Nelligan sentenced in death of grandson, orgs say demand for assistance for the homeless rising, shooting in Colonie, UAlbany takes Albany Cup again

Today is Veterans Day.

From Friday: Gloria Nelligan -- convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of her grandson, Sha'hiim -- was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Nelligan's attorney read a letter from his client, which included multiple Bible verses -- "My way of maintaining my household was with God's laws" -- but not remorse. Said judge Karen Drago: "I can't get over what you did to Sha'hiim. It was torture. It was brutal." [Daily Gazette] [News10] [WNYT] [TU]

A NanoCollege VP says the Cuomo admin's Start-Up NY program is "really expanding the CNSE model throughout the state." (Does that mean that Albany loses?) [TU] [TU]

Saratoga has gotten all the regional attention as a possible casino site -- but what about other sites, such as the DeLaet's Landing project in Rensselaer? (And some local business owners in Saratoga are uneasy about the prospect of a full casino.) [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

Federal authorities say the illicit cigarette trade costs New York State hundreds of millions of dollars in uncollected taxes each year. [TU]

Local organizations that provide assistance to the homeless say the number of people needing help has been rising over the last year years -- while funding has been declining. [TU]

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

Colonie police say a man was shot in the leg early Sunday morning in the parking lot of a club on Central Avenue (map). The injury is not considered life threatening. Police say the man who was shot is a club employee and may not have been the intended target. [Troy Record] [WNYT] [News10]

Albany County prosecutors pushed for 10 years of probation monitoring -- instead of the possibility of a shorter prison term -- in a Loudonville case in which a 16 year old sexually abused a 9 year old and a 10 year old on a school bus. [TU]

State Police say a trooper stopped a vehicle on the Northway and allegedly found more than 80 pounds of pot. [NYSP]

Rotterdam police say they're looking for a female suspect in a purse snatching caught on video in a Price Chopper parking lot. [YNN]

State Police say a Mechanicville man has been charged with petit larceny and public display of sexually offensive material after it was alleged he accessed computer under the guise of providing repair or software and then transferred images from those computers and posted some of them on a website. [NYSP]

The Stockade-athon race was almost halted Sunday because of a bag left by a tree -- it didn't turn out to be dangerous. [Daily Gazette] [YNN]

The total number of assault weapons registered with New York State under the SAFE Act is a secret, apparently. [TU]

A case before the New York State Court of Appeals -- the state's highest court -- this week will be a test of the state law that allows journalists to protect the names of their sources. [TU]

Albany mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan, Common Council members Leah Golby and Cathy Fahey, and state Assemblywoman Pat Fahy all served as members of the PTA at Albany's New Scotland Elementary during the middle of the last decade. [TU]

Current Troy city council president Lynn Kopka narrowly won the last at-large spot on the council over Carmella Mantello after a count of absentee and affidavit ballots. [Troy Record]

Schenectady city councilman-elect John Mootooveren was apparently not exactly forthcoming about his day job during his council campaign. [Daily Gazette]

Idea in Castleton: close the village court and send its cases to town court. [TU]

The Troy Local Development Company has approved a loan for a microbrewery in Troy. [TU]

Not a typical art auction in Saratoga. [News10]

The Philippine-American Club of Schenectady is raising money for typhoon recovery in the Philippines. [TU]

Says a Watervliet man, now 88 years old, of his life and that of his brother -- they both fought in WWII and made it back to raise families on the same street in the city: "We were lucky." [TU]

How a Jewish woman, now 93 years old, made it out of Austria after Kristallnacht and eventually to Albany. [TU]
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Sports page: The UAlbany men's basketball team beat Siena 74-62 in the Albany Cup at the TU Center before a crowd of more than 11,000. [TU]

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Local organizations that provide assistance to the homeless say the number of people needing help has been rising over the last year years -- while funding has been declining. [TU]

Editors: Thanks for the heads up. Fixed.

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