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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
Composite Image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

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.

LarkFest
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.
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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.
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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.

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