Layoffs at GlobalFoundries, questioning oversight of Saratoga Springs police, Pinhead Susan's for sale, George the turkey is missing

Layoffs at GlobalFoundries
+ GlobalFoundries is laying off hundreds of employees in Malta as part of a companywide strategy change on the manufacturing the next generation of computer chips. The Malta site has had about 3,300 employees recently. [Biz Review]
+ The company's direction change could also have implications for work -- and jobs -- at the SUNY Poly campus in Albany, Larry Rulison notes in a big-picture view of what's happening. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police and the death of Darryl Mount Jr.
+ Following the Times Union story this past weekend that revealed Saratoga Springs police didn't pursue an internal investigation of the death of Darryl Mount Jr. -- despite the police chief saying it did -- the city's public safety commissioner said a civilian review board was unnecessary and "would create another layer of bureaucracy that create more negatives than positives." [TU]
+ From a Daily Gazette editorial regarding the Times Union story and the case: "In a case like that, it's in the best interests of the citizens to take the investigation out of the hands of police and give it to an authority that isn't akin to allowing the fox to guard the hen house." [Daily Gazette]
+ Chris Churchill: "Call me naive, but I still like to believe that police chiefs should have more credibility than the average baby-kisser. When they speak, we should be able to trust what they say. We want to believe our police. [Police chief Gregory] Veitch has lost that trust, which makes it fair to wonder whether he can continue as chief." [TU]

Investigation into Albany police shooting of man
+ Acting Albany police chief Michael Basile said Monday there isn't an exact timeline for completing the investigation of the situation in which department detectives shot Ellazar Williams following a foot chase last week. Williams arraigned in the hospital Monday on charges of felony menacing a police officer and misdemeanor possession of a weapon. [TU] [Spectrum]
+ Center for Law and Justice executive director Alice Green, who's been critical of the department's transparency level on this case, after a meeting with police and community leaders Monday: "Having a meeting like this was very helpful and very useful." [News10]

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Kirsten Gillibrand on Kavanaugh confirmation
Kirsten Gillibrand to the Times Union editorial board Monday on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and his previous statements about presidential immunity: "I think that disqualifies him because that's a conflict of interest. On those grounds, I'm going to urge my colleagues when I get back this evening to start thinking long and hard on whether he should not be voted on." [TU]

Chuck Schumer was in Colonie Monday backing the Opioid Crisis Response Act that would help fund screening tech for first responders in overdose cases. [TU]

The life and death of Rayen Puleski
Sara Foss walks through some questions about the short life of Rayen Puleski and what was done to prevent his death. [Daily Gazette]

Search for SUV in Saratoga Springs hit and run
Saratoga Springs police released a description of the SUV sought in a hit and run that injured two pedestrians on Broadway last week, one critically. [TU]

Schenectady assault investigation
The woman who reported to Schenectady police that she had been struck repeatedly in the head on Nott Street -- an incident for which police say they've been unable to find evidence -- is standing by her story and she and the chair of the board of the non-profit she heads up tell the Daily Gazette they had been on a video chat when the alleged attack happened. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs city hall
Saratoga Springs officials say it could be months before city hall is fully re-opened after the building was struck and damaged by lightning. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT]

Schenectady schools and teachers
Schenectady schools superintendent Larry Spring to new teachers on Monday: "It's important we recognize in places like Schenectady if you want to be neutral, if you want to go with the status quo, you are actually reinforcing a system that has been highly discriminatory and oppressive to some of our children ... You don't get to work here and not be an advocate and not be an activist." [Daily Gazette]

Rensselaer trash plant
The city of Rensselaer is taking a step toward a trash-to-fuel plant. [Spectrum]

Central Warehouse
Despite being under new ownership for a year, the Central Warehouse in Albany is continuing to rack up past-due taxes. [TU]

Pinhead Susan's
Pinhead Susan's in downtown Schenectady is for sale. [Biz Review]

George the turkey
The Country Knolls neighborhood in Clifton Park is searching for George, the neighborhood's resident wild turkey who's not been seen since an encounter with a dog. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

Monday-Tuesday: The ValleyCats have a wrap up their home regular season against Aberdeen at The Joe. There are fireworks after the game. Tuesday 7 pm -- $6.50 and up

Science on Tap
Tuesday: The Science on Tap series is at Brown's in Troy. SUNY Poly professor Kathleen Dunn will be talking about nanotechnology. "Nanotechnology is pervasive in modern life - inside our gadgets, our vehicles, our hospitals and even our cosmetics. But how much do you really know about it? This talk will introduce you to Nanotech and what makes it more than 'all the normal technology, just smaller!'" Tuesday 7 pm -- free admission

Summer in the City: The Lion King
Tuesday: The Palace's Summer in the City series of free kid-friendly screenings will be screening Moana. An ice cream social follows the screening along with kid-friendly activities. Tuesday activities at noon / movie at 1 pm -- free

Music: Jean-Luc Ponty & 'The Atlantic Years' Band
"The undisputed master of jazz/rock violin." 7:30 pm -- $39.50


I see Rensselaer marches on in its designation as "Trash City". Rensselaer seems to need a changing of the guard at the top levels, this is getting absolutely ridiculous. It's going to be hard renting out all of these new apartments when you have the dump, sewage treatment plant, and transfer station all within a mile of downtown.

I'm all for development, but this isn't what the City of Rensselaer needs.

Regarding Rensselaer's trash activity...
Spectrum's article only reports that "The plant would help manage the increasing amount of garbage around the area in a new way... The city engineer says they would not burn it or bury it — instead, the trash would be turned into a fuel product and shipped to Pennsylvania to be used in coal plants there."

So what are they considering? And who would be doing it? Sounds very suspect - like all the grand schemes for pyrolysis that never come to be. All we know is the final product is to be a fuel additive to be used in PA coal plants. Why not just build an incinerator to generate power, take in trash, and create a necessary revenue stream? People will object but the emission controls on stacks a efficient these days to .99999. And all that waste stays out of landfills (potentially allowing DEC to finally do their job and shut down Albany's landfill...)

More details on this Rensselaer plan please.

I'm with the Curmudgeon, who wants to live in those apartments, when you are surrounded by a garbage dump, transfer station and sewage plant, not to mention the ridiculous truck traffic along Broadway.

The dump truck traffic is all ready is out of control at certain times along Broadway and the Dunn Bridge ramp to the train station. If there are more than two trucks trying to take a left onto Broadway from the bridge ramp to the train station you are stuck on that ramp for multiple light cycles, especially if the truck doesn't make it through the light. They take up both lanes since it's not wide enough to make the left turn so the right turning traffic can't get through either.

I only work in Rensselaer, I would never consider living here with what I experience working on this side of the river. Leadership needs to decide if they want to have a waterfront community where people want to live or be a community that others just send their garbage to.

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