Siena headed to the NCAA tournament, Colonie soldier's death ruled a suicide, rabbi sentenced to 60 days in jail, man accused of trying to sink state-owned boat

The Siena men's basketball team is heading to the NCAA tournament after beating Fairfield 72-65 in overtime in the MAAC tournament final. The Saints trailed by 11 at halftime -- but as coach Fran McCaffery said after the game: "We were phenomenally resilient in the second half." [ESPN] [TU]

A former Schenectady school district carpenter and co-worker of Steven Raucci testified yesterday that Raucci told him "I can get even with you and your family anytime I want" after an argument in 1995. The carpenter also testified that he saw Raucci in a school office with an explosive device in 2008. (The carpenter's testimony was for background --it wasn't related to any specific charge against Raucci.) A former elementary school principal testified that he complained, with seemingly no effect, to school district leaders about Raucci ordering a janitor to distribute flyers before school board elections. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette $] [Fox23] [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

Colleen Murphy, the mother of Amy Seyboth Tirador, says military investigators have officially concluded that the Colonie soldier's death in Iraq was a suicide. She says the family has hired its own attorney and investigator to pursue the case. Of the case, Murphy says "someone is covering something up." [Fox23] [CapNews9] [TU]

Albany Med is getting $10 million in federal and state stimulus money to increase its research capacity. The money will be spent on new lab space and 20 new employees. It's the biggest grant in the medical college's history. [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Fox23]

Albany county exec Mike Breslin warned yesterday that the county is facing a projected budget gap of $35 million next year -- which could involve a 50 percent property tax increase. [WNYT] [TU]

The idea of higher taxes and fees came up repeatedly in discussions yesterday about how to close Saratoga Springs' $2.2 million budget gap. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The Saratoga County sheriff's department says a man robbed a Schuylerville bank yesterday with a note. they say the man was wearing sunglasses and a bandage on his nose. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The Loudonville rabbi who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment for having inappropriate physical contact with two boys was sentenced to 60 days in jail. The judge told the man he head "utterly failed to accept responsibility for your actions." [CapNews9] [Fox23] [TU]

State police say a former state employee tried to sink a state-owned historic boat docked on the Erie Canal in Waterford. The police say the alleged sinker had worked on the boat. [TU] [Fox23]

Colonie police say it appears that the two men involved in the fatal car crash in Colonie Saturday were racing. [TU]

Albany County DA David Soares says the "OffenderWatch" system for tracking and notifying neighbors about sex offenders will be expanded county-wide. It already includes the City of Albany. [WTEN] [Troy Record]

GE says the Hudson River PCB dredging project has to be re-designed if it's to be completed on time. [Post-Star]

Interviews of the eight candidates for Albany police chief start this week. [CapNews9]

Of the proposed soda tax, David Paterson said yesterday: "We're trying to take dangerous substances out of the hands of children." It sounds like the measure will have a tough time in the legislature. [CapNews9] [WTEN]

Richard Ravitch says he briefed Andrew Cuomo on the budget last week. [AP/WNYT]

By one survey, the jobs outlook in the Capital Region is relatively good (compared to the rest of nation). It would seem that "relative" is the key word, though. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past (short) week on AOA: + Anonymous asked about finding a contractor to build a patio. + We... (more)

Today's moment of bird

We spotted this bird chilling along a residential street in uptown Albany this week. At first it was on lawn, and then flew into a... (more)

Speed bumps for Washington Park?

Alison emails with a question that's not exactly an Ask AOA question so much as an idea: Should there be speed bumps in Washington Park?... (more)

"First of all, nobody eats lunch anymore..."

NY Mag's Chris Smith talks with an unnamed lobbyist who works here in Albany about the lobbying life -- the seemingly endless lineup of fundraisers... (more)

UAlbany's Lyle Thompson wins college lacrosse's top trophy. Again.

UAlbany lacrosse star Lyle Thompson won the Tewaaraton Trophy Thursday night for the second year in a row. (The trophy is like the Heisman for... (more)

Recent Comments

... I think for me and many in the community, there is a desire to go back to this point in time, were neighborhoods were rounder, more complete and effervescent, and not so square that they can't take any unique pegs coming its way. There is a lot of energy in this neighborhood, and potential, not unlike other industrial zones in other cities, that have scene remarkable change towards diverse economies. Some do it well, others not so much, so I think it will be important to take those lessons learned from our peers to make sure it is done right. ...

Today's moment of bird

...has 1 comment, most recently from Nancy

Speed bumps for Washington Park?

...has 10 comments, most recently from Jim M.

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from Jessica R W

UAlbany's Lyle Thompson wins college lacrosse's top trophy. Again.

...has 1 comment, most recently from Amelia

The Capital Region's theater district

...has 5 comments, most recently from Mary