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Owner's son held in stabbing at Schenectady tavern

Owner's son held in stabbing at Schenectady tavern

One man was stabbed Thursday morning inside a Schenectady bar and at least one man was taken into cu
Owner's son held in stabbing at Schenectady tavern
One of two suspects involved in a stabbing is put into a waiting police cruiser in front of the Union Inn on Union St. on Thursday morning. Lt. Mark McCracken at right.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

One man was stabbed Thursday morning inside a Schenectady bar and at least one man was taken into custody, officials said.

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. at the Union Inn, 517 Union St. The victim was found by police on nearby Clinton Street with injuries described as not life-threatening.

The stabbing happened inside the bar, not in the apartments above, police said. The bar was closed at the time.

“Officers made entry, interviewed a number of individuals,” city police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said.

McCracken did not say why the group may have been inside the bar. Several people were taken to the station to be interviewed, he said.

The istabbing victim was not identified.

One man taken into custody was identified later Thursday as Cory Daniel, son of the owner of the bar, according to Daniel’s attorney, James Walsh. Daniel lives above the bar and was sleeping Thursday morning, Walsh said. He was charged with second-degree assault, a felony; criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration, misdemeanors; and harassment, a violation.

Walsh said he expected Daniel to be held overnight and arraigned this morning. “We’ll see where it’s going once they have charges, but we are going to deny these allegations and we’ll put forth a zealous defense,” Walsh said.

The bar has been threatened in the past year on two different fronts: rainwater gushing into its basement and accusations of violence that threatened the bar’s liquor license. The license review followed accusations that a son of bar owner Joyce Fordham twice chased a customer out of the bar and beat him. The report did not identify the son.

The investigation by the state Liquor Authority came at the request of the city. The bar did not lose its liquor license but the authority warned the bar needed better security.

The authority also told Fordham in a written report that she could not escape punishment just because the perpetrator was her son. If violence continued, the authority said, she could face sanctions.

Meanwhile, the Union Inn has been in a dispute for the past year with developer Christopher Maddalone over the cause of massive flooding that has damaged the inn’s basement.

Fordham charged that Maddalone’s neighboring development caused stormwater to be diverted into the bar’s basement.

Last month, the inn filed suit against Maddalone, his company and the development.

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