January 25, 2018

Percoco debt over $1M, Cuomo signs Net Neutrality order, Albany could face subpoena over sanctuary status, Moody's report:casinos "cannibalizing revenues"

Net Neutrality
Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Wednesday prohibiting state government contracts with internet companies that do not adhere to the principals of net neutrality. [News 10][TU]

Percoco
Day two in the corruption trial of Joe Percoco: It was revealed that Cuomo's top aid and his wife were facing more than $1 million in mortgage and credit card debts in 2014, when he allegedly accepted payoffs from businessmen. [TU]

Sanctuary cities
Albany is one of 23 sanctuary cities around the country that could be served with a subpoena by the U.S. Department of Justice if it doesn't provide proof that it is complying with Federal immigration law. [TU][WNYT]

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Bike share is expanding for 2018, and CDTA's looking for suggestions about new rack locations

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A screengrab of the bike rack suggestion map.

The bike share operated by CDTA -- CDPHP Cycle -- is set to return for its second season this spring. And it will do so with 160 more bikes and more than 20 new rack locations.

So that means CDTA needs to make decisions about where to deploy the new bike stations. And it's again looking for public input: If you head over to the CDPHP Cycle site there's a map on which you can suggest a rack location and/or vote for one that's already suggested.

As in the lead up to the launch of the program last year, CDTA says it will be adding the public voting to a decision making mix that also includes population, city layouts, and existing bike infrastructure.

The first season of CDPHP Cycle, which ran from late July through November, included 160 bikes and 40 rack locations. The program signed up 2,467 members (the goal was 2,000) and logged 11,481 trips, averaging 2.34 miles per trip.

The initial group of rack locations was clustered fairly tightly in the downtowns of Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, and Troy in an attempt get people noticing the bikes and using the system. Lauren Bailey, who oversees the program as CDTA's mobility manager, has said one of the goals for the 2018 season is to expand the system farther into neighborhoods.

CDTA says the start of the 2018 bike share season is weather dependent, but it's aiming for late spring.

Earlier: What's next for the CDPHP Cycle bike share

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Moriah Formica at Upstate Concert Hall

Moriah Formica The Voice 2017

Moriah Formica is lined up for a show at Upstate Concert Hall April 13. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 26 -- they're $10 ahead / $12 day of.

As you know, Formica is the 17-year-old Shaker High student who had a strong run as a rock singer/guitarist on The Voice this past fall before just missing out on the top 12.

The bill for the UCH show also includes Madison Vandenburgh, Margo Macero, and Sydney Worthley.

Formica played a sold-out show at Lucky Strike's Jupiter Hall in November. And we're guessing there's a good chance this show will also sell out.

Stuff to do this weekend

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The Broadway magic show The Illusionists is at Proctors this weekend. / photo: Joan Marcus

It's the last weekend of the first month of 2018. What are you going to do with it?

We did a little checking and pulled together a list of options from you, from strolling with soup, to music and shows, to Mayor's Cup hockey, to Oscar-nominated films.

Doing something that didn't make our list? Drop it in the comment section so everyone can see. And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend.

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Here's your chance to design a mural

Just a quick heads up that the mural project that Upstate Artists Guild and the Pine Hills Improvement Group are collaborating on at the Maple Leaf Market building at Ontario and Morris streets in Albany is still looking for an artist. The application deadline has been extended to February 10.

Project blurbage:

Some themes for this mural might include community, neighborhood, maple leaves/trees, streetscape, historic city, food, among other options. You are encouraged to make this mural fun, playful, and funky. While you are welcome to complete the entire mural on your own, you are also encouraged to consider developing an outline and a color scheme that neighbors can then help paint in (think coloring sheet).

The organizers will cover the cost of the supplies, and the artist will also get a stipend. See that link above for details about applying.

It's like you can almost smell the pizza

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A screengrab from the DeFazio's tour.

This is fun: A Troy-based company -- Hudson Virtual Tours -- is creating 3D/virtual reality walkthroughs of spaces.

It's posted a handful of examples from around Troy, including The Clark House establishments, the Burden Iron Works Museum, and St. Paul's Church.

The image above is a screengrab from the "dollhouse" view of the virtual tour of DeFazio's. It's interesting to be able to "walk" around the shop and the kitchen spaces, gawking at all the little details. (Don't miss the Tournament of Pizza trophy.)

One of the backers of Hudson Virtual Tours is Owen Bush, who was involved with the Troy-based virtual reality company SpaceoutVR. They're using the Matterport 3D camera to capture the spaces.

There's at least one other local company doing something similar, the Colonie-based Filmworks 109. It's also posted a few examples, including a walkthrough of Franklin Plaza decked out for the holidays.

Albany's award-winning Youth FX now has a home of its own

Youth FX new space

Check it out: Youth FX has a new home.

The award-winning program in Albany that helps young people build digital media skills -- and create some first-rate films -- has moved into a space of its own on Warren Street across from the Capital South Campus Center.

Here's a quick look around, and few bits about what's up with the always interesting program...

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