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Posted on February 26 at 9:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Not a hate crime? Three black females on one white?- “I especially want to point out that what happened on the bus was not a ‘hate crime,’ ” “ said UPD Chief J. Frank Wiley in a press release. “We spent a great deal of time carefully reviewing the audio recordings to determine whether any racial slurs were used. The only person we heard uttering racial epithets was one of the defendants." It states right there that one of the defendants uttered a racial epithet. Unbelievable!

From: UAlbany president calls alleged false racial reports ‘unsettling’

Posted on January 16 at 4:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

SCHENECTADY — Shortly after it became clear his bookkeeper had been stealing from him and his business, John D. Marcella recalled confronting the woman.

He’d treated her like family, the owner of John D. Marcella & Son Appliances recalled telling Carrie LaFond. Why did she do it, he essentially asked.

Her answer, he told a Schenectady County Court Wednesday, was simply that she couldn’t stop.

“The hardships that followed” the thefts “were unbelievable,” Marcella told Judge Polly

(Wife of Paul LaFond)

Carrie LaFond, 41, was sentenced Wednesday to 21⁄2 to 71⁄2 years in prison after admitting in November to embezzling $466,000 from the company over three years.

The thefts hurt the company’s reputation and its bottom line. The financial problems caused by the thefts were also a major factor in the layoffs of three people and put the company as a whole in danger, Marcella said.

LaFond, who appeared in court with her attorney, James Knox, showed little emotion as Marcella spoke.

From: LaFond named Schenectady's commisssioner of general services

Posted on December 5 at 8:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I've never met the Pope, he has never contacted me and I have never been to the Vatican. Can I still celebrate Christmas and call myself Catholic

From: FBI investigates Southern California attack as act of terror

Posted on January 29 at 1:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Heard that Mccracken guy likes to whine and complain when he doesn't get overtime in front of his men. Maybe he should take a course or buy a book on leadership with his hard earned six figure salary.

From: Police again top list of Schenectady earners

Posted on January 27 at 5:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

He was sworn to uphold the Constitution. That law is BS. That's why it was passed in the manner that it was. Maybe he should take away our right to free speech or freedom of the press....then we can all dance to the cries of all the liberals.

From: Editorial: Follow law, not sheriff, on gun permits

Posted on January 27 at 8:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I prefer to follow the constitution, not a political agenda or anything else that was irresponsibly and unethically rammed down our throats while we slept

From: Editorial: Follow law, not sheriff, on gun permits

Posted on January 27 at 8:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

take a breath....

From: Majority at Schenectady hearing back zoning changes for Alco site

Posted on January 25 at 10:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Schenectady High School has a graduation rate of 64.5% through August 2013. The lowest out of all schools in Schenectady County. I'm surprised they can find any qualified candidates to take the test that come from the city to begin with. The notion that there is not a large enough pool of minority candidates who can meet the qualifications, who are actually from the city of Schenectady, makes complete sense. You can't get minorities to take the exam who are from the City of Schenectady because barely any exist that meet the qualifications to simply take the test.

Better- higher in quality, more attractive, appealing, effective. Source: Merriam

Examples- Having a job where you're not subject to being spit, punched, kicked, disrespected, stabbed/slashed or worse, being shot at. Not to mention, second guessed scrutinized, and judged by a community who hates you, bosses who don't care about you/ exploit your misfortunes to advance themselves and politicians who don't even know you.

How often do you see individuals who posses a masters degree, apply to become a Police Officer? I would surmise hardly ever. This is because anyone who posses a higher degree of education prior to becoming a Police Officer is smart enough to realize their hard earned education is better utilized somewhere else. Higher pay, less stress, safer and more gratifying.

People become Police Officers and than pursue higher degrees of education because they are either 1. preparing for the future, ie. retirement or 2. They think that they have a chance in climbing the ladder of supervision/administration.

From: Police agencies seek to recruit more minority candidates

Posted on January 25 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I never said there isn't a large enough pool. What I said was you have to consider the portion of those percentages that are qualified. You can say the same for white, hispanic and female. The percentages themselves are disproportionate to the actual qualified individuals. Every profession is in the same boat, making the availability of qualified individuals even more scarce. So what do I mean by doing "better" for themselves? "Better" is not having millions of clueless critics who don't have a clue what they're talking about and don't have what it takes to do it themselves. "Better" is making a living without everyone scrutinizing how much you make and what benefits THEY don't get. "Better" is working 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, no holidays or weekends, maybe a company car and not having to listen to everyone complain that you don't deserve what you get. As for helping people and making a difference? C'mon now....vast majority of the cops do a great job and do what they are TOLD not what they feel is best. Ya and I know very well what policing is. Maybe not what they teach in grad school or what a politician or administrator wants to sell.....

From: Police agencies seek to recruit more minority candidates

Posted on January 25 at 12:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

To get a truly accurate perspective we have to look at the percentages that are actually qualified for the job. To be a police officer, there are age restrictions, education standards, psychiatric and health evaluations and criminal background checks. These standards drastically reduce the number of actually qualified black applicants so it only makes sense that the numbers are not going to match up. Not to mention, and let's be real, if I were a black male who met all of these qualifications, I know that I am in higher demand and can do better for myself than the police department.

From: Police agencies seek to recruit more minority candidates

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