The Albany Public Libraries finalized their $29.1 million branch improvement plan, which opened two new branches, expanded and renovated three existing locations and overhauled its collections to better serve the city’s residents. Photo by Joe Putrock.
Saugerties restaurateurs Emilio and Analia Maya were granted temporary stays of deportation after their work permits were revoked despite the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s promise the brother and sister would earn legal status in return for their work as ICE informants. Photo by Alicia Solsman.
The contested Rapp Road landfill expansion will displace the residents of Fox Run Estates, including Paula Spratt, by 2015, but their landlord—the City of Albany—turned a blind eye to the remaining residents of the neglected trailer park. Photo by Leif Zurmuhlen.
A quest for relief from the painful effects of severe nerve damage following a car accident led Dave Lawson to become an advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana, an issue the New York State Senate Health Committee moved one step closer to a Senate vote this year. Photo by Jen Rog.
Despite an outpouring of community support, the Washington Avenue YMCA closed its doors in March. Photo by Alicia Solsman.
Disability-rights advocate Michael Volkman was a voice for consumer-directed care in Albany County’s ongoing battle over plans for municipal long-term care. Photo by Joe Putrock.
Controversial former-state wildlife pathologist Ward Stone retired from his post in a whirlwind of scandal, science and support, but continued fighting the good fight for the public and environmental health of Ravena—a community battling heavy-metal emissions from the Lafarge cement plant. Photo by Joe Putrock.