[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Albany 7-18-1983 by L.L. No. 2-1983 as Ch. I, Art. I, of the 1983 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Facsimile signature and seal — See Ch. 18.
The device of arms of the City of Albany, adopted pursuant to resolutions of the Common Council passed December 16, 1789, and January 9, 1790, is hereby reestablished and readopted and declared to be correctly described as follows:
Arms: gules, two (2) garbs in fess; or on a chief argent, at the dexter side a beaver contourne, and on his hind feet, his forepaws resting upon a tree stump, erect, which he is gnawing; the tree, fallen, still attached to the stump, fesswise and contourne, all proper.
Crest: on a wreath of six (6) twists argent and gules, a Dutch sloop vert, under sail, all proper, pennant flying gules.
Supporters: standing upon an extension of the scroll hereafter described:
Dexter supporter: a farmer proper, habited with a deerskin coat, open and showing a white shirt; homespun trousers, bluish gray, buckled shoes, a gray, broad-brimmed felt hat upon his head; his sinister arm embowed, the hand supporting the shield at the dexter chief point; a sickle proper, point to the dexter, hanging over his dexter forearm which rests upon the hip, to the front.
Sinister supporter: an American Indian, savage proper; girded with a beaver skin; moccasined; a feather gules in his scalp lock; an elongated ornament hanging from the ear, argent; a quiver belt leather, trimmed with beads of wampum, passed over the sinister shoulder, the feathers of the arrows showing above the shoulder from behind; his dexter arm embowed, the elbow resting upon and supporting the shield at the sinister chief point, the forearm contourne; his sinister arm embowed, the forearm palewise holding in the hand, just above the shoulder, the top of a strung bow, the string to the sinister, the bow partly disappearing behind the sinister hip and again emerging, its base resting upon the scroll (hereinafter described) all proper.
Motto: on the above-mentioned scroll, argent, below the shield and never across it: "Assiduity" in plain Roman letters, gules.
The Mayor of the City of Albany shall cause a Common Seal for the City of Albany to be engraved upon metal, two (2) inches in diameter, bearing the device of arms of said City of Albany, accurately conformed to the description of the same given in § 15-1 of this chapter, and the arms so engraved shall be surrounded with the legend "The Seal of the City of Albany, Charter 1686."
From and after the first day of March 1889, the Seal provided as aforesaid by the Mayor of the City of Albany shall be and become, and is hereby made and adopted, the Common Seal of the City of Albany to serve for the sealing of all and singular of its affairs and business touching or concerning said corporation and shall be used for all the requisite purposes of said City of Albany, and the present Common Seal of said City of Albany is changed, altered and new made as aforesaid.
On the second day of March 1889, the present Common Seal of the City of Albany shall be defaced by the Mayor of the City of Albany or by his order and shall be deposited by him in some suitable place for preservation.
The device of arms of the City of Albany, as described and blazoned in § 15-1 of this chapter, when used upon public documents, shall be depicted as above-blazoned, without alteration or addition.
From and after the first day of July 1948, the tulip shall be the Official Flower of the City of Albany and shall be and become and is hereby made and adopted as such Official Flower.