State budget "precariously balanced," flaming rum shots and sparklers blamed for house fire, panel picked for residential parking permit plan, dryers texting Siena students

State comptroller Tom DiNapoli's final analysis of this year's state budget concludes the plan is "precariously balanced using $16.7 billion in temporary and non-recurring resources, most of which will disappear within three years." The Paterson admin accused DiNapoli of Monday morning quarterbacking. [NYS OSC] [Daily Politics]

A Rensselaer County court jury found Daiman Burkett guilty of killing Des-Hawn Parker. Prosecutors had argued the Troy woman had been a victim of domestic violence and was trying to cut all ties with Burkett when he strangled her to death in February 2009. [TU] [YNN] [Troy Record]

Hudson police say they've arrested three men for allegedly being the vandals who spray painted an ethnic slur on the side of a mosque. People in the increasingly mutli-cultural city said they were upset and disgusted by the act. [CBS6] [TU]

The man shot in the leg in Schodack Monday is criticizing the Rensselaer County for charging the alleged shooter with assault instead of attempted murder. [Troy Record]

Troy's fire chief says college students drinking flaming shots of run and using sparklers indoors accidentally caused the fire that displaced a group of RPI students from an off-campus house. The union that represents Troy firefighters is apparently going to use the incident to push its case that too-low staffing levels near the campus resulted in a delayed response time. The fire chief says the fire had a head start on the department because the students tried to put the fire out themselves before calling for help. [TU] [YNN] [CBS6] [Troy Record]

If neither Andrew Cuomo or Rick Lazio/Carl Paladino get you going, you do have a handful of third party choices for governor. [TU]

Over the last three months, Neil Breslin has spent more than $180,000 versus Luke Martland's $33,000 in the 46th state Senate district Democratic primary race. [YNN]

Jerry Jennings has appointed common councilman Richard Conti to head the panel that will develop the residential parking permit system for the Albany neighborhoods near the ESP. [TU]

The City of Schenectady is trying to get off the hook for having to make up unpaid taxes to the school district and Schenectady County. [TU]

Albany police say a woman reported being followed down a street in the Helderberg neighborhood by a man who was touching himself (map). [Fox23]

Mechanicville police say they arrested a man for DWI after he allegedly filled two large garbage cans with water at a city dock, which he was allegedly going to use in violation of the city's outdoor watering ban. [Troy Record] [TU]

The rank and file of the Albany police department have been discussing whether they should break up with their umbrella union. [CBS6]

Federally-mandated clear cutting near the Saratoga County Airport has left a stark landscape for some homeowners. [TU]

It appears that tourism business bounced back this summer around the greater Capital Region. [TU]

An 88-year-old Sand Lake woman says a church is trying to evict her from her home. [CBS6]

Siena's new $20 million residence hall includes washer/dryers that text students when their laundry is finished. [CBS6]

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