Government officials are planning for next week’s inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th President of the United States. Because of last week's attempted government takeover, government and law enforcement officials are planning for protests all over the nation, including here in Albany.

According to News 10, Today Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins held a press conference to inform citizens of how they plan to proceed with the upcoming inauguration.

Mayor Sheehan says that protests are anticipated for this upcoming Sunday and then next Wednesday on Inauguration Day.

Mayor Sheehan stressed the importance of allowing people the opportunity to exercise their right to peaceful protests. She stressed PEACEFUL protests are welcomed, but violence will not be tolerated in any form.

Mayor Sheehan stated that city, state, and federal law enforcement have been scheduling extra personnel and providing extra security for all government buildings. She said that anyone working in the Albany area should work from home if possible. Mayor Sheehan said that they do not have any credible threats of violence of any kind.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins also spoke about the upcoming inauguration events. He stated that his department is working along with the State Police and the FBI to prepare for the upcoming events. Chief Hawkins says that law-enforcement officials are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. He also stated that his department had not received any credible threats of violence in the city.

Protest are nothing new to the Albany area, and we probably will have protests next week. Hopefully, the Biden administration can transition into power without any more violence.

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