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Definition of ALBANY
city SW Georgia pop 76,939
city ∗ of New York on Hudson River pop 95,658
city NW Oregon S of Salem pop 40,852
\ˈal-\ river 610 miles (982 kilometers) Canada in N Ontario flowing E into James Bay
— Al·ba·ni·an\ȯl-ˈbā-nē-ən\adjective or noun
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2000: 95,658), capital of New York state, U.S. It lies along the Hudson River 145 mi (230 km) north of New York City. The first permanent settlement, named Beverwyck, was built in 1624 by the Dutch. When the British took the area in 1664, the village was renamed to honour the duke of York and Albany. In 1754 the Albany Congress adopted Benjamin Franklin's Plan of Union. In the 19th century Albany became a major transportation centre. Its focal point today is Empire State Plaza, a governmental, cultural, and convention complex.