Raucci faces possiblity of 100 years to life, Paterson asks state workers to forgo raises, Troy reassessment bond approved, new license plates now available

Schenectady County DA Robert Carney says Steven Raucci now faces as much as 100 years to life for the 18 counts on which he was convicted Thursday. A juror said that the undercover recordings of Raucci "pushed a lot of us over." The jury foreman said the panel struggled over the terrorism charge, ultimately deciding Raucci not guilty on that charge. Raucci's attorney said it was his client's choice to not take the stand in his own defense -- and they plan to appeal 14 of the counts. [Daily Gazette $] [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Fox23] [CBS6]

Carney said after the trial that Schenectady schools superintendent Eric Ely's email to Raucci about the investigation didn't appear to be criminal, but "but we're not closing the door to anything." Ely said his "heads up" email was his way of confronting Raucci about the allegations -- and he said he "never had any idea [Raucci] could commit those kinds of crimes." The school board president said the district needs to restore the public's trust by making "personnel changes." [TU] [Fox23] [WTEN] [Daily Gazette $]

The Raucci case has raised questions about the role of CSEA leadership. [Daily Gazette $]

Raucci's conviction doesn't affect his $79k/year pension. [Daily Gazette $]

David Paterson released a statement publicly urging the state worker unions to forgo their scheduled raises. CSEA said Paterson's actions demonstrate "the governor's total lack of credibility." [Paterson admin] [CSEA]

The Greenfield man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a tenant during a fight has been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison. The domestic situation surrounding the stabbing seems to have been complicated and bizarre. The resolution of the case didn't seem to make anyone happy. [Post-Star] [TU] [Saratogian]

The prison inmate accused of plotting to kill former Rensselaer County DA Patricia DeAngelis pleaded guilty yesterday. He faces 5-10 more years in prison. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Troy city council voted to approve the bonding necessary to pursue a city-wide property reassessment. It would be the first such assessment in more than 35 years. Harry Tutunjian says the whole process is expected to take three years. [Troy Record] [@TroyMayor] [@TroyMayor]

The nursing home in Troy at which 14 employees were recently charged with neglect has had more than three times the number of complaints than the average nursing home since 2007. Two families stepped forward yesterday accusing the nursing home of contributing to death of their family members. [Troy Record] [WTEN]

New York's highest court has ruled against the use of "all-persons-present" warrants by police. [NYT]

The number of bankruptcy filings in the US Bankruptcy Court in Albany were up 6.5 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to same period last year. [TU]

Just in case you were wondering about Andrew Cuomo's run for governor: "... once we get to the political season, I will make a political announcement about my political plans." [YNN]

Police say a man stole an SUV from the lot behind a Saratoga Springs Dunkin' Donuts and then careened way down Rt 50 before flipping the SUV over. They allege the man then tried to jack two other vehicles. [Daily Gazette $] [CBS6] [Fox23]

The new blue and gold New York license plates are now available. [YNN]


1. I have no legal background but doesn't 100 years to life seem a bit excessive?
2. Enough with the artsy fartsy license plates, make everyone happy and go back to the statue of liberty version.

Before Raucci heads off to prison, I wish someone would ask him where he gets his hair done....love that old-man moppy look.

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