Financial channel closed to Civil Rights Institute

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority talks about agenda items. / Jessica Fairley

The Albany Civil Rights Institute will have to wait longer to receive requested funds from the city of Albany because the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority (ADICA) isn't able to serve as a financial conduit.

Representatives from the institute approached the Albany Board of Commissioners in the midst of budget cuts requesting support in the form of $50,000. However in order to receive those funds, ADICA had to agree to act as a middle man to issue the money.

During Wednesday's meeting, one ADICA member voted against the measure while another abstained from voting at all. Because of these moves, the board didn't have enough votes to pass the motion.

Aaron Blair, the President of the ADICA board, says he believes the issue will come up for vote again in the upcoming weeks.

Although ADICA members didn't pass the measure, they are taking steps to bring attention to the Little Harlem area.

Soon patrons will have a new kiosk to find their way.

"When you're walking downtown, you can see all the stores or anything we have. You can see where you're at downtown and see how to get to where you need to get," said Aaron Blair, ADICA President.

Signs aren't only being placed in central downtown Albany, new bicycle signs may soon stretch as far as Slappey Boulevard.

"These possible signs will be able to show people how to get to the trails. How far they are from downtown and actually people in their car will be able to see them too," said Aaron Blair.

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority will match a grant to pay for the signs.

Officials say the new maps will reassure bikers that the trails are there for them to ride uninhibited and safely.

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