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The Year In Pictures 2009

 

Notorious

(clockwise from top left) Former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was driven away from the federal courthouse in downtown Albany after answering to the eight-count indictment that would eventually lead to his conviction; state Sen. Pedro Espada pushed his way through a throng of reporters outside the Capitol at the height of the coup insanity that crippled the Senate; Sen. Bruno’s former “constituent liaison” to Rensselaer County, “Three-Job” Bob Mirch, took a break from running Troy’s Department of Public Works (but not from campaigning for Michael “Pickles” Picarello) to have a smoke.

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Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: Alicia Solsman

Photo: Joe Putrock

 

Politicians

(clockwise from top left) President Barack Obama stopped by Hudson Valley Community College in Troy; first-term Albany Common Councilman Corey Ellis took a shot in the Democratic primaries at unseating 16-year incumbent Mayor Jerry Jennings and fell short; Albany Common Council President Shawn Morris announced that she would run for Albany mayor only to drop out of the race months later; and after a messy and much-criticized process, ex-Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand was tapped by Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator from New York.

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Photo: Joe Putrock

Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: Chet Hardin

Photo: Joe Putrock

 

Protests

(clockwise from top left) Albany bicyclists pored over proposals for a new bicycle master plan that they had hoped to see implemented; the Free Marijuana movement rallied its forces on the steps of the Capitol; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staged a protest to draw attention to the repulsive living conditions of milk cows; and Elyse Kunz and Elyse Griffin fought for cleaner air by targeting one of the state’s biggest polluters, Lafarge Cement in Ravena.

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Photo: Alicia Solsman

Photo: Josh Potter

Photo: Chet Hardin

Photo: Alicia Solsman

 

Media

(clockwise from top left) It was a hard time for newspapers, but Times Union editor Rex Smith put on a brave face; WGDJ’s Paul Vandenburgh brought us talk radio with a distinctly local focus from his Times Union Center studios; Susan Arbetter began a weekday radio show from the state Capitol for Syracuse NPR affiliate WCNY (heard locally on WROW); Greg Dahlman and Mary Darcy made All Over Albany the happy Internet place to be.

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Photo: Alicia Solsman

Photo: Alicia Solsman

Photo: John Whipple

Photo: Alicia Solsman

 

Personalities

(clockwise from top left) The Dalai Lama paid a controversial visit to Albany, during which he found a few moments to shed enlightenment on the soon-to-be-embattled New York State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith; Sex columnist extraordinaire Dan Savage headlined Sexuality Week at the University at Albany; the Hellions of Troy were part of roller derby’s growing sisterhood on skates; powerhouse thoroughbred Rachel Alexandra became the first filly to win Saratoga Race Course’s famed Woodward Stakes.

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Photo: Chris Shields

Photo: Alicia Solsman

Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: Joe Putrock

 

Food

(clockwise from top left) Chef Ric Orlando surveyed the kitchen of his successful new Albany restaurant, New World Bistro Bar; Bam Lynch and Lynn Beaumont announced plans to expand their hole-in-the-wall hit Cheesecake Machismo; chef Tim Meaney hit the Saratoga Farmers Market in search of fresh local ingredients for the Beekman Street Bistro; certified master chef Dale Miller returned to Albany, opening his elegant restaurant in the Omni Plaza.

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Photo: B.A. Nilsson

Photo: Joe Putrock

Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: B.A. Nilsson

 

(clockwise from top left) Members of Goff Middle School’s Garden Club tended to the lettuce beds of their organic garden; Ashley Loehr worked in the greenhouse of Germantown Community Farm, a small farm modeled on the growing trend of community-supported agriculture; Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings paused on the campaign trail to sample Stewart’s Shops new All-America City ice cream; a worker scooped dates at Honest Weight Food Co-op, where plans for a massive and much-debated expansion are in the works to keep up with community demand.

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Photo: Kathryn Geurin

Photo: Josh Potter

Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: Alicia Solsman

 

Arts

(clockwise from top left) Filmmaker Ang Lee was all smiles at Chatham’s Crandell Theatre for the local premiere of Taking Woodstock; photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally fostered a sense of community with her Troy-based Upstate Girls project; Tony Award-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson mentored students at Russell Sage College; and (l-r) “paper girl” Sina Hickey and her confederate Melanie O’Malley prepared to share free art with the people of Albany.

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Photo: Kim Hugo

Photo: John Whipple

Photo: B.A. Nilsson

Photo: Josh Potter

 

(clockwise from top left) A historic freight yard was the physical heart of a community resurgence in Cambridge; Sara Worden created fascinating eco-art in collaboration with a few obliging red wrigglers; author Tobias Seamon continued to bring the dark past of the Hudson River valley to life in his haunted tales; and Albany essayist Daniel Nester explored the limits of inappropriate behavior with a comic touch.

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Photo: Kathryn Geurin

Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen

Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen

Photo: Joe Putrock

 

Live

(clockwise from top left) The Hold Steady stayed positive—and sweated through their rock and roll finery—at Valentine’s; Chrissie Hynde and the revamped Pretenders proved they’re still for real at the Palace; also at the Palace, Jennifer Hudson let us know she’s here to stay; and Tom Jones brought the lead—and swung it hard.

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Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: Julia Zave

Photo: Joe Putrock

Photo: Martin Benjamin

 

(clockwise from top left) Karen O blitzed Northern Lights with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; The New(ish?) Kids on the Block reminded SPAC that the second time really is the best; Posion’s set at SPAC helped remind us why Bret Michaels ever got his own reality TV show; and Grizzly Bear proved that those angelic harmonies work just as well onstage at Skidmore.

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Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: Julia Zave

Photo: Joe Putrock

Photo: Joe Putrock

 

Local Music All-Stars

 

(clockwise from top left) Railbird spread their wings to become our pick for 2009’s best local band; man-about-town Bryan Thomas performed at the Local 518 benefit at the Exit Dome; the opening of Casperland in Troy introduced the region to circuit bender Peter Edwards and artist Kate Sweater; singer-songwriter-survivalist Sean Rowe went foraging and came back with Magic.

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Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen

Photo: Martin Benjamin

Photo: Joe Putrock

Photo: Leif Zurmuhlen

 

 

 

 

 


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