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Readers choose Kaczmarek's downfall as top local story of 2008

Former Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek issues a public apology in front of the Schenectady County Courthouse on Dec. 2 before he and his wife, Lisa, appeared to accept plea deals on drug charges.
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Former Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek issues a public apology in front of the Schenectady County Courthouse on Dec. 2 before he and his wife, Lisa, appeared to accept plea deals on drug charges.
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The downfall of former Schenectady police chief Gregory Kaczmarek was the top local story of 2008, according to readers of DailyGazette.com. About 32 percent of the nearly 600 readers who voted in an online poll chose Kaczmarek's arrest and subsequent guilty plea to taking part in a large Schenectady-based drug ring as the biggest story in The DailyGazette's six-county coverage area. Kaczmarek and his wife, Lisa, pleaded guilty Dec. 2 to drug charges in Schenectady ...


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Melizabeth
January 1, 2009
9:19 a.m.

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Some former idiot chief of a podunk police department is the top story of the year? I think some of your readers need to get out from under a rock...there is a whole world out there.
How economic issues the likes we haven't seen since the Great Depression wouldn't trump this story I just don't know.

schdy
January 2, 2009
12:30 a.m.

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"The rest of the year's top 10 stories, as chosen by DailyGazette.com staff and ranked by readers through the online poll:"

Which is it?...the top 10 ranked by the staff or top 10 ranked by the poll results. This is not good. Either you report the top 10 from the readers poll results or top 10 from the reporters choices on the online copy of http://dailygazette.com but don't combine them both.

This reminds me of reading the fine print in a contract.

schdy
January 2, 2009
1:02 a.m.

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oops in rereading my post and the quote from the article I now read it a different way. I see now that the gazette 'had' to pick which stories it would poll on in the first place, guess my hangover is showing :)

In reply to Melizabeth: I can understand your confusion on why we as readers choose the Kaz Mule train story. The Kaz story hit a raw nerve we have to live each day with the crimes committed because of this issue. I have 5 bullet holes in my front porch from a shootout. Between the increase in crime because of drugs and the negative impact that man did with poor leadership as a chief and questionable leadership at that again we have to live it day to day.

Yes national and international stories are important to me but I haven't had to duck bullets from them. I am concerned about the horrible and scary state of our economy just some issues seem to hit home quicker then the others.

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