New details in Dontay Ivy case, no strike for Ellis nurses, American Pharoah finishes second, Ed Lewi remembered

Dontay Ivy case
There has yet to be an official, publicly-released report on the death of Dontay Ivy while in Albany police custody this past spring, but Brendan Lyons reports in the Times Union that a coroner's report designated the death as a homicide -- and a possible grand jury review of the case "has stalled." "A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation" tells Lyons of the incident in which Albany police stopped Ivy: "Everything that could possibly go wrong, goes wrong here." An attorney representing the police officers confirms to WNYT the homicide designation in the coroner's report, noting it's a medical rather criminal determination. [TU] [WNYT]

Ellis nurses
Nurses at Ellis Medicine cancelled their plan to strike later this week after the org representing them reached an agreement on a contract with the hospital group early Saturday morning. The agreement must still be voted on by the nurses. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

American Pharoah
American Pharoah did not win the much-anticipated Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course this past weekend. The Triple Crown winner lost to a horse named Keen Ice in a close race. American Pharoah joins a string of star, undefeated horses to lose at Saratoga. [TU] [NYT] [Saratogian]

Arrest in recent Schenectady gunfire
Schenectady police say they've arrested a man accused of being the shooter in the spray of gunfire last Monday afternoon in Hamilton Hill (there were no injuries reported). The charges include attempted murder. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Lansingburgh
Chris Churchill calls for ending tax breaks for downtown Troy development and focusing breaks on redevelopment in city neighborhoods. [TU+]

Saratoga racino
The Saratoga Casino and Raceway has added virtual blackjack stations that are, according to state rules, considered video lottery terminals. [Daily Gazette]

Upstate secession
Among the recent ideas in upstate secession: having upstate leave New York and join Pennsylvania, and dividing the state into two essentially autonomous regions. [NYSNYS/Troy Record] [TU]

Red Beards
There will be no Red Beard Party line on the November ballot in Troy. [Troy Record]

Robert Forezzi
Former Albany fire chief Robert Forezzi died this past weekend at age 61 from cancer. He had been a member of the AFD for more than 35 years before retiring in 2013 after seven years as chief. Said current chief Warren Abriel of Forezzi: "He was a true student of the fire service. It was his life." [WNYT] [TU] [TWCN]

Ed Lewi
Ed Lewi, the longtime PR agency head who was a key promoter of the Saratoga Race Course and SPAC, died last week at age 81. There was a moment of silence announce for him Saturday at The Track before the first race. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Stuff going on today

The Track
It's the last week of the season at the Saratoga Race Course.

ValleyCats
The Tri-City ValleyCats are at The Joe to face Brooklyn.

Music: The JD McPherson show at The Hangar is sold out.

Music: Olivia Quillio at Dana Park in Albany
Celebrating a new album. With: Meara Mctague + Mitchell Joyce. 5:30 pm - free

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