A year-round farmers’ market in has been launched in downtown Albany.
The farmers’ market at SUNY Plaza comes under Governor Andrew Cuomo's FreshConnect program, giving area farmers the opportunity to market their produce locally. It's also designed to bring fresh food to communities.
In May, city officials took the wraps off a plan to bring red light cameras — which snap photos of vehicles illegally zipping under traffic signals — to Albany's most dangerous intersections. Citizens and politicians are now choosing sides. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat, introduced the legislation that would give the City of Albany the green light to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red-light ticketing cameras at as many as 20 intersections.
Another wrinkle in the regional casino picture - Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced this week that the the so-called "E23 proposal" with the casino, hotel, restaurants and water park - is not to be – "What we have learned is that what was at least presented is not possible."
The dream is gone - left behind as wealthy Rochester developer David Flaum looks across the Hudson to Rensselaer, where Wednesday night the city council, in a 6-to-1 vote, gave Flaum the green light to site a casino-hotel complex on a 24-acre site along the riverbank.
In a hastily-called Wednesday afternoon press conference at City Hall, Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan announced the proposal for A casino that would have been built at Exit 23 of the NYS Thruway had come to halt. Sheehan said the so-called "E23 project" was, in the developers opinion, not financially viable, and the developer is looking at Rensselaer - where will be a town board public hearing at Genet Elementary School at 7 p.m. and public comment will be heard regarding the proposed "East Greenbush Casino" that has the backing of Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report concerning the financial condition of the City of Albany.
The report shows - that Albany has a high level of poverty - and unable to collect taxes on 59 percent of the properties which are tax-exempt, plus 17 percent of other city properties that are vacant. Mayor Kathy Sheehan warns Albany faces a $16 million budget shortfall this year
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a busload of fellow Democrats are on a tour promoting a minimum wage hike, paid sick leave, affordable childcare and equal pay for men and women. The bus stopped in Albany Sunday. Local politicians and activists turned out to hear from the former Speaker.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Steve Krokoff have thrown their support behind state legislation that would allow the city to roll out a 5-year "demonstration" program to install cameras that would capture images of vehicles that run red lights. Cameras would be mounted at many of the city's most dangerous intersections. The sponsors of the bill - state Senator Neil Breslin and Assembly members Pat Fahy and John McDonald flanked city officials during a press conference at the Pine Hills Library.
This morning at City Hall, Mayor Kathy Sheehan proclaimed the beginning of “Earth Week” in Albany. The mayor was joined by Congressman Paul Tonko and other government and business officials to discuss ongoing community-centric initiatives and upcoming events.