The Business Review reveals that today, local and state officials will announce that the former Dewitt Clinton hotel in downtown Albany, NY, will be transformed into a 200-room Marriott.
The hotel will be privately funded and compliment the plan to build a publicly funded convention center downtown (near the Capitol). The hotel would be only the second a full service hotel in downtown Albany and would be located right next to the yet to be built convention center.
The Dewitt Clinton was once one of Albany’s most prestigious hotels before being transitioned to subsidized housing in the 1970’s. Efforts to revitalize the building that sits adjacent to the Capitol have been have been discussed for many years.
The Times Union reports that The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will get $8.3 million over the next five years through federal funding. The Nanoelectronics Research Initiative is a computer chip research program. The NanoCollege is one of three research centers that will share $25 million in funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Semiconductor Research Corp.
A story in the New York Times today provides a breakdown of exactly how the wiretapping scandal, that has sent many Albany legislators into a panic, went down. Former Senator Shirley Huntley agreed to tape colleagues in the hopes it would help her in a case that federal prosecuters had lodged against her. Huntley taped some of the most prominent elected officials in Queens and Brooklyn who were visiting her home.
Read the full story online.
Glenn Blain of the New York Daily News reports that legalizing medical marijuana may happen in Albany this session. Although Governor Cuomo has stated he does not support legalizing it at this time, State Senator Diane Savino stated, ‘Everyone knows this bill will likely pass the New York State Assembly fairly easily.’
Read Blain’s full article on the New York Daily News website.
The Legislature returned to Albany yesterday to begin their post-budget session. Nick Reisman of YNN’s Capitol Tonight gives an overview of the political scene in his latest blog post covering the post-budget legislative landscape including the potential for major reforms and the future of the IDC-GOP coalition in light of the corruption case against Sen. Malcolm Smith.
Read: Five Things To Watch For In The Post-Budget Session
Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, won City & State’s most powerful poll last week! Thanks to everyone who voted!
Check out the poll results on the City & State website.
Contrary to what was reported in Fred Dicker’s New York Post column this morning, Ken Lovett at The Daily News reports that sources close to Gov. Cuomo are “vehemently denying a report this morning that the governor is considering making a move on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of the latest corruption scandals to grip the Capitol.”
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The Politicker and other news sources are reporting today that Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, has been arrested and accused of taking bribes. This is the second scandal this week involving state politicians. Read the full article below.
The Politicker: Assemblyman Eric Stevenson Arrested for Alleged Corruption
Today The Business Council of New York State, Inc. unveiled a webpage supporting the growing number of State Senators and members of the Assembly who oppose the proposed five year extension of the Temporary State Energy and Utility Service Conservation Assessment, also known as 18-a.
Click here to see the list of lawmakers and associations who oppose 18a.
“The Business Council stands with 26 other associations throughout the state and the many lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly who reject the proposed extension of 18-a,” said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council. “It’s a broken promise by those who said this tax would be temporary. New Yorkers already pay the highest utility taxes in the nation. In the last two years, the Executive Budget has shown a commitment to fiscal discipline. It should maintain that commitment and allow 18-a to sunset.”