West found guilty in Lake George boat crash trial, Stefanik faces questions about health care vote, Mazzone empire getting international partner, Smith's Tavern is closing

Lake George boat crash trial
+ The jury found Alexander West guilty on 8 of 12 charges, including second-degree manslaughter, on Monday. He faces as many as 22 years in prison at sentencing. West's attorney says they'll be exploring a possible appeal. [News10] [TU] [Post-Star]
+ After the verdict, jurors said they wanted to take their time during deliberation and had been prepared to deliberate longer if necessary. [Post-Star]
+ Robert Knarr, grandfather of Charlotte McCue: "It's a big win, but I will tell you, every one of us here would trade this victory -- and probably our lives -- to have Charlotte back." [Daily Gazette]

American Health Care Act
Elise Stefanik faced questions about the recent American Health Care Act vote during a TV town hall meeting Monday evening hosted by Mountain Lakes PBS. Stefanik said she voted for the bill because of "reduced coverage and higher deductibles" under the Affordable Care Act. Many of the questions from the crowed were critical of her vote in support of the bill, citing concerns about loss of coverage, pre-existing conditions, and cuts to Medicaid. [Politico NY] [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

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State Attorney General investigation of Rensselaer County DA
The state Attorney General's office is using a grand jury to review Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove's actions related to clearing of Troy police officers in the fatal shooting of Edson Thevenin, according to a court filing. [TU]

Schenectady police settlement approved
The Schenectady City Council approved the $75,000 settlement of a lawsuit in which a family alleged Schenectady police officers used excessive force against them in 2014. [Daily Gazette]

Tax revenue crunch from online shopping?
Albany County comptroller Mike Conners told the county legislature Monday that county sales tax revenues could suffer from online shopping, in part because the county draws many shoppers from outside its borders.

Albany County parks tobacco ban
The Albany County Legislature passed a ban on tobacco products and e-cigarettes in county-owned parks, including the rail trail. [TU]

Mazzone empire splitting, partnering
Angelo Mazzone's local restaurant and catering empire is being split in two as the company's catering and institutional dining operations are partnering with an international conglomerate with an eye toward expansion and its restaurants will continue as they are. [TU]

School boards
+ From a candidate forum for the Schenectady school board. [Daily Gazette]
+ And short profiles of the candidates for the Shen school board. [TU]

Affordable housing
A look at the plans from a non-profit real estate developer to redevelop two former school buildings in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill into apartments. [Biz Review]

Rensselaer waterfront
A look at the development in progress along the Rensselaer waterfront, including a bike path and apartments. [WNYT]

Distillery dispute
One of the owners of Yankee Distillers in Clifton Park is suing the other. [Daily Gazette]

"You hear about the bad things, but he didn't have to do all that."
Chris Churchill on the story of a woman having a bad day and the Troy police officer who helped. [TU+]

Smith's is closing
Smith's Tavern in Voorheesville is closing later this month -- there's a plan for a new Stewart's at its site. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Cabaret
Tuesday-Sunday: A national touring production of Cabaret is at Proctors. Its a revival of the Kander and Ebb classic with direction from Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Some People Hear Thunder
Tuesday-Sunday: The musical Some People Hear Thunder continues at Capital Rep. "Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story - an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality." It runs through May 21. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Music: Lucinda Williams at The Egg
The one and only. With: Erika Wennerstrom. 8 pm -- $37.50 and up

Music: Poison and Tesla at TU Center
Still rocking. 7:30 pm -- $25 and up

Music: Garry Tallent at The Hangar
Bassist for The E Street Band. 8 pm -- $25

Music: The Machine Gun Kelly show at Upstate Concert Hall is sold out.

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