Dean Skelos arrested, investigation into Lansingburgh fire, rally for answers in Ivy case, jarred in Rotterdam

Dean Skelos arrested
Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, surrendered on federal corruption charges this morning. "Multiple sources" tell NYDN that Skelos will try to make the case that he should hold onto his leadership of the state Senate. [NYT] [TWCN] [NYDN]

Lansingburgh fire
"Authorities familiar with the investigation" tell the Times Union that gasoline was used to start the apartment fire in Lansingburgh early Friday. Lou Rosamilia: "Just total disrespect for human life. We are going to work vigilantly to get that person or those individuals involved in this, and put an end to it. Once and for all." [TU] [WNYT]

Rally for answers in Dontay Ivy case
About 100 people rallied outside Albany police headquarters Saturday to push for answers in the death of Dontay Ivy. It's been one month since Ivy died in police custody after being tasered, and there has yet to be official word about why the Albany man was stopped by police. Masai Andrews of Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration: "People are anxious, they want to have answers." [TU] [TWCN]

Also: A look at how police use tasers, and the relative lethality of the weapons. [TU+]

New oil train rules
The US and Canadian governments released new safety rules for oil trains Friday, including the phase out of the DOT-111 tanker car -- local elected leaders and safety advocates were unimpressed. [TU]

Also: A look at the lack of required insurance for oil trains. [TU+]

A break for school districts
The rising stock market -- and the distance from the 2008 economic crash -- have reduced the size of the pension payments that school districts must make, and some are hiring for new positions. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga County Public Defender
Saratoga County Public Defender Oscar Schreiber pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI and will pay fines and restitution, have his license suspended for six months, must get an interlock device for his vehicle. [Daily Gazette]

Delmar bank robbery
Bethlehem police have released security photos of the man they say robbed the Pioneer Bank at Delaware Plaza Saturday morning. [News10]

Andrew Cuomo and bar the exam
Noted: Andrew Cuomo passed the New York bar exam on his first try -- despite what it might say in the comments on Diane Ravitch's blog. [TU+]


Among the products made at the Casa Visco production facility in Rotterdam: the Beekman 1802 Mortgage Lifter tomato sauce and a barbecue sauce sold in Texas. [TU]

Stuff going on today (May 4)

Blade Runner
The AFI 100 series at Proctors is showing Blade Runner on the GE Theater's very large screen. Monday various times - $5

Low-power radio
Monday: Rutgers ethnologist Christina Dunbar-Hester, author of Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Low-Power Radio Activism, and and low-power community broadcasting activist Pete Tridish will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media for a talk. Monday 7 pm - $10 suggested donation / $5 students

Music: William Tyler at The Lowbeat
From Lambchop and Silver Jews. With: Century Plants, Andrew Joseph Weaver. 7:30 pm - $10

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