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RPI hosts future of manufacturing forum

TROY- Manufacturers, policy makers, and researchers gathered at RPI Thursday morning to discuss the future of manufacturing in the Capital Region.

The meeting aimed to identify the strengths and challenges of manufacturing around the nation.

With RPI and GlobalFoundries in attendance, they say the key is working together.

“You've heard people saying it’s all talk, but here we are walking the talk. What I mean by that is that GlobalFoundries, we are actually doing what we're saying and we're the proof point. GlobalFoundries is the first of its kind global market that supports the public/private partnership and working with the academia,” says Ajit Manochat of GlobalFoundries.

They also talked about the success of Ecovative Design, a company started by an RPI graduate who was able to keep and grow his company here in New York.

The company is headquartered in Green Island.

All you can eat pancakes benefit WHMCC

WATERFORD – The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center will host its annual Pancake breakfast this weekend.

The fundraising event will be held at the Civic Center on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.n.

All proceeds benefit WHMCC.

The menu will include all-you-can-eat pancakes as well as breakfast meats, coffee, tea and juice.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3.50 for kids.

No reservations are necessary and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Gov. Cuomo hosts NY Rising forum

Texas Governor Rick Perry is visiting New York City this week.

He says he hopes to convince businesses to move to his state.

Governor Perry’s visit comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to advertise his Start-Up New York program in Texas.

Governor Cuomo hosted a conference of local planning committees on Wednesday in Albany, as part of New York Rising.

That program is focused on reconstruction after Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

The Towns of Schoharie, Middleburgh and Windham will all get federal funding for flood reconstruction.

Also, the Village of Waterford won an award for developing software to identify areas at high risk for flooding.

Schenectady priest accused of inappropriate conduct with teenage girl

Rev. James Michael Taylor is a Roman Catholic priest at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. - Saratoga County Sheriff's office

BALLSTON SPA - A Schenectady priest is accused of ongoing inappropriate conduct with a 15-year-old girl from Clifton Park.

Rev. James Michael Taylor is a Roman Catholic priest and associate pastor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish.

"I wont have a large family, a big house, fancy cars, or a six figure salary, but at least I can make a difference,"  said James Michael Taylor in a 2007 interview with NewsChannel 13.

Taylor was then studying and working toward becoming a priest.

Five years later he was ordained, while working as a deacon and youth minister at Corpus Christi Catholic church in Round Lake.

It was there that police say Taylor met a 15-year-old girl he's now accused of having ongoing inappropriate contact with.  The incidents allegedly took place between October 2013 and April 2014.

They say he kissed her, called her, and sent her inappropriate text messages and photos.

Unemployment rates show improvement in Capital Region economy

New unemployment numbers in the Capital Region show the improvement in the economy over the past year.

In Albany County, for example, the unemployment rate for March has dropped to 5.2 percent from 7 percent last year in March.

In Saratoga County, the unemployment rate is 5.7 percent.

In both Columbia and Schenectady counties, unemployment has dropped to 6.2 percent.

All those Capital Region counties are among the state's 11 best.

Capital Region needs more firefighters

WATERFORD - The Capital Region needs more volunteer firefighters.

Wednesday will kick off a recruiting drive.

There will be a call for recruits statewide at the Halfmoon Fire Department in Waterford.

Then this weekend, fire companies across the Capital Region and the state will open their doors to the community to discuss what they do and ask for volunteers.

Saratoga Casino shares plans for East Greenbush resort

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It's an undeveloped 70-plus acre parcel that would be home to a full-fledged casino resort.

Plans call for a 300-room hotel, showroom, cabaret, couple of parking decks, and an 18-hole golf course and spa nearby.

One day after Saratoga Casino and Raceway said they were folding in their bid to bring a resort casino to Saratoga, they said they're all in in East Greenbush.

"It's by far the superior project we're going to see in the region. It's a superior location," said Rita Cox, vice-president of Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

The East Greenbush property, known as Thompson Hill, looks across the river at the Albany skyline. Developers say the easy access to major highways makes this $300 million proposal a winner.