While we wait on the future fate of Capital Holiday Lights in the Park beyond this year, new problems recently arose for this season, which was slated to begin next month.

The relationship between PAL (the organizers of Holiday Lights) and the city of Albany has been stressful, and at times contentious.  City officials say the lights create too much gridlock in the city and are looking to find it a new home, while the PAL fought to keep it in Albany's Washington Park where it started 25 years ago.

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As a result of the constant back and forth between PAL and the City of Albany regarding the future home of the lights after this season, organizers claimed they were well behind in terms of execution, planning, and manpower.

As late as last week, the Albany Police Athletic League didn't think they'd have enough staff to help put up the massive light displays in the park which they hope to begin soon.

Organizers started a heavy push to recruit workers last Thursday, and that continued through a portion of the weekend, and this morning came some good news.

According to sources tied closely to the annual event, the Albany Police Athletic League hired 18 staffers over the weekend, at $16 dollars per hour, plus bonuses.  New hired help will build the displays, work at the event evenings, carry and lift things, and help break it all down when it's finished.

According to the representatives from PAL, work will begin tomorrow in Albany's Washington Park for about one-half of the crew, the rest will begin on Wednesday.

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