Albany Community Advocacy

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

By and large, American cities are far safer today than they were decades ago. But problems persist. In the first part of our weeklong series on urban crime, WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas surveys the landscape in Albany.

A group of some 75 University at Albany students shut down part of Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon in a peaceful protest, joining thousands of other Americans turning out in a show of solidarity against what's  perceived as police violence targeting black men. Events already were scheduled for today tied to Ferguson, but with Wednesday's grand jury decision not to indict a white New York City police officer caught on video putting a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, the number of protests has multiplied.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Shaken by yet another round of gun crime in Albany, elected officials, community leaders and private citizens gathered together for a downtown brainstorming session Tuesday.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Various communities across New York have played host to  forums that purport to address gun violence.

Betsy Campisi

Nearly 300 people rallied in Albany's Washington Park Saturday, at the culmination of "A Walk To Cure Violence." The city has seen a spike in shootings this year.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Two public events in the Capital Region addressing quality of life issues are being held tonight - the second in a series of "Community Conversations" about gun violence is scheduled for this evening at the Albany Public Library's John Howe Branch 16 Schuyler St. ( about 3 blocks away from where the city's most-recent gun fatality occurred)  Community activist Marlon Anderson leads the forum which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.  

Dave Lucas

The SNUG program was launched by the New York State Senate in 2009. The program aims to reduce gun and gang violence. SNUG, which is “guns” spelled backwards, came to Albany in 2010, but funding the program has been a struggle. Shootings dropped by 29 percent during SNUG’s first eight months of operation in New York's Capital city. Albany Common Councilor Barbara Smith, representing the 4th ward, hails the program as a success.