Arrest in Saratoga kidnapping case, suit alleges Raucci cut off heat to classroom, assemblyman says four day week a "no-brainer," Union disputes party school tag

Saratoga Springs police say they have arrested the man whom they allege is responsible for the kidnapping and attempted rape of a woman last Thursday night (map). The man -- who's an illegal immigrant -- has been charged with felony kidnapping and felony robbery (he's accused of taking off with $500). Police continued to praise the woman for her moxie in being able to escape from the attack. Authorities say they're investigating whether the man was involved with another similar crime in Lake George. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [CapNews9] [Post-Star] [TU]

Yet another lawsuit filed over the alleged conduct of Steven Raucci accuses the former Schenectady school district employee of cutting off the heat to a teacher's classroom after her husband -- who worked for Raucci -- indicated he might challenge Raucci for a union leadership position. [Daily Gazette]

David Paterson has requested that the USDA declare 17 counties, including the Capital Region, agricultural disaster areas. The damp, cloudy summer has been miserable for farmers. [CBS6] [Daily Gazette]

New York State's new education commissioner is David Steiner, who was a dean at Hunter College in NYC. He said yesterday that he will focus on improving teacher performance. [NYT] [TU]

A bill that would allow voters to recall state officials has been proposed in the state Senate. Jim Tedisco has already said he will propose such a bill in the the Assembly. [CapNews9] [Fox23 July 11]

State assemblyman Michael Gianaris says a four-day work week for state employees is "a no-brainer." [SciAm via Daily Politics]

State Police say the man accused of stabbing a horse to death in Rensselaer County last December admitted to the crime in a statement to an investigator. The man pleaded not guilty yesterday to felony animal cruelty and three other charges. [TU] [Troy Record]

The suspect in the Cohoes bike path rape has pleaded guilty. [Troy Record]

The stalking case against Albany County legislator Brian Scavo has been dismissed. [TU]

A Schenectady city councilman has concluded that the city's police force is understaffed -- and is calling for as many as 15 new officers to be hired. [Daily Gazette]

Police say a man was shot twice in the bum during a mugging on Broadway in Albany early Monday morning. [CapNews9]

Albany police say a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old used a gun for two different stick-ups in Park South early Monday morning. [CapNews9]

The company that administers the AP tests says it lost answer sheets for 44 biology and physics tests at Colonie Central High School. [Fox23]

A spokesman for Union College says the Princeton Review surveys that resulted in Union being ranked among the nation's biggest party schools "don't speak to the reality of the scene on campus." [Daily Gazette]


That man would not have been shot in the bum if he didn't have to move his car at a ridiculous time of day. O the injustice!

In all reality though, the story about the 13 and 15 year old burglars made me throw up in my mouth a little. That's just unbelievable.

@ summer: Are you trying to say moving your car can be a real pain in the ass?

(I just couldn't resist)

Kudos to Albany Med security for helping to nab those kids.

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