A salvager who bought downtown Albany’s biggest, ugliest building. An Irish priest lifting spirits at a maximum-security prison. A wealthy socialite whose 40 dogs eat organic chicken. A laid-off farmhand temporarily working as a human billboard. An upstate New York mayor who became the Pied Piper of Guyanese immigrants. A friendly clock enthusiast named Smiley Lumpkin.
They are some of the people Michael DeMasi has interviewed during more than 25 years in journalism. He shares what they and many others said in this collection of his favorite stories.<
DeMasi’s work has been recognized by the New York State Associated Press, New York Press Association, National Association of Real Estate Editors and American City Business Journals.
He lives with his wife, Lori, and twin daughters, Emma and Sophia, in Clifton Park, New York.