Fatal stabbing in Troy, anti-fracking rally at Capitol, child found wandering without coat or shoes, schnauzer is top dog

Troy police say a 21-year-old man was stabbed Monday evening in Lansingburgh and later died from his injuries (map). TPD says two teens have been arrested, and charged with second-degree murder. [YNN] [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens says there's no timetable for finishing hydrofracking rules. His appearance before a state Senate/Assembly joint committee prompted another anti-fracking rally at the Capitol. [AP/Daily Gazette] [State of Politics] [TU]

A state comptroller's office audit of Mechanicville's finances reports that the city's true financial condition couldn't be determined because of the "extremely poor state of the City's financial records" -- and the city council has adopted "unrealistic budgets over the past several years." Says the city's accounts commissioner to the Saratogian: "We are now headed in the right direction, but it's a couple years too late." [NYS OSC] [Saratogian]

Albany, Green Island, Schenectady, and Troy are considered "financially distressed" cities under the Cuomo admin's proposed plan to cap binding arbitration between such cities and labor unions. The mayor of those cities showed up at a press conference supporting the Cuomo plan. [TU] [YNN]

State Senate Republicans appear skeptical about confirming Jenny Rivera for the Court of Appeals (the state's highest court). [TU]

A water leak in the Corning Tower knocked out power to part of the building and prompted a move of some state employees. [TU]

The Adirondack rafting guide who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after a passenger fell out of a raft drowned has been sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation. [Post-Star]

The Humane Society of the Capital Region says this area euthanizes animals at twice the average rate of the northeast. (Question: Why is the org using animals euthanized per 1000 humans? What's the per 1000 animal rate?) [TU]

Schenectady police say a four year old was found wandering the Eastern Ave neighborhood Monday with no coat and no shoes. Police say the girl went out after her grandmother fell asleep. SPD says the woman was interviewed and no charges were filed. [YNN] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Albany common council approved Jeffery Jamison to head up the city's Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance, which is now its own department. (Code enforcement is a frequent focus of attention in Albany.) [TU]

Whole Foods says it's still planning for an early 2014 opening at Colonie Center -- though Sears is saying it might be a bit later than that. [TU]

A large fire that started Saturday at warehouses storing paper for recycling in Queensbury was still smoking on Monday. It took 11 fire companies 36 hours to put down. [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

The NWS says the snow that helped cause the multi-car pileup on the Northway this past weekend was a very narrow band of lake effect snow. [Saratogian]

The country's top giant schnauzer is from Saratoga County, and will compete at Westminster. (Also, she's apparently not a couch potato like her other schnauzer housemate.) [Daily Gazette]


I wonder if the Humane Society uses the per-person rate for euthanization to adjust for more population-dense areas (i.e. cities versus rural areas).

Either way, there are far too many animals euthanized here and everywhere. Spay and neuter your pets, people--I can't personally adopt all of the unwanted cats. I'm enough of a crazy cat lady as it is.

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