Beloved Scotia Principal ID'd As Victim Killed In Crash: 'He Was The Heart And Soul' Beloved Scotia Principal ID'd As Victim Killed In Crash: 'He Was The Heart And Soul'
Scotia Elementary Principal Nicholas Criscone Dies In Crash Students and colleagues are mourning the sudden loss of a beloved elementary school principal following his death in a car crash. The Saratoga County wreck happened at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, in the town of Charlton on State Road. New York State Police said Nicholas Criscone, age 50, of Charlton, was driving southbound on Stage Road when his vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree, and caught on fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Criscone’s death was further confirmed by the Scotia-Glenville Central School District in Schenectady County, where he was the principal of G…
NY School District In Region Hit By Cyberattack NY School District In Region Hit By Cyberattack
NY School District In Region Hit By Cyberattack A school district in the Hudson Valley was the target of a cyberattack that disabled computer services and access to phones and email. In Orange County, the Goshen Central School District announced on Thursday, July 11, that it was the subject of the ransomware incident. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurtis Kotes said the district notified law enforcement and is working with cyber security experts to determine the source of the attack and take the necessary steps to repair the problems as quickly as possible. In an update late Friday afternoon, July 12, Kotes said: "The disaster reco…
Kindergarten Teacher, Mom Of 2 From Menands Gets 'Fairy Tale Ending' Before Cancer Death Kindergarten Teacher, Mom Of 2 From Menands Gets 'Fairy Tale Ending' Before Cancer Death
Menands Teacher Sara Maldonado Dies From Cancer At 34 On the last night of her life, Sara Maldonado’s neighbors surprised her family by lining their driveway and sidewalk with dozens of candlelit luminarias. It was a fitting sendoff for the beloved kindergarten teacher, wife, mother of two, and Disney fanatic who died Wednesday, June 26, at the age of 34 following a two-year battle with breast cancer, according to her obituary. “They did something for our family that will never be forgotten. It’s the fairy tale ending she would want,” her brother, Ben Olsen, said on Facebook. “‘Tangled’ is her most favorite movie and they gave her a fairy tale…
Yale University Names Maurie McInnis As New President Yale University Names Maurie McInnis As New President
Yale University Names Maurie McInnis As New President The president of Long Island’s Stony Brook University has been selected to first permanent female president of Yale University. Maurie McInnis was named Yale’s 24th president in an announcement by the school. The 58-year-old cultural historian, currently serving as the president of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, graduated from Yale with a Ph.D in art history in 1996. In the years since her graduation, McInnis has served in senior positions at the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Stony Brook University in 2020. She became a Yale trus…
Albany, Rensselaer County School Districts Awarded Millions For Electric Buses Albany, Rensselaer County School Districts Awarded Millions For Electric Buses
Albany, Rensselaer County School Districts Awarded Millions For Electric Buses A half dozen school districts in the region will receive over $12 million in federal funding to pay for electric school buses. Six districts, located in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Montgomery, and Warren counties, were awarded nearly $12,080,000 in federal rebate funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean School Bus Program. The program is meant to help underserved districts transition to low or no emission buses without overburdening local taxpayers, Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office said. “This $12+ million federal boost will help power schools in the Capital Regio…
New Details: District Employee Punched Cohoes Assistant Superintendent, Police Say New Details: District Employee Punched Cohoes Assistant Superintendent, Police Say
New Details: District Employee Punched Cohoes Assistant Superintendent, Police Say This story has been updated. An assistant school superintendent in the region is abruptly resigning after claiming that a colleague physically assaulted him on school grounds. In Albany County, Cohoes Police responded to Page Avenue Elementary School for a reported assault at around 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. According to the incident report obtained by Daily Voice, Cohoes City School District Assistant Superintendent Daniel Martinelli told officers that he got into a heated argument with James Stapleton, the district's facilities director. As the argument escalated, Staple…
12-Year-Old Accused Of Threatening 'Mass Harm' At Capital Region School 12-Year-Old Accused Of Threatening 'Mass Harm' At Capital Region School
12-Year-Old Accused Of Threatening 'Mass Harm' At Capital Region School A 12-year-old boy is accused of making threats against a middle school in the region. Saratoga County Sheriff’s deputies were called just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, after a social media threat was discovered against O’Rourke Middle School in Burnt Hills. Deputies did not elaborate on the nature of the threat but determined that it was not credible. There was no disruption to school activities. The 12-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of making a threat of mass harm, a misdemeanor. “Once again, the partnerships we’ve developed with the schools and the students led to a qui…
How Sweet: NY Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl How Sweet: NY Educator Named 'Teacher Of The Year' By Cookie Chain Crumbl
Crumbl Names State Road Elementary Educator Teacher Of Year Forget the apple; this distinguished New York teacher is getting a cookie party. Just in time for National Teacher Appreciation Day, cookie chain Crumbl announced the winners of its “Teacher of the Year” awards, given to educators “for their extraordinary commitment to their classrooms.” In New York, the honor went to Monroe County teacher Dan Graf at State Road Elementary School in Webster. Recipients were selected from a pool of over 6,000 nominations that included testimonials from parents, students, colleagues, and friends. They were chosen from each state, the District of Columbi…
US Presidential Scholars: 6 NY High School Seniors Awarded Top Honor US Presidential Scholars: 6 NY High School Seniors Awarded Top Honor
US Presidential Scholars: 6 NY High School Seniors Awarded Top Honor These students have a date with the president. Six graduating seniors from New York were among just 161 high school students across the country to be selected as a US Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest honors for students. Established in 1964, the award recognizes distinguished seniors who have shown exceptional accomplishments in areas like academics, leadership, and service to their school and communities. The program was later expanded to include students in the visual, creative, and performing arts, and in career and technical education fields. In the Empire State, the…
Mom 'Disgusted, Angry' After Teen Suffers Broken Nose In Capital Region Bus Attack Mom 'Disgusted, Angry' After Teen Suffers Broken Nose In Capital Region Bus Attack
Mom 'Disgusted, Angry' After Teen Suffers Broken Nose In Capital Region Bus Attack A mother is demanding accountability after her teen daughter was left bloodied with a broken nose following an assault aboard a school bus in the region. The Saratoga County incident happened aboard a South Glens Falls High School bus that was transporting students home on Friday afternoon, May 10. Britney Shaffer said her 15-year-old daughter, Bella, was riding on the bus with her boyfriend when a 16-year-old girl became “enraged” that a student’s feet were in the aisle as she was trying to exit. Angered, the 16-year-old reportedly used her 32-ounce, stainless steel Stanley cup to first h…
16-Year-Old Sets Fire To Bethlehem High School, Police Say 16-Year-Old Sets Fire To Bethlehem High School, Police Say
16-Year-Old Sets Fire To Bethlehem High School, Police Say Classes were in session when a 16-year-old allegedly set fire to a high school in the region. The Albany County incident happened Tuesday, April 23, at Bethlehem High School. According to Bethlehem Police, the juvenile suspect intentionally started a fire in a school bathroom in the C wing.  No students or staff were injured, but the incident forced an evacuation of the building that lasted nearly an hour. The alleged culprit is a student at the school, according to Superintendent Jody Monroe, who said the district is cooperating with police and is conducting its own investigation. …
Girl's 'Uncomfortable' Interaction With Man Near Schenectady School Under Investigation Girl's 'Uncomfortable' Interaction With Man Near Schenectady School Under Investigation
Man Approaches Girl Near Van Corlaer School in Schenectady Police are investigating after a girl said a male driver approached her near an elementary school in the region and made her feel “uncomfortable.” The Schenectady incident happened at around 7:45 a.m. Thursday, April 25, outside Van Corlaer Elementary School on Guilderland Avenue.  Schenectady Police said the girl told school staff that she was walking in the area when a man approached her in a vehicle and began asking her questions that she wasn’t comfortable with. School staff immediately contacted police and detectives with the department’s Youth Aid Bureau located the man a short …
Best High Schools: NY Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings Best High Schools: NY Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings
Best High Schools: NY Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings New York is well-represented on U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings of the nation's best high schools. The brand-new rankings were released Tuesday morning, April 23, and determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. The highest-ranked school outside New York City is on Long Island: Jericho, at No. 13 statewide and 104th nationally. The top-rated high school in Westchester County is Edgemont at No. 14 in the state and 128th in the nation, with Bronxville, at No. 16 in the state and 151st nationally. Another W…
Janitor Put Hidden Camera In Elementary School Bathroom In Voorheesville, Police Say Janitor Put Hidden Camera In Elementary School Bathroom In Voorheesville, Police Say
Janitor Put Camera In Voorheesville School Bathroom: Cops This story has been updated. A janitor at an elementary school in the region is accused of secretly recording colleagues in a staff bathroom. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said an employee at Voorheesville Elementary School discovered a cell phone that was recording people in a staff bathroom on Tuesday, April 9. Investigators determined that David Ague, a custodian at the school, had placed the phone there, Voorheesville Central School District Superintendent Frank Macri said in a letter to parents. "The district immediately contacted the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, which ha…
Jimmy Fallon Crashes Albany Frat Party, Pokes Fun At College Of Saint Rose's Impending Closure Jimmy Fallon Crashes Albany Frat Party, Pokes Fun At College Of Saint Rose's Impending Closure
Jimmy Fallon Crashes Albany Frat Party, Pokes Fun At College Of Saint Rose's Impending Closure Funnyman Jimmy Fallon ginned up plenty of online buzz after crashing a college party in upstate New York. The 49-year-old “Tonight Show” host and “Saturday Night Live” alum made a surprise appearance at what appears to be a frat party at a house near the UAlbany campus on Saturday, March 9. Video shared on TikTok shows dozens of students screaming with excitement while trying to snap selfies as Fallon is led through a crowd and into the residence. It was not immediately clear how long he stayed at the party. @victoriaspadaro Kegs & Eggs 🍀 #jimmyfallon #ualbany #upstateny #capital…
Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found At School In Region Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found At School In Region
Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found At School In Region The discovery of two swastikas on a high school wall in the region is being used as a learning experience regarding anti-Semitism. The swastikas were found in Dutchess County on Monday, March 4 at Rhinebeck High School, said the principal Edwin Davenport. Davenport, who happened to be in the classroom when the symbols of hate were discovered by another student, said he is investigating to find who may have drawn the symbols in chalk on a wall, but also immediately called out the action for what it was -- "It's evil, and will not be tolerated," Davenport said. It is not the first time …
Update: Student Attacks 16-Year-Old, Staffer With Knife At Troy School, Police Say Update: Student Attacks 16-Year-Old, Staffer With Knife At Troy School, Police Say
Update: Student Attacks 16-Year-Old, Staffer With Knife At Troy School, Police Say This story has been updated. A 16-year-old student and an adult staffer have been injured in a reported stabbing attack at a school in the region. Emergency crews in Rensselaer County were called to Troy Community School on 5th Avenue shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 for a stabbing inside the building. Troy Police said the juvenile victim and another male student got into a fight inside the school when the suspect pulled out a pocket knife and injured the other student. A member of the school’s security team responded with other staff members and attempted to break up the fight. A…
‘Hero’ Bus Driver Who Saved Student From Speeding Van In Pittstown Gets Special Honors ‘Hero’ Bus Driver Who Saved Student From Speeding Van In Pittstown Gets Special Honors
‘Hero’ Bus Driver Who Saved Student From Speeding Van In Pittstown Gets Special Honors A quick-thinking school bus driver who saved a 12-year-old student from a near tragedy received special honors for his heroic actions. Rensselaer County Executive Steven McLaughlin presented Barry Sullivan with a county commendation and a county challenge coin on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Sheriff’s officials said Sullivan was transporting students from the Brunswick-Brittonkill Central School District home on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 30, when his bus was nearly struck by a speeding van on Route 7 in Pittstown. Earlier report: 'Not All Heroes Wear A Cape': Bus Driver Saves Student From Near …
Guilderland Student's Hit List Leads To Criminal Charges Guilderland Student's Hit List Leads To Criminal Charges
Guilderland Student's Hit List Leads To Criminal Charges A middle school student from the region is facing criminal charges after allegedly threatening to harm fellow students or teachers. In Albany County, administrators at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland contacted police on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 1 saying a student had been found with a list threatening “serious harm” to school members. Following an investigation by Guilderland Police, the school district, and the student’s family, the teen was arrested and charged with making a threat of mass harm, a misdemeanor. The student was taken to a crisis center under the state’s Mental Hygi…
'Not All Heroes Wear A Cape': Bus Driver Saves Student From Near Tragedy In Pittstown 'Not All Heroes Wear A Cape': Bus Driver Saves Student From Near Tragedy In Pittstown
'Not All Heroes Wear A Cape': Bus Driver Saves Student From Near Tragedy In Pittstown A 12-year-old girl has her quick-thinking school bus driver to thank for preventing a near tragedy on an area roadway. The Rensselaer County incident happened at around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 on Route 7 in Pittstown. Sheriff’s officials said a school bus carrying students from the Brunswick-Brittonkill Central School District was stopped on the right shoulder with its red lights and stop sign activated when a white cargo van nearly crashed into it. The van then lost control, striking an eastbound box truck before going off the roadway. Moments before the crash, a 12-year-old girl was…
School District In Connecticut Causes Controversy By Removing 2 Scheduled Holidays School District In Connecticut Causes Controversy By Removing 2 Scheduled Holidays
School District In Connecticut Causes Controversy By Removing 2 Scheduled Holidays A Connecticut school board's decision to remove two holidays that have traditionally given students a day off has sparked debate amongst community members, according to a report by ABC 7 New York.  The controversy began in Fairfield County following the Stamford School Board's decision to remove Veterans Day and Columbus Day from their calendar, which means students will not have them off for the next two years, according to an ABC7 report from Friday, Jan. 26.  Board members, who passed the decision in a 5-3 motion, have defended the decision by saying students should remain in s…
NY Easing Licensing Process For School Bus Drivers To Address 'Critical Shortage' NY Easing Licensing Process For School Bus Drivers To Address 'Critical Shortage'
NY Easing Licensing Process For School Bus Drivers To Address 'Critical Shortage' Leaders in New York are making it easier for people to become school bus drivers in an attempt to tackle a growing national shortage. The Department of Motor Vehicles has implemented a federal waiver allowing school bus driver applicants to skip the engine compartment component – known as the “under the hood” part – of the commercial driver license road test. Gov. Kathy Hochul said the move will make it easier to get a commercial license at a time when school bus drivers are “desperately needed.” “The job of transporting and caring for our children is so important, and the need for more dr…
NY Students Among 300 Semifinalists Nationwide In Prestigious Science Competition NY Students Among 300 Semifinalists Nationwide In Prestigious Science Competition
NY Students Among 300 Semifinalists Nationwide In Prestigious Science Competition Dozens of students from New York have been named semifinalists in the country’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. The Society for Science announced the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search for 2024 on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Participants were whittled down from 2,162 applicants from 712 high schools across 46 states, Puerto Rico, and 10 other countries. Students were chosen based on their outstanding research, leadership skills, and community involvement, as well as a commitment to academics and creativity in asking scientific …
13-Year-Old Brings Loaded Gun To Schenectady School, Police Say 13-Year-Old Brings Loaded Gun To Schenectady School, Police Say
13-Year-Old Brings Loaded Gun To Schenectady School, Police Say A teenager is facing charges after allegedly bringing a loaded gun to a school in the region. Employees at Schenectady’s Oneida Middle School contacted police at around 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, after reportedly finding a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in a 13-year-old student’s locker. The teen was arrested on suspicion of criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. Authorities did not release the boy's name due to his age. “At this time, the City of Schenectady School District has been in contact with students and family from Oneida Middle School and is…
Harvard University President Resigns Amid Controversy: Reports Harvard University President Resigns Amid Controversy: Reports
Harvard University President Resigns Amid Controversy: Reports Claudine Gay is set to resign as Harvard University president after facing plagiarism accusations over her academic work and heavy criticism during a congressional hearing on campus antisemitism. Gay is stepping down on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 2, after just six months and two days since being appointed president of the university, according to the Harvard Crimson. Her tenure is the shortest ever for a Harvard president, the newspaper reported.  Related: Harvard President Claudine Gay Gets Support From Faculty Her resignation comes after mounting allegations of plagiarism of her…
Harvard President Requests More Changes To Her Work As Congress Digs Into Her Writing: Reports Harvard President Requests More Changes To Her Work As Congress Digs Into Her Writing: Reports
Harvard President Requests More Changes To Her Work As Congress Digs Into Her Writing: Reports As the US House of Representatives is digging deeper into Harvard University President Claudine Gay’s academic work, the university said it had found more issues in connection to the matter. The Harvard Corporation, which oversees the university, said on Wednesday, Dec. 20 that Gay would request three corrections to her 1997 Ph.D. dissertation, the Harvard Crimson reported. The corrections follow an independent review by the corporation, which found that Gay had not properly attributed some of her sources but the incidents didn't rise to the level of serious wrongdoing, the Crimson reported…
Hochul Vows 'Aggressive' Discipline For Colleges Letting 'Jewish Genocide' Calls Go Unchecked Hochul Vows 'Aggressive' Discipline For Colleges Letting 'Jewish Genocide' Calls Go Unchecked
Hochul Vows 'Aggressive' Discipline For Colleges Letting 'Jewish Genocide' Calls Go Unchecked New York colleges that fail to swiftly punish calls for Jewish genocide will face “aggressive” repercussions, including potentially losing their funding, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced. In a letter to New York State college and university presidents on Saturday, Dec. 9, Hochul said she had reached out to SUNY Chancellor John King “to ensure that it is SUNY’s policy that calling for the genocide of any group of people” on campuses violated the university’s code of conduct and would lead to “swift disciplinary action.” “Chancellor King affirmed that was the case, and that SUNY will not tolerate …
Harvard President Faces Plagiarism Allegations Amid Calls For Resignation Harvard President Faces Plagiarism Allegations Amid Calls For Resignation
Harvard President Faces Plagiarism Allegations Amid Calls For Resignation Harvard University president Claudine Gay faces new allegations while some are calling for her resignation after they took issue with recent comments she made to Congress about anti-Semitism.  A report claims that Gay had plagiarized portions of her doctoral thesis. However, the prestigious university said it had looked into the matter and determined that she had not violated any of the school's research standards. Officials said two of her articles will receive corrections for "inadequate citation." The Harvard Corporation, which supervises the university, announced in a statement on …
Harvard Faculty Backs President Gay Amid Calls For Resignation Over Congressional Testimony Harvard Faculty Backs President Gay Amid Calls For Resignation Over Congressional Testimony
Harvard Faculty Backs President Gay Amid Calls For Resignation Over Congressional Testimony Harvard President Claudine Gay is facing calls to resign after her congressional hearing on antisemitism went viral last week, but hundreds of university faculty are rallying behind her in support. An open letter, addressed to the Harvard Corporation, has reached 686 signatures from faculty members, according to the Harvard Crimson. Related: Gay Denies Plagiarism Claims As University Lends Its Support Faculty members wrote: “We, the undersigned faculty, urge you in the strongest possible terms to defend the independence of the university and to resist political pressures that are at odds …
UPenn President Resigns After Backlash Over Congressional Testimony UPenn President Resigns After Backlash Over Congressional Testimony
UPenn President Resigns After Backlash Over Congressional Testimony Moments after it was announced that University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill was resigning, Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Bok followed suit. Magill, whose testimony to Congress on antisemitism earlier this week sparked widespread outrage, resigned on Saturday, Dec. 9. Bok later announced his resignation, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Magill remains a faculty member at Penn Carey Law and will stay on as president until an interim president is appointment, UPenn Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Bok said in announcing the news Saturday evening. And Liz Magill has resig…
Report Of Stabbing At Albany Elementary School Under Investigation Report Of Stabbing At Albany Elementary School Under Investigation
Reported Stabbing At Schuyler Achievement Center In Albany Police are investigating reports of a stabbing at an elementary school in the region. Emergency crews in Albany were called to the Schuyler Achievement Center, located on Clinton Avenue, at around 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 for a person suffering from a stab wound in the nurse’s office. An Albany Police Department spokesperson told Daily Voice that the incident is under investigation. No other information, including the victim’s age, gender, or condition, was released.  It was not immediately clear whether the victim was injured on campus or went to the school afterward.  Students…