Amazon potential tenant of huge Schodack warehouse project, Kaloyeros portrayed as villain and hero at trial, state report to recommend marijuana legalization

Huge proposed Schodack warehouse
+ An attorney representing the potential tenant of the 1 million-square-foot proposed warehouse in Schodack revealed at a public meeting Monday night that Amazon is looking at using the facility as a fulfillment center. (Larry Rulison had put the pieces together earlier in the day by noting the facility shared the exact same square footage as other Amazon projects.) [TU]
+ The project has continued to get pushback from its immediate neighbors -- said one woman at the meeting of the relatively low wages the facility will pay for many of its 800 jobs: "We're told these workers will infuse money into Schodack. These warehouse workers will not have the time or money to buy a burger in Schodack, let alone buy homes here." [WNYT] [Biz Review]

Kaloyeros trial
+ In its opening statement Monday the prosecution said it was a case "about lying and cheating to get huge construction contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, all paid for by the taxpayers of New York" -- and that it has emails to prove that Alain Kaloyeros rigged the bidding process for contracts. [TU]
+ The defense portrayed Kaloyeros as "a hero in Albany" and didn't violate the law. [Politico NY]
+ Monday also include testimony from Andrew Kennedy, a former Cuomo admin official who's now the head of the Capital Region's Center for Economic Growth -- he said the Cuomo admin had viewed Kaloyeros with skepticism, but the relationship improved after the nano emperor hired longtime Cuomo associate Todd Howe. [Biz Review]
+ The trial was a focus of the gubernatorial election challengers who pushed the pay-to-play accusations against the Cuomo admin. [Politico NY]


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State Department of Health commissioner Howard Zucker said Monday that a not-yet-released DOH report will recommend the legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana. DOH will also be expanding the medical marijuana to include people on prescription opioids. [NYT] [TU]

A Colonie mother on why she specifically mentioned her son's suicide in his obit, to Chris Churchill: "Mental health needs to be out there and people need to talk about it." [TU]

Albany shootings
Albany police chief Robert Sears said the two shootings this past weekend aren't connected to the fatal shooting last week of Equan Fallen. [TU]

Dirt bike, EMS vehicle arrests
+ Albany police say an officer was injured in Arbor Hill by a dirt bike while officers tried to detain the bike's driver for violating traffic law. [APD]
+ Albany police say a man stole an Albany Fire Department EMS vehicle while it was parked during a call in Pine Hills. APD says the vehicle was stopped on Clinton Ave after a short pursuit and the drive arrested. [APD]

Watervliet city finances
Watervliet is line to get assistance from the state's Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments. [Troy Record]

Schenectady fireworks
The Schenectady City Council is considering a $250 fine for each illegal firework set off. [Daily Gazette]

Starlite site
Docs filed as part of Ayco's proposed new headquarters at the Starlite site in Colonie indicate the building could be twice as large as originally proposed. [TU]

Affordable housing
A look inside the new Community Builders affordable housing redevelopments in Schenectady. [Biz Review]

Downtown Troy buildings sold
Sequence Development has sold two downtown Troy buildings it redeveloped -- one of which houses Slidin' Dirty -- for $3.2 million. [Biz Review]

Clearing the bar
Averill Park's Alana Carroll took the pole vault title at a national tournament this past weekend and is heading to Harvard this fall. [Spectrum]

Stuff going on today

Tuesday: The Front Parlor storytelling series is at the Olde English in Albany. This month's theme: "Fathers" 7:30 pm

Tuesday: Proctors will be screening the National Theatre Live production of Yerma at the Young Vic. The production, starring Billie Piper, got strong reviews. Tuesday 2 pm and 7 pm -- $15

Music: Alison Krauss at Tanglewood
She's won 27 Grammys. With: Steven Delopoulos. 7 pm -- $33 and up

Music: Bad Bad Hats at The Linda
Indie rock. With: Future Teens, Luciano Ferrara. 8 pm -- $12


Nothing has sited in Schodack since the Hannaford warehouse. Although a great feeder area to the highway, the town can never achieve any economic development because the citizens always fight to keep the "rural character" of the town intact. Too bad for the town.

Looks like the Front Parlor Storytelling event was Monday instead of tonight. Though, I'll gladly tell stories about my dad on the Olde English patio tonight if others are game. :)

@Danielle: That was my fault. I got it mixed up in my head with the Troy version.

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