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Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar,  Congressman Paul Tonko
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko were in Albany Friday afternoon calling on Washington to provide local governments with direct federal relief.

Flags over Albany City Hall, June 1, 2020
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched Pride Month in front of City Hall Monday at an uneasy time in the city.

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Political scandal and personal turmoil that toppled Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse. An ongoing battle over declaring Troy a Sanctuary City. And the retirement of longtime Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners. WAMC's Dave Lucas takes a look back at the news stories that dominated Capital Region headlines in 2019.

Albany Chief City Auditor Susan Rizzo & Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar are running for Albany County Comptroller.
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The key primary election for a Democratic candidate to take over for retiring Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners is less than a week away.

Albany Chief Auditor Susan Rizzo outside Albany City Hall.
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A press conference outside Albany city hall Thursday morphed into a confrontation inside between two candidates for county comptroller.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners
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Each spring, Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners delivers his “State of the Fisc” address to the County Legislature, reviewing the fiscal condition of the previous year.  Conners delivered his final such address Monday night.

The city has not revealed the type of ransomware it was infected with, if it knows who was behind the attack, or where it originated from.
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The city of Albany is recovering from what the mayor called a "ransomware attack."

(L-R) Albany County Legislature Chairman Andrew Joyce, Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, Legislator Sam Fein. County Exec Dan McCoy is at the podium, with Patrick Chiou behind him.
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Albany County officials gathered in the city's South End this morning to announce a new building rehab project.

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Another candidate has joined the race for mayor of Cohoes.

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With two hats in the ring, the race is on to replace retiring Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners has decided not to seek another term.
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Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners has announced he will not seek a seventh term in office, and now potential successors are starting to line up.

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Albany government and business leaders announced Round 3 of the City’s Small Business Façade Improvement Program today.

 Flags of pride fly at city hall on June 1st, 2018
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On June 1st, Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched Pride Month in Albany in front of City Hall.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Albany Monday afternoon to push for a major infrastructure proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the Corning Preserve.

Corey Ellis with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Voters in the city of Albany have made their choices in the pivotal primary election.

City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar addresses the media in city hall as Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on.
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The city of Albany's financial picture looks sharper and brighter. Officials announced the numbers Thursday morning at City Hall.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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City Hall is defending itself after Albany Common Councilor and Democratic mayoral candidate Frank Commisso, Jr. called a press conference this morning to focus attention on an independent report regarding city finances.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. joins the short list of Albany Mayoral candidates
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Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. WAMC's Dave Lucas attended Commisso's official announcement Thursday.

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Questions are being raised by Albany city government leaders whether the treasurer can cut his own pay so  his staff can be awarded raises.

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For one last night this election season, "debate watching" became the national pastime. All across America and here in New York, people gathered in living rooms and public places to watch the third and final presidential debate.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended a Democratic watch party in Albany. 

On Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her 2017 budget, a $176 million spending plan that boasts a 2 percent decrease in spending from last year, which the mayor touts as the largest annual spending decrease in more than 15 years. The Common Council is now taking a closer look.

This is the site of the Troy water main break on the day after.
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Now that the nice weather is here, construction crews are a common sight. But in many cases, workers are digging up roadways to repair aging water and sewer pipes. Old infrastructure can create new challenges as well as inconveniences.

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Hoping to promote transparency about its precarious finances, the city of Troy has opened the books again.