Final tally on state budget, police say man stabbed over gas grill, Washington County Fair opens

The final tally on the 2010-2011 New York State budget: $135.5 billion. The projected budget gap for next year's budget: $8.2 billion. [NYS DOB] [TU]

Because of the late state budget -- and the still unallocated federal aid -- local school districts don't know how much state aid they'll be getting this year. [TU]

Compared to their counterparts in other local counties, Albany County legislators aren't shy about passing local laws aimed at issues such trans-fat, sex offenders and sippy cups. [TU]

Opposition to the proposed Muslim community center and mosque near the World Trade Center site has become a centerpiece of Rick Lazio's gubernatorial campaign. [NYT]

Carl Paladino on New York State politics, during an interview with the Troy Record editorial board: "It's a minefield of disloyal, distrustful people all interested in themselves. It doesn't matter what the party label is. It's a ruling class. We have to take out the ruling class." [Troy Record]

Schenectady school district officials say they're revising district policy to allow students to wear rosaries. The school board president says the new policy will focus on what students do, not necessarily what they wear. The district had been sued earlier this year after it middle school student was told to stop wearing his rosary outside his clothes. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Two children were still in the hospital Sunday night after they -- and their mother -- were hit by a car on Broadway in Menands on Saturday. Police say the family was waiting for the bus when one of the children ran into the street. They say the mother, carrying the other child, went after the kid and they were all hit by the car. [YNN] [WTEN] [WNYT] [Fox23]

Albany police say a teen was arrested for allegedly stabbing his neighbor during an argument about a gas grill (map). [TU] [CBS6]

Troy police say a man was stabbed multiple times Saturday morning in South Central (map). [Troy Record]

Troy police say a man was shot multiple times early Friday morning (map). Eight people were taken in for questioning. [Troy Record] [WNYT]

State police say an 18-year-old was driving around a parking lot at the Altamont Fair on Sunday with a loaded rifle. They said they had responded to a call about a fight in the parking lot. [WTEN] [YNN]

A report from a state lab concludes that the woman who died in the Saratoga Springs police lockup earlier this year died of an irregular heart beat. The report says several prescription drugs contributed to her condition. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

A bill waiting for David Paterson's signature (or veto) would instruct state agencies to only fund infrastructure projects that follow "smart growth" principles. [TU]

Evidence from police car GPS units and cameras have helped the City of Schenectady build many of the cases against the handful of cops it's recently fired. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady County Sheriff's deputies are getting assault rifles that can shoot 30 rounds in a little more than a second. [TU]

There are concerns that a new Uncle Sam monument in Troy's Prospect Park will obstruct views. [YNN]

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has produced a video for the Wikileaks site. [Daily Gazette]

The Washington County Fair opens today. The fair is expecting more than 100,000 attendees this week (Washington County only has about 62,000 residents). [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [Census Bureau]

Arthur's Market -- in Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood -- has closed. [Daily Gazette]

A Halfmoon man has been part of his local volunteer fire department for 74 years. [Saratogian]

The serendipitous giveaway at The Track on Sunday: umbrellas. [Saratogian]

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