Crawford sentenced to 30 years in domestic terrorism case, continued community policing in Albany, latest version of Uber/Lyft legislation

Crawford sentenced for "death ray" plot
Glendon Scott Crawford was sentenced in federal court in Albany to 30 years in prison for his conviction in a plot to use what he believed would be a radiation weapon against Muslims in Albany and Schenectady. Federal prosecutors said the Galway man was a self-professed member of the KKK and had sought funding from a North Carolina branch of the organization. Said US Attorney Richard Hartunian of Crawford after the sentencing: "He didn't seem to show any remorse whatsoever, and I think it's clear to me a person like this presents the ultimate danger to America. He is the classic domestic terrorist, and he deserves to be in jail for 30 years." [TU] [Daily Gazette] [US DOJ] [TWCN]

About the US Attorney: Hartunian said Monday he hasn't heard from the incoming Trump administration about whether he'll be asked to continue serving at the US Attorney for the Northern District of New York. [WNYT]

Electoral college vote
New York members of the Electoral College gathered in Albany Monday afternoon to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton. Among the electors was Bill Clinton, who said of Hillary Clinton's campaign: ""In the end, we had the Russians and we had the FBI ... She couldn't prevail against that, but she still won by 2.8 million votes." [TU] [TWCN]

Albany police chief exit
+ Even with Albany police chief Brendan Cox leaving, Chris Churchill notes the focus continues to be on community policing. [TU+]
+ What people are looking for in the next Albany police chief. [AOA]
+ A little more about ">the organization Cox will be working for after he leaves the APD. [TWCN]

Schenectady shootings
+ Schenectady police say a 47-year-old man was shot on Schenectady Street in Hamilton Hill Monday afternoon. It's the same street that's had multiple shootings during the last two years, including the fatal shooting of Medina Knowles in September. [Daily Gazette] [TU]
+ A Schenectady man was found guilty of shooting man near an elementary school in Mont Pleasant in April 2015 during what prosecutors say was a robbery. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Bethlehem DPW director arrested
Saratoga Springs police say Howard Hyer -- the Bethlehem Department of Public Works director of field operations -- was arrested last month on a felony cocaine possession charge. [Spotlight] [TU]

Taran Buie arrested
State Police say former Bishop Maginn basketball star Taran Buie was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Route 7 in Brunswick this past Saturday. [Troy Record] [NYSP]

Uber and Lyft
Draft legislation created by the Cuomo admin -- and obtained by Politico -- that would open the way for services such as Uber and Lyft to operate upstate includes provisions for funding MTA and workers compensation for drivers, but does not include a fingerprinting requirement for drivers. [Politico NY]

SUNY Poly blame game
An attorney for Alain Kolyeros says it's not his client's fault the $2 billion "Nano Utica" chip fab deal fell apart -- state officials said recently delays over the last year had sunk the project. [TU+]

Albany as sanctuary city
A rally ahead of Monday's Albany Common Council meeting supported the idea of Albany as a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants. [TU]

Community schools
The Albany school district is moving use $2.7 million in state money for four community school programs at four sites that would bring together a series of social services at the schools. [TU]

Gravity waves
Physicist Jess McIver -- a graduate of Mohonasen High School -- was back at the school Monday to talk about her role in the groundbreaking research that detected gravity waves. [Daily Gazette]

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