Large fire on Madison Ave in Albany, Saratoga talks about ICE arrests, man dies from stabbing injuries in Troy, casino payments continue to lag expectations

Madison Ave fire 2017-07-17

A photo from Monday night's row house fire on Madison Ave in Albany. / photo: Paul Gallo

Madison Ave fire
A large fire ripped through a string of row houses on Madison Ave between Lark and Dove Monday night in Albany (map). Sixteen people have been displaced from their homes. The Albany Fire Department says it's too early to determine a cause. [WNYT] [News10] [TU]

Saratoga Springs ICE arrests
A major topic of discussion at a Saratoga Springs community forum Monday night about recent ICE arrests in the city: Why the apparent focus on Saratoga? There were also questions about how community members could assist undocumented immigrants. People also talked about fear that's spread among immigrants in the county. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WNYT] [News10]

Troy arsons
The city of Troy says law enforcement is investigating six recent fires in the city as arsons. And TPD John Tedesco says police will be enforcing a curfew in North Central. [City of Troy] [TU]

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Troy stabbing death
Troy police say the man stabbed July 11 in North Central home has died of his injuries. TPD says there have been no arrests. [Troy Record] [TU]

Sentencing in Schenectady attempted rundown
The man convicted of trying run down a man on State Street with his car last year was sentenced to eight years in prison -- after his attorney employed the acknowledged "jerk move" defense. [Daily Gazette]

Cuomo poll numbers down
In a Siena poll out Tuesday, Andrew's Cuomo's favorability rating was 52 percent, his lowest mark in a year and a half. [SRI]

Rivers casino payments to municipalities
Revenue at the Rivers casino in Schenectady continues to lag projections, so the payments to local municipalities are also off the expected pace. [Daily Gazette]

Tick-borne disease
+ The state Department of Health says there's been a second confirmed case of Powassan virus in a Saratoga County resident, and it thinks there could be a third.
+ Kirsten Gillibrand was in Washington County Monday to tout a federal effort focused on research and education about tick-borne diseases. [WNYT]

A look at the START Children's Center in Lansingburgh, which assisted 650 kids last year who were caught in circumstances involving abuse or neglect. [Troy Record]

County fairs
Reviewing the inspection process for the rides at county fairs. [Daily Gazette]

Insect against insects
Researchers from Cornell are deploying a species of wasp in Albany and Putnam counties as part of an effort to fight invasive beetles. [TU]

Off-schedule birds
Newly-published research from scientists at UConn reports that climate change is messing with the timing of the return of song birds in the Northeast each spring. [TU]

Rogue sign painting
Chris Churchill talks with the Guilderland man who went on a rogue spree to restore historical markers in the town.

Stuff going on today

The ValleyCats are at The Joe against Connecticut. It's bobblehead night. Tuesday 7 pm -- $5.75 and up

Saratoga County Fair
Tuesday: County fair season starts with the Saratoga County Fair at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. This is the 176th year for the fair. Admission is $12 / season ticket is $40 / shorter than 52 inches is free / active military free with ID card / unlimited ride wristband is $20

Capital Rep
Tuesday-Sunday: Capital Rep continues its production of Mamma Mia!. Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Park Playhouse
Tuesday-Saturday: Park Playhouse continues its production of Ragtime at the Washington Park lake house. Tuesday-Saturday 8 pm -- free lawn seating is unreserved / reserved seats available starting at $16

NYS Writers Institute
Monday-Friday: The NYS Summer Writers Institute continues it series of public author readings at Skidmore.

+ Tuesday: Novelist-Memoirist Mary Gordon (The Shadow Man, Pearl) and poet Tom Healy (What the Right Hand Knows)

The events start at 8 pm in the Davis Auditorium of Skidmore's Palamountain Hall. They're free.

Music: Foreigner at SPAC
With Cheap Trick, and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. 7 pm -- $18.75 and up

Music: Robert Earl Keen at The Egg
Texas singer/songwriter. With: Ruston Kelly. 7:30 pm -- $34.50

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