job cuts at SUNY Poly, skepticism about job creation via tax breaks and incentives, huge crowd for Schenectady Summer Night

Job cuts at SUNY Poly
SUNY Poly has cut 38 support staff jobs at the Albany campus -- none of the cuts were in research positions. The cuts are part of a plan to trim $10 million from the school's budget. Interim president Bahgat Sammakia said SUNY Poly, which the Cuomo admin had used an economic development org, is focusing its direction and reviewing the economic development projects with which it's involved. [AP/NYDN] [TU] [Biz Review]

Shooting in Albany
Albany police say a man was shot Saturday afternoon on Clinton Ave near Swinburne Park made his way over to Central Ave for help. The Times Union reports witnesses saw the man run into the Burger King on Central requesting assistance. APD says it's investigating. [APD] [TU]

Another vacant building fire in Troy
Troy officials say they're investigating the cause of a fire at a vacant building in Lansingburgh early Monday. It's the fourth vacant building fire in two weeks. Officials say it's not determined whether the fires are connected. [News10] [TU] [Spectrum]

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UAlbany police
The Police Benevolent Association of New York State, which represents police at UAlbany, has issued a unanimous no confidence vote against the leadership of the university's police department. The PBA alleges that the university has placed restrictions on officers in order to push down crime stats -- the chief says the department is operating with a community policing approach. [News1o] [TU]

State authorities
The new report from the state Authorities Budget Office casts a skeptical eye on job creation prompted by the tax breaks and incentives issued by local industrial development agencies -- and public authorities generally. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Sara Foss on Sheldon Silver's conviction being overturned: "I'm not holding out much hope that corrupt New York politicians will ever truly be held accountable for their behavior." [Daily Gazette]

Sewage in the Hudson
Chris Churchill on the persistence of the combined sewer overflow problems that results in sewage being released into the Hudson River: "[O]ur governor doesn't seem to care much about boring sewer pipes and dull infrastructure projects. They don't stir the ego. They don't do much for presidential dreams." [TU+]

Homelessness in Saratoga Springs
+ One of the high-profile backers of the lawsuit opposing the siting of a permanent Saratoga Springs Code Blue shelter next to the Shelters of Saratoga has suggested busing homeless people to shelter out of town. [TU]
+ One of the barbers who gave free haircuts to homeless people in Saratoga this past Saturday: "I feel like I took a lot from Saratoga growing up. I was so angry and upset. And I feel like I took a lot ... I figured there had to be a way for me to give back." [TU]

States around the Northeast are charging out-of-state registered E-ZPass transponders higher rates than in-state registrants. [TU]

Schenectady trolley
CDTA say the new free trolley service in downtown Schenectady is averaging 10-15 riders per hour, and it expects that number to increase. [Daily Gazette]

The Town of Milton's winning offer to buy the Camp Boyhaven property from the Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America was $1 million, thanks to $500k chipped in by an anonymous donor. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady Summer Night
Officials estimated this year's Schenectady Summer Night drew 20,000 people to downtown Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

New parents at 59
A Niskayuna couple -- both 59 years old -- are parents to a son born this past June. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Monday-Wednesday: The ValleyCats have a three game series at The Joe against Connecticut. There are post-game fireworks Monday and Tuesday is bobblehead night. Monday and Tuesday 7 pm, Wednesday 11 am -- $5.75 and up

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Monday: The film/food truck series Bites Camera Action will be showing Jurassic Park in Albany's Tricentennial Park, along with music by Kimono Dragons. Monday music 5-8 pm, movie at 8:30 pm -- free admission

Life of Brian
Monday: Proctors is screening Monty Python's The Life of Brian in the GE Theatre. Monday 7 pm -- $5

NYS Writers Institute
Monday-Friday: The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues it series of public author readings at Skidmore.

+ Monday: Memoirist Margo Jefferson (Negroland) and Poet Peg Boyers (To Forget Venice, Hard Bread, Honey With Tobacco)

The events start at 8 pm in the Davis Auditorium of Skidmore's Palamountain Hall. They're free.

Find Your Way Home
Monday: The Palace is hosting a production of Find Your Way Home. Blurbage: "Led by internationally known performer Alexandria Sharpe(Celtic Woman/West End) and Musical Director David Hayes(Riverdance/The Voice Of Ireland), this musical drama based in 1910 Ireland and America has brought crowds to their feet with an emotional journey of a family as they encounter unexpected tragedies and joys in the face of economic hardship." Monday 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

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