In Honor of the 200th Anniversary of the
1797 ? ? ? ? ? City of Albany ? ? ? ? ? 1997
Serving as the Capital City of the State of New York
For twenty years, after the establishment of the State of new York in 1777, the State Legislature moved annually among New York City, Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Albany for its meetings. As the upstate population grew, its elected representatives lobbied to establish a permanent state capital in a central location. On January 3, 1797, the New York State Legislature convened at the old Albany City Hall (Stadt Huys), where they had met periodically during and after the Revolutionary War. On March 10, 1797, a bill calling for the erection of a state office building in the City of Albany passed both houses of the legislature. The new law also established the offices of the Secretary of State, Clerk of the Supreme Court, Comptroller and Treasurer in Albany. A provision of the law also said that the Senate and Assembly would convene in the City of Albany on the first Tuesday of January, rendering it the seat of State government.
Dedicated to and for the
People of the State of New York
The Honorable George E. Pataki ? ? ? ? ? The Honorable Gerald D. Jennings
Governor, State of New York ?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Mayor, City of Albany? ? ? ?
May 28, 1997