Category: Local

The Dark Arts

Piqued by this story in the Recorder, I was curious to see what the expectations were for the Executive Director at AIDA so the posting advertising for the position is below. Let me note a few things: — The Recorder article notes the following: AIDA...

Tea Leaves: Reading the Future on Bacon

Here is how Bacon plays out from reading the tea leaves: 1) The selling price will ultimately be significantly less than $460K 2) The intended use of the building will be a net negative for the immediate neighborhood 3) Given 1) and 2), a public...

Mythology 12010

The most pervasive and recurring myth locally is that if we could only consolidate — whether it’s the county or the school or anything really– we would be more efficient in running our government and hence our tax rates would be so much lower. It...

Week in Review

I’m pressed for time of late so blog posts have been few and far between even though some interesting things going on. Let me just get a few points out on a few issues: 1) Amsterdam Our Town on WMHT: I liked the series and...

Crime Numbers

I was curious to see what the crime statistics actually showed to put some context on the discussion on crime. Here are a few observations from a recent report from NY State Division of Criminal Justice: — The overall crime index in the city of...

Open Thread: WMHT Our Town Series

I only got to watch the first 30 minutes of Our Town so I’ll withhold comment until watching the whole series. That said, if folks want to weigh in, here is your chance. PS My kids wanted to watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving at 8 so...

Stuff You’d Rather Not Think About

From the Recorder article on homelessness within the city: “We’ve lost a lot of things,” said Morey, “but we’ve lost most of all our dignity. That’s the hardest part.” On Tuesday, 1st Ward Alderman Joseph Isabel told the rest of the Common Council that he’d...

Breaking: Local Market Forecasts

With the Chalmers demolition nearing , pharma industry experts expect waning demand for ED medications such as Cialis and Viagra in the local market. According to noted industry experts, local demand for such medications runs counter-cyclical to the presence and prospects for wrecking balls and...

Bringing industry back

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that conditions deteriorated in November for New York State manufacturers. For the first time since mid-2009, the general business conditions index fell below zero, declining 27 points to -11.1. The new orders index plummeted 37 points to -24.4, and...

Dear Mayor Thane

Dear Mayor Thane, I see in a recent blog post that you still decry the lost opportunities for redevelopment of the Chalmers Building. You even quip ‘Lucky Cohoes’. I must state, quite adamantly, how supremely convinced I find myself in pointing out your profound and...