Guilty verdict in Saratoga kidnapping, GloFo fab assessed at $160 million, man accused of killing puppy with shovel, Charles Grodin doesn't want Joe Bruno to go to prison

Victor Hernandez-Perez, the man accused of kidnapping a woman in Saratoga Springs last summer, was found guilty on 13 counts Friday evening. He faces 8-25 years in prison -- the Saratoga County DA says he'll ask for the maximum. Hernandez-Perez's attorney says they'll appeal. Hernandez-Perez is in the country illegally -- and the woman he kidnapped told WTEN that she hopes "he does his time and when its over that he leaves this country and doesn't have the chance to do it to someone here again." [TU] [Saratogian] [TU] [WNYT] [Fox23] [WTEN]

Andrew Cuomo told a Democratic Party gathering this weekend that this year's election is "the most important election for the State of New York in my lifetime." David Paterson says he'd vote for Cuomo. [State of Politics] [Daily Politics]

A group of contractors is suing the state over the withheld state funding for road projects. [TU]

The value of GlobalFoundries' Malta chip fab has been assessed at $160 million for tax purposes. [Daily Gazette $]

Albany police say two men were shot in the South End Friday night (map). [TU] [Fox23]

Police say DNA pulled from a mobile phone has connected a NYC man to last summer's shooting at a pizza place in Troy. [Troy Record]

A man died in Schatigcoke this weekend after falling down a cliff into the Hoosic River. There have been a string of fatal accidents in the town over the last year -- YNN says seven people have died in 10 months; Fox23 says 11 in nine months. [TU] [YNN] [Fox23]

State police say a Delmar man died after falling while hiking in the Catskills near Hunter on Saturday. [TU] [Fox23]

Bethlehem resident Richard Hartunian has been sworn in as the US attorney for New York's Northern District. He's the first Capital Region resident appointed to the job since 1969. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette $]

Supporters and opponents of rolling back the bar closing time in Saratoga Springs are probably both right about the predicted consequences. [Daily Gazette $]

A proposed state law would require drivers to stay three feet away from cyclists. [Daily Gazette $]

Troy police say a man has been arrested for killing a puppy with a shovel. The man said the dog was sick and said the act was "a mercy killing." [YNN] [Fox23]

Schenectady police say man flashed two young girls in a discount store last week. [Fox23]

Albany police say a man was mugged at gunpoint in Washington Park Friday night. [WNYT]

Schenectady school board candidates get elected via secretive political-party-like orgs. [Daily Gazette $]

The path to higher-speed rail in New York State is slow-going. [TU]

Among those calling for Joe Bruno to not get prison time: former Rensselaer County DA Patricia DeAngelis and... Charles Grodin. [TU]

The building behind 11 Central Ave in Albany was demolished this weekend (street view). [TU]

Some shows at SPAC will have paperless ticketing. [Daily Gazette $]

The Rotterdam Little League has retired the number 7 in honor a of boy who died from brain cancer. [Daily Gazette $] [YNN]

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