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Guardian Angels Albany Patrols Resume Thursday

July 2018: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa leads new recruits on a patrol of Albany's South End.
Lainie Lucas
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July 2018: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa leads new recruits on a patrol of Albany's South End.

Thursday marks the Guardian Angels' return to the streets of Albany.

As the city grapples with a shortage of officers, Angels founder and leader Curtis Sliwa says the red berets will patrol Clinton to Livingston Avenues and Ontario Street to Lexington Avenue; a key area of concern will be the 500 block of 2nd street. Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins:

"I have a liaison that's working directly with his organization. And I've made it very clear to them that if they want to come to this community and want to be eyes and ears and report things to the police department, then I don't have a problem with that."

Hawkins adds he's hopeful the Angels will comply with conditions including agreeing to be trained by officers in the interest of develop a working relationship. The Angels and Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s administration have had a strained relationship

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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