Clerks trying to figure out start of same-sex marriage, Saratoga club was under investigation before brawl, Cuomo says he won't "fuel" speculation about 2016

City clerks are waiting to hear from the state about the start of licensing for same-sex marriages next month. The law takes effect on a Sunday (July 24), and there's uncertainty about whether clerks will be able to issue licenses ahead of that date (their offices are closed on Sundays) -- which would be necessary for couples to get married on that day, because there's a 24 hour waiting period. If nothing can happen until the next business day, the first same-sex marriages would be on July 26. [YNN] [Fox23] [WNYT]

Sararoga Springs law enforcement officials say State Liquor Authority allegedly found numerous alcohol-related code violations Friday night at Club Shadow, the bar at which the big Caroline Street brawl started early Sunday morning. They say they had asked the SLA to investigate the club. Said public safety commissioner Richard Wirth of Club Shadow: "If it keep's going this way, it shouldn't be operating." Club Shadow's owner says he'll stop serving beer in bottles (a thrown bottle allegedly set off the fight). A manager at another Caroline Street business says the lower half of the street, where the club is located, "is generally more where the larger fights happen." A man who says he witnessed the fight this past weekend alleges that Saratoga police harassed people taking mobile phone video of the brawl and resulting arrests. [TU] [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [WTEN] [YNN] [WNYT]

There was a shooting reported in Albany's West Hill neighborhood overnight (map). There aren't many details, but reportedly one person was shot. Update: Police say shots were fired from the backyard of a house a bullet grazed the nose of man inside, causing a minor injury. [YNN] [Fox23] [CBS6] [TU]

The body of a Cohoes woman, who recently moved to southwest Florida, was found decomposed in her car in a Walmart parking lot in Port Charlotte, Florida. Police there say they don't suspect foul play. [Troy Record] [TU]

A Saratoga County judge has ruled that a woman who pleaded guilty to killing her step-great-grandmother in 2000 should have her plea tossed because her case had been tainted by questionable forensic evidence. Katherine Seeber's case is an intersection of Capital Region infamy -- involving both Jeffery Hampshire and a forensic scientist who had falsified evidence. [Saratogian] [TU] [Post-Star]

Andrew Cuomo on the talk of a run for the White House in 2016: "I'm not going to engage or fuel the speculation" -- but said he wouldn't rule it out. [NYDN]

PEF says it will continue negotiations this week with the Cuomo admin on a new contract. The state employee union is facing as many as 4,700 layoffs. [Fox23]

A state Supreme Court jury decided that the Fuze Box was 45 percent responsible for 2008 accident on I-787 involving a drunk driver who had been over-served at the Albany club. [TU]

Acting Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy says code enforcement will be visiting all 14,000 parcels in the city over the next year. [Daily Gazette]

A Schenectady County jail guard was fired last week after allegedly buying cocaine from a city plow driver who's accused pushing snow on his route -- both literally and figuratively. [TU]

After being denied tax-free local financing, two Brighter Choice charter schools are now trying to get the money from an industrial development agency in Phoenix, Arizona. [TU]

New York Army National Guard helicopters will be practicing scooping water out of the Hudson River today near around Schuylerville. [WTEN]

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