The Center For Law and Justice recently issued a letter of support for community policing on the University at Albany campus, whose police chief J. Frank Wiley has come under fire for adhering to the policy. The city of Albany has gained national recognition for its community policing philosophy. As Albany police begin outfitting officers with body cameras, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Center's executive director Alice Green about how the devices might alter the police-community dynamic.
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.
Work crews in the city of Albany have been quite busy in the area of Washington Park that brushes up against South Lake Avenue — right across from the site of the August 2016 sinkhole that opened up and swallowed a small SUV, prompting a citywide emergency. The new construction activity brings great engineering and technological changes to Washington Park Lake. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany City Water Commissioner Joe Coffey about the project.
Congressman John Faso, County Executive Kathy Jimino and State Senator Kathy Marcione were among the elected officials who toured the flood damaged regions of eastern Rensselaer County Monday. The town of Hoosick and the village of Hoosick falls were flooded Saturday night causing road washouts, damaged homes and buildings and a massive clean-up and repair which is now underway.
Elected officials, law enforcement and local business leaders gathered today in downtown Albany to celebrate the launch of ride-hailing apps in the Capital Region, now legal across New York, ahead of the July 4th weekend.