Last week, we recognized the rising stars in state government, politics, advocacy, business, labor, and media with the release of our annual Albany 40 Under 40. Every year, we honor 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have already distinguished themselves in their fields and are on their way to amassing accomplishments well beyond their age. And what would that honor and recognition be without some accompanying festivities? On Tuesday, June 20 we made that logical next step at the Hilton Albany with a celebration of the 40 Rising Stars of Albany with a room full of family and friends. Scroll below for a recap of the event. All photos by Shannon Decelle.

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Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars

Albany 40 under 40 rising stars