Schenectady school district preparing federal complaint over state aid, Albany doctor at center of Lyme controversy, rash of car vandalism Halloween night in Albany

Schenectady schools superintendent Larry Spring is seeking parent support before he files a civil rights complaint with the feds arguing the state's school funding formula discriminates against districts with large minority populations. [TU] [SCSD] [Daily Gazette]

Tracey Zetzsche -- who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in case in which she apparently beat her adult son, who had a disability, to death in a Westerlo apartment in 2012 -- was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday. Zetzsche has said she doesn't remember the incident, a claim supported by psychologists who've examined her. She said at the sentencing: "I do know that my son is gone. And whatever sentence you believe is necessary I'll abide by it ... the worst punishment is that I may have caused my son's death. I have to live my life without my child." [WNYT] [YNN] [TU]

A federal judge has ordered the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany to turn over almost four decades of clergy abuse files to a man who's suing the diocese alleging he was raped by a priest as a child. [TU]

A Times Union analysis of records from related to a discretionary fund at the SUNY Research Foundation concludes SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher has made "extensive" use of outside consultants during her tenure. [TU]

An Albany pediatrician is at the center of what the Times Union calls a "polarizing controversy" -- "whether doctors who treat chronic Lyme are saviors or quacks." [TU]

There's a plan to install disinfection technology on one sewer pipe in Albany -- called "Big C" -- that's responsible for almost half of the raw sewage discharges into the Hudson River during combined sewer overflows (when storm water overwhelms the sewer system). [TU]

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NYRA hired a $75,000 mentor for its new CEO. [TU]

Clifton Park has arranged to buy water from Glenville as proactive measure in case its supply from the Saratoga County Water Authority becomes threatened. (The town of Ballston recently turned off its connection to the county supply because of concerns about levels of chlorination byproducts.) [Daily Gazette]

This year's Saratoga Springs mayoral race is the first time in the city's history all the candidates are women. The campaigns are fighting over a claim made in a mailer. [TU] [Saratogian]

The Rensselaer mayoral election includes an incumbent who's 79 years old and a challenger who's 27. [TU]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office says a Watervliet man was arrested for allegedly threatening his estranged wife and her boyfriend via text message. The woman and boyfriend work for TSA and reported the alleged harassment at their job at ALB -- sheriff Craig Apple says the alleged threats were not specifically related to couple's status at TSA agents, but the man allegedly said he would show up at their place of work (which is at the airport). The man accused of making the threats says the allegations are false. [ACSO] [TU] [YNN] [WNYT]

The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office says deputies made an arrest in connection with an armed robbery at a Subway in Hoosick Friday. [Troy Record]

State Police say they arrested a Moreau man after he allegedly "threw the chemical Lye in the face of his adult son, threatened him with a knife and attempted to strike him with his vehicle." [NYSP]

State Police say they arrested arrested in the suspect wanted in the theft of computer accessories from the Wilton Walmart when a trooper, stopping into another local store to ask if anyone had seen the suspect, recognized the man allegedly trying to sell the accessories in the same store. [NYSP]

Glenville police say a Schenectady man was arrested for alleging possessing 2.5 pounds of steroids that had been ordered from China. [News10]

Albany police say they're investigating the vandalism of multiple cars in the area of Dove/Elm streets overnight Thursday to Friday (map). WNYT reports "source familiar with the investigation says that's a tag consistent with one of Albany's young gangs." [News10] [WNYT]

A Schenectady food pantry's biggest need: stuff people can't buy with food stamps -- like toilet paper. [Daily Gazette]

A group of military veterans and local high school students have collaborated on producing a play to tell the stories of women who were sexually assaulted while serving in the military. [TU]

Elizabeth Smart spoke at a luncheon in Colonie on Friday. [TU] [Troy Record]

Mark Graydon -- the popular bartender/proprietor at Wolff's and the Olde English -- is recovering from having a brain tumor removed. [TU]

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