Schenectady's seventh homicide, Clifton Park tightens leash, Clinton and Schumer both in town, Troy firefighters irked, stripclub gets timeout

The 20-year-old shot in Schenectady over the weekend died Sunday night. Police say they have few, if any, clues about why he was shot. It's Schenectady's seventh homicide of the year. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Clifton Park town board approved a measure that requires all dogs in the town to be on leashes except on private property and in two town-managed parks, Mary Jane Row Dog Park and Kinns Road Park. To let dogs off leash at the those parks, owners will have to buy a $30 permit (which covers all of a person's dogs) . Only Clifton Park residents will be allowed to buy permits for the Mary Jane Row. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

David Paterson says the ongoing implosion among Wall Street firms could force the state re-evaluate its budget -- again. The Gov says 20 percent of New York State's revenue comes from taxes paid by Wall Street. [TU] [TU]

A Siena poll reports that Barack Obama is leading John McCain in New York by just five points. The Democratic nominee had been up by as many as 18 points earlier this summer. [Biz Review]

Hillary Clinton was at the Rensselaer Train Station yesterday to appear on Good Morning America and tout the ability of mass transit to save energy and help the environment. The Senator arrived in an SUV. [TU]

Chuck Schumer was also here -- he was in Colonie calling for legislation to up the mileage deduction people can take for doing charity work. The current rate is about 1/4 of the rate for regular business. [Troy Record]

Troy firefighters say their concerns aren't being heard about safety issues on the RPI campus. This has been a bit of an ongoing issue that has, at one point, involved the opening of EMPAC. RPI says it's not concerned about being able open to the new building on time. [TU] [AOA]

The City of Troy has closed the Cloud 9 strip club for a year because the operation accrued too many nuisance abatement points. [Troy Record]

A temporary Halloween store has taken over the old Barnes and Noble space on Wolf Road. The chain has also temporarily set up in spaces at the Wilton Mall and Clifton Park Center. [Daily Gazette]

The Capital District Transportation Committee is spending $75k to help Albany figure out how to promote cycling. [TU]

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