December 7, 2017

GE Power may lose 12,000 jobs, Gillibrand & Schumer: Franken should resign, single vote decides Troy council race, Saratoga scraps two longtime festivals

GE Power to cut 12,000 jobs
GE Power may cut 12 thousand jobs in an effort to slash $2.5 billion in expenses. The reductions, account for about 18 percent of GE Power's workforce and are mostly expected to affect workers outside the U.S. [TU][Gazette]

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Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are among a group of Democratic senators calling for Al Franken to step down in light of harassment allegations. [NYT]

McGrath wins Troy council seat by single vote
Following the counting of three absentee votes, longtime Troy Councilman and Republican Mark McGrath beat Democratic challenger Cindy Blakely by a single vote.[TU][Record]

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Holiday gifts: Kristin Jackson

Kristin Jackson

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we're again asking people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present, charities -- and wishes for the next year.

Kristin Jackson knows her gifts. She heads up Troy Flea, the Riverfront Park summer market filled with local vendors.

Kristin grew up in Duchess County and spent some time in the midwest before finding a home in Troy. She has a daughter, a husband, a dog and a cat, and loves to see live music, eat, and be merry. This weekend she's hosting the Babes in Troyland indoor winter market at Takk House.

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The Social Media drinks-and-art series is back for another season at The Arts Center

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The "Social Media" drinks-and-arts series at the Arts Center of the Capital Region will be back for another season starting in January. Blurbage:

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month for Social Media! You'll meet new people and make art in a new medium. Every event will feature a signature cocktail or seasonal beverage paired with the art form we'll be experimenting with! Your first drink is on us.

A condensed version of the schedule is below, it ranges from pottery to burlesque to beer to pirates.

These evening have been very popular and often sell out well ahead. So if you're interested in going, it's not a bad idea to claim a spot earlier rather than later.

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Here are a few bits about the latest big apartment project proposed for Albany

Sandidge Way

Sandidge Way, just off Fuller Road. It sits up against SUNY Poly and across the street from UAlbany.

The latest apartment project formally proposed for Albany: The "Sandidge Way Apartments," a $46 million complex that would include 252 units tucked along one of the western borders of the city near SUNY Poly off Fuller Road.

The project is on the planning board agenda for December 14 and it will no doubt be the subject of much discussion.

Here are a few more details...

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"As an artist, I can see how I can transform that into something positive"

Earlier this Central Warehouse finally sold. So what's the plan? Mike DeMasi talked with the new owner about his ideas for the massive building, which potentially include wrapping the building in advertising, displaying pieces from his architectural salvage company, and a rooftop restaurant. [Biz Review]

The Narrows

The Narrows Troy trail network map

Check out the plan for The Narrows, a formalized series of walking trails through Troy. It's a collaboration between the Rensselaer Land Trust, Post Contemporary, and the city of Troy. Blurbage:

The Narrows is an extensive 5 mile hiking trail proposal that winds through the waterfalls, outcrops, and historic landscapes of Troy's Wynantskill and Poestenkill valleys: a wilderness hike... in the City. When complete, the wilderness trail will wind to Downtown Troy from the Hudson Mohawk Bike-Hike Trail over the river on the 378 Bridge.
The Narrows will highlight Troy's exceptional cultural heritage and scenic beauty, exhibit strong connectivity to regional trail systems, heighten quality of life and health for citizens of Troy and the region, bolster community identity, and add to economic development. ...
Phase One will connect the Burden Pond Preserve to the Staalesen Preserve along an over 2 mile trail that weaves its way along the Wynantskill's gorgeous waterfalls, gorges, and uplands. This route was chosen because of its spectacular natural features, and its complete site control. The connectivity to date has been impossible because of lack of infrastructure, most notably of two long span bridges needed to cross the Wynantskill at key locations

That first link above includes more info, including photos of some of the landscape.

Project backers say construction on phase one could start in the spring and be finished by the end of 2018.

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