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The marquee outside the Spectrum 8 in Albany on Wednesday
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Albany movie buffs will be able to catch up on their Oscar shortlist today, as the Spectrum 8 Theater on Delaware Avenue is reopening after a year-long shutdown. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a sneak preview as the arthouse theater came back to life.

Sap is boiled at the Radix Center in Albany
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Maple syrup season is underway, as sap flows through taps on trees throughout the Northeast – including within the City of Albany.

Albany Common Councilor Richard Conti.
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An Albany Common Councilor in his final year after more than two decades in office is proposing a radical change in city politics.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Antoinette Bacon
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While law enforcement officials say there are no specific threats at this time, they are preparing for demonstrations around the New York State Capitol in Albany in the run-up to Inauguration Day. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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The Albany Common Council unanimously passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan's 2021 budget Monday night.

Picture of a judge's gavel
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Community activists in Albany say a court needs to consider mitigating factors before a man accused of accidentally shooting his daughter appears before a judge this week.

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A survey on the city of Albany’s COVID-19 response in minority communities includes some harsh findings.

Albany Lantern Parade (2016)
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Albany’s fifth annual “Lantern Parade” will go on despite the pandemic.

In an attempt to better understand how residents are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic, especially in communities of color, the city of Albany conducted an online COVID-19 Community Survey. Results are in.

The Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service, created to honor those who have “demonstrably given of their time and talent to build a better Albany,” was awarded to local social justice activist Amy Jones.
Dennis Gaffney

The fourth annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service was given Thursday in Albany.

The city of Albany wants to better understand how residents are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic, especially those from communities of color.

The City of Albany held its first meeting last night under the Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, in accordance with a state directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo to “reimagine” police departments.

Jammella Anderson stands by a community refrigerator on Elm Street in Albany
Shannon Straney / Photo provided

Coming to a street corner near you, a refrigerator.  

Lukee Forbes
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Activist Lukee Forbes is ubiquitous at protests and community events throughout the Capital Region. You can usually find him at the front of the crowd, in black clothes black and brown leather work boots.

Police stand by as rally-goers confront counter-protesters in Albany
Photo provided by Patrick Dodson

A large crowd gathered in front of the state capitol in Albany for a "Back the Blue" pro-police rally Saturday morning, similar to an event held on Thursday in Saratoga Springs.

Sgt. Henry Johnson, Albany’s World War I hero
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The City of Albany continues to seek nominations for the fourth Annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaking Wednesday afternoon at the corner of First and Quail Streets
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During a streak of gun violence Wednesday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan asked State Police and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office to step up patrols in the city.

Corey Ellis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent local governments scrambling to conduct business online, and the Albany Common Council is no exception.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hosted a New Year's Day ceremony at City Hall to swear in three new leaders.

EV Charging Station at Riverfront Garage.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials gathered on top of the Riverfront Garage in downtown Albany Tuesday morning to unveil new electric car-charging stations.

Bergmann Associates' Liz King gives a slide-show presentation at Hackett Middle School.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Lark Street has long been one of the arts, residential and commerce centers in the city of Albany. Thursday night, officials gave the public a glimpse of what a re-imagined Lark Street might look like.

Albany's Palace Theatre is hosting the premiere of a locally-shot James Franco movie on Saturday.

Capital Repertory Theatre announces public phase of $13.5 million campaign for new home—unveils new construction
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's Capital Repertory Theatre has staged a preview of its new location on North Pearl Street. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has proposed her budget plan for 2020.

Sheehan was joined by neighborhood elected officials, local business representatives and community members to cut the ribbon on the revitalized New Scotland Avenue Streetscape.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany's New Scotland Avenue neighborhood is undergoing big changes. Mayor Kathy Sheehan stopped by the newly completed "streetscape area" than runs from Quail to Ontario Streets.

Jon Campbell

Business owners and city employees are gearing up for one of Albany’s signature events this weekend: LarkFest.

'X' Marks The Spot - three vacant buildings huddled together along Albany's Delaware Street acted as backdrop during Wednesday's presser.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

State and local officials gathered Wednesday in downtown Albany to highlight legislation awaiting the governor’s signature that addresses the issue of vacant and abandoned buildings.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A high-level Albany Community Police Review Board member was arrested Monday following an altercation with a city police officer during a traffic stop.

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

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

Composite photo Dave Lucas / Public Domain

If you watch free over-the-air TV, you'll likely have to re-scan channels over the weekend, as certain stations are switching frequencies.