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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.

A once-thriving community newspaper in Albany is launching a mixed media revival.

Albany maintains a Vacant Building Registry and questionable buildings that have been deemed unsafe are marked with a red X.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The city of Albany is hoping for better management of vacant deteriorating buildings.

A commercial UAV/drone flying at night.

Cutting edge investigative and crimefighting technology is cleared for landing in the Albany Police Department's tactical toolbox.

ATVs and dirt bikes at Central & Quail, Albany.

Unlicensed all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes have become familiar sights on downtown Albany streets. Not for long, say city officials.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on as Tabetha Wilson address the gathering at Henry Johnson Park.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a ceremony Wednesday honoring city World War I hero Henry Johnson.

Development at the former Playdium site on Albany's Ontario Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A group of Albany residents who say they are frustrated with development in the city are planning to rally at tonight's Common Council meeting.

The 41st Annual Freihofer's Run for Women will take place on June 1, 2019. Thousands of women of all ages (and running abilities) will compete in this 5K event.
Freihofer's Run For Women

The 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women takes place tomorrow in downtown Albany.

Members of the City of Albany’s Census Complete Count Committee joined together at City Hall to highlight the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 Census.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is calling on residents to make sure they're counted when the next U.S. Census comes around.  The City’s Census Complete Count Committee is stressing the importance of Albany residents’ participation in the 2020 tally.

Code on computer screen

As the city of Albany continues to recover from last weekend's "ransomware attack," more damage may have been done than originally reported.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Albany city officials say a publicly distributed flyer is fake news.

A complex but functional design for a simple stretch of street.
Chazen Companies / Dave Lucas

It seems all eyes are on New Scotland Avenue. This week, the busy Albany street has garnered attention on several fronts.

 New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul at the new Albany DMV office.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany office of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles held a grand opening ceremony at its new Central Avenue location today.

 Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, and National Grid officials update reporters regarding an  underground transformer fire.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A pair of explosions in downtown Albany early this morning blew off manhole covers, shattered windows and rattled residents near the intersection of Henry Johnson Boulevard and State Street.

Anti-Bioswale lawn signs along Albany's Ramsey Place [INSET: street resident Ed Vining]
Composite photo by Dave Lucas / WAMC

Residents of one Albany neighborhood are trying to scuttle plans to build a bioswale on their street.

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The City of Albany will host a public input meeting on the future of a downtown park next month.