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2020 Tulip Queen Crowned In Albany's Washington Park

Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the 2020 Albany Tulip Queen and her four court members outside the Washington Park Lakehouse on Saturday.
Two months later than usual, delayed by the pandemic, the city welcomed its 72nd Albany Tulip Queen.

"Kaya Rifenberg-Stempel," proclaimed Sheehan.

the 19-year-old UAlbany senior is a lifelong county resident. She will work together with her four court members on community service and literacy advocacy initiatives. Mayor Sheehan is hopeful next year things will be closer to normal.

"We're hopeful that next May we will be able to have a special celebration and find a way to acknowledge the work that these young women are doing in a more traditional way," said Sheehan.

Credit Instagram/City Hall
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan with the 2019 and 2020 Tulip Queen Courts.

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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