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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Let the campaign begin!

There's a saying in politics that "a local election doesn't begin until a challenger ridicules an incumbent." Well, the race for Albany mayor has begun, as Archie Goodbee launched his first true attack yesterday:
Democratic mayoral challenger Archie Goodbee announced a meeting will be held Friday to discuss youth violence in the city.

Speaking outside the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church, Goodbee said the administration of Mayor Jerry Jennings has "its head in the sand."

"It's been too little, too late. The first thing we need to do is listen to residents. I can certainly give them a voice," said Goodbee, 62, a retired broadcast executive who is challenging Jennings, a three-term incumbent.
Jennings' continual denial that there "isn't a gang problem" in Albany is going to be put to the test this summer. After all, if you start proposing solutions, you must think there's a problem, right? It will be entertaining to see if Jennings is forced to come up with some kind of proactive answer to the "non-problem."

UPDATE: Mayor Jennings has been spotted with the "Guardian Angels":
The Guardian Angels are now patrolling Albany's Arbor Hill. The founder of the volunteer crime watchdogs, Curtis Sliwa, met with Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their future in the capital city. The volunteer group was created in New York City about 25 years ago to help curtail violence on the streets. Mayor Jennings said the recent violence in Albany coupled with community interest is what led the Angels to Albany.
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