Fatal fire in Schenectady, weekend of stabbings, losing the fight against alien clams, Andrew Cuomo in a canoe

An 86-year-old man died in a house fire Saturday morning in Schenectady's Bellevue neighborhood (map). A person who lived upstairs in the two-family home said the fire took over quickly -- and the "wall of flames and smoke" was too much to reach the elderly man. Damage to the home was extensive, requiring demolition. [YNN] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [TU]

Schenectady police say a man was fatally stabbed in front of his home early Saturday in the Central State neighborhood (map). SPD hasn't released info about possible suspects. There have been multiple stabbings and fatalities on the man's street during the past year. [YNN] [WNYT] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say a man was found stabbed multiple times early Sunday morning near Caroline Street and Broadway. SSPD says it appears there was a fight in a Caroline Street bar -- the crowd got bounced, and the man was stabbed outside on Broadway. He was taken to Albany Med with non-life threatening injuries. SSPD says it's searching for a suspect. Says an SSPD assistant chief: "It's a big deal for Saratoga Springs ... It's a big deal any where. Any time someone is stabbed, it's a big deal." [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [Fox23] [News10] [WNYT]

Troy police say a woman was stabbed in south central Troy Sunday night (block map). Police say the alleged stabber is a woman and is in custody. Update: TPD says the alleged incident involved a mother and daughter fighting over... doing the dishes. [YNN] [Fox23] [TU]

After a recanvassing of voting machines in Columbia County, Kathy Marchione still leads Roy McDonald by 110 votes. Absentee ballots for Columbia and Saratoga counties are scheduled to be counted today. [Troy Record] [TU]

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New York State's temporary designation (pending research) of the criminal age of responsibility (16 years old) was set in... 1962. [TU]

The effort to eradicate the invasive Asian Clam from Lake George appears to be failing. Resulting great headline: "Humans talk strategy in fight against clam invaders." [TU] [Post-Star]

State Police allege a Washington County couple intentionally set fire to their mobile home for the insurance money. [News10]

A Schenectady developer who pleaded guilty to grand larceny in a mortgage fraud case has been sentenced to 1.3 to 4 years in prison. He stole more than $600,000 from lenders. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

State Troopers say they caught a Saratoga Springs man doing 110 mph on a motorcycle on Route 9 in Malta. [Saratogian]

Bethlehem's proposed budget includes an 8 percent tax increase -- which would be allowed under the rules of the tax cap. [TU]

Moody's has downgraded the financial outlook for the College of Saint Rose from stable to negative. [TU]

Albany's new schools superintendent -- Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard -- starts today. [YNN]

New home construction appears to be picking up around Saratoga. [Saratogian]

Organizers of Troy's Armenian Heritage Memorial say mayor Lou Rosamilia has told them the memorial will end up in Riverfront Park (this has been a point of contention). [Troy Record]

Trend: local restaurants taking over locations formerly occupied by chains. [TU]

Turnout for the first passegiata in downtown Schenectady: sparse. [Daily Gazette]

Among the residents of Saratoga County: 11 of the world's approximately 500 San Clemente Island goats. [Daily Gazette]

Speculation about Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016 is reportedly "making the Cuomo camp cranky" (according to those speaking "on the condition of anonymity to avoid alienating Mr. Cuomo"). [NYT]

And look, it's Andrew Cuomo in a canoe. Of course, it's all part of a strategy.[TU] [NYT]

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