Sentencing in crash that killed Skidmore student, Albany trash fee repeal rejected, Schenectady looking to Union to chip in

Sentencing in crash that killed Skidmore student
Thomas Gorman -- who pleaded guilty to driving drunk in the crash that killed a Skidmore student and injured two others last Halloween -- was sentenced to 5-15 years in prison. Some of the victim impact statements at the sentencing included grisly details of the immediate aftermath of the crash. Gorman asked for forgiveness: "If I could take it all back, I would ... If I could trade places I would." Said Saratoga County Court judge James Murphy: "This is no accident Mr. Gorman ... I don't think you can fully grasp the devastation you have caused by the choice of your criminal conduct." Saratoga County DA Karen Heggen said the students had been out the roadway at the time of the crash and Gorman didn't hadn't attempted to stop. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [News10] [Saratogian] [WNYT]

Albany trash fee
The attempt to repeal the new trash fee for multi-unit residential buildings (up to four units) failed to get enough votes at Monday's Common Council meeting. Critics of the fee continued to describe it as discriminatory and unfair to low-income residents. City budget director Rachel McEneny in a statement about the trash fee: "The Governor in his Executive Budget indicated that we must engage in developing a comprehensive long-term financial plan. This is a step forward in identifying sustainable revenue streams that are essential to getting Albany onto sound fiscal footing." [WNYT] [TWCN] [TU] [News10]

Woman and her service dog refused table
Hana -- the Guilderland restaurant where a woman who's blind say she and her service dog were refused a table -- has publicly apologized and said it's parted ways with the manager involved in the incident. [TU]

TPD: BBs shot at bus
Troy police say two teens were arrested Monday for allegedly shooting a BB gun at a school bus. TPD says the bus had 12 students aboard at the time, along with a driver and a monitor -- no one was injured. [TU] [News10] [TWCN]

Five-car crash
Bethlehem police say a five-car crash at Route 9W and Glenmont Road Sunday may have been caused by a driver who had a medical condition and/or was asleep at the wheel. [TU]

Daily fantasy
DraftKings and FanDuel have made an agreement with the state attorney general's office to stop operating paid contests in New York pending an appellate court decision about the legality of daily fantasy games for money. [NYS OAG] [NYT]

$15 minimum wage
A group of farmers in Saratoga and Washington counties say the proposed $15 minimum wage would affect the viability of their farms. [TWCN]

Medical marijuana
The medical marijuana company that had complained Google wasn't letting it use terms such "medical cannabis" in ads in New York now alleges Google is rejecting its other ads in retaliation for complaining. [TU]

Banking the money: Another issue for medical marijuana companies is finding a bank that will take their money -- this same company, Vireo, is banking with SEFCU. [Biz Review]

Nonprofits and city taxes
Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy is trying to lean on Union College in attempt to the get the college to pay taxes for off-campus properties and pay fees for police and fire service. [Daily Gazette]

Northway exit 11A
The Capital District Transportation Committee says a study has concluded that adding a new Northway exit in Malta isn't worth the cost, and less money spent in other ways could have the same impact. [TU]

Evictions
A look at the job of the Troy marshals who can be hired by landlords to assist in evicting tenants. [Troy Record]

Manhattan at scale
A Clifton Park man has built a large, scale model of Manhattan. [WNYT]

Stuff going on today

The Lion King
Tuesday-Sunday: A touring production of The Lion King opens a month-long run at Proctors. It is, of course, the hugely-popular musical based on the Disney movie. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

The Blue-Sky Boys
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep's production of The Blue-Sky Boys, about "the maverick engineers who stopped at nothing to get a man to the moon and back," continues this week. Tuesday-Sunday various times - $20 and up

Music: Carly Rae Jepsen at Upstate Concert Hall
Did you ever see that clip of Jepsen playing "Call Me Maybe" with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots on kids instruments? With: Cardiknox, Fairground Saints. 8 pm - $25 ahead / $28 day of

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