Callicut gets life in prison for Bailey shooting, snow collapses barn with 250 cows inside, ticketing and towing threatened in Troy's voluntary snow emergency, cat returned after five years

Devon Callicut, who was convicted of killing UAlbany student Richard Bailey, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Said Bailey's mother after the sentencing: "Actually, life in prison is not enough for me. I don't think any sentence would ever have been enough. He's breathing and my son is not..." Said Callicut's attorney of her client's life: "I know everyone feels good about him going away, but in reality he had about as much chance of making it as an elephant has passing through the eye of a needle." [Troy Record] [TU] [WNYT]

Andrew Cuomo and Bob Duffy were on the road yesterday in an attempt to sell the Cuomo admin's proposed budget to voters (strategy -- try to use public opinion as leverage against the legislature and lobbyists). Cuomo said yesterday that reform of public employee pensions is his next goal after the state budget. [YNN] [AP/Fox23]

Education, public employee unions and advocates for the poor have banded to together to push for an extension of the "millionaire's tax," which was not included in Andrew Cuomo's proposed state budget. [State of Politics]

State parks have seen rise in attendance in recent years, but their funding has been reduced in the Cuomo budget. [Post-Star]

Snow collapsed a barn at one of Saratoga County's largest dairy farms, killing 25 cows (or more) (250 cows were in the barn). More than 200 community members turned out to help remove wreckage and tend to the cows. [TU] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

In his final state of the city speech, Troy mayor Harry Tuntunjian pledged to "sprint to the finish" of his last year in office (he's term limited) and said he sleeps well at night "knowing that each decision made over the past seven years was done so with integrity and with Troy in mind." [Troy Record] [TU]

Tutunjian said yesterday of the city's "voluntary" snow emergency: "Vehicles that clearly demonstrate a lack of movement after recent snowfalls will be ticketed and towed. You had your chance to move it." (Question: can you tow someone for not complying with a voluntary rule?) Tutunjian says Troy doesn't have the resources to call a formal snow emergency. [@TroyMayor] [Troy Record]

Albany police say 172 cars were towed during the first night of the city's snow emergency. [WNYT]

Schenectady's school board is considering a residency requirement for district teachers. [Daily Gazette]

Says the Town of Colonie's public works commissioner: "The landfill is one of the premier assets the town has." [TU]

The former corporate headquarters of Trustco Bank -- bought by Schenectady County for $2.4 million in 2005 -- still sits empty. [CBS6]

Chef Larry Shepici is out at the Brown Derby in Albany. [TU]

The bald eagle that had been taken to Guilderland for treatment has died. [Fox23]

A Schenectady woman's cat was returned to her recently -- after it had been missing for five years. [Daily Gazette]


Someone yesterday asked why remove snow from a roof? 25 cows probably wish someone had thought of that.

Those poor moo moo's. :(

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