State budget deadline day, 30 days for strangulation death, debate over Saratoga Springs class, concerns about RPI's hockey program

State budget deadline
+ The state budget is due by the end of Friday, but it looks like it won't be done and the process is headed into into stoppage time this weekend. [TU] [State of Politics]
+ Among them major issues tangled in the budget process: The push to raise the state's criminal age of responsibility from 16 to 18. A done deal? Maybe -- maybe not. [State of Politics] [TU]
+ Another issue tacked onto the budget process: Legislation to allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to operated statewide. Is it going to happen? Probably, maybe. [Politico NY]

Sentencing in strangulation death
The Wilton man who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the strangulation death of neighborhood during a disagreement over loud music has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years probation, and restitution of more than $8k. The DA's office pointed to extenuating circumstances, including a heart condition, that contributed to the man's death. The victim's wife: "That was a sentence for a jaywalker." [News10] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [TU]

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Sentencing for downtown Schenectady gunfire
A Schenectady man who admitted to firing a gun in downtown Schenectady last March was sentenced to seven years in prison. [Daily Gazette]

Sentencing in lottery scam
A Schenectady woman who pleaded guilty to mail fraud as a part of Jamaican lottery scam was sentenced to three years in prison. [TU]

Senior center director accused of theft
State Police say a Clifton Park senior center director has been arrested on charges that allege he stole at least $50k from the org. [Daily Gazette]

Question about Justice Center authority
State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin dismissed the case against the teacher accused of having sex with a student at the Albany La Salle School because the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs hadn't filed the charges in conjunction with the Albany County DA's office. And the ruling could potentially serve as a precedent in other Justice Center cases. [News10] [TU]

North Colonie school vote
The North Colonie school district has decided to put the smaller of two plans up for voter consideration in the re-vote on the district's school renovation project. [TU]

Debate over Saratoga Springs class
When a Saratoga Springs High School teacher included a political cartoon comparing Donald Trump to Hitler and Mussolini in a discussion about fascism, the media, and bias was it "an opportunity for children to think openly about the media, and it asked them to think, interpret and use their brain before they just take things at face value" -- or "a total disrespect to the highest office of this country." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Cuomo-Faso
Andrew Cuomo and John Faso continued to trade barbs over Faso's support of a provision in the recent Republican health care bill to shift Medicaid costs from New York counties to the state. [NYSNYS/Troy Record]

Hoosick Falls
A former president of the Albany County Bar Association criticized how the attorney for the village of Hoosick Falls handled the disclosure of his firm's acquisition by the law firm that negotiated the much criticized settlement offer from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International to the village over contamination of the drinking water supply. [TU]

Solar power
The hedge fund -- with connections to the Trump administration -- that is backing solar farms around the region. [TU+]

RPI hockey
Alumni of RPI's hockey program say they're discouraged by the state of the program and the school's support for it. [Troy Record]

State Street underground fire
Come for the explanation of why there was an underground fire on State Street in downtown Schenectady Thursday, stay for the video of the manhole cover exploding from the street. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

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