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Ivy Family Meets With Albany Mayor

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

Calling for "consequences and clear action" on the mayor's part, the Ivys say their November 30 deadline still stands, after Sheehan "outright refused to consider" five of their six demands. The family of the Albany man who died after being tasered in a confrontation with Albany police in April want chief Brendan Cox fired along with the three officers who they say contributed to Ivy's death. The 39-year old African American man was stopped frisked and tazed on an Arbor Hill street back in April. He was a schizophrenic with a heart condition. The family issued a statement, saying in part the mayor's actions so far have made "impossible for our community to engage in healing."

A call to the mayor's office was not immediately returned. A grand jury did not hand up any charges related to Ivy’s death.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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