State of the City '24: People, Projects, Results

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People, Projects, Results.

This year's theme, People, Projects, Results, signifies a commitment to placing the city's residents at the forefront of development efforts, recognizing their diverse perspectives, needs, and contributions. Through targeted projects and initiatives, spanning infrastructure, economic development, social programs, and cultural endeavors, Albany aims to address key challenges and seize opportunities for growth and improvement. The ultimate goal is to achieve tangible results that enhance the quality of life for all residents, showcasing the positive outcomes of collective action and strategic planning. By prioritizing people, driving impactful projects, and delivering measurable results, Albany is building a vibrant, inclusive community where everyone can thrive and contribute to its ongoing success.

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SOTC Summary

#AlbanyForPublicSafety

  • Crime is down:

    • 26% reduction in Confirmed Shots Fired

    • 27% reduction in Shooting Incidents

    • 26% reduction in Shooting Victims

    • 20% reduction in Burglaries

    • 80% reduction in Vehicular Homicides

    • 34% reduction in Motor Vehicle Thefts

    • 5% increase in Calls for Service 

    • 138 Illegal Guns Recovered

  • As President of the New York Conference of Mayors and a leader within the US Conference of Mayors, I am advocating for additional resources to help cities across the country address the mental health crisis

  • In Albany, the City is utilizing nearly $1 million of its Opioid Recovery Funding to partner with Albany County and expand the Street Treatment Program over the next three years

  • APD is adding social workers at Center Station and South Station, 24/7/365

  • The City is creating an internal working group to analyze how to implement ACCORD in the City of Albany

  • In 2023, Albany Fire responded to nearly 25,000 calls for service, and the Albany Police responded to more than 100,000 calls for service

#AlbanyForWorkforce

  • Reached new contracts with the Albany Police Benevolent Association & Albany Permanent Professional Firefighters Association
  • 29% decrease in vacancies, 40% increase in job applications, and 22 million ad impressions through the Join Albany campaign, made possible via $400,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

#AlbanyForNeighborhoods

  • After one year of our new Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, on-time responses to SeeClickFix are up 87%, including:
    • 97% improvement for animal control
    • 96% improvement for parking enforcement
    • 95% improvement for potholes
    • 77% improvement for street cleaning
  • Code Inspections are up more than 50% since 2020
    · The City of Albany is holding bad landlords accountable: code violation cases referred to City Court have more than doubled since 2020 
  • Vacant properties have declined by 12% since the end of 2020
  • The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided the Albany Community Development Agency with a $1.9 million grant to assist 120 residents to keep homes pest-free, dry, well-ventilated, safe, clean, and maintained.
  • The Love Your Block program helped remove 300 lbs. of trash, weatherize 16 homes, paint and stain 9 home exteriors, organize 8 neighborhood cleanups, and activate 6 vacant lots.

#AlbanyForVibrancy

  • · Hosted the 75th Annual Tulip Festival
  • Discover Albany hosted 37 All Hallow E’en Festival Events, made possible via $282,280 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • Albany Center Gallery provided 24 artist stipends, made possible via $75,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

#AlbanyForSmallBusiness

  • · Capitalize Albany, the Downtown Business Improvement District, and Central Avenue Business Improvement District provided grants to dozens of small businesses, made possible via $1.5 million from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • Capitalize Albany is nearing completion of the Clinton Market Collective, made possible via $1.1 million from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • The Downtown Business Improvement District is in the process of designing and installing new Downtown Wayfinding, made possible via $838,020 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

#AlbanyForRecreation 

  • 520 Livingston Avenue will be the new home of the Albany West Community Center, made possible via $2 million from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • · Renovating the Albany South Community Center, made possible via $2 million from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • Building a new Lincoln Park Pool, slated to open in July 2025
  • New Pickleball Courts & Revitalized McKown Park
  • New Field, Lights, Batting Cage, and Walking Trails at Westland Hills park made possible via $500,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • New Dock Ramps at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch made possible via $40,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

#AlbanyForYouth 

  • 550+ Summer Youth Employment Program Participants
  • 100+ Weekly Participants in Friday Teen Nights
  • 85 Daily Participants in After-School Activities
  • 7 Summer Camps and Clinics Hosted
  • In Our Own Voices’ new Drop-In Center for LGBTQ+ Youth made possible in part via $500,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

#AlbanyForSeniors

  • · Hosting the Older Loved Ones Program, 4 days a week with 45 participants per week
  • 82 Seniors assisted by an expanded Albany InPlace through our partnership with Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, made possible in part via $626,802 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

#AlbanyForInclusivity

  • Northern Rivers helped more than 200 individuals through its JumpStart program that provides community-based Wellness Advocates to identify and resolve immediate social determinants of health conditions, made possible via $1.3 million from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

#AlbanyForInfrastructure

  • · Filled 6,706 potholes and replaced 1,531 sidewalk panels in 2023 
  • Investing $19 million for new streets and sidewalks
  • Investing $1 million to continue the Traffic Speed Reduction Pilot to install more Speed Humps
  • Investing $4.5 million for Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Improvements, including new signals, crosswalks, and efforts to reduce speed limits
  • Reorganizing the Department of Engineering to ensure our various traffic, bike, pedestrian, and accessibility plans are holistically implemented
  • Launching a self-cleaning bathroom pilot in Black Lives Matter Park and at the Buckingham Pond Playground

#AlbanyForSustainability

  • · Planted more than 2,500 new trees since 2020 – meeting our 2,025 Trees by 2025 goal two years early
  • The Beaver Creek Clean River Project is nearing completion – a $50 million investment to help clean the Hudson River and improve quality of life for residents near Lincoln Park
  • Completed more than 1,100 lead service replacements since 2019
  • Committing to a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050
  • Moving forward, 100% of the electricity purchased by city operations will be generated from renewable sources

Our Future is Bright

  • Albany is slated to be home to the new Wadsworth Laboratory, a new Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge, and a key manufacturing hub for offshore wind turbines
  • Governor Hochul continues to expand investment at SUNY NanoTech alongside partners like Micron, IBM, and Applied Materials to expand semiconductor research and development
  • Senate Majority Leader Schumer is lobbying every day to ensure President Biden sites the National Semiconductor Technology Center in Albany

All of these new projects = (result in) new construction jobs and new permanent jobs. To ensure we can attract new jobs, we must ensure we continue to build new housing:

  • Habitat for Humanity is building 100 new affordable homes available for homeownership in the South End, Arbor Hill, and West Hill, made possible via $3.8 million from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • The Affordable Housing Partnership has helped more than 100 prospective homebuyers through its homebuyer strategy class, made possible via $300,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • CARES has prevented more than 75 evictions through its Emergency Solutions Program, made possible via $1.9 million from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • 88 units are being renovated by the Albany Housing Authority at Steamboat Square, made possible via $800,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • Approximately 11 new homes are in the pipeline thanks to the efforts of the Albany County Land Bank, made possible via $483,321 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program
  • Approximately 12 renovated homes are in the pipeline thanks to the efforts of the Albany Community Land Trust, made possible via $600,000 from the City’s Albany for All American Rescue Plan grant program

Facing Headwinds

The impending closure of The College of Saint Rose and the inability to redevelop Central Warehouse are two unanticipated occurrences that present challenges for our city. The Common Council passed Resolution 117.112.23R, “requir[ing] the City provide the Council with quarterly updates about the number of market-rate, affordable, and mixed-used housing projects…” and I provided the first of those updates at the State of the City:

  • As interest rates are elevated and our City’s housing market stagnates, the Common Council’s Inclusionary Zoning amendment has been cited by the owners of Central Warehouse as one of the reasons redevelopment of the building is no longer feasible
  • Since the Common Council overrode my two vetoes in early 2023, new proposals for market rate housing have decreased by 71% - all while subsidized by right has increased by 520% and subsidized inclusionary has decreased by 62%
  • The Common Council stated it wanted to see more affordable housing built south of Central Avenue and west of Lark Street, and what has happened since is just the opposite – subsidized housing continues to be concentrated in our historically underserved communities. 

 I am very concerned if we stay on the trajectory we are on. If we have effectively cut off the pipeline for both market rate housing and workforce housing…we are missing an opportunity. The jobs that are being created here will result in people continuing to access housing in the suburbs – housing that is being built…in Guilderland, Bethlehem, and Colonie, and they will be moving into those units because those units are not being built here.” 

-Mayor Kathy Sheehan

I once again called on the Common Council to repeal their Inclusionary Zoning amendment and work together with my administration to develop results-based solutions to address the growing housing crisis in the City of Albany.

Learn about how these transformational investments are 

impacting the residents of Albany!

#Albany for Small Business: James Mitchell
#Albany for Youth: Simone Sprague
#Albany for Workforce: Shilo Banker
#Albany for Affordable Housing: Valerie Alexander Moseley
#Albany for Inclusivity: Trisha Lord
#Albany for Homeownership: Cesar Burciaga
#Albany for Recreation: Willie White
#Albany for Seniors: Mary Williams

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