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Albany’s war on vagrancy, crime

Written March 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany has banned unauthorized camping on public property and set up a zone from which the municipal court may banish repeat criminals for up to a year. Both measures are in effect starting now.


Analyze this: Boost for business

Written February 1st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If this works, Albany may have fewer empty buildings and vacant storefronts in a couple of years. By “this,” I mean an agreement between the city council and Buxton, a firm that uses advanced analytic techniques to help cities attract business.


Albany flap: Inclusion vs. harmony

Written June 29th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Harmony evidently is not good enough as a goal, so Albany’s Human Relations Commission wants a change in its official mission to include striving for “diversity, equity and inclusion.” The city council’s response on Wednesday: “Not so fast.”


Council: No roundabout on Gibson

Written May 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Reversing a decision it made a year ago, the Albany City Council now says it does not want a full roundabout at the junction of Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane in North Albany.


Hot protest gets appellant nowhere

Written April 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It doesn’t happen often that the Albany mayor and council lose patience with someone appearing before them, but they did on Wednesday after an applicant for a park reservation loudly lectured them for about 20 minutes about due process and his rights.


Yard debris issue coming up again

Written April 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany Councilman Mike Sykes wants the council to revisit the idea of weekly rather than biweekly yard debris pickup, which it turned down last October. And he’ll get his wish.


Council wants more pot restrictions

Written November 9th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Open for business? Well, not exactly, at least where marijuana is concerned. A day after Albany voters overwhelmingly repealed the city council’s ban on commerce in recreational pot, Mayor Sharon Konopa and the council majority appeared ready Wednesday to impose tight restrictions on where pot stores could open.


When the bin’s full, stop working

Written June 9th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Picture this: The yard waste container is filled to the brim, but the pick-up day for yard debris is more than a week away. The first thing to do is to take a break from the kind of yard work that generates more debris. The next thing is to wonder whether weekly service, rather than every […]


On Gibson Hill: The smartest fix

Written April 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

What’s the smartest way to fix the North Albany intersection of Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane? Floyd Collins, the Ward I councilman and North Albany resident who dealt with public works issues all his professional life, thinks the smartest way is to rebuild the intersection once and for all, not to do one thing now […]


On riverfront: Cleanup possible

Written April 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s riverfront is my beat, and there’s a bit of potential good news on the north end of Denver Street. The owner of an abandoned house there has agreed to give the property to the city. So if everything goes according to plan, the city will be able to ban trespassing, clean the place up […]


 
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