Schenectady woman dies after being set on fire, 16 agencies respond to bowling alley fight, remembering John Hedley

Police: Woman set on fire
Schenectady police say a woman died after being set on fire in her Eastern Ave neighborhood apartment Saturday. Her husband is accused of pouring gasoline on her and their home and setting her on fire -- he's facing an attempted murder charge that's set to be upgraded. Said a neighbor to the TU who had run outside to smother the fire on the woman with a blanket: "My heart is broken. I really tried to save her -- I really did." [Daily Gazette] [TWCN] [WNYT] [TU]

Rape kit testing backlog
The Schenectady police department had a backlog of 75 untested rape kits during a recent review by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services -- the fourth highest total in the state. [TU+]

Schenectady code enforcement
Sara Foss reviews the many questions about the city of Schenectady's code enforcement following the charges against a building inspector related to the fatal Jay Street fire: "Frankly, I have a hard time believing that the conditions that existed at 104 Jay Street -- and the failure to fix them or order them fixed -- are unique." [Daily Gazette]

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Notaries, petitions, and incumbency
Looking at why there's a proliferation of notaries among employees of the state legislature and how that ties into the ways incumbents work the electoral system to their advantage. [TU+]

Andrew Cuomo in Israel
A recap of Andrew Cuomo's quick trip to Israel over the weekend, which included a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu. [NYT]

Sex abuse statute of limitations
A look at the long push to change the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases in New York State, which now has the backing of Andrew Cuomo. [AP/Troy Record]

Farm workers
Kirstin Gillibrand was in Columbia County Friday for a roundtable event with farmers about the challenges they're facing. Among those issues: How the Trump administration's recent immigrant orders and enforcement will affect the people farms rely on for harvests. [WNYT] [TWCN]

Bowling alley fight
Police say multiple fights broke out at crowded event at a bowling alley in Halfmoon late Saturday night, drawing responders from 16 police agencies. Two people were arrested. [News10] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Armed robberies
There were armed robberies in Rotterdam and Saratoga Springs Saturday in which both involved a masked person and a knife. [TU]

Troy swimming pools
Troy City Council president Carmella Mantello is pushing for the city to find a way to open its pools this summer -- they're set to be closed because of the budget crunch. [TU]

Dan McCoy
Chris Churchill speculates that the job that would suit Albany County exec Dan McCoy even better is mayor of Albany. [TU+]

ViaPort
Charting the rebound of the ViaPort Rotterdam mall.

$100 million project
Union College formally announced that it's planning to build a new $100 million science and engineering center. [Biz Review]

John Hedley
Prominent Troy businessman John Hedley died last week at age 81. [Biz Review]

Dance marathon
The annual South High Dance Marathon in South Glens Falls raised more than $823k this year. [Post-Star]

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I guess I'm not surprised, but I am disgusted by the rape kit backlog. We are failing rape survivors by not acting in all evidence in a timely fashion.

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