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Monday, June 9, 2014


Land near Thruway Exit 23 in Albany, New York is no longer being pursued for a $300 million resort casino now that a development team is instead targeting a site across the Hudson River in the city of Rensselaer.DONATE HERE
"A thorough review of the 'E23' site uncovered significant land development constraints that limit our ability to deliver a destination gaming resort at that property," according to a statement released by Global Gaming Solutions.
Global Gaming Solutions is the commercial arm of Chickasaw Nation, an Oklahoma Indian tribe pursuing one of four casino licenses that will be awarded in upstate New York.
"We believe that the DeLaet’s Landing site [in Rensselaer] offers the best opportunity to develop a world-class facility that will bring jobs and tax revenues to the Albany area," Global Gaming Solutions said.DONATE HERE
The statement was released this morning after representatives of Rochester-based real estate developer Flaum Management Co. Inc. contacted Albany city leaders to let them know about the decision to abandon the Exit 23 location in favor of the Rensselaer site.
Specific details were not released, such as the size of the proposed casino, number of gaming machines, or estimated revenue generated for the city or Rensselaer County.
Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer said the city council will consider a resolution of support for the casino at its 6:30 p.m. meeting today. Council members previously voted to support a casino, but the resolution must now make specific reference to the new plans.
Dwyer first told Albany Business Review on Tuesday about the possibility of a casino at de Laet's Landing, but said he couldn't disclose details.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said today she wasn't surprised by the turnabout given the way she said Flaum Management handled the project since announcing the plans with a big flourish in March.
"It has been very frustrating to have a developer come in and make promises and commitments to a community that clearly had no basis in fact," Sheehan said of the pledge that the 60 acres near the Thruway could also support a water park and other family-oriented attractions.
She said engineers later told Flaum only 17 of the acres were developable because of wetlands and other issues, and that there were problems with accessing the property off Route 9W behind state Thruway Authority maintenance garages, a salt shed and other buildings.
Albany Common Counclil President Carolyn McLaughlin said she was "very disappointed right about now with this turn of events."
Common Council member Judd Krasher released a statement criticizing Flaum, an influential Rochester developer.
"We all knew we couldn't trust David Flaum -- no matter how many promises he was making us or how good they may have sounded," Krasher said.
A spokesman for Flaum declined to respond to the comments from the mayor or Krasher.
Flaum's move across the river means there will be two sites in Rensselaer County competing for a state casino license. The other, in East Greenbush, is being pursued by a partnership between Saratoga Casino and Raceway and Churchill Downs Inc.
That site, off Route 4, has become controversial, with a vocal group of opponents squaring off against a coalition of business owners and other supporters. The Town Board will hold a public hearing tonight.
McCarthy said she was told one of the factors in Flaum's decision was Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to consolidate roughly 2,000 state transportation and Thruway Authority employees into a new headquarters near Exit 23, an area that fronts the 60 acres that was initially targeted for a casino.
Cuomo made the surprise announcement last week about the new, joint headquarters that will replace the Thruway Authority building at Exit 23.
McLaughlin said the development team didn't know how it was going to manage another 1,500 or so cars going to the site in addition to the traffic that would be generated by the casino.
McLaughlin said she was disappointed by the loss of millions of dollars in revenue that had been promised to the city if the casino was built near Exit 23, along with new jobs for Albany residents.
"Quite a few in the most distressed areas were very supportive of this and that will be lost to these folks," McLaughlin said.DONATE HERE
Albany's loss will be the city of Rensselaer's gain, along with that of U.W. Marx Construction Co. of Troy, the developers of the long-planned de Laet's Landing at the riverfront where the casino would be built if it wins a state license.
Peter Marx of U.W. Marx could not immediately be reached for comment.
The 60 acres near Exit 23 in Albany are owned by members of the Noonan family. When contacted this morning, Peter Noonan, the eldest of the four siblings who own the land, said he had not spoken to representatives of Flaum Management in about 10 days. He wasn't aware they were instead going to pursue a site in Rensselaer.
"No kidding," said Noonan, who reacted nonchalantly to the news.
Flaum Management Co. signed a contract to purchase the land, contingent upon getting approval to build a casino there. You can read more here about that land deal, which is obviously no longer going forward.DONATE HERE


Monday, May 12, 2014

Bidding Adieu To The Popular Dodge Grand Caravan, BRIAN SCAVO

Sunday, May 11, 2014

China considering building high-speed railway to U.S.,, brian scavo

China considering building high-speed railway to U.S.  DONATE HERE

Imagine you're on a nice, long train ride in the United States. You close your eyes for a quick nap and wake up in... China? Yup. That could happen if China goes through with a proposed high-speed railway linking it to the U.S.

The project, nicknamed the "China-Russia-Canada-America" line, would be over 8,000 miles long and was first reported in China's state-run Beijing Times newspaper. The paper interviewed a railway expert from the Chinese Academy of Engineering.DONATE HERE

The Economic Times reports that, according to the expert, the "bullet trains can run at 350 km per hour, enabling passengers to travel from northeastern China to the US in less than two days."

According to Discovery one of the biggest challenges for the ambitious proposal would be building a tunnel to cross the Bering Strait, a 125-mile stretch of arctic water between Russia and Alaska.

​But according to China Daily, another state-ran newspaper, the technology to build the tunnel is already in place and will reportedly be used on a tunnel linking China to Taiwan - a distance of nearly 94 miles.

So, is it possible that we'll be taking a train over to China anytime soon? Not quite. There are more than a few skeptics out there, especially on a tunnel that runs four times the length of the Channel Tunnel - which runs from Great Britain to France.

The Economist's "Gulliver" is one skeptic, writing that "Although a 200km tunnel is probably feasible in theory, the cost versus the potential return would surely make it one of the world's most spectacular follies."

The Guardian, one of the first outlets to pick up the story, writes that "No other Chinese railway experts have come out in support of the proposed project. Whether the government has consulted Russia, the US or Canada is also unclear."

And according to Quartz, the astronomical cost might be what keeps the project from happening.

"The ... line could cost north of $200 billion-$52 billion to construct an undersea tunnel to cross the Bering strait and $172 billion for the rest of the railway across land.That would account for well over half of China's already massive high-speed rail budget of $300 billion."

​While it may be a while before the U.S. and China are connected via railway, the country has already started work on both a Pan-Asian and Eurasian railwayDONATE HERE

Thursday, February 14, 2013



Section: Capital Region,  Page: D3
Date: Friday, February 19, 2010
Albany County Legislator Brian Scavo has an idea that would warm the heart of the late Democratic boss Dan O'Connell.

With word that the locally beloved John Boyd Thacher Park -- near O'Connell's Helderberg summer retreat -- is on the short list to be shuttered amid state budget cuts, Scavo has a modest proposal for the state:

Hand it over.

That is, if the state refuses to keep it open, transfer authority over the park to Albany County.

"I firmly believe we could take this popular park, without a tax increase, and turn it into a money-making proposition and keep it open for the people," said Scavo, a first-term Democrat who represents the Delaware Avenue area in Albany.

Eileen Larrabee, a spokeswoman for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, stressed there is no list of parks that are closing but noted, hypothetically, that the concept of a local government running a state park is not without precedent.

The municipality has to be willing and capable of taking on the task, she noted.

County Executive Mike Breslin's office, however, was considerably less enthusiastic about the idea than Scavo.

With the county facing a budget deficit projected at $25 million to $30 million in 2011, Breslin "would not consider" taking on responsibility for Thacher, said county spokeswoman Mary Duryea.

Not to mention, Duryea noted, that the county doesn't actually have a parks department equipped to handle anything on the scale of Thacher's picturesque acreage.

Asked whether his colleagues from the western part of the county, where Thacher is located, supported his idea, Scavo said they have little choice given the damage the park's closure would do to the Hilltowns' economies.

"They couldn't not support it,"

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Friday, February 8, 2013




  • A view of the Albany County Residential Health Care Facility on Monday, June 25, 2012 in Colonie, NY.  The county's nursing home committee will be meeting to try to figure out whether to spend $600,000 on a new sprinkler system needed for the aging facility.  (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) Photo: Paul Buckowski / 00018228A


    ALBANY, NEW YORK, Today Albany democrat Hon.Brian Scavo called the Albany county legislature to reject this 18 million dollar lease deal saying ' someone is going to get rich off this deal and it's sure not the taxpayers of Albany county, who will suffer , the seniors and disabled veterans . Within 1 to 2 years of implementing  this lease deal the nursing home will close, the kickbacks to corrupt politician's would come in the form of donations from contractors and possibly from all connected with this insane lease deal. 

    Question why did Dan McCoy keep Chairman Shawn Morse in the dark  about a possible beneficial money deal for the Albany county nursing home.
     NYS controller Thomas Dinapoli has been requested to investigate this deal by Hon.Brian Scavo.

    Hon.Brian Scavo


    contact ;518-4658915
    www.brianscavoalbany.blogspot.combrian scavo


ALBANY — At least one other potential bidder for the Albany County Nursing Home has emerged.
Last month, a director at two local nursing facilities owned by a Rockland County resident, Bent Philipson, emailed County Executive Dan McCoy to notify him of Philipson's interest in buying the county-owned home.
Philipson has ownership interests in two dozen nursing facilities around the state, including three in the Capital Region, and is listed as executive management partner of Woodmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on Long Island.
The email, a copy of which was viewed by the Times Union, came as McCoy's administration was several months into negotiations with another Rockland County firm, Upstate Service Group, to lease the facility for at least 10 years.
But the deal with USG, which includes $18 million in loans and grants from the county in an effort to achieve longer-term savings, has run into sharp resistance. Some county lawmakers don't believe the county should get out of the nursing home business at all.
The future of the USG offer remains uncertain. McCoy's administration hoped to have lawmakers approve it this month, but the legislature has held up action, citing unanswered questions. The delays have cast doubt as to whether McCoy's hoped-for July 1 hand-off date can be met.
Meanwhile, Philipson's Jan. 23 overture has received no response from the county, said Shannon McHale, director of human resources and fiscal services at Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna and Diamond Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Troy, both of which are owned by Philipson.
Philipson bought the nursing facilities, along with Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in East Greenbush, in August 2010. They were formerly known as the Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Centers.
"I would have thought that I would have received some sort of response," McHale said. "He doesn't have the detail at this point that he would need to put an offer together, but he certainly wants to see the information."
McCoy's spokeswoman, Mary Rozak, said it would have been improper for the county to respond.
"Albany County is currently in formal negotiations with Upstate Service Group," Rozak said in a statement. "It would not be appropriate to address any other inquiries at this point."
McCoy, who argued for the continuance of the county-run facility as a legislator, floated the privatization plan in October in hopes of ending millions in losses at the 250-bed nursing home while still ensuring that the county's sickest and most frail residents would receive care.
Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse, a fellow Democrat, said Thursday that McCoy had not shared news of the offer with him.
"All I can say is, he should send his letters to everybody, everybody who has a stake in it, and we'll take a look at it," Morse said.
Last year the county sought offers to buy the four-decade-old nursing home off Albany Shaker Road but received none. While one proposal was submitted to privatize its management, the county took no action on it.
It was after that McCoy opened lease talks with USG, which is in the process of buying Onondaga County's nursing home. It also owns Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Northern Boulevard in Albany.
The union representing the largest number of county nursing home workers, 1199SEIU, has a presence in all three local facilities owned by Philipson. The union has argued — so far unsuccessfully — that USG be required to honor the union contract if the lease deal is approved. The contract ends Dec. 31.
Union spokeswoman Mindy Berman described the 1199SEIU's dealings with the local Philipson facilities as positive.
"Our hope is that the legislature will look carefully at every offer that is out there and make sure that all the appropriate needs are met," she said.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

George Amadore and Melody Burns Demand FREEDOM

ALBANY,NEW YORK- George Amadore was demanding freedom and brought the crowd to their feet.
AM talk 1300 host Melody Burns was a girl on fire, delivering a inspired speech on 2nd amendment rights.
Hon Brian Scavo was on hand to see the people demanding their freedom and their constitutional rights and commented on how large and unusual it was to have this many people at a weekend rally in the cold.
This shows the political power of paul vandenburgs AM talk 1300 to draw out this many people.   DONATE HERE
ALBANY ,NEW YORK-Thousands of gun-rights advocates descended upon the state Capitol Saturday to make sure their message was clear: Not all New Yorkers support state legislation passed last week that aggressively tightens restrictions on assault-style weapons and ammunition.
Approval of gun limits, they argued, is just plain un-American.
"I'll tell you what," said Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose, to a riled crowd, "They confiscate our guns, they confiscate our freedom."
McLaughlin went so far as to call the law, called the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE, the result of "political violence." He spoke with congeniality and force. The crowd fired off cheers that ricocheted blocks away.
McLaughlin continued: "For people without courage and honor Albany is a lonely place. But I don't work for this governor, I work for you."
The rhetoric at the protest, organized by Guns Across America to take place in conjunction with similar rallies across the country, has become familiar in recent weeks. Signs scrawled in paint, Sharpie markers and some even in glitter carried phrases such as "Gun Control is People Control " and "Without the 2nd Amendment There is No First."
a gun owner, had traveled from Binghamton with 10 friends for the rally. Equating New York's new laws with communism and fascism, he wore a cardboard sandwich sign querying, "Is this Nazi Germany in 1938 or is this Cuba?"
"I was just made a criminal," he said, referring to the law's ban of weapons that feature at least one military-style feature such as a bayonet mount, flash suppressors or a pistol grip, in addition to a ban on magazines holding more than seven rounds of ammunition. Sauer said he owns several guns that would be banned under the law, though the law also provides for current owners of the weapons to be grandfathered.
"This is feel-good legislation and everybody knows it," he said, adding, "The Second Amendment is not about hunting."
The protest was only a forceful peak in the pro-gun rallying cries that have erupted since the mass shooting in December at a Connecticut elementary school. The killings catapulted the country's longstanding gun-control debate to a newly urgent place in the spotlight. Those cries have only multiplied in the days since the passage of the SAFE Act late Tuesday evening, as evidenced by the thousands that braved a bone-numbing chill to fill West Capitol Park.    DONATE HERE

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013



Albany,New York, Albany Democrat Brian Scavo has requested that

NYS Controller Tom Dinapoli , investigate this badly restructured 12
million dollar nursing home loan deal.*
*Scavo went on to say " Albany County is not a loan broker and why would

you give a private company 4 million upfront to take over the Albany county
nursing home, this private company has just recently bought 10 nursing
homes, they are overextended and lack the proper capital to move forward.*
*let's get one thing straight the taxpayers of Albany county are not a

piggy bank for some private corporation and if you loan a private company
money then you must loan the taxpayers of Albany county money to pay their
taxes or refinance their homes or business's .*
*special meeting tonight for A/C legislature with dan mccoy tonight. DONATE HERE
concerning the illegal loan deal Albany county nursing home.*
*Hon. Brian Scavo* DONATE HERE
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