Police: Colonie man arrested with gun, threatened to shoot people

COLONIE – A Colonie man has been arrested on weapons possession counts after reports he threatened to shoot people, Colonie police said.

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Seth I. Buess, 32, of Colonie, was arrested late Sunday morning and charged with second-degree and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, felonies. He also faces one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass.

The incident began at about 11 a.m. when police responded to a report in the area of Maria Drive of someone armed with a handgun threatening to shoot people, police said.

Officers soon found Buess near the Christ Our Light Catholic Church on Maria Drive. Upon seeing officers, Buess fled on foot. Officers gave chase and soon found him in a nearby residential back yard and took him into custody. Officers also soon located a loaded handgun they believe he discarded in the same back yard, police said.

Just prior to officers arriving, Buess had been involved in an argument at a nearby residence and left on foot, police said.

Buess was arraigned and ordered held pending bail. 

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Colonie Police investigators at 518-783-2754.

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Saratoga Race Course essentials: Aug. 18, 2022

Today is Day 26 of the Saratoga Race Course meet. Racing starts at 1:05 p.m.

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“Top trainer Chad Brown charged with misdemeanor obstruction of breathing in Saratoga Springs,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Top horse trainer Chad Brown has been arrested, accused of misdemeanor obstruction of breathing in Saratoga Springs.

Brown appeared in court on the charge Thursday morning.

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“For owner Lee Einsidler, an emotional ride to Fourstardave win,” by Teresa A. Genaro with photos from Erica Miller

By most measures, Lee Einsidler lives an enviable life. The grandson of a man who ran a speakeasy during prohibition, he worked in his father’s liquor store, then rose to the top of the liquor distribution business, first as the CEO of Sidney Frank Importing Company, which created and launched Grey Goose vodka, and now as the CEO of Casamigos, the premium tequila company founded in 2013 by actor George Clooney, former model Randy Gerbe, and businessman Mike Meldman.

He grew up going to the races with his father; when his high school friends went to watch the Mets or the Yankees, Einsidler would head to Belmont or Aqueduct for Thoroughbreds, Yonkers or Roosevelt for harness racing.

“Over the years, the track has always been like the great escape for me,” he said this week. “I get to the track and I leave the trials and tribulations of life behind. The whole world could be on fire and I’d have no idea if I were at the track.”

~ Read More At The Track ~ 

“Casa Creed excels at a mile to win Fourstardave,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

He traveled 6,500 miles to run two races that were each less than a mile long.

He stayed home to run longer.

Having absorbed what turned out to be a not-so-taxing trip to Saudi Arabia and Dubai to start the 2022 season, Casa Creed got the perfect trip under jockey Luis Saez to win the Grade I Fourstardave at a mile on the inner turf course before an announced paid admission crowd of 38,629 at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.

~ Read More At The Track ~

“Next step for Sausville is prestigious Flying Start program,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Alex Sausville is up for a game of horse.

As a senior guard on the Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball team in 2014, he went 8 for 13 from 3-point range as the undefeated Tartans beat East High to win the Class A state championship in Glens Falls.

But to say he’s “up” for a game of horse these days has nothing to do with making creative shots and everything to do with the night shift – 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. – watching pregnant mares.

He recently completed the six-month Thoroughbred Breeding Management Course at the Irish National Stud (INS) in County Kildare, Ireland, during which one of his responsibilities was to keep an eye out for any mares going into labor and helping with the delivery.

His eight 3-pointers in the 2014 championship game was a tournament record; his eight “assists” on foal patrol at INS was a one-night personal record.

~ Read More At The Track ~

“Damon’s Mound gives Lovell first Spa win, in Saratoga Special,” by Mike MacAdam with photos from Erica Miller

Trainer Michelle Lovell picked a good spot for her first starter at Saratoga Race Course.

And it may not have happened at all if her owners hadn’t resisted a wave of purchase offers after Damon’s Mound won his first career start by 12 1/2 lengths six weeks ago.

The offers are sure to continue.

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Top trainer Chad Brown charged with misdemeanor obstruction of breathing in Saratoga Springs (with court photos)

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Top horse trainer Chad Brown has been arrested, accused of misdemeanor obstruction of breathing in Saratoga Springs.

Brown appeared in court on the charge Thursday morning.

Brown was arrested after police took a complaint Wednesday evening at about 11 p.m. involving Brown, 43, and an acquaintance known to him, police said.

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Police then arrested Brown on one count of criminal obstruction of breathing, police said.

Brown was taken into custody, processed and released after arraignment in Saratoga Springs City Court on $2,500 bail, police said.

An order of protection was issued on behalf of the alleged victim.

The judge allowed “only incidental contact,” as both work at Saratoga Race Course.

Photos from court Thursday:

Horse trainer Chad Brown enters court ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
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Horse trainer Chad Brown enters court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Horse trainer Chad Brown in court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Horse trainer Chad Brown leaves court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
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Horse trainer Chad Brown leaves court ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Horse trainer Chad Brown in court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
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Horse trainer Chad Brown in court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Horse trainer Chad Brown in court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
Horse trainer Chad Brown in court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE
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Horse trainer Chad Brown in court beside his attorney Joseph M. Gerstenzang ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTE

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Saratoga Sheriff: Amsterdam man in Ballston car-scooter crash assaults other driver with dangerous instrument

BALLSTON An Amsterdam man in a car-scooter crash in the town of Ballston Monday assaulted the other driver after the crash with a dangerous instrument, Saratoga County Sheriff’s officials said.

Daniel R. Pabon, 37, of Amsterdam, was arrested and charged with one count each of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief, felonies.

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The crash happened just after 5 p.m. Monday on Route 50 in Ballston between a car and a scooter.  A release Thursday didn’t detail the crash further, but indicated an investigation led them to charge Pabon.

Pabon is accused immediately after the crash of striking the other motor vehicle operator with the dangerous instrument, injuring that person. He’s also accused of intentionally damaging the other vehicle involved.

Pabon was arraigned and ordered held on $5,000 bail. He is due to return to court later.

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Summer scene with Indiana Nash: Aug. 18, 2022

Summer in the Capital Region is packed with things to do, at the track and away from it. On any given day, there’s plenty to choose from between horse racing, live music, festivals, fairs and theater.

Here are several fun options for today.

Pick of the Day: 

The Beach Boys with special guest The Temptations will perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. 

Around Saratoga: 

Jazz-funk trio Henry Raker and the Fungi will perform at the Tang Teaching Museum at 6 p.m. as part of the Upbeat on the Roof concert series. A drop-in art-making activity for kids begins at 5:30 p.m.

Addison Agen, an indie-folk singer-songwriter who appeared on Season 13 of NBC’s The Voice, will be performing at Saratoga’s Caffe Lena from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:#0 p.m. with tickets starting at $10. 

The Garland Nelson Band will perform on the Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage at the Saratoga Race Course. Gates open at 11 a.m. 

Elsewhere: 

The Tri-City ValleyCats take on the Ottawa Titans at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy. There will be a fireworks display following the game, which starts at 6:30 p.m. 

GNP will perform on Jay Street in Schenectady starting at noon as a part of the Jazz on Jay concert series. 

Big Sky Country is set to play The Crossings of Colonie from 6-8 p.m. 

Letters to the Editor Thursday, Aug. 18

Higher taxes will come to haunt us all

The following fact was intended to inform about the original Bumble Back Better Act (part I).
Luckily a couple key people realized what it was and didn’t vote for it (not New York senators, mind you).
It held true then and holds true today with the Schumer/Manchin Inflammatory/Idiocracy Recovery Act (part II).
To those that are ecstatic about higher taxes on the rich and raising the corporate taxes, throughout our history, there has been no tax on a specific group that has not in a short amount of time been placed on all of us.
Gerald V. Marmuscak
Schenectady

Challenge Trump’s claim of ‘home’

Donald Trump referred to the FBI’s recent execution of a search warrant that yielded 11 boxes of classified information as “… this unannounced raid on my home.”
Trump’s claim that Mar-a-Lago is his “home” violates agreements that he made with the Palm Beach Town Council when he converted the property from a private residence to a club in 1993 as a tax-avoidance strategy (worth $5.7 million in 2020).
Under the agreement, Trump is only allowed to live at Mar-a-Lago for three non-consecutive seven day periods each year.
Clearly, that requirement has been violated numerous times.
So why has no one in the media — left wing/right wing/centrist — corrected him?
In addition, why has no one at the state or federal level challenged his claim that the club is his “home”?
Paul Deierlein
Schenectady

Special treatment for Trump by FBI?

Let me be clear. Make no doubt about it. If anyone of us was found to have government classified documents at home, we would have been transported to jail as the documents were discovered. Questions asked later!
Harry Darling
Burnt Hills

Put focus on what’s most important

We need to change our outlook. The single most important segment of society is families raising children.
Children are our future. They fill our classrooms and parents are the first to pass on values.
But the media would have you believe otherwise. Their focus is on the bickering between parties.
Ads are filled with sexual innuendo, appeal to alcohol and cannabis consumption.
Hollywood with an extra-large megaphone is allowed to voice their opinions alongside experts.
We are plunged into debates about sexual identity, what toilet and pronoun should be used. The border to our south is no longer a border. Needed bail reform is being tabled until after the election.
Crime is on the rise and some legislatures are calling to defund the police.
The federal government has spent us into a huge deficit. Are we losing our minds?
Are we being gaslighted by the media’s need to promote itself with eye grabbing attention?
With each media piece ask yourself: What does this have to do with and how does it help our central most important segment, families who raise children?
Rick Green
Ballston Lake

 

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GE Research’s work on decarbonizing air travel cited as aiding climate goals

NISKAYUNA — The new wave of federal climate- and energy-related funding is expected to benefit some of the work being done at GE Research on cleaner next-generation technology.

Technology leaders at the Niskayuna headquarters of GE Research provided an update Wednesday on their work on the potential future of aviation during a tour by two members of Congress who helped push through the Inflation Reduction Act, with its hundreds of billions of dollars to fight climate change. 

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, chairs the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, and U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, chairs the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science.

Tonko is a regular guest at GE Research but it was Cartwright’s first visit. Both came away impressed about the work being done in areas such as hybrid-electric aircraft propulsion and hydrogen-fueled engines to move people from place to place without creating pollution.

“There’s going to be a revolution in the way people get around in the air over the next 10 or 15 years and you’re going to see that revolution right here in Schenectady,” Cartwright said.

Tonko, long an advocate of taxpayer investment in technology development, said the type of public-private partnership in play at GE Research is indispensable for restoring and maintaining the U.S. leadership position in innovation.

“You come here and you see all these aspects of work that are related to the work we’re doing in D.C. with policy and budgeting that is providing the resources in part to get this done, to strengthen that partnership with GE in a public-private concept,” Tonko said. “This is how we’re going to make it happen.”

Some aspects of the research have been underway for a decade, and some have moved into advanced testing.

General Electric last month announced it had successfully completed the first-ever test of a megawatt-class hybrid electric aircraft propulsion system at simulated altitudes of up to 45,000 feet in NASA’s Sandusky, Ohio, facility.

Mohamed Ali, vice president and general manager of engineering for GE Aerospace, joined Wednesday’s tour at GE Research.

“2025 — we’re going to be flying the world’s first hybrid electric,” he said.

Tonko said reducing carbon emissions and accelerating new technology across many sectors, not just transportation, is a goal of multiple rounds of federal spending, from the infrastructure bill last autumn to the computer chip legislation earlier this summer to the inflation act signed by President Biden this week.

“These packages have tremendous incentives for research, for all sorts of development that will come,” Tonko said. They will boost employment, as well, he added. 

He acknowledged the possibility that the midterm elections may shift power in the House or Senate or both to people who don’t share the same climate change goals, or don’t approach them the same way, and don’t support the same research funding.

“This is the earth-shattering stuff that these bills are going to promote,” Tonko said. “It would be terrible if we slow this down.”

General Electric is only one piece of the matrix of public agencies and private companies researching all the aspects of alternative flight technologies.

Satish Prabhakaran, GE Research’s technology leader for aviation electric propulsion, discussed hydrogen fuel as an example.

Hydrogen generated by green methods — without creating carbon emissions — could be a non-polluting alternative to traditional petroleum-based aviation fuel.

But it needs to be used in its more dense liquid form, rather than as a gas. Which requires a chilled and pressurized tank. Which boosts the aircraft weight, which is potentially a dealbreaker.

So developing a new generation of fuel tanks is a prerequisite, Prabhakaran said. The tradeoff of weight for strength and function in the fuel tank, and the potentially resulting need to cut weight elsewhere, speaks to the need to approach non-polluting flight as a holistic development of entire systems rather than a single revolutionary component.

“It’s going to take a combination of new technologies, smarter aircraft management and new fuels,” Prabhakaran said. “New fuels is a big piece of decarbonizing the aviation sector.”

Local teens to showcase choreography work at Proctors

A group of young choreographers is pulling back the curtain and showing the magic — not to mention the hard work — that goes into creating new dances.

Upstate Youth Choreographers will host a showcase at Proctors on Saturday, performing 10 new works by local teen choreographers.

The group was founded last year by Spencer Zambri-Moran, a rising junior at Shenendehowa High School, with help from Lucy Hart, a rising senior at Niskayuna High School.

Zambri-Moran has been dancing at Modern Dance in Glenville since the age of 5 and has long wanted to pursue a career in the arts. However, it wasn’t until taking a choreography class at the dance studio during the pandemic that the design aspect of dance became more of a focus.

“Because of the choreographer class, I figured out that I really want to be a choreographer. So I was looking for an outlet for that because the only outlet that I’ve found locally is the choreography class at my studio. So I was thinking that it would be really cool to have a showcase and a way to just work together with other people who have the same passion as me,” Zambri-Moran said.

With the help and direction of Modern Dance instructor Dana Yager, Zambri-Moran and Hart have been working toward the showcase since November, bringing together a group of 14 fellow dancers and choreographers from their studio and others.

“The choreography class that is now a staple in my dance program started as a way for my students, who felt comfortable coming to dance during COVID, to feel structure and have a creative outlet during a crazy time in their lives,” Yager said. “I am so happily amazed to see where this class has gone and cannot wait to see where it is going to, especially with Spencer and Lucy’s project.”

They hold choreographers’ meetings once a week and talk through each of the pieces they’re working on, giving one another feedback and advice. They’ve also held master classes taught by choreographers Yager, Freddy Ramirez and Emily Fuller.

“[They] talk to us and give us career advice. It’s been a really good environment to work together and collaborate [in],” Zambri-Moran said.

The dances that will be featured in the showcase range in style from modern to tap to lyrical and jazz. Recently, the dancers have been in the studio more than usual to rehearse for the performance, which is set for the GE Theatre.

“I just always pictured this happening at the GE Theatre because it’s such a beautiful space with the right amount of seats for us and it’s just a beautiful place to watch dance,” Zambri-Moran said.

Seeing each of the 10 new works come together in rehearsals this week has been both gratifying and nervewracking, but Zambri-Moran hopes that the showcase will encourage fellow up-and-coming choreographers.

“I hope that my dancers and choreographers take away that there is a career in this if they want it and I hope they see how talented they are. Every time I watch them rehearse it’s incredible to see all the hard work they put in,” Zambri-Moran said.

“Then I hope the audience [sees] choreography as more of an art because I feel like most of the time when we watch dance we think of the perspective of ‘Oh, this is an incredible dancer.’ But I really hope they take away that there’s a lot of magic that happens behind the dancer to bring the dance together.”

The showcase begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. For more information visit Proctors.org.

San Francisco 49ers 2022 preview: Over or under projected win total of 10?

Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 12 through Sept. 2, we will take a look at the projected win totals for each team in the NFL, running one division per week for eight weeks.

NOTE: All over/under win totals are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers

2021 record: 10-7; defeated Dallas, 23-17, in NFC wild-card round; defeated Green Bay, 13-10, in divisional round; lost to Los Angeles Rams, 20-17, in championship game

2022 bye week: 9

Most impactful additions: CB Charvarius Ward, RB Ty Davis-Price (third round from LSU), DE Drake Jackson (second round)

Most impactful departures: RB Raheem Mostert, G Laken Tomlinson, S Jaquiski Tartt, DT DJ Jones

Easiest part(s) of schedule: The NFL did this team a major favor, considering all their tough opponents. San Fran is set up to get off to a hot start by going to Chicago for the opener, home for Seattle and at Denver in the first three weeks.

Then, if they can defeat the Rams on a Monday night in Week 4, they could easily be 6-0 by the time they play Kansas City in Week 7 after games at Carolina and Atlanta.

A mini stretch the two weeks before Christmas at Seattle and home for Washington should prove beneficial, as well.

Toughest part(s) of schedule: Remember a few lines ago we said the 49ers could be 6-0, well they might need to be with their schedule the three games that follow against the Chiefs and at the Rams before the bye week, then home on a Sunday night for the Chargers.

After a Monday night game in Mexico City to play the Cardinals, they host three games in a row, but it’s against the Saints, Dolphins and Bucs.

Caesars over/under win total (as of Aug. 17): 10 – Over -110 / Under -110; Odds to win Super Bowl LVII +1600.

Book it: OVER. Best value in the division, and it’s not close. While we don’t necessarily think the 49ers will start 6-0, opening 5-1 could almost be called likely – IF Trey Lance can adjust to being the starter at quarterback right off the bat.

In other words, we’re assuming a whole bunch, but this team is so good everywhere else, it’s hard not to think they will be in a position to where these preseason numbers offer a ton of value.

Deebo Samuel is signed for three more years, and if Elijah Mitchell can stay healthy, this running game will be near the top of the NFL rankings. Oh, and TE George Kittle is ready to go for 17 games. (Well, he says he is, anyway.) Last year, they were in the top 7 in both offense in defense, and it could be that way once again.

While we love the over 10 wins, even better value might come from division odds at +180. The Rams’ schedule is significantly tougher than this one, and Arizona might open up 0-3.

If these guys have a one- or two game lead by the start of December, Coach Kyle Shanahan will make sure they cruise to the NFC West title.

Projected finish: 12-5

Rain suspends Titans-ValleyCats doubleheader

TROY — Game 1 of the Tri-City ValleyCats’ Frontier League doubleheader against the Ottawa Titans was suspended with one out in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium because of rain.

The Titans were leading 3-0 at the time the game was stopped.

The teams will resume the game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and then play a second seven-inning game after that.

The Titans took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Jason Dicochea had an RBI single, and he scored on Rodrigo Orozco’s double.

Ottawa added a run in the third on a Jacob Sanford RBI single.

Outdoor Journal: Latest Tuesday Night Bass Challenge results

The sixth Tuesday Night Bass Challenge took place Aug. 9 on Saratoga Lake, and 33 boats competed.

Finishing first place with 12.45 pounds and winning $745 was the team of Stan Sala, of Schaghticoke, and Greg Paczkowski, of Ballston Spa. They also earned $330 for the 4.49-pound lunker.

Second place, with 12.20 pounds and collecting $445, was the team of Tim Paraso and Matt Belmore, from Indian Lake. Coming in third with 11.91 pounds and earning $295 was the team of Mike Grabo, of Burnt Hills, and Mike Mantino, of Ballston Spa.

DEC FISHING APP

The the DEC’s official app, HuntFishNY, has been updated with a handy new feature called “Tackle Box.” Now you can instantly access all sorts of helpful information, such as fishing regulations, fish stocking and fishing access locations throughout New York State, all within an easy-to-use, map-based interface.

Helpful features include:

  • Options to pan and zoom to a water or search by name
  • Driving directions to state-owned boating/fishing access sites.
  • An offline version to use when cell service isn’t available.

The HuntFishNY app provides mobile access to your sporting licenses, privileges, and permits, as well as the ability to report game harvests immediately while afield. The HuntFishNY app, which includes the Tackle Box, is free of charge and available through the Apple App Store (IOS) and Google Play (Android) platforms to download on your tablet or smartphone.

For more information on the HuntFishNY app and new Tackle Box feature, visit the DEC website. For technical assistance, call the DECALS Help Line at 866-933-2257. For specific questions [email protected].

FISHING DURING THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

The dog days of summer are officially upon us, where it can be easier to go to catch fish. Check out the tips from the DEC below that just might help ensure your next trip out on the water is a successful one.

  • Fish early or late in the day. Fish are usually more active under these low light conditions, plus there is also, typically, less recreational activity. Recreational activity tends to increase after 11 a.m.
  • Slow down. Though reaction lures still work, with the warm temperatures and an abundance of forage sometimes showing the fish and “easy meal” can elicit more strikes. This is especially true if fishing during the midday period. Lure choices would be things like a wacky rig (my favorite), drop-shot or Texas rigged worm. This is also a good time to try live bait.
  • Watch the weather. A span of days with consistent weather is common for this period. Going on an “off” day that’s rainy, overcast or cooler can be good. There also tends to be less traffic on these days.
  • Deep water. Though there are still plenty of fish in shallow waters, fishing outside the weed edges can be good during this period. Deep water is relative to the water you’re fishing with 10, 15, 20 or 30-plus feet being considered deep. If the weed edge is at 10 feet, fishing 15 feet would be a good starting point. This is a cover water activity looking for active fish, so try a drop shot rig or crankbait.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]

Seattle Seahawks 2022 preview: Over or under projected win total of 6?

Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 12 through Sept. 2, we will take a look at the projected win totals for each team in the NFL, running one division per week for eight weeks.

NOTE: All over/under win totals are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

2021 record: 7-10

2022 bye week: 11

Most impactful additions: QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, T Charles Cross (first round), RB Kenneth Walker (second round)

Most impactful departures: QB Russell Wilson, LB Bobby Wagner, TE Gerald Everett, RB Chris Carson

Easiest part(s) of schedule: After opening with Denver and San Francisco, games against Atlanta and at Detroit are winnable.

Other than that, there likely are no back-to-back games where the Seahawks will be favored. In fact, unless they get off to a surprising start and get something going, the only other games where they might be favored are Carolina in Week 14 and the Jets in Week 17.

They potentially could be favored against Arizona in Week 6 and/or the Giants in Week 8.

Toughest part(s) of schedule: Starting with a game in London against Tampa Bay, Seattle has a week off before a home game against Las Vegas and a trip south to face the Rams.

They follow up with a breather against Carolina before hosting San Francisco and going to Kansas City.

Caesars over/under win total (as of Aug. 17): 6 – Over +110; Under -130; Odds to win Super Bowl LVII +15000

Book it: UNDER. To say I am not a fan of Pete Carroll would be a major understatement, as I don’t think there’s a coach in the history of the NFL who has done less with more. And yes, the thought of passing with the Super Bowl on the line and Marshawn Lynch in your backfield … well … I guess I should have let that go by now.

Point is, now Carroll gets to roll a full season with either Geno Smith or Drew Lock at quarterback. Have fun with that.

Even with one of the top 1-2 tandems at wide receiver in the NFL in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and a top-10 tight end in comeover Noah Fant, the fact the running game is average at best with Rashaad Penny and rookie Kenneth Walker and no one to consistently throw them the ball, there’s not much to like about this team.

Their 28th-ranked defense from last season might actually be worse in 2022, and there’s a real chance they could go on multiple four- or five-game losing streaks.

If they can’t beat both Atlanta AND Detroit (certainly no given), the Seahawks could be 1-6 by the time they host the (improved) New York Giants in Week 8.

Not only do we love the under, and might even pay the juice to get it, but we think there’s at least a decent chance Carroll is gone before season’s end and this team is in the running for the No. 1 draft pick in 2023.

Projected finish: 4-13

A look at how Schenectady is seeking to spend $14.6 million in ARPA funding

SCHENECTADY — With a City Council committee advancing a proposal to spend millions in federal coronavirus-relief funds earlier this week, questions remain about how exactly the money will be used.

The council’s Finance Committee on Monday agreed to allocate $14.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding toward 11 projects during an extended meeting that sparked confusion and left some community stakeholders questioning lawmakers’ commitment to transparency.  

The full council is expected to vote on the spending plan — including money for a new Central Park pool and funds to reopen the shuttered Carver Community Center in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood — at its meeting next week. 

Details about the various projects were not made available to the public prior to Monday’s meeting. 

The city, last year, was awarded $52.9 million in funds under the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The law allocated billions to local governments to aid in recovery efforts associated with the pandemic. The funds were paid out in two separate tranches of $26.45 million.   

Lawmakers, last year, collected more than 70 applications from community organizations seeking more than $70 million in combined funding — far more than what the city was allocated — to address a range of issues impacting the city, including food insecurity, housing and to create youth programming.

Earlier this year, the council appointed a citizen advisory committee to review the applications and make recommendations on what projects should be funded. The committee was created at the behest of neighborhood groups who asked for a say in how the funds should be spent during a series of information meetings last year. 

Money under the law can be used to cover the cost of certain infrastructure projects, recoup lost revenue, provide premium pay for essential workers and address health concerns associated with the pandemic. 

But the City Council never publicly discussed the dozens of applications or the recommendations made by the advisory committee prior to Monday’s meeting, sparking concerns about whether the community’s request for a say in the process were ever considered at all. 

To date, city has allocated $16 million in ARPA funds, with a bulk of the money going towards job retention and reclaiming revenue lost during the pandemic. Minor allocations have also been approved to fund youth programs and to implement public safety protocols associated with the pandemic. 

If the council approves the $14.6 million spending plan next week, it would represent the largest commitment of ARPA funds lawmakers have made at one time to date. 

Here’s a closer look at each project slated to receive funding should the proposal be approved:

Central Park pool: $4.5 million.

The largest chunk of money council members agreed to allocate on Monday was $4.5 million for the construction of a new Central Park pool, which will be constructed in the area of the former tennis stadium torn down earlier this summer. 

In December, council members approved using $450,000 in ARPA funds to design the new swimming facility, which will include a bathhouse, restrooms and connect to nearby amenities in the park. 

The current pool no longer complies with state Department of Health standards and is frequently bombarded by droppings from geese that inhabit nearby Iroquois Lake. 

Schenectady Municipal Golf Course irrigation system: $3.5 million. 

For years, the city has sought to replace the municipal golf course’s antiquated irrigation system, which has been in operation long past its life expectancy. 

With a $3.5 million allocation in ARPA funds, the city would replace the existing system, including the course’s pump house, with a modern system. 

Lawmakers decided to move the project forward because the course is a revenue-generator for the city. Earlier this year, council members voted to increase greens fees for the course, putting the price to play in line with neighboring courses throughout the region.

Capital Region Aquatics Center: $2.5 million. 

Plans to open an aquatic center at Mohawk Harbor have been in the works for years.

Developers behind the $35 million proposal for years have been working to secure funding to construct the 80,000-square-foot facility, which will include an Olympic sized swimming pool, several smaller pools and diving accessories.

The council’s $2.5 million commitment from the city is the latest in a series of funding allocations the project has received in recent years. Last year, the Schenectady County Legislature committed $5 million to the project.

Earlier this year, the project was awarded an additional $2.5 million in state aid, and developers at the time said the project was nearly two-thirds funded.  

Once constructed, the center would provide opportunities for swim lessons and could host state and regional competitions, which officials view as an economic driver that would further bolster the city’s revitalization efforts. 

Miracle on Craig Street Inc.: $1.25 million.

For years, Miracle On Craig Street, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit, has been working to reopen the shuttered Carver Community Center in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood. The facility closed in 2013 amid financial straits.

Efforts to reopen the facility began in 2015, when the city sought to auction the building to no avail and a small group of organizers sought to raise funds and purchase the facility at the last minute. Four years later, the group was able to broker a deal in which the city turned over the property and the group returned the center to operation. 

But securing funding for the project has been an obstacle in the years since, and the pandemic has slowed the building’s rehabilitation even further. 

The city allocated $150,000 for the project, and volunteers have been working to gut and rehab the facility where possible. The group is currently in the process of trying to determine a final cost estimate to restore the building. 

The city’s additional $1.25 million allocation is contingent on organizers securing enough funding to finish rehabbing the building. 

Empowerment Center: $1.075 million.

Funding for this project would be divided between the city and the Duryee Community Foundation, a local nonprofit that works to provide training and services to help families in the city become self-sufficient.

As part of the project, the city’s Affirmative Action Office will receive $875,000 to rehab 818 Albany St. into the Schenectady Empowerment Center, which will host job training, provide assistance for job training and act as a hub for community engagement.

The Duryee Foundation will receive $285,000 to bolster programming that will be hosted at the center. 

Food insecurity: $950,000.

A longstanding issue facing city residents, lawmakers on Monday agreed to use $950,000 in ARPA funding to combat food insecurity.

The funds will be divided between four organizations: The Schenectady Foundation, Schenectady Community Ministries, SUNY Schenectady and the nonprofit Concerned for the Hungry, to strategically address food insecurity.

The organizations will be tasked with working together to come up with a plan on how best to use the funding.

Schenectady Little League: $350,000

Funding would be used to rehab the city’s Little League fields along Oregon and Michigan avenues.

The proposal includes replacing or upgrading existing infrastructure, including fencing, dugouts and restrooms. 

SEAT Center: $343,882

A local nonprofit, the SEAT Center works to connect young adults to job training. The funds will be used to further support the programming moving forward. 

Safe Inc. Schenectady: $172,073

Safe Inc. of Schenectady is a nonprofit working to end youth homelessness and sexual exploitation. 

As part of its work, the organization operates the Safe House, an emergency shelter that caters to runaway youth between the ages of 16 and 20. The shelter provides medical services, vocational training, housing assistance and crisis intervention. 

Funds would be used to expand existing programming. 

Schenectady Greenmarket: $50,000.

Funding would be used to expand the Greenmarket’s food-box program. 

Rolled out earlier this year thanks to a grant from the Schenectady Foundation, the program provides low-income individuals access to affordable produce and serves 50 people each week, with half of those served by delivery.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.