There's a state budget, ride hailing expansion part of budget deal, Nicholaus Building demolished, teen swept through sewer

State budget
There's now a $153 billion state budget -- about a week late -- after a deal announced Friday night on a bunch of different issues and rolled into a big package of legislation voted on this past weekend. Among those issues... [NYT] [TU]

Age of criminal responsibility
There's now a plan raise the state's age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 for many crimes, though advocates for the change say the plan is a half step. [Politico NY x2]

Free SUNY and CUNY tuition
There's a schedule to phase in free SUNY and CUNY tuition for students from families with incomes less than $125,000 a year. (The state's private colleges have been, and continue to be, critical of the plan.) [AP/Troy Record] [News10]

Ride hailing
There's a measure that allows services such as Uber and Lyft to start operating across the state later this year. [Daily Gazette]

School aid
The budget includes a billion dollar increase in aid for school districts -- Schenectady is getting another $15 million, and its superintendent is talking about a tax cut. [NYS DOB] [Daily Gazette]

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Fatal Albany shooting
Albany police say officers responding to a call Saturday afternoon in West Hill found a man in a vehicle who had been shot -- he was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead (map). It's the second homicide of the year in Albany. [APD] [TU]

Teen swept through sewer pipe
The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office says a 14-year-old boy fell into an open manhole Saturday and was swept along almost a half-mile of sewer main before finally being rescued from another manhole. [TU] [TWCN] [News10]

Pedestrian struck in Schenectady
Schenectady police say a woman suffered a head injury after being struck by a vehicle in Woodlawn (map). [Daily Gazette]

Nicholaus Building demolished
The city of Schenectady demolished the Nicholaus Building at the corner of Erie Boulevard and State Street Friday night after an engineering firm hired to monitor the building concluded it was in danger of collapse (its fate has been in doubt since demolish on an adjacent site last year). The building was almost two centuries old. [News10] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Abelove investigation
Brendan Lyons walks through some of the details and issues related to the state Attorney General's Office investigation of Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove's handling of the grand jury review of the fatal shooting of Edson Thevenin by Troy police. [TU+]

Rivers Casino employees
About 35 percent of the people who have applied for jobs at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady have been city of Schenectady residents. [Daily Gazette]

School segregation
As the state looks at ways to desegregate schools, one of the complications is segregation on the district level, as in Schenectady County. [Daily Gazette]

The Crossings : Colonie :: that Shen land : Clifton Park?
Chris Churchill draws parallels between the recent Shen land vote and the creation of the The Crossings in Colonie. [TU+]

Local politics and Facebook
An anonymously-administered Facebook page is continuing to stir up local politics in Bethlehem, and critics are accusing it of fear mongering. [TU]

Kenwood campus
The partnership that has been looking to redevelop the Kenwood Academy land on the south side of the city of Albany has lost some members. [Biz Review]

Breathing Lights
Reviewing lessons learned from Breathing Lights. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Chris Rock
Monday: Chris Rock will be at The Palace for a stand-up show. The stop at the Palace is part of a Rock's current tour, which is being touted as his first in nine years. Monday 8 pm -- $49.50 and up

Welcome to Night Vale
Monday: The touring live show of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale is at The Egg. The date at The Egg is part of the tour for a new Nightvale live show -- "All Hail" -- that includes narrator Cecil Badlwin and guests, music by Disparition, and Erin McKeown as the weather. Monday 8 pm -- $30

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