Gibson one of two Republicans to vote against House bill in federal shutdown showdown, Cuomo vetoes commission for M/C raises, two Harriman campus buildings tagged for demolition

The federal government is heading toward a shutdown as the Senate is likely to reject a House bill that would avoid a shutdown -- but also delay the start of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare/Whatever You Call It. Chris Gibson was one of just two Republicans in the House to vote against the Republican-backed bill on the Saturday. Gibson explained his vote in a statement on Facebook. [NYT] [NYT] [NYT] [Chris Gibson FB]

As with other states around the country, New York's new "health exchange" for health insurance starts Tuesday as part of the health care law. Q&A about it with a state Department of Health spokesman. [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

Joshua McWain -- who pleaded guilty to killing his mother last October in Greenfield and then burying her body in a shed -- was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. The sentencing include a victim impact statement from McWain's sister, who wrote that McWain had shown her daughter the pit where their mother would later be buried. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [TU]

Two people -- a community activist and the organizer of a community program -- testified in defense of Gloria Nelligan on Friday. Nelligan may testify in her own defense today. Update: She did not. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [@ByStevenCook]

Aside from GlobalFoundries, there's little activity at the Luther Forest Technology campus -- prompting questions from officials about how they can spur development there. [Daily Gazette]

Gazette articles continue be open-access because of a computer problem.

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"Multiple people familiar with the case" tell the Times Union that the FBI investigation into Halfmoon supervisor Mindy Wormuth is looking into possible connections between her family and a developer who had business with the town, and whether she accepted money to lobby for MMA state legislation. [TU]

Troy police say an officer responded Friday at Troy High School when it appeared two 13-year-old boys had a handgun -- it turned out to be a pellet gun. [TU]

A teacher from the Syracuse area has been fired after he was arrested and accused last week of a criminal sexual act with a 16-year-old in Saratoga County. [Saratogian]

State Police say an off-duty Albany-based senior investigator died Sunday when his ultralight plane crashed in Edinburg (map). Witnesses reported what appeared to be mechanical problems. The Gazette, WNYT, and News10 report this wasn't the man's first aircraft crash. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [WNYT] [News10]

Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have created a commission for salary increases for management/confidential state employees. Cuomo said pay raises for the non-union employees should be part of the budget process. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Kirsten Gillibrand is starting a push for a package of federal legislation that includes a tax increase to help fund extended family leave. [TU]

A bit about the Colonie supervisor race, which has been quiet so far. [TU]

The state Office of General Services announced that two vacant buildings on the Harriman office campus are scheduled to be demolished next year. The OGS commissioner in a statement: "While there are no current plans in place, the site will pose a better option for any future redevelopment plans at the campus." (Private development at the office campus -- or, rather, lack of it -- is long-running story. The city of Albany has been eyeing such development as a way to expand its tax base.) [WNYT] [TU]

Albany Roman Catholic bishop Howard Hubbard will reach the mandatory retirement age for bishops at the end of October. The process of selecting the diocese's next bishop is secretive. [TU] [TU]

Town hazardous waste collections days are popular -- and expensive. [Saratogian]

Projected price tag for repairing Troy's sea wall along the Hudson: $8 million. [Troy Record]

Skidmore's proposed solar farm is continuing to face resident opposition in Greenfield as it moves through the town approval process. [TU]

The impending closure of the Mount McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton is casting doubt on the future of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site there. [TU]

Construction on the Whole Foods at Colonie Center is scheduled to start today. [Troy Record]

What two people found during the recovery effort in Schoharie County: Each other. Again. [TU]

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