Continued calls for better police/community relationships, extensive look at area's toxic sites, 101 apartments planned for downtown Troy

Police/community relationships
+ Hundreds of people turned out for a rally in Albany's Dana Park Friday evening to protest the latest deaths of African Americans during encounters with police around the nation, and express their opposition to violence in light of the Dallas police shootings. [News10] [TU] [WNYT]

+ Earlier Friday at the Capital South Campus Center in Albany a group of teens heard from police and attorneys about police stops during a legal rights workshop -- the police urged compliance, the attorneys pushed for the teens to know their rights. [TU]

+ A snapshot of the complicated situation in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill, where residents express respect for police, wariness of being stopped, and disappointment with how the neighborhood is policed. [Daily Gazette]

+ Alice Green of the Center for Law & Justice in Albany: "We've really got to do something about systemic racism and our fascination with guns." [WNYT]

+ Albany police chief Brendan Cox on Friday: "We can get past this by working together. We have to ... It's imperative for our entire country that we work together and solve our problems." [TWCN]

Toxic sites
The Times Union has put together "We've really got to do something about systemic racism and our fascination with guns." [WNYT]">a big package of articles looking at polluted sites around the Capital Region, and the problems involved in getting them cleaned up. [TU]

Hoosick Falls
The state Senate majority leadership announced Friday it will be holding hearings about the contamination of the drinking water in Hoosick Falls. [TU]

State tests
Two Schenectady High School teachers are criticizing the state's Regents American history exam for including a question that excluded the Civil Rights Movement (because of a date restriction) from answers about American reform movements. [Daily Gazette]

Upset historians
Local historians around the state are fired up about about a change in the bureaucratic status of the position of State Historian, which they argue diminishes the state's focus on history. [TU+]

Troy tax rates
The Troy city school district says its property tax rate will decline this year -- the first time that's happened in two decades -- because of increases in the assessed values of properties in the district. [Troy Record]

Troy police
The Troy Police Department says it's moving toward using CompStat, the crime stats analysis system used by the New York Police Department. [TU]

Downtown Troy residential
The company redeveloping for the former Record building is planning 101 apartments on the site. [TU]

Albany marina
The owner of the new marina planned for Albany's riverfront in the South End says the project will be opening soon. [TU+]

Comments

Looking forward to more new apartments in Troy. It will be great for our downtown businesses.

I'd like to learn more specific details regarding their plans for parking. That area is in the central business district and has strict 2 hour parking limits from 9am-6pm M-F.

Also as Troy seems to be investing a lot in rental project properties with increased in lieu of tax agreements.

An explanation of the PILOT agreement that will save Rosenblum an estimated $8.2 million, as well as $1.1 million in sales tax breaks and $213,092 from a mortgage recording tax exemption would be greatly appreciated.

Particularly because Troy is severely lacking in funds right now which was demonstrated by the bursting underground water pipes that it seems everyone has forgotten about... that is until the next impromptu water-main fountain erupts.

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