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Albany Council To Consider 'Trash Tax' Repeal

The Albany Common Council Law Committee meets tonight to discuss repealing the new trash tax law. The public is invited.

In January, the Common Council passed, at the request of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a trash collection tax that applies only to two-, three-, and four-unit homes.

The committee will consider 11th Ward Council Member Judd Krasher's Local Law B of 2016, which would repeal the tax.

Krasher says there is significant concern that the tax will result in rent increases which will be disproportionately felt among Albany's poor.

"We can do so much better than sloppy public policy that targets low-income families and our mom-and-pop landlords. That is not the way to build a sustainable economic development policy in the city of Albany."

The meeting begins at 5:30 this evening at City Hall.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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