Schenectady among 10 NY districts with approved education plan, Glens Falls man gets 25 years for assulting infant,Cambridge woman named Top Model contestant

Schenectady is one of ten school districts whose education plan has been approved by the State Education Commissioner. Statewide, 700 districts must have approved plans in place by January 13th in order to get a portion of the $805 million increase in state aid. Schenectady's plan includes the ability to grade some teachers as part of groups.[News 10/AP] [TU]

A Glens Falls man received the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for breaking the leg of a 7 week old baby. [YNN]

A 22 year old Albany man was killed on Wednesday morning when his motorcycle collided with an Albany Park, Ride, Fly van on Wednesday morning.[TU] [Record]

The New York State United Teachers Union has endorsed Roy McDonald for his Senate Seat in both the primary in general election. [Post Star]

A Bethlehem police officer who accused his chief of making racist comments, was sentenced to 5 years probation on Wednesday for using a police retirement I.d. Card, forged with the signature of the chief, to get a police retirement badge. [TU]

An example of New York State municipalities that are struggling: After pulling $15 million Schenectady has $75,000 left in its rainy day fund.[TU]

131 of the 693 Schenectady property owners threatened with foreclosure recently have agreed to pay their back taxes, but many of the others still haven't been found. [TU]

With an eye toward a possible lawsuit against the the owner of the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Power Project, Schoharie County is bringing in engineers to help evaluate whether the owners of the plant did everything they couldto protect people during last year's tropical storms. [Gazette]

State Assembly candidate and former Rensselaer County legislator Keith Hammond is being investigated by troy police for alleged sexual misconduct with a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman. [TU]

A new private school is set to open in Clifton Park next month. [Gazette]

Another public meeting is slated tonightto discuss the fate of St. Patrick's in Watervliet. [YNN]

Moving firewood in the Lake George region of the Adirondacks could get you a fine from the DEC - something six people learned the hard way this week. The DEC restricts moving of firewood there in an effort to curb the spread of invasive insects.[TU]

Saratoga's new Waterfront Park is open. [Gazette]

The creators of the films "The Skeptic" and "Dorian Blues are working on another local film project which will focus on bullying. [TU]

Local colleges are using new, higher end housing to attract students.[TU]

Two Rubik's Cube champions, a trapeze artist, a U.S. Open Sand Castle competion winner and a pumpkin throwing record holder are among this year's RPI freshman. [TU]

Another Capital Region woman will be featured on America's Next Top Model.[TU]

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