Protestors call for police firings because of Dontay Ivy case, Liberty Ridge Farm challenging fine for refusing same-sex wedding, Lillian's Restaurant is closing

Dontay Ivy
Members of Dontay Ivy's family and Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration rallied at the Albany City Hall Monday, calling for the mayor Kathy Sheehan to fire police chief Brendan Cox and the three police officers involved with the incident in which Ivy died. Celinda Okwuosa, Ivy's aunt: "All this about police doing their job, following their policies -- well, those policies need to be changed because they're discriminatory." [WNYT] [TWCN] [TU]

Troy fatal stabbing
Police in New Jersey arrested the man wanted in the fatal stabbing of a woman in North Central Monday morning. Troy police say the woman had an order of protection against the man. And the man's brother tells News10 that the couple were married and had been scheduled to finalize their divorce that day in court. [TU] [WNYT] [News10]

Lillian's closing
Lillian's Restaurant, which has been on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs for more than four decades, is set to close at the end of this year. Owner Raymond Morris says he was recently approached with an offer to the buy building, and decided to sell. Morris said the next owner has retail and office space plans for the building. [Saratogian] [TU] [Biz Review]

Sheldon Silver trial
The prosecution's closing argument in the Sheldon Silver corruption trial includes slides with titles like "Nine Reasons You Know Sheldon Silver is Guilty." [NYT]

Dean Skelos trial
The prosecution in the case against Dean Skelos and his son Adam focused Monday on the situation involving a environmental services company, alleged info from Dean Skelos regarding government spending after Hurricane Sandy, and payments to Adam Skelos. [NYT]

Liberty Ridge Farm challenging fine
The owners of Liberty Ridge Farm are appealing the $13,000 fine they face for refusing to host a 2013 wedding for two women. Their attorney argues the earlier decision by the state Human Rights Commission would have forced the owners to violate their religious faith. [AP/Troy Record] [TU]

19th Congressional District
State Assemblyman Peter Lopez, a Republican, is into the pool for the Congressional seat currently held by Chris Gibson. [TWCN]

New law prompted by Kenneth White case
Over the weekend Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that can speed up investigators' access to child abuse records when a child is missing. The legislation was prompted by the Kenneth White case in Albany County. [TU] [TWCN]

Rensselaer County blasting law
The Rensselaer County Legislature passed a measure with new rules aimed at protecting groundwater -- and could also affect a controversial proposal for a pipeline that would run through the county. [TU]

Albany County leader raises
Albany County legislator Tim Nichols on the proposed raises for the county exec, sheriff, and comptroller: "Nobody in the real world is getting anything near a 12 percent pay raise, or any pay raise at all." [TU+]

Schenectady to pay out almost $1 million in settlements
The Schenectady City Council approved settlement payouts for two cases -- one in which a female firefighter alleges she was the subject of sexual harassment ($550k), the other in which a former Union College student alleges he was the subject of police brutality ($450k). [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Albany trash fee
It looks like the city of Albany's next budget will be approved without legislation detailing a proposed trash collection fee for multi-unit buildings that was slated to bring in $1.5 million. [TU]

Opposition to Troy library move
With word circulating that the Troy Public Library was interested in possible taking space in the One Monument Square project, there's now a petition against the library moving from its current location on Second Street. (The current building opened in 1897 and includes some beautiful features.) [Troy Record]

CDTA transit center in Troy
A few more bits about the proposed CDTA transit center in downtown Troy. [TU]

Stuff going on today

Mythbusters
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will be at Proctors for a live stage show called MythBusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed. It "promises to be an unexpected evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories." (The 14th and final season of the popular TV show starts in January.) Tuesday 7:30 pm - $30 and up

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