Man fatally shot by police in Rotterdam, presidential candidates all over the area today, Troy parking ticket amnesty program

Man fatally shot by police in Rotterdam
Rotterdam police say 30-year-old William Clark was fatally shot by a town police officer Sunday morning. RPD says officers responding to the house on Roberta Road (map) arrived to find the man armed with knife, and it says Clark slashed one of the officers, causing a non-life threatening injury -- the officer then shot Clark. Schenectady County DA Robert Carney says office is currently handling the case as if it will ultimately be his office's case -- not the state attorney general's office -- because the initial investigation indicates Clark was armed. [TU] [News10] [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

Sanders, Kasich, Trump in town today
Three presidential candidates will be in the Capital Region Monday for appearances. Bernie Sanders will be at the Washington Ave Armory. John Kasich will be making public appearances in Troy and Saratoga Springs (and a private appearance in Albany). And Donald Trump will be at the TU Center (Pearl Street in front of the area will be closed to traffic all day). Jack McEneny on all the recent attention the area has gotten from presidential contenders: "This is completely unprecedented." [TWCN] [campaign event pages] [TU]

Policing prisons
A look at efforts to step up oversight of corrections officers in New York State prisons in the face of the formidable power and influence of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association. [NYT]

State Police superintendent resigning
State Police superintendent Joseph D'Amico turned in his resignation Friday, reportedly not at the request of the Cuomo admin. He's looking to "pursue other opportunities," according to a State Police press release. "Two people briefed on the matter, but not authorized to comment publicly" tell the Times Union that "State Police sources" told them that D'Amico wanted to spend more time with his family and had tired of Cuomo admin meddling in the agency. [NY Post] [NYSP] [TU+]

New PEF contract
The Cuomo admin and PEF say they've reached agreement on a one-year deal, retroactive to April 2015, that includes a 2 percent raise. [TU]

Non-essential travel
A look at what sort of state travel actually gets prohibited when the governor halts "non-essential" travel to places such as North Carolina. [Politico NY]

New indictment in Hulett Street fire case
Jennica Duell -- Safyre Terry's biological mothers -- is now facing a new indictment that includes five charges of perjury for allegedly lying about where she was on the night the Hulett Street fire in Schenctady that killed four people, and in which Safyre Terry suffered severe burns. [Daily Gazette]

Airport screenings
The Albany County Legislature is considering a bill that would make it a crime to refuse security screening at ALB after a passenger has entered a checkpoint. [TU+]

Troy parking ticket amnesty
People who don't pay back parking tickets during Troy's amnesty program will be pursued by private contractor hired by the city to track down unpaid tickets. [Troy Record]

Drinking water
A look at work being done to protect the Great Flats Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to municipalities in Schenectady County, from contamination. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady reactor
The fate of the small nuclear reactor at the Mohawk Harbor site owned by RPI is still not settled. [TU+]

Remsen Street
There's a push to spur redevelopment along Remsen Street in Cohoes. [TU+]

Col. Pawling
The Col. Albert Pawling statue is now standing in Troy's Pawling Memorial Park. [Troy Record]

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