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Date: April 7, 2021

Contact: Frank Zeoli

Mayor Sheehan and the Department of General Services Announce Opening Day at Capital Hills Golf Course

ALBANY, NY – Today, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Department of General Services Commissioner Sergio Panunzio announced that Capital Hills Golf Course is opening for the season on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Golfing hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to dark, and weekends and holidays from 7:00am to dark. For more information on Capital Hills including course and facility details, directions and pro shop information, please visit:

“We’re excited to kick off the 2021 golf season here at the Capital Hills at Albany Golf Course. Capital Hills at Albany is the premiere golf course in the Capital District with its rich history, beautiful scenery and impeccably maintained course,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Sergio Panunzio, DGS Commissioner.

On Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th golfers will be teeing off on a first come first serve basis and beginning Saturday, April 10th golfers are strongly encouraged to reserve a tee time. Tee times can be made by calling the Capital Hills Pro Shop at: 518-438-2208 beginning on Thursday, April 8th at 8 a.m.

Please note that the course will be open to walkers and runners before golf begins each day. Walkers must be off the course by the time play begins, i.e. before 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, and before 7 a.m. on weekends and holidays. It is imperative that walkers and runners are off the course by the time play begins to ensure their safety. These times will change as the season progresses and there will be signage at the Course indicating the walking/running use expiration time each day.

With circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the City of Albany and Capital Hills at Albany are committed to following the guidelines issued by the CDC and our local health officials.

Rates for play, carts, and driving range can be found by visiting the Capital Hills website



Date: March 12, 2021

Contact: David Galin

ALBANY, NY – 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.

Residents interested in applying for positions in the Department of General Services or Department of Recreation can visit Additionally, individuals interested in applying for DGS seasonal opportunities can apply online at or apply in person by visiting DGS Headquarters at 1 Conners Boulevard.
Any group that is interested in organizing a neighborhood cleanup can request supplies and support from the Department of General Services necessary to having a successful cleanup, including tools, gloves, bags and trash collection by clicking here or by calling (518) 434-CITY (2489).
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.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “It has been exactly one year since the first two cases of COVID were diagnosed in Albany County. Immediately, our City employees stepped up in herculean ways to continue providing essential city services when our residents and businesses needed it most – but we also know we had to scale back some of our typical efforts to ensure we remained fiscally solvent as the previous federal administration put airlines and Fortune 500 companies ahead of our frontline heroes. That’s why it is fitting that today, as vaccinations ramp up and our entire nation works to end this pandemic, we announce this new effort to mark a new beginning in Albany – a new beginning that is only possible because of the passage of the American Rescue Plan and tireless advocacy of President Joe Biden, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul Tonko. Our best days are truly ahead of us."



Date: February 26, 2021

Contact: Frank Zeoli, Deputy Commissioner

ALBANY, NY – Today, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Department of General Services Commissioner Sergio Panunzio announced a re-imagined Recycling & Waste Reduction Program. In the coming months, the Department of General Services will engage with residents through an education campaign focusing on recycling, anti-single use materials, waste reduction, food waste composting, food donation and textile recycling, through community outreach and engagement.

To help in this endeavor Mayor Sheehan introduced the city’s two newest employees, Phil the Bin & Les Waste, who by example, will help educate and inspire the residents of the City of Albany to Recycle More & Waste Less.

“Due to the challenges that we have all been facing because of COVID-19, recycling hasn’t necessarily been at the forefront of our minds,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Thanks to Commissioner Panunzio and Deputy Commissioner Zeoli, we now have Phil the Bin and Les Waste to remind our residents of the importance of recycling, composting, and reducing waste. I look forward to learning all the ways that we can help improve our environment.”

Be sure to follow the Phil the Bin & Les Waste's Facebook page and YouTube channel to see how you can do your part to improve recycling and composting practices and reduce the amount of waste you put into the waste stream. Any questions regarding this re-imagine campaign should be directed to the Department of General Services at (518) 434-2489 or visit



Date: February 16, 2021

Contact: Frank Zeoli, Deputy Commissioner


ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced the 2021 schedule for the annual Paper Shredding Events hosted by the City of Albany Department of General Services.


Paper Shredding & Book Recycling Events:


Paper Shredding & Book Recycling events will be held in Washington Park (enter on the Madison Street side) on:


Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Hard and soft cover books will be collected and recycled.  Please note - while books will not be shredded on site, they will be recycled.  Books will not be redistributed. Shredding services will be provided by 3N Document Destruction.


Any questions regarding either program should be directed to the Department of General Services at (518) 434-2489 or for information on acceptable and non-acceptable material please visit




Date: February 16, 2021

Contact: Frank Zeoli, Deputy Commissioner


ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced the 2021 schedule for the annual Household Hazardous Waste, Paper Shredding, and Book Recycling Events hosted by the City of Albany Department of General Services.


Household Hazardous Waste


Residents must pre-register to participate. To pre-register, please call the Department of General Services at 434-CITY (2489) or visit to register online.


Household Hazardous Waste disposal events will be held at the City of Albany Rapp Road Landfill from 4PM to 7PM on the following dates:


April 1, 2021 

April 15, 2021

May 6, 2021 

May 20, 2021

June 3, 2021 

September 2, 2021

September 16, 2021

October 7, 2021

October 21, 2021


Please note: at no time should hazardous be placed curbside.



Date: December 17, 2020

Contact: David Galin


Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan Declares State of Emergency, Closes All City Buildings to Public Until At Least 12:00 PM Thursday

Mayor Sheehan Urges Residents to Stay Off Roads


ALBANY, NY –  Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced she has declared a State of Emergency in the City of Albany effective 6:00 AM. All City of Albany Buildings, including City Hall, will be closed to the public until at least 12:00 PM Thursday. A determination will be made prior to 12:00 PM Thursday on potential additional closures.


“The City’s Department of General Services employees have been working around the clock since the first snow fell, however the rapid increase in snowfall over the last several hours has made travel especially difficult,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “Please stay off the roads and allow our DGS crews the space needed to safely and efficiently clear the snow.”



Date: December 16, 2020

Contact: Frank Zeoli

Email: Frank Zeoli

ALBANY, NY – The City of Albany is continuing preparations for the anticipated winter storm expected to reach the Capital Region this evening (Wednesday, December 16).

In anticipation of the expected winter storm, the City’s Department of General Services has 67 pieces of equipment at the ready to remove snow and other precipitation from City streets. The Department has also moved to 12-hour shifts beginning Wednesday at 7:00 AM to help enhance the City’s storm response.

The City of Albany reminds residents that it will implement its typical snow removal posture by clearing main roads first (emergency routes, major bus routes, and larger roads) before moving to smaller roads and side streets. Once the Department of General Services has adequately removed snow from City streets, it will shift its focus to removing snow from sidewalks adjacent to properties that have violated the 24-hour snow removal rule.

New this season, the Department is implementing a pilot program to clear large piles of snow that accumulate from plows in crosswalks and on ADA-ramps at several major intersections to help ensure a safe method of travel during and after the storm, especially in the City’s more dense neighborhoods where walkability is even more important.

It is imperative that property owners keep the sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow and ice (at least five feet, or the entire width of the sidewalk if less than five feet) for pedestrians to safely pass. According to City Code 323-21, it is the responsibility of all property owners’ and/or residents to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks and accessibility ramps adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. If a sidewalk is not in compliance within 24 hours of the last snowfall, the Department of General Services may clear the sidewalk of snow and ice, and the property owner will be issued a bill for the cost of removal and charged a fine.

The Department of General Services is also implementing enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures to protect the health and safety of its employees. Measures include assigning employees to the same vehicle for the duration of the storm and undertaking a deep cleaning of each vehicle after the employee’s shift is complete.

For updates regarding the upcoming winter weather, please call 518-476-SNOW, check here for updates, and monitor updates on the City of Albany’s social media pages, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


Date: October 8, 2020

Contact: David Galin


ALBANY, NY – Due to the widespread power outages in our region, National Grid will be distributing dry ice at the Crossgates Mall Parking Lot (adjacent to Macy's) during the following times:


            Thursday, October 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

            Friday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

            Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


To report an outage or receive restoration updates please visit: National Grid's Outage Map


Crews from the City of Albany’s General Services, Fire, Police, Water, and Buildings and Regulatory Compliance Departments have worked around the clock since the storm began to clear downed trees and limbs and ensure the public’s safety.


To report a downed tree or other non-life-threatening emergency, please call (518) 434-CITY (2489).


If you need emergency services, please call 911.



Date: September 28, 2020 

Contact: Frank Zeoli 


ALBANY, NY – The Department of General Services is sponsoring a Paper Shredding and Book Recycling Event on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 1-4 p.m. at Washington Park.  Please use the Madison Avenue enterance.  3N Document Destruction Inc. will be providing shredding services again at this annual event. For more information on acceptable items, please click here.  



Date: September 17, 2020 

Contact: Frank Zeoli 


ALBANY, NY – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined local elected officials, city officials, community representatives, and philanthropists to announce the City of Albany’s “2025 Trees” Initiative.  


This program sets a goal of planting 2,025 new trees in the City of Albany by the year 2025. The program will also include an “adopt a tree” component – providing residents, businesses, and community organizations with the opportunity to adopt a tree anywhere in the City of Albany or donate to the initiative to ensure trees are planted in the neighborhoods where the urban forest is most at risk. 


The City of Albany’s urban forest faces unprecedented challenges from both invasive insect and tree species, as well as climate change. Those factors have resulted in a decline in Albany’s urban forest cover, especially in neighborhoods such as the South End, West Hill, and Pine Hills. The City of Albany estimates that more than 1,000 street trees have been lost to various factors since 2008.  


This program will help replace lost trees while enhancing and preserving our urban forest for years to come by planting thousands of new trees across the City – especially in the neighborhoods where the urban forest is most at risk. 


The Albany Parking Authority and Albany Housing Authority will provide financial support for this initiative in order to plant new trees at and adjacent to their respective Authority properties. 


“I am proud to join the City of Albany Department of General Services to commit to planting 2025 trees in the City of Albany by 2025 to ensure that Albany’s urban forest continues to thrive for future generations,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “The Adopt-A-Tree Program is a wonderful way to improve the quality of life in the City of Albany. Trees make our streets more beautiful, improve property values, and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable environment.” 


“Trees provide countless benefits to individuals and communities,” said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III. “Trees can reduce stress, clean and cool the air, and help us fight climate change. This initiative by the City of Albany is a great way to stand up to climate change and beautify our area at the same time.” 


“Climate change continues to be the transcendent threat of our lifetime and we’re seeing its effects right here in New York’s Capital City and more broadly across the Upstate region,” said Assemblymember Patricia Fahy. “Arrivals of new invasive species, extreme, unseasonal temperatures, and threatened watersheds are all examples of climate change’s impact on our area. Despite this, the City of Albany’s continued work in climate mitigation is paying dividends, having earned New York State’s ‘climate smart community’ title, among other important steps. Expanding and protecting Albany’s urban forestry through the 2,025x2025 initiative is yet another innovative, climate-smart solution Mayor Sheehan and Albany are implementing to protect our communities and neighborhoods from what are disparaging and devastating effects of a rapidly changing climate.” 


“The City of Albany and Mayor Sheehan have been great partners helping to advance a myriad of critical projects that are improving air and water quality across the city and strengthening environmental protections to build a healthier and more sustainable community,” said New York State DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Increasing challenges caused by climate change, including invasive pests like Emerald Ash Borer, are plaguing rural and urban forests alike and make programs like Adopt-A-Tree more important than ever to help ensure a cleaner and greener Albany for generations to come.” 


“This new commitment to plant 2,025 new trees by 2025 is a significant step towards replacing dying trees or adding new trees where they do not currently exist,” said 10th Ward Common Council Member Owusu Anane. “Trees are an equity issue, because neighborhoods without street trees in the City are those with the highest poverty rates, and those with economic and social challenges. I thank Mayor Sheehan for listening to the people’s concerns and acting on them. By calling on residents to adopt trees, and calling on the business community to sponsor trees, hopefully we can reach this goal before 2025.” 


“This initiative is connecting individuals and businesses with the opportunity to adopt a tree, nurture it and watch it grow for many years to come” said Sergio Panunzio, Commissioner of the Department of General Services. “I am confident with the help of the Albany community we can re-populate our urban forest”. 


“The Albany Parking Authority is proud to be a co-sponsor of this important initiative through planting trees on or adjacent to Parking Authority property,” said Albany Parking Authority Executive Director Matthew Peter. “Trees create inviting, welcome spaces across our City, help reverse the impacts of climate change, and are especially important near parking garages and other parking areas – most of which are in our most vibrant and well walked business districts.” 


“The Albany Housing Authority is proud to support this important initiative,” said Albany Housing Authority Executive Director Chiquita D’Arbeau. “Trees are vital to making our neighborhoods inviting, safe, and vibrant, and the AHA is proud to help ensure new trees are planted on or adjacent to our properties. Thank you to the City of Albany and Mayor Kathy Sheehan for setting this important goal and for continuing to ensure investment in our most historically underserved communities.” 


“We hope that our Foundation’s commitment to this environmentally significant project will encourage other businesses and foundations to participate in some of our more underserved neighborhoods where trees and other greenery are in short supply” said Charles Touhey, Carl Touhey Foundation.