Empire State Plaza

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  It’s time now for our Ideas Matter segment – our weekly chance to check in with the humanities councils around our seven state region.

Today we learn about 98 Acres in Albany -- a community history project dedicated to documenting the people displaced and the structures demolished to make way for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza.

David Hochfelder is an Associate Professor in the History Department at University at Albany and he joins us now.

It's been 50 years since the cornerstone of Albany's Empire State Plaza was laid in place. A new exhibit at the New York State museum tells the story of Governor Nelson Rockefeller's vision, the history of the location, and the workers who made the project a reality.

New York State Police

New York State Police say they have apprehended the man they believe stabbed a state trooper in the neck with a steak knife at Albany’s Empire State Plaza on Sunday.

At a press conference this afternoon, a police spokesman said 18-year-old Eric L. Green was located by state police at the corner of Western and Washington Avenues in Albany shortly before 12:30 p.m. this afternoon. They say Green initially identified himself under another name before being taken into custody without incident.

It’s been said that death and taxes are the only two guarantees in life , but being unable to find a parking spot in the city in Albany is also certain. But for some city residents, who live near the state capitol and the empire state plaza, which will change next month. After almost two decades of discussion, debate and court challenges, Albany will implement a permit system in certain designated areas, beginning January 15th.  Albany city clerk Nala Woodard is in charge of getting distributing parking permits for the new system.