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ACS CAN calls on New York to increase tobacco taxes to help protect all New YorkersPAL Executive Director Lenny Ricchiuti, center, joined by, (L. to R.) Chad O'Hara of B95.5FM, Albany Police Chief Chief Eric Hawkins, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and Mona Golub fr
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Capitol Holiday Lights will shine in Albany's Washington Park for a 24th year.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, flanked by the 2018 Tulip Queen & Court and the 2019 finalists.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Final preparations are under way as the city of Albany awaits next weekend’s Tulip Festival.  Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the five finalists for 2019 Albany Tulip Queen Wednesday at the Washington Park Lakehouse.

The Albany Damien Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS in an affirming environment and to reduce new infections in the communities we serve in the upstate New York region.

Tomorrow, The Albany Damien Center will host their AIDS Walk & Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington Park Lakehouse in Albany, New York.

The AIDS Walk & Festival is a community event and fundraiser to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS and raise money to help people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Executive Director of The Albany Damien Center Perry Junjulas joins us to tell us more.

The finalists are Sawyer Cresap, Xavia Francis and Elizabeth Stenard of Albany, Natalie Joseph of Guilderland and Katherine Donnelly of Latham.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the five finalists for Albany Tulip Queen at Washington Park Wednesday.

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Someday in the near future, your glass of New York cider could come from apples grown in Albany's Washington Park.

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The Second Annual Lantern Parade takes place in Albany’s Washington Park Sunday.

Confederate memorial tombstone at Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Mississippi

Officials in several states are calling for the removal of statues and monuments along with the renaming of buildings and streets associated with the Confederate States of America. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In November 2014, with support from the Albany police department, city planners took a serious look at transforming four underused Washington Park tennis courts into Albany's first public skate park. Phase one of the project has come full circle.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The water emergency in Albany is over. The water main line under South Lake Avenue near the intersection with Elberon Place has been repaired, restoring water service for the major water transmission line there. Citywide water restrictions have been lifted, but the street remains closed.

Skateboard pro Kanten Russell and local skaters brainstorm on proposed layouts for Albany's new skate park. (Summer 2016)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany is home to a vigorous skateboard culture. The Washington Park tennis courts along Madison Avenue have long been the center of the local skating community, even though the pasttime was technically illegal for some 30 years.  Now, the city is going forward with an ambitious plan to build a skate park.