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Albany City Hall Café Open For Business

The new Albany City Hall Café is comfortable, spacious.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
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The new Albany City Hall Café is comfortable, spacious."

Albany City Hall is taking steps to making itself more amenable to visitors.

City Hall Cafe is now open. It’s a clean, spacious spot in the basement of the 200-year-old building, offering a relatively inexpensive but healthy grab and go lunch menu featuring sandwiches and homemade soup. Albany's Commissioner of Administrative Services Rachel McEneny recommends the coffee.

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"I had a lot to do with the choices of coffee. I think people really like to take a walk and have a cup of coffee."

McEneny says folks stopping in to apply for a permit, pay a fine or meet with a representative of local government now have a place to eat, relax, and enjoy free wi-fi.

"We have not had anybody in there in about two and a half years and the city has a lot of people who come by and miss the old cafe that was run there. So we're hoping for this to be a place for employees as well as people who are waiting for court or getting their birth certificate that they can come down and get homemade soup or salad or a cup of coffee."

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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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