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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Jim Coyne

He's Baaa-aaack: For anyone who was cognizant of Albany politics during the original rise and fall of Jim Coyne, it's basically surreal to observe that he's currently 1) making financial transactions with the state 2) in the business of constructing arenas. I know that this was big news 6 months ago, but it's all starting to hit me now. It's actually happening. As the TU reports, the renovations to the Armory are moving along:
"Everything is coming together," Coyne said Thursday as the sound of power tools filled the massive building. Bleacher frames are in place, luxury boxes are almost done and seats are going in.
Whatever you want to say about Jim Coyne, I'm happy that he's brining the Patroons back. And it will be great to have a concert venue that size in the city. I, for one, will dutifully attend as many Pat's games as I can this season. [I wonder if they are going to bring back the Freihofer's cookie shootout at halftime? -ed. I'm for it, especially if they let 27 year-olds participate...]

Of course, with Coyne you either go big or go home:
He's planning to unveil the armory's $5 million makeover into a basketball and concert venue at a red-carpet, $125-a-ticket black-tie gala Sept. 10 that could be headlined by legendary jazz guitarist George Benson. "We're talking to his people right now," said Coyne.
Trust me - that will be a party.

Update: More thoughts on Coyne / Armory / Patroons over at Democracy in Albany.
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At 6:57 PM , Anonymous Back In The Day said:

I too will rejoice when the Armory is re-opened. I never missed a Patroons game when they played there! It's also a great building for a concert. The Lovin' Spoonful actually played there once upon a long long time ago...    



At 1:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt:

I have to tell you that I am a big Jim Coyne fan. I thought that he was good for Albany County and that he is one of the few true visionaries left in Upstate.

I know the skinny. The feds were looking at a couple of other pols and he refused to be a rat. If the Dems had any decence they would have arranged for a nice do nothing job in western PA somewhere for him but they didn’t.

The Armory looks great! Coyne is doing one hell of a job there and has set it up as both a convention center, a sports arena, and a small mall/ office complex. Good for Albany and good for Coyne!

Say good night convention center.    



At 1:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt:
One other thing you have a public email?    



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