12:11pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Albany's high-tech economy soaks up positive press

Here's a sample of the Friday Trail Mix:

Albany's economy gets a series of national reports - and a presidential visit next week.

Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno is back in court.

And: A new report faults the DEC for lax oversight of fracking wastewater disposal.

Economy

Albany's high-tech renaissance has been getting write-ups left and right. 

Next week, President Obama is scheduled to visit chip-manufacturer GlobalFoundries (Jimmy Vielkind, Times-Union).

Kodak's belt-tightening continues. The company's chief marketing officer leaves at the end of the month (Matthew Daneman, Democrat & Chronicle). Also, 141 more jobs are getting cut, mostly by July 15.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo throws some cold water on the possibility of a minimum wage hike after Cardinal Timothy Dolan visited Albany to lobby for the proposed increased (Karen DeWitt, WXXI).

Cuomo unveiled a new infrastructure commission yesterday to oversee spending on public projects throughout the state (Joseph Spector, Gannett).

Hydrofracking

A report by Environmental Advocates of New York faults state regulators for the way it monitors wastewater disposal by drillers (AP).

Wyoming's governor requested that the EPA delay releasing its findings that hydrofracking contaminated an aquifer. According to 11,000 e-mails, Wyoming officials used the delay to figure out ways to debunk the study (AP).

Courts

Joseph Bruno is back in court, facing federal corruption charges after a previous conviction was overturned on appeal (John Eligon, New York Times).

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for failing to provide basic care for 1,100 horses (Joe Drape, New York Times).

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