Protest and calls for change in police procedure over Dontay Ivy case, pedestrian killed in alleged drunk driver crash, Sheldon Silver trial starts, miles of knitting

Dontay Ivy
There was a rally outside Albany police headquarters Friday evening to protest the grand jury's decision to hand up indictments in the case of Dontay Ivy's death. Protesters called for three officers involved in the incident to be fired, and the resignation of Albany County DA David Soares. [AOA] [TU]

Police release video
Earlier Friday Albany police released a few video clips depicting scenes from the incident in which officers stopped Ivy. Said APD chief Brendan Cox of that night: "We'll continue to give them our condolences to [Ivy's family]. Unfortunately, our officers were doing their jobs. Again, nobody wanted this to happen. Am I sorry this happened? Yeah, I'm sorry this happened. I don't want anybody to die. That's the last thing I want to have happen is anybody to die." [TU] [WNYT] [TWCN]

Calls for changes in police procedure
Also on Friday: African-American clergy members from Albany called for changes in police procedures, and pushed for community policing. (Chris Churchill on why he believes Albany police broke the law by stopping Ivy.) [News10] [WNYT] [TU+]

The Albany police department's recording equipment -- and its policies for when and how that equipment should be used -- is under scrutiny because of the Ivy case. [TU]

Pedestrian killed by alleged drunk driver
One Skidmore student was killed, and two others injured, when an alleged drunk driver hit them early Sunday morning by the Greenfield/Saratoga Springs line near the college's campus, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department. The driver is facing vehicular assault and DWI charges, and Saratoga County DA Karen Heggen said "it's clearly evident there will be additional charges." [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [News10] [WNYT]

Fatal wrong-way crash on I-87
Two drivers died in a wrong-way crash on I-87 in Guilderland between exits 23 and 24 Friday night, according to State Police. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the southbound section of the highway was shutdown during an investigation. State Police say they're investigating what prompted the driver to head the wrong way. [NYSP] [TU]

Sheldon Silver trial
Sheldon Silver's corruption trial is set to start today. A profile of the case prosecutors will be attempting to make against Silver. The trial of Dean Skelos on similar charges is scheduled for later this month, and will probably overlap with Silver's trial. [AP/TU] [Politico NY] [NYT]

Convenience stor

Taxis and Uber
Local taxi companies say they're looking at ways to improve their services, and considering banding together, to fight what they regard as the impending arrival of services such as Uber and Lyft. [TU+]

Local elections

+ Rensselaer County exec Kathy Jimino, a Republican, has publicly endorsed Patrick Madden, a Democrat, for Troy mayor. Also: they're siblings. [TU]

+ A profile of the three-way race for East Greenbush supervisor. [TU]

Schenectady rental inspections
A federal court has upheld the city of Schenectady's rental unit inspection law. [Daily Gazette]

$15 minimum wage
A state association of school board officials is projecting that a $15-per-hour minimum wage will strain the ability of districts to stay within the state's tax cap. [TU]

Niskayuna mystery
The family of a Niskayuna man is pushing for another look at the mysterious circumstance in which he was found dead in a nature preserve -- five miles away from his car, which was parked at ALB. [Daily Gazette]

26.2 miles of knitting
An Albany native planned to run the New York City marathon this past weekend -- and knit along the way. [TU+]

Stuff going on today

Paradise Is There, A Memoir by Natalie Merchant
The Spectrum will be screening Paradise Is There, A Memoir by Natalie Merchant. Blurbage: "Natalie's entire musical life is encapsulated in this very personal film, which digs deep into the music through live performances, archival footage, and interviews." And Merchant will be appearing via Skype after the screening for a live Q&A. Monday 7 pm - $10.25

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship
The AFI 100 series at Proctors is showing Casablanca in the GE Theater. Monday 2:30 pm / 5 pm / 7:30 pm - $5

The Wall
The Palace's movie series is showing Pink Floyd The Wall. Monday 7 pm - $5

Uber and the Future of Work
Rider University professor Biju Mathew will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "Uber and the Future of Work: Neoliberalism in the Taxi Industry." Blurbage: "An academic and a taxi-drivers' advocate, Mathew is active in immigrant labor organizing, left-wing politics, and transnational solidarity work." Monday 6 pm, Gannett Auditorium - free

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