Legislative session ends with much undone, Emails evidence in Kaloyeros trial, Dow drops GE, layoffs at GlobalFoundries, emu still at large

Kaloyeros
Federal prosecutors presented dozens of emails as evidence in the bid rigging trial of Alain Kaloyeros and his codefendants. It was revealed through emails that Kaloyeros threatened to quit his job back in 2013 when he was having trouble negotiating his goal of splitting the NanoCollege off from UAlbany, and prosecutors suggest he hired Todd Howe to help him gain the trust of the Cuomo administration. One of the witnesses testifying in the trial, Jerry Barber, a former top assistant to Tom DiNapoli hired by Kaloyeros to work at Fuller Road Management Corp, testified in federal court this week that he was never pressured in his job to approve any particular developers for SUNY Poly project. [TU][TU][TU]

Legislative session
The legislative session wrapped up on Wednesday but sports gambling, transparency requirements, requirements for reporting bullying at charter schools, and other high profile issues were left on the table. Opponents of Andrew Cuomo are blaming him for focusing more on his own political battle than legislative issues, while others blame the lack of a majority. Some lawmakers are saying they are dissatisfied with the way the session wrapped up.
Legislators rallied on the Million Dollar Staircase on Wednesday to call for an end to the Trump policy of separating immigrant children from their families.
eep the call for action alive.[TU][TU][Politico][WNYT][Spectrum]


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GE
+ Dow Jones announced this week that General Electric, which has been part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for more than a century, will be removed from the Industrial Average next week and replaced with Walgreens.[Spectrum]
+ Sara Foss says she still believes in the company, but concedes it's getting harder. [Gazette]

Layoffs
Layoffs have begun at GlobalFoundries in Malta and other sites, in an effort to cut back 5 percent of its workforce.[TU]

Saratoga County shooter pleads guilty to attempted murder
A Greenfield man who shot his former girlfriend during an argument at their home in April pleaded guilty Tuesday to five charges including attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. [Spectrum]

Two charged with gun crimes in Albany
Albany police charged two men with gun crimes in separate incidents this week. [TU]

Rotterdam house fire
A vacant Rotterdam home was leveled by a fire in a matter of minutes on Wednesday. [TU]

Stephanie Miner
Chris Churchill takes a serious look at Stephanie Miner's gubernatorial campaign and what candidates know about upstate . [TU]

Gunfire on Central Ave
Albany Police are investigating reports of gunfire outside a home at 598 Central Avenue overnight. [TU]

NXIVM
A federal judge has formally rejected NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's bail request, saying Raniere is a flight risk and a danger to the community because of access to enormous wealth from his supporters. [TU]

Shooting range
Glenville residents spoke out on Wednesday against a proposed police shooting range on the site of the former town landfill.[Gazette]

Swimmers rash from state parks
Swimmers at Moreau State Park and Lake George are reporting skin rashes believed to be the results of microscopic parasites in the lakes. [TU]

Charter school certification
An Albany court has blocked the SUNY charter School Institute decision to allow charter schools to certify some teachers without master's degrees, substituting in-house training with limited practice teaching hours. [TU]

Billy Connors
Schenectady native and former major league pitcher and pitching coach Billy Connors died this week at the age of 76. [TU]

Poems by refugees
A poetry project that helps refugees living in the Capital Region to share their feelings and experiences. [TU]

A bittersweet tradition
Shen graduates returned to their elementary schools this week for a walk through the past. [Gazette]

Emu update
Charles is still missing. [TU]

Stuff going on today

1 Monument Square
The latest round of public discussions about the future of 1 Monument Square in Troy continues this week. On Thursday the consultants will be showing some of their design work at the Arts Center. Thursday 6 pm

Hidden City House & Garden Tour
Thursday: The annual Hidden City House & Garden Tour returns to neighborhoods near Albany's Washington Park. This year's self-guided tour includes a look inside the "castle" at 10 Thurlow Terrace. The event is a collaboration of the Center Square Association, Hudson/Park Neighborhood Association, and Historic Albany Foundation. Thursday 5-8 pm -- $25

Creative Economy Symposium
Thursday-Friday: The Creative Economy Symposium will be at Proctors. It's a collaboration between the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy and the Workforce Development Institute. Blurbage: "The symposium will engage the audience in a conversation about recognizing and overcoming obstacles, developing industry-specific educational curriculum, improving diversity hiring practices, and exploring the pathways to career opportunities that exist in our rural and urban communities within creative industries." Thursday-Friday various times -- $40 / $20 age 35 and under

Baseball
Thursday-Saturday: The ValleyCats return home for a three-game home stand at The Joe against Lowell. Thursday-Saturday 7 pm -- $6.50 and up

Wait Wait
Thursday: The NPR comedy quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me will be at Tanglewood to record for this week. Thursday 8 pm-- $24 and up

Music

Alive at Five
Thursday: The Alive at Five series at Jennings Landing in Albany has Matisyahu with Mirk. Thursday 5 pm -- free admission

Thursday: Upstate Rubdown at The Hangar
"Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage." With: Billy Wylder, Blind Crow. 7 pm -- $12

Thursday: Goodnight Moonshine at Caffe Lena
Molly Venter from Red Molly and Eben Pariser of Roosevelt Dime. 7 pm -- $18

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