Niskayuna kindergarten teacher accused of threatening ex-fiance
NISKAYUNA A Niskayuna kindergarten teacher was arrested earlier this month after allegedly threatening her former fiance.
Lori A. Bacchia, 48, who teaches at Craig Elementary School, was charged June 4 with felony first-degree criminal contempt and misdemeanor second-degree aggravated harassment. The charge stems from an April 6 incident in which she allegedly left a voice mail on the phone of Bernard Waldron Jr., saying she did not care about her career and that she would bury him, according to court papers.
Waldron, the son of the former Schenectady County sheriff, told The Gazette he was formerly engaged to Bacchia. He declined to comment extensively on the matter. “It’s being dealt with through the courts,” he said.
Bacchia is due to appear in Schenectady City Court on July 12. If ultimately convicted, she could face up to four years in prison on the contempt charge and up to one year on the misdemeanor count.
The Scotia resident has been with the district for 13 years. Her salary is $80,364. Before coming to Niskayuna, she taught in the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. A listed telephone number for Bacchia could not be found, and she did not return a Facebook message seeking comment.
She is represented by attorney Stephen Signore, who also didn’t return a call for comment.
Newspaper records indicate that Bacchia was charged June 7, 2011, with third-degree criminal mischief. The outcome of that case could not be determined.
Niskayuna Central School District spokesman Matt Leon confirmed that Bacchia is a teacher and said the district is reviewing the situation. “Beyond that, our policy is to not comment on personnel issues,” he said.