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The Raucci case: A timeline

Monday, March 1, 2010
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This timeline shows indictments and other actions taken in the now year-long case of Steven Raucci, former facilities director of the Schenectady City School District.

April 10, 1993: Indictment alleges Steven Raucci set off an explosive device at Willow Lane, Glenville.

Aug. 26, 2001: Indictment alleges Raucci set off an M-80 firecracker or a quarter-stick of dynamite beneath the door handle of an occupied Shardon Court residence in August 2001.

May 1, 2005: Indictment alleges Raucci damaged a truck parked at Woodside Drive in Ballston.

July 28, 2005: Indictment alleges Raucci damaged a truck parked at Home Depot, Cambridge Road in Schenectady.

Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2006: Indictment alleges Raucci damaged a truck and car parked at a home on Jerry Avenue in Rotterdam.

Nov. 30, 2006: Indictment alleges Raucci placed an explosive device on a car windshield at the Clifton Park home of Athletic Director Gary DiNola home on Hatlee Road, Clifton Park; first-degree criminal possession of a weapon; terrorism; first-degree attempted criminal mischief; third-degree attempted arson; third-degree criminal mischief.

Jan. 12, 2007: Indictment alleges Raucci placed an explosive device on the front door of a home on Simmons Road, Schodack.

April 25 and May 4, 2007: Indictment alleges Raucci falsified business records at Mont Pleasant Middle School to conceal theft of school district tarps and equipment to apply deck stain.

Aug. 10, 2007: Indictment alleges Raucci damaged a Lexus automobile parked at the Desmond Inn, Albany-Shaker Road, Colonie.

February 26, 2008: Former school custodial supervisor Ronald Kriss files an $8 million federal lawsuit against the Schenectady City School District and his former supervisor, Steven Raucci, claiming he was sexually harassed and discriminated against because of a disability.

June 28, 2008: Indictment alleges Raucci damaged a truck parked at Woodside Drive in Ballston.

Feb. 16, 2009: Indictment alleges Raucci damaged home at Woodside Drive in Ballston.

Feb. 20, 2009: Indictment alleges Raucci possessed stolen nightvision goggles at his home on Balltown Road, Niskayuna.

Feb. 20, 2009: Indictment alleges Raucci had an explosive device at Mont Pleasant Middle School.

February 20, 2009: Raucci is arrested, charged with first-degree arson for allegedly detonating an explosive device by the front door of a Rotterdam residence eight years earlier.

February 23, 2009: Schenectady City School District Superintendent Eric Ely places Raucci on administrative leave with pay.

February 24, 2009: Raucci posts $200,000 bond but is immediately arrested by Schodack police on a warrant charging him with first-degree attempted arson for allgegedly placing an incendiary device at a Simons Road home in January 2007.

March 9, 2009: Acting Schenectady County Judge Polly Hoye rules that Raucci should be held without bail, pending trial.

March 16, 2009: Raucci sends retirement notice to the Schenectady School District.

March 18, 2009: The Board of Education accepts Raucci’s retirement.

April 1, 2009: Schenectady City School District Board of Education hires Rachel M. Rissetto to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct by district employees in connection with Raucci.

May 6, 2009: Raucci indicted on 26 counts, including terrorism and arson charges, one dating back to 1993.

June 18, 2009: Hoye again denies Raucci bail, accepting witness testimony that Raucci has said he would harm others or himself should he be released while waiting for his trial.

July 18, 2009: School district officials say they won’t release the results of Rachel Rissetto’s investigation.

Late July: District utility worker James D. Bachus and his wife, teacher Barbara Bachus, file a lawsuit filed against the Schenectady City School District in U.S. District Court. The Bachuses allege that Raucci, who was the district’s head of building and grounds, moved to retaliate against James Bachus by targeting Bachus’ wife.

August 5, 2009: Raucci appeals a bail ruling to the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court.

October 1: State Supreme Court Justice Vincent J. Reilly Jr. rejects bids by Ryan Rakoske, Harold and Deborah Gray and Laura Balogh to sue the city school district over alleged mistreatment by Raucci even though they had missed deadlines to file notices of claim.

October 8, 2009: The Schenectady City School District releases a heavily redacted version of its 190-page report into alleged misconduct by Raucci.

November 13, 2009: Barbara Tidball, the apparent recipient of a sexually degrading memo allegedly written by Raucci, files a lawsuit against the district, alleging the school district is responsible for harassment and embarrassment by Raucci.

November 23, 2009: The state Comptroller’s Office blasts the Schenectady City School District in an audit released Monday for allowing former facilities director Steven Raucci to collect more than $50,000 in unverified overtime.

December 3, 2009: Hoye rules an estimated $120,000 in cash seized from Steve Raucci’s Niskayuna home should be returned to him, finding no evidence to show it is connected to any of the crimes alleged.

December 17, 2009: The Daily Gazette and Times Union sue the Schenectady City School, demanding more information from an investigation the school district commissioned on whether district officials knew about allegations that Steven Raucci harassed and intimidated fellow employees and what, if anything, they did about it.

December 18, 2009: The Appellate Division of state Supreme court rejects arguments by his attorneys that Raucci was improperly ordered held without bail as a preventive measure.

January 29, 2010: State Supreme Court Justice Barry Kramer rules in favor of the school district and against The Daily Gazette and the Times Union in an ongoing dispute over the release of the report on the activities of Raucci.

 
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