Paladino apologizes, dentist accused of touching patients inappropriately, witnesses report fireworks shot at house that caught fire, early end to apple picking

Carl Paladino released a statement yesterday apologizing for his Sunday remarks about homosexuality. (Democrats called Paladino's statement a "non-apology.") "I am 100 percent in favor of gay rights, as I've been my entire life, my entire career has been to fight discrimination of any type of minority group -- including the gays," he said while talking with the press outside a fundraiser in Colonie. The statement his campaign released also reiterated that he does not support same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, Paladino's gay nephew -- whom Paladino has referenced and who had been working on his uncle's campaign -- has been trying to stay out of the spotlight. [State of Politics] [Buffalo News] [TU] [Daily Politics] [NYDN]

During a candidates forum last night in Saratoga County, Hugh Farley criticized Susan Savage for her "little miracle called Schenectady" commercial and Savage criticized Farley for supporting Carl Paladino. The forum also included Jim Tedisco and challenger BK Keramati. [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [Saratogian]

State police say a Rotterdam dentist has been arrested for allegedly touching several female patients inappropriately while they were under his care. They say the group of patients includes teens and one adult woman. [CBS6] [YNN]

Police say a Ballston Spa man has been arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend and killing her dog. They say the man threw the 3.5 pound Chihuahua to the floor and then tried to hide the body behind his house. He's being charged with a felony under Buster's Law. [TU] [YNN] [Saratogian] [WTEN]

Schenectady police say witnesses reported that three youths shot fireworks at a house that caught fire last night (map). A 70-year-old woman had to escape the fire, which gutted the second floor and collapsed the roof. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A crowd of 200 people -- including many firefighters -- protested proposed cuts to Schenectady's fire department at a city budget hearing. Protesters said the department is already stretched and the cuts would increase response times to emergencies in the city. The proposed budget would cut 19 fire department positions and close one fire station. [TU] [Fox23] [Daily Gazette] [CBS6]

Former SUNY staffers say the flooding that shut down the central office building could have been prevented if the system hadn't cut round-the-clock security there. Officials are investigating what caused five feet of water to flood the building's basement. [TU] [Fox23]

The mutual aid agreement for fire departments in Watervliet, Cohoes and Green Island is weakening because of staffing reductions. [Troy Record]

The proposed Cohoes city budget includes an almost 4 percent tax increase. [Troy Record]

The tax increase in Troy's proposed city budget is now 4.3 percent, instead of 5.5 percent. [Troy Record]

East Greenbush's proposed town budget includes a 2.7 percent tax increase. [Troy Record]

Albany's police chief says he doesn't anticipate any problems due to 10 positions being cut in the city's proposed budget. [TU]

The Albany Boys & Girl's Club says it has raised enough money to stay afloat. [TU]

Local orchards says apple picking season is coming to an early end. [WTEN]


Oh wow, CP used "the gays" and not in that ironic sort of way. Thanks for ruining it for all of us Carl.

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