I wonder if the Times Union realizes that it is being sensationalist and irresponsible when it publishes shit like this?
Schenectady police seemed sure they had their man Wednesday. They had
detained a suspect after an attempted abduction report in a community
on high alert . . . In the end, the local man in custody turned out to be the child's grandfather, police said.
the false alarm underscores the balance authorities must strike in
ensuring the safety of children without encroaching on the rights of
people going about their daily business, which may include interaction
with unruly youngsters. The local angst follows a national outcry over
the arrest in August of a California couple accused of the horrific
kidnapping and rape of a young girl. Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted in
1991 when she was 11 and held captive for more than 18 years.
Downtown Troy has been overrun this summer and now fall with a
series of muggings--some at gun point, some during daytime hours,
almost all of them, allegedly, at the hands of teenagers. Troy PD
caught four kids in an undercover operation last week and two of the
alleged would-be muggers were 13 years old.
Three days ago, two
women were robbed near Russell Sage. Today, RPI sent out the below
crime alert. I have lived in Troy for nearly a decade now, and I don't
remember a time when downtown seemed this dangerous. People are getting
skittish and some have started a neighborhood group. Others are
weighing the benefits and risks of living in downtown.
Tutunjian administration has devoted so much of its effort into making
downtown attractive to the affluent, and now, instead, it is attractive
to the muggers.
On Monday October 5,
2009 at approximately 4:50pm on the 8th Street Approach staircase, a
male Rensselaer student was approached from behind by two suspects. One of
the suspects struck the victim in the head with his fist. The other
suspect took victim’s cell phone and IPod. Both suspects fled south on
foot. No weapons were
displayed or threatened.
Just as Councilman Dominick Calsolaro predicted in this week's issue, the campaign for Corey Ellis has finally come back to life today in order to issue a round of press releases criticizing Mayor Jerry Jennings' 2010 budget.
The new budget proposes $2.3 million in additional spending over last year. Ellis maintains that this is unacceptable and the city needs to redo the budget, keeping in mind the economic realities. We must reduce spending and eliminate the residential tax hike, Ellis said. "The mayor's claim that he has made 'incremental cuts to all departmental budgets' is simply untrue; twenty-six of the departmental budgets have proposed increases for 2010."
Ellis pointed out that the largest "cut" in a departmental budget was $475,000 in the Central Garage budget for gasoline. However, this was not a budget cut but simply reflects the fact that gas is much cheaper than it was last year.
Ellis explained that many departments simply did not cut any spending, such as Department 5010 (Maintenance of Streets) and Department 1490 (Parks Maintenance). There are no cuts to any line items in either of these departmental budgets.