Man dies in APD custody, Cuomo touts education reform, enrollment decline concern for UAlbany, Capital Region seeks infrastructure help from federal govt

Hi. We're continuing to try out a new format for Morning Blend. Thanks for the feedback so far, and we welcome continued suggestions.

What not to wear
Your winter coat. It's going to be 61. Also, we suggest a walk at lunchtime. This reprieve from the winter that wouldn't end isn't going to last for long.

Man dies in APD custody
Updated Albany police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old man who police say died after being tasered during a physical confrontation with officers near Lark Street early Thursday morning. Statement from Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan: "The Albany Police Department is investigating the death of a person in custody. The incident occurred on Lark Street near Second Street early this morning. I ask that everyone respect the process and await the results of the investigation. Our condolences go out to the family during this difficult time." [TU] [City of Albany press release]

News
Cuomo on education reform
Andrew Cuomo on his controversial education reforms in the 2015 budget - including the overhaul of the teacher evaluation system opposed by NYSUT: "Despite the trauma of change, that's going to be one of the greatest legacies for me in this state when all is said and done." [TU]

How old and broken down are Albany's water and sewer systems?
Paul Tonko referred to Capital Region water and sewer systems as "hidden spaghetti" and Kathy Sheehan pointed out that one of the many water pipe breaks repaired this year was installed when Ulysses S. Grant was president. [TU]

Travel ban affects UAlbany coaches
It looks like New York's ban on non-essential travel to Indiana will keep UAlbany's basketball coaches from going to the Final Four in Indianapolis this weekend. [TU]

Saint Rose MB in post ad 2014-fall

Declining enrollment at UAlbany
The number of students at UAlbany has dropped by more that 1,000 over eight years - something university President Robert J. Jones calls the college's most "significant financial threat."[TU]

Capital Region ranks last in support for black children
A Child Opportunity Index developed by Brandeis and Ohio State University reports that the Capital Region ranks lowest among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the US for providing black children with an environment that supports healthy development. [TU]

Oil train protest
A rally was held outside Albany City Hall on Wednesday to protest oil trains in the city of Albany. [WNYT]

Casino refunds
The NYS Gaming Commission reimbursed the 13 casino applicants a total of $7.8 million from the fees they incurred during the application process. [Gazette]

Joe Allen
Joe Allen, Schenectady's first African America city council member, has died at the age of 79.[Gazette]

Stuff to do today

Lunch
The grand opening of Puzzles bakery and Cafe -- last year's winner of the AOA Start-up contest -- is today.

Get the taxes started
You've got less than two weeks and you don't want to leave it to the last minute.
Got questions? The state's income tax call center has extended its hours. Last year they handled more than a million calls. [TU]

"How Storytellers 'Color' Stories"
ESPN VP Rob King, who heads up the network's flagship SportsCenter show, will be at Union for a talk titled "The Content of Our Character: How Storytellers 'Color' Stories." 5:30 pm, Nott Memorial - free

Designing for aging
Syracuse University interior design professor Sarah Gillen Redmore will be at Sage for a talk about her work into how to design spaces to make life better for people who are over the age of 55. Thursday 6:30 pm, Sage Albany campus, Opalka Gallery - free

Parakeet Logic
A media collage by artist Lindsay Karty called "Parakeet Logic" opens at EMPAC. Blurbage:

"Parakeet Logic" is a spiraling multi-channel sound and video collage, combining trash aesthetics, podcast logic, and amateur video. Drawing from location-based DIY counterculture, Lindsay Karty creates a satirical journey through our technological fetishes, our search for authentic relationships, and the tangles between. This piece is formed by collected language filtered and activated through Craigslist collaborations, handheld video experiments, and a significant repository of things collected over the past two years. These materials are amassed, reduced, and spewed into a study of weird harmonies where some things seem significant, but are actually equalized.

It will be in EMPAC's Studio 2 Thursday and Friday from 10 am - 5 pm. There's an opening event Thursday from 5-8 pm.

Man About a Horse
Man About a Horse at Parish Public House
Bluegrass from Philly. With: Olivia Quillio. 8 pm

Things we'd do if we had the time
Wander through the butterflies or the baseball exhibit.

Words
And something to think about today from former New York governor and noted badass Teddy Roosevelt: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Comments

I like it! Very readable format!

This is a Chris Williamson song - based on that Teddy Roosevelt quotation.

She sang this one when she played Cafe Lena a few weeks ago and referred to the quotation.

http://www.criswilliamson.com/new/images/samples/pray_tell/Disc_1/10_Shine.mp3

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

A collection of castle day trips

This part of the country is dotted with castle-like structures, full of history, mystery, romance, and fairytale. Here's a handful of castles that are within... (more)

Classics of Science Fiction at The Linda

A multi-day get-together called Classics of Science Fiction will be at The Linda in Albany November 1-4. Blurbage: Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business... (more)

Cuomo leads in Q-poll, NTSB still hasn't examined limo from deadly Schoharie crash, Schenectady and GE

Q-poll shows Cuomo with strong lead The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows Andrew Cuomo with a 23-percentage point lead over Republican challenger Marc Molinaro. [Spectrum]... (more)

Today's moment of autumn

Had a few minutes to spare Thursday afternoon, so we stopped by the Tivoli Preserve Community Farm. Got a look at the alpacas. One of... (more)

Queen Size Swap fall 2018

The semin-annual Queen Size Swap returns to The Hangar in Troy this Sunday, October 21. It's a clothing swap. About blurbage: Queen Size Swap is... (more)

Recent Comments

I ride every day to work, and also after work for exercise. I love the concept of being a person who happens to ride a bike. There's a level of bike riding, with the high performance gear and sleek clothing, that makes riding seem like its not for everyone. I try to avoid markers like that, and always wear regular clothing/shoes/backpack with dumpy-looking bike. One concession is bike gloves.

Today's moment of mural

...has 3 comments, most recently from Rich

A year later I'm still using a bike to get around town -- here are a few thoughts about how that's worked out

...has 13 comments, most recently from Randal Putnam

It's looking like it could be a relatively warm winter. Probably.

...has 2 comments, most recently from Jeff D

Now is a good time to get a flu shot

...has 5 comments, most recently from Beck

Today's moment of bird

...has 3 comments, most recently from Claude