- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Police have already closed some streets and issued parking restrictions in downtown Albany as thousands of people head to the state Capitol for an education rally.

The Albany Police Department says about 500 buses from across the state are expected to begin arriving near the Capitol around 7 a.m. for Wednesday’s “lobby day” being held by the group Families for Excellent School. The charter school advocates say they expect several thousand people to attend the rally, scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

Officials say bus passenger drop-offs are expected to continue throughout the morning commute.

Police began shutting down some downtown streets Tuesday evening. Others are being closed starting at 7 a.m. and won’t reopen until 7 p.m. No parking restrictions are in effect for some downtown streets and roads until 8 p.m.

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