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Raucci case documents, audio and video

Raucci case documents, audio and video

Links to documents — both criminal and civil — related to the Steven Raucci case.

The following are documents related to the Steven Raucci case. Raucci, 61, of Niskayuna, is accused of planting bombs, vandalizing homes and intimidating people with an ultimate aim of currying favor with higher-ups in the Schenectady City School District to retain and solidify his power.

Criminal Documents

This was the first extensive look inside the prosecution’s case against Raucci dated March 9, 2009. Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney, in trying to keep Raucci behind bars pending trial, alleged in the filing that Raucci retaliated against anyone who crossed, angered or merely disagreed with him. The document also includes the allegation that “higher ups” in the district were “beholden” to Raucci. Click HERE.

The 26-count indictment released May 6, 2009. The indictment includes charges of terrorism, arson and criminal mischief. Click HERE.

After ultimately losing a first attempt at bail, Raucci’s defense attorney Ronald De Angelus made another attempt after Raucci’s indictment. Click HERE.

Acting Schenectady County Court Judge Polly Hoye’s June 18 order again denying Raucci bail.Click HERE.

Filed in August as part of a defense motion, this indicates the times and locations that Raucci allegedly spoke with authorities, as well as dates where he was recorded by a wired informant. Click HERE.

This is the anonymous letter was allegedly sent to the CSEA offices, trying to blow the whistle on Raucci. It was this letter that Harold and Deborah Gray say Raucci blamed them for, touching off a series of retaliatory strikes against them, including vandalism and threats. They deny writing it. Click HERE.

Another piece filed by the defense in August. This letter, according to the defense, was left by Raucci for his wife to find in case of his death. Click HERE.

The applications to search Raucci’s office and Niskayuna home. The applications include accounts of Raucci’s alleged conversations with the informant. Click HERE.

It is in this document that Carney outlines Raucci’s alleged motivations for the crimes he is accused of committing. Those motivations, Carney alleged, were money and power. Click HERE.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney asked the judge to allow alleged incidents involving Steven Raucci at Thursday's pretrial hearing. To read the documents, click HERE and HERE.

Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney asked the judge to allow these alleged incidents involving Steven Raucci at the pretrial hearing on March 4, 2010. To read the documents, click HERE and HERE.

Document released on March 8, 2010. Raucci's account of the dispute with the plumbers (Click HERE).

Document released on March 8, 2010. Note the message to ALL on page 2, Raucci allegedly reminding his workers about what happened to the two plumbers (Click HERE).

Document released on March 8, 2010. Raucci noting a message to human resources director Michael Stricos about filling two plumber positions (Click HERE).

Document released on March 8, 2010. This is the e-mail exchange between Raucci and retired Lincoln Elementary School Principal Alan Zemser. Note the exchange is in reverse order. Click HERE.

Document released on March 9, 2010. This is Raucci's account of a March 30, 2002 meeting to discuss school board candidates. Click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. This October 2006 email exchange is between Raucci and Michael Stricos and discusses a shift change at Washington Irving. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

The prosecution's exhibit of e-mails between Steven Raucci and Gary DiNola, released on March 16, 2010. Click HERE.

Email released in court on March 17, 2010. On Aug. 13, 2006, Raucci sent out an e-mail that included Assistant Superintendent Michael San Angelo as a hidden recipient, boasting that a CSEA official said Raucci not only had put the “fear of God” in Hal Gray, but CSEA headquarters as well. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. This July 2007 email exchange is between Raucci and Joanne De Sarbo. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. In February 2008, Raucci sent this email to Michael Stricos and Pat Paratore. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. In this March 2008 email, Raucci complains to Janiszewski about the district's decision not to appeal the Kriss award. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. This July 28, 2008 email string indicates Ely gave Raucci a "heads up" about the police investigation. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. This Sept. 18, 2008 email discussion between Ely and Board President Jeff Janiszewski about building projects was forwarded to Raucci. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. This January 2009 email exchange is between Raucci and Joanne De Sarbo. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. This February 12, 2009 email exchange between Raucci and Ely discusses concerns voiced by Janiszewski over Raucci's handling of building security. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Email released in court on March 19, 2010. This email between Raucci and Ely came just days before Raucci's Feb. 20, 2009 arrest. To read a copy of the email, click HERE.

Raucci sent this undated letter to Danny Donahue. To read it, click HERE.

To read the court stenographer's transcript from DA Bob Carney's March 26, 2010 cross-examination of CSEA's Kathy Garrison, click HERE.

Audio and transcripts

Conversations between informant Keith McKenna and defendant Steven Raucci were secretly recorded at Raucci's office at Mont Pleasant Middle School. Some parts of the recordings contain explicit language.

To hear the recording from Feb. 18, 2009, click HERE.

To hear the recording from Dec. 16, 2008, click HERE.

The recording from Dec. 9, 2008 is in four parts.

For part 1, click HERE.

For part 2, click HERE.

For part 3, click HERE.

For part 4, click HERE.

Wiretap transcript, Dec. 9, 2008. To read an excerpt discussing the Grays and Kriss, click HERE.

Wiretap transcript, Dec. 9, 2008. "They're not going to file a grievance against me...." HERE.

Wiretap transcript, Dec. 9, 2008. "Most of what I do is never for me..." HERE.

Wiretap transcript, Dec. 9, 2008. "I don't have a Steve to go to..." HERE.

Wiretap transcript, Dec. 9, 2008. "The board president, the Dep., they get a kick out of the way I talk with him..." HERE.

Wiretrap transcript, Dec. 16, 2008. HERE.

Wiretap transcript, Feb. 18, 2009. HERE.

Miscellaneous

Letter to the editor

This is the unpublished letter to the editor that Steve Raucci submitted to The Daily Gazette in February 2009 and referred to in the McKenna wiretap. Before the letter was published, Raucci was arrested. Click HERE to read the letter.

Rissetto report

To view the school district's 51-page report on the activities of former facilities director Steven Raucci released by the school district April 16, 2010, click here.

To view the originally redacted version released in 2009, click HERE.

To view the school board statement explaining the April 2010 release of the report, click HERE.

To read Judge Barry Kramer's January 2010 ruling supporting the school board's position that the report should not be made public, click here.

To read documents associated with The Daily Gazette and Times Union's lawsuit against the Schenectady City School District asking a judge to determine if the report should be released, click HERE and HERE.

To view documents filed by the school district in the Freedom of Information case

Memo of law, click HERE.

Rachel M. Rissetto affidavit, click HERE.

Robert M. Carney affidavit, click HERE.

Shari Greenleaf affidavit, click HERE.

Patrick J. Fitzgerald affidavit, click HERE.

Comptroller's audit

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli faulted the district in an audit released in November for poor oversight of financial matters, including allowing former facilities director Steven Raucci to collect more than $50,000 in undocumented overtime. To view the audit, click HERE. To view the school district's corrective action plan, click HERE.

Civil Documents

The public accusations against Steven Raucci came in the form of a lawsuit filed by former employee Ronald Kriss in February 2008. This is a copy of the amended lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albany. The lawsuit remains pending. Click HERE.

In support of the Kriss lawsuit, his attorneys filed this sworn affidavit from Kriss dated and filed six months before Raucci’s eventual arrest. In the affidavit, Kriss makes specific accusations of intimidation and harassment by Raucci and that district administrators did nothing to stop it. Click HERE.

Harold and Deborah Gray’s request to be allowed to sue the school district, despite missing important deadlines. They argued they missed the deadlines, which passed long before Raucci’s arrest, out of fear of retaliation from Raucci. A judge allowed them to sue, but only on one alleged incident days before Raucci’s arrest. Click HERE.

The school district’s response to an effort by Harold and Deborah Gray to sue the school district over alleged intimidation and vandalism from Raucci. One of the district’s arguments was that the Grays missed important deadlines to sue. Click HERE.

Schodack resident Laura Balogh filed a similar request to sue the district over vandalism and an attempted bombing at her home in January 2007. A judge refused her request because she missed the deadlines. Click HERE.

The school district’s response to a similar attempt by Schodack resident Laura Balogh. Click HERE.

A lawsuit filed against the city schools in July by James and Barbara Bachus, a district utility worker and teacher. The couple allege Raucci moved to retaliate against James Bachus for attempts to challenge Raucci’s union leadership by targeting Bachus’ wife. They allege Raucci did so by cutting the heat to Barbara Bachus’ classroom in the middle of winter. Click HERE.

In January, Balogh filed a lawsuit in Rensselaer County against CSEA Local 847, Raucci and DeSarbo. To view the suit filed by Laura Balogh, click HERE.

Video from criminal case

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