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The facility, also known as Building 14, is owned by the state and was formerly used as a bakery and warehouse until 1995 when the state worked to privatize public services.

According to Marc Violette, spokesman for the Dormitory Authority, the state is considering an offer by Metroplex for $1 million.

"We consider that to be a legitimate offer based on our evaluation of Building 14," Violette said.

However, Violette said the Office of General Services is looking at the building for uses by the state. He said there is no fixed deadline for a state decision.

If purchased, Metroplex would turn the building over to the Galesi Group for leasing of the space.

October

At the Schenectady County Legislature meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, legislators discussed the 2009 proposed operating budget, which was passed on to them on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The proposed budget included a 12.9 percent property tax increase. Schenectady County Legislature had until Saturday, Nov. 1, to make modifications and adopt a final budget.

"The 2009 budget was the most difficult budget we've put together in many years," said Kathleen Rooney, Schenectady County manager, in a written statement. "This budget reflects the fiscal dilemma facing Schenectady County and other counties across New York state."

On Thursday, Oct. 23, Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, proposed a law that would ban text messaging while driving. If passed, offenders could face fines as early as December.

"We want to put something in place before one of these communities has a fatality," said Savage.

County lawmakers said they hope the legislation would raise awareness among drivers about the hazards of driving while text messaging.

A grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation will help six students obtain their GEDs and train to become emergency medical technicians at the Mohawk Ambulance Service in Schenectady.

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