People urged to avoid the area around state Capitol on Friday

WNYT Staff
Updated: April 30, 2020 09:32 AM
Created: April 30, 2020 06:46 AM

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is urging people to avoid the area around the New York State Capitol and Empire State Plaza on Friday, May 1.

Sheehan says it is because there’s word of a big rally, without a permit, happening Friday, and she is worried about people not social distancing.     


The video above shows what it looked like last week-- for a "Reopen New York" rally at the Capitol. The mayor expects something like this to happen again Friday.     

She is asking people if possible, avoid Washington Avenue, State Street, and Madison Avenue, as well as Academy Park.    

But the mayor says if you have to go, take some precautions.

“We ask that you stay in your cars, honk your horns, make your voices heard that way, but we really hope you respect the lives and well-being of the people who live here in the city of Albany,” Mayor Sheehan said.     

The rally is set to take place around noon.     

The Albany Police Department has been working with CDTA to help adjust bus routes to ensure the safety of their riders and all the transit workers.

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