Sonia Frederick | WAMC

Sonia Frederick

After joining calls to rescind a 2016 county law legalizing the purchase of small fireworks, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan shared photos to Twitter Sunday of the major cleanup project facing the Department of General Services the day after July 4. Nightly amateur fireworks in Albany and other Northeast cities remain a bane for public safety officials and elected officials — like Albany Common Councilor Sonia Frederick of the First Ward. She spoke about fireworks, the pandemic, and the city’s battle to control gun violence with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

"Red X"  house along Albany's Delaware Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In mid-December, a national report heard on this station showed Albany has some of the biggest inequities among children living in different neighborhoods. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas garnered reactions from local officials.

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