DA says recent attempted abduction reports not unusual, man accused of throwing person into a fire, police taser man in Schenectady, David Hyde Pierce returns to Saratoga

Despite a recent string of reports, the Schenectady County DA says he doesn't believe there's been an unusual number of attempted abductions. [TU]

The state Department of Transportation says there's been an increase in the number of fender benders on Route 85 in Slingerlands where the roundabouts have been installed -- but fewer accidents involving injuries. The DOT reported a similar trend for the Malta roundabouts last year. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

State Democrats have reportedly given David Paterson until December to turn his poll numbers around ahead of next year's gubernatorial race. [AP/TU]

The state has spent $19k to install hand sanitizer dispensers in state buildings -- including the Capitol -- around Albany. [PolitickerNY]

East Greenbush police say a man threw an 18-year-old into a bonfire during a party early Friday morning. The alleged victim reportedly suffered second degree burns on many parts of his body. The alleged tosser has been charged with first degree assault. [Fox23] [WTEN] [WNYT]

Colonie police say they tasered a man in a Schenectady garage after he led them on chase Friday afternoon. [WNYT]

State police say they're going to be cracking down on Thruway drivers not using hands-free devices for mobile phones. [AP/CBS6]

The Saratoga man accused of stabbing his mother last month has been found mentally unfit to stand trial. [Saratogian]

HVCC is getting $3.5 million from the feds for a program that aims to train people how to install solar energy equipment. [Troy Record]

National Grid says it's trying to make utility bills easier to understand -- but a mess of state and local taxes and fees makes that difficult. [TU]

Among the things dredged up during the Hudson River PCB dredging: a ship from the 1700s and logs from the original Fort Edward. [Saratogian]

Kirsten Gillibrand attended her 25th high school reunion at Emma Willard over the weekend. [CapNews9]

A new teen space at the Saratoga Springs Public Library includes a large flat screen TV, computers and games. [Daily Gazette $]

David Hyde Pierce was in Saratoga Springs this past weekend to dedicate an organ he and his siblings donated to the Bethesda Episcopal Church. Pierce learned to play organ at the church while growing up in Saratoga. The TV and Broadway star performed two pieces on the organ Sunday. [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

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David Hyde Pierce and I have something in common! We're both organ donors. How neat!

I thought the same thing. And I was picturing what an organ-donating dedication would look like. Little rubber-kidney party-favors? A ribbon-cutting ceremony in the OR? Calves liver and onion on the menu? GROSS. Although perfect for the Halloween season.

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