Rally for answers in death of Dontay Ivy, I-787 construction in downtown Albany, a life-changing month

Continued focus on the death of Dontay Ivy:

+ A group of approximately 200 people marched from the APD's South Station to City Hall Friday evening to call for answers in the case. Among the issues highlighted: Questions about Ivy stopped by police, and the use of tasers by police. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [WNYT] [TWCN]

+ Derek Johnson, one of Ivy's cousins, to News10 about the investigation into Ivy's death: "We just want to do it the right way and you know we want to do it without breaking up our city." [News10]

+ Lois Christie -- the mother of Daniel Satre, the Ballston Spa man who died last year after being tasered by police -- to the Times Union: "I just hope that this family can get more answers than we could." [TU]

+ A look at how police departments train -- or don't -- their officers on how to deal with situation involving people with mental illness. [TU]

Troy police cameras
The Troy Police Department has halted plans to acquire dashboard cameras in order for the money to be put toward new patrol cars. The police chief says he'll continue to seek money for the cameras. [TU] [TWCN]

Tobacco in pharmacies
Albany County exec Dan McCoy has floated a plan to ban the display of tobacco products in pharmacies in the county. But anti-tobacco advocates say such a ban is likely to face to significant legal challenges. [TWCN] [TU]

I-787 construction in downtown Albany
The Madison Ave on ramp for I-787 in downtown Albany is closing for three months starting today. NYSDOT says it will also affect the Clinton Ave on ramp for 787 south. There will also be lane closures on 787 in both directions from the Dunn Memorial Bridge to the southern end of 787. "Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes." [NYSDOT]

Troy parking permit system
Troy City Council president Rodney Wiltshire says he's working with local state legislators to introduce the legislation necessary for Troy to institute a downtown residential parking permit system. [Troy Record]

Schenectady schools
The Schenectady school district has adopted new guidelines in which students who fail grade will, in many cases, still be promoted to the next grade. [Daily Gazette]

Apple chips
The GlobalFoundries factory in Malta will make chips for Apple, under a contract Samsung is said to have won. [TU] [Bloomberg]

Sexual harassment allegation
A look at the situation surrounding an allegation of sexual harassment at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany involving a psychologist who's now Saratoga County's mental health director. [TU]

Residential conversion in Troy

The current plan to convert the Marvin Neitzel building in downtown Troy into residential units includes a provision that 24 percent of the units will be rented to households with incomes below the area median. [TU]

Down there
From the Daily Gazette: "Flushable wipes wreak havoc down below" [Daily Gazette]


UAlbany basketball player Peter Hooley to the Troy Record, on his last-second shot that sent the Great Danes to the NCAA tournament and all the attention he's gotten over the last month:

I think my life has changed completely in the last month. I see things differently. I react to things differently. It's a weird feeling. I just see life differently after everything that I have been through with my family. Obviously it has been cool to be on SportsCenter, etc., but it's more than that. It's definitely hard to explain.

Stuff going on today (Monday, April 6, 2015)

Just what do you think you are doing, Dave?
The AFI 100 series at Proctors is showing the Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey on the main stage screen. Monday various times including 7:30 pm - $5

i.Think Creativity Lab
Sage is hosting a "think tank" night for the general public at its Albany campus. Blurbage:

SCA Dean Joanne Curran will lead the sessions using a model of creative thinking fostered by Alex Osborn, the executive who coined the term "brainstorming." Participants will work with college professors and students to develop potential solutions to problems of their choice.

Monday 7 pm, Kahl Campus Center Room 105 - free

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