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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Announces Launch of 'Restart Albany'

In response to President Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan and the continued expansion of COVID vaccine availability, Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced the launch of “Restart Albany” – an initiative that marks a new beginning for Albany and:

  • Adds new employees to the Department of General Services to help clean parks, streets, and sidewalks

  • Adds new employees to the Department of Recreation to operate a full Summer Youth Employment Program and recreation camps & clinics

  • Encourages neighborhood associations and community leaders to organize neighborhood cleanups in partnership with DGS

  • Launches a renewed effort by the City’s Codes Department to ensure continued buildings and regulatory compliance across Albany

  • Creates a COVID Recovery Task Force to ensure the City of Albany equitably and strategically maximizes the resources available to our residents, businesses, and community organizations thanks to the American Rescue Plan to restart Albany and build back better.

Mayor Sheehan named Mike Whalen, Administrative Vice President of M&T Bank, and Jahkeen Hoke, Executive Director of Business For Good Foundation, as Co-Chairs of the City’s COVID Recovery Task Force – a task force that will engage every sector of the City of Albany to ensure that we get resources where they need to be to restart Albany, re-open businesses, prevent evictions and strengthen our not-for-profit organizations.

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