Albany City Hall

City Clerk Danielle Gillespie with Mayor Kathy Sheehan and members of the Albany Common Council give the media a tour of City Hall's new passport accepatance facility.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Applying for a passport in the city of Albany just got a whole lot easier.

Chief Eric Hawkins listened as he faced a parade of neighbors and activists. Some applauded his efforts, others demanded more accountability.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins got an earful Monday night during a meeting with about 50 area neighbors at the Arbor Hill Community Center. It was the first of three meetings organizers hope will provide the community with a platform for systemic change. 

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

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

This Sunday at 3 p.m. Albany Pro Musica presents the concert “The Americas, Land of Many Cultures” at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The concert will feature José Daniel Flores-Caraballo and the Albany Pro Musica Concert Chorus; Camerata Coral – a guest chorus from Puerto Rico under the direction of Amarilis Pagán Vila; and Alturas Duo with Andean wind specialist Gonzalo Cortés.

Distinctive harmonies and thrilling rhythms will transport audiences on a journey celebrating diversity, multiculturalism, inclusiveness, and acceptance; the values that hold the Americas strong. The performance will pay homage to the musical heritage of the New World, featuring evocative music from North and South America and the Caribbean. We are joined by aforementioned Albany Pro Musica Conductor and Music Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo and by Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. The Camerata Coral will perform a free concert in the Albany City Hall Rotunda on Monday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Albany City Hall
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

 

Immigration advocates from New York's capital region gathered at Albany City Hall to urge local lawmakers to consider making the city a sanctuary for those living in the country illegally.