It's Election Day, protest at Albany Common Council meeting over Dontay Ivy's death, Chris Gibson on Andrew Cuomo, that enormous plane

Election Day
It's Election Day. Many local races on our ballots around the Capital Region, among them: Albany County exec and legislature, Troy mayor and council, Schenectady mayor and council, Saratoga Springs mayor and council, Colonie supervisor, Guilderland supervisor. Also on the ballot: The proposed $196 million plan for a major renovation of, and addition to, Albany High School.

Polls are open until 9 pm. Don't know where to vote? Check with the state Board of Election website.

Dontay Ivy
Protesters calling for the firing of three Albany police officers and the resignation of Albany County DA David Soares over the death of Dontay Ivy made their presence felt at the Albany Common Council meeting Monday night. They also called for Albany police to stop using tasers. Said Ivy's sister, Aneisha Johnson: "He died because three men made a decision to stop him, to question him, to a point of escalation, ran and chased him down, (shocked him with a Taser) and took his life." [@JCEvangelist_TU] [News10] [TWCN]

Earlier Monday, David Soares told the Times Union editorial board law enforcement officials should consider the creation of a voluntary registry of people with mental illness so that police could know when they were dealing with a person with mental health issues. (Ivy suffered from schizophrenia and his family says he didn't like to be touched.) [TU]

Skidmore mourns student's death
Skidmore mourned the loss of the student killed by an alleged drunk driver while walking along a road in Greenfield near the college's campus early Sunday morning with two other students. In a statement made to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department, the driver said he had noticed people along the road before the crash. [TU] [TWCN]

Search following Schenectady stabbing
Schenectady police say they're looking for a man who has a history of mental illness and violence following a stabbing early Tuesday morning inside a home in Mont Pleasant (map). [News10]

Schenectady shots fired
Schenectady police say they've made multiple arrests related to an incident Friday night in Mont Pleasant (map) in which shots were fired. [Daily Gazette]

A gun from Virginia
Albany police say they recovered a gun during an arrest over the weekend in the South End that had been reported stolen in Newport News, Virginia this past January. [APD FB]

Gibson on Cuomo
Chris Gibson on Andrew Cuomo, during an interview with WAMC: "I think that he is perceived as a bully. Somebody who hasn't treated people right. I also think that the perception is out there when someone doesn't fully support him, that he'll hold that grudge and certainly try to even that score. And I think that is part of his personality, perceived anyways, and I think leaves him vulnerable." (Gibson is considering a run for governor.) [WAMC]

Taxis and Uber
A taxi industry group has released a report arguing the Uber's projected job creation numbers for upstate don't take into account job losses that will occur in the traditional taxi industry. [TU]

GE Power
GE's acquisition of the French company Alstom is now complete, making GE Power -- the division that makes turbines and other electric generation equipment, and is headquartered in Schenctady -- the corporation's largest industrial business. The president of the division said Monday: "There are no plans for any actions in Schenectady, but it's early." Many parts of the business will be located in Europe, in part because of restrictions placed on the deal by the French government. [Biz Review] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

State parks
Reviewing the influx of resources to the state's park system under the Cuomo admin. [NYT]

That big plane
The enormous plane spotted over downtown Albany Monday was an Air Force tanker practicing landings at ALB. Update: Here's a photo of the plane. [TU] [Greg Dajewski Flickr]

Stuff going on today

Elizabeth Kolbert: We are the asteroid
Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert will be at Skidmore for a talk titled "We are the asteroid." Kolbert is a staff writer for the New Yorker, where she's been covering issues related to climate change in recent years. And her 2014 book The Sixth Extinction won a Pulitzer Prize this year. Tuesday 7 pm, Gannett Auditorim - free

Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner -- who developed the theory of multiple intelligences -- will be at Union for a talk as part of the Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity. Tuesday 5:30 pm, Nott Memorial - free

Music: Paul Anka at Proctors
"He's written over 500 songs that have been performed well over 100 million times collectively worldwide." 7:30 pm - $25 and up


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