It was 330 years ago that the former New York Governor signed a charter to create Albany County. As YNN's Megan Cruz reports, there are several celebrations to mark the momentous occasion.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- It was 330 years ago that New York's Governor signed a law to create Albany County.
In celebration of the momentous occasion, county officials are hosting several free events. The anniversary celebration kicked off Friday with a look at Albany County's historical artifacts inside the Hall of Records.
Albany County Clerk Tom Clingan showcased some historical documents that make up a huge part of Albany's history.
Clingan and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy said the birthday celebrations provide an opportunity to learn about the county's past, present, and future.
"This is chapter four of the Dongan Laws that was passed by the first colonial assembly that Governor Dongan called, in the fall of 1683 down in New York City. And a number of acts were passed, this particular one is the one we're celebrating because it's the county's birthday. It's kind of like the birth certificate, if you will, of Albany County from 330 years ago," explained Clingan.
McCoy added, "I just want people to realize sometimes we take it for granted. We're very busy. Everyone is busy today. So take the chance and take a step back and really look around you at this great history."
On Saturday, the Live Life Local event will provide an opportunity to taste and purchase products from local vendors.
For more information about the anniversary celebrations, head to www.albanycounty.com.