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Public Drinking In Albany May Be A Thing Of The Past

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Getting hammered on the streets of Albany may be a thing of the past if Albany’s Mayor and Police Chief get their way. 

I have to be honest, I haven’t been to any of Albany’s parades and festivals in quite sometime. There’s something about walking past someone taking a leak on the street in broad daylight and the ridiculous amount of drunks that really get my goat. I’m just not into it.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Police Chief, Steve Krokoff aren’t either. They’re taking a look at Albany’s open container laws, which tend to be non-exsistent during major events like Lark fest and the St. Patty’s Day parade. In fact, officials are considering whether or not alcohol permits should even be granted!

It’s all about the image of the city says Mayor Sheehan: ‘How do we want people treating our city. This is a wonderful, historic capital city and it should be treated with respect.

As we await Albany officials to determine what they’re going to do, I pose this question: What is this really about? Are we trying to keep the ‘bring your own crowd’ off the streets as to protect the image of Albany?  Or are we trying to make sure all of the bars stay full?





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