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Thursday, April 14, 2005


Councilman arrested for assault Updated

A Schenectady Councilman is arrested for assault. Peter Della Ratta, 33, was charged with assaulting a 21-year-old man inside an apartment Tuesday night.

Matthew Maioriello lives in the building and was visiting a female tenant. Della Ratta reportedly became angry upon learning the two were in the apartment together.

Police said he entered the apartment and punched Maioriello several times in the face.

Della Ratta and the woman had a relationship in the past. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

He is scheduled to return to court on April 18.

This blog is not about Schenectady politics but this story is so revolting it had to be mentioned. It's almost as revolting as the fact that no one, not one Democrat (Della Ratta is a Democrat) or one Republican has yet to ask for his resignation.

Normally, we would say, "Lets wait until he's convicted." Not in this case. There is absolutely no evidence that Mr. Della Ratta acted in self-defense or in the defense of others. He just beat the young man. This is not a man who should hold public office. He's a disgrace. If he doesn't resign, the Democrats should work to defeat him in his next primary. If they don't, shame on them.

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