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There is life after Zoom:  officials are once again meeting in the flesh.
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With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the lifting of an executive order prohibiting in-person meetings, local government groups are getting back together in a room — but officials say they’re not forgetting what they've learned from months of virtual sessions.

Albany Common Council Candidates Appeared On A February Zoom Forum
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Most Albany Common Council incumbents weathered the Democratic primary last week and now move ahead to the November election.

Valerie Faust, Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Several key Capital Region races will be decided in today’s primaries.

Albany Common Council Candidate Gabriella Romero
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A candidate for the 6th Ward Albany Common Council seat has dropped out of the race.

Jahmel Robinson and Wilmer Lawson
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The two candidates vying for Albany's 5th Ward Common Council seat met in an online forum this week.

Albany Common Council Candidate Gabriella Romero
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Three candidates vying for a key Albany Common Council seat participated in back-to-back forums this week.

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Local activists are faulting the Albany Common Council for tabling a bill that would ban tear gas and rubber bullets.

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A local law banning the use of tear gas and rubber bullets in the city of Albany is off for now.

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Activists were joined online by elected officials Wednesday for the launch of the New York State Clemency Initiative.

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Concerns over "racist myths" being perpetuated by an Albany Police detective have prompted the Chair of the Community Police Review Board to ask the Common Council to intervene.

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Discussion over public safety continued as the Albany Common Council convened virtually Monday night.

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In mid-March, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan unveiled what supports called "historic" fair housing legislation. The Common Council discussed the measure this week.

Jesse Calhoun, July 2013 Albany Mayoral Debate at The Linda.
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Albany's first-term Democratic Common Council President Corey Ellis is facing a Republican challenger this election year.

Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.
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Chief Eric Hawkins, speaking during a virtual common council session Wednesday night, defended Albany police actions that cleared protestors from their encampment outside South Station last week.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
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Residents and environmental activists are concerned about plans to expand a solid waste permit in Albany’s South End.

Albany Police removed protestors from outside South Station April 22, 2021.
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Albany’s auditor and several members of the common council are criticizing the police department’s removal of protestors who had been camping outside of South Station for nearly a week.

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The Albany Common Council has advanced a measure to declare a climate emergency.

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A candidate for Albany Common Council is back on the ballot after a court ruling.

The Albany Common Council meeting virtually, April 19, 2021.
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The Albany Common Council has put a law that would ban police from using tear gas and rubber bullets on hold.

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The Albany Common Council has put a law that would ban police from using tear gas and rubber bullets on hold.

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Three candidates are vying for Albany’s 7th Ward Common Council seat.

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A return to warmer weather marks the return of illegal dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles to city streets in the Northeast. Albany is taking a hardline approach in its efforts to ban the vehicles.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announces new fair housing legislation.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has unveiled what some are calling "historic" fair housing legislation.

Monday's Albany Common Council Meeting Via Zoom.
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The Albany Common Council voted Monday night to approve the city's Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan.

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The Albany Common Council has unanimously approved a local law that would give new powers to the city's Community Police Review Board.

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Susan Pedo is one five candidates running for the Albany Common Council from the 6th Ward.

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This week, the Albany Common Council unanimously passed a measure designed to pave the way for free or low-cost municipal broadband service.

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Five senior Albany Common Councilors are not running for another term this year. Two candidates are headed for the Democratic primary in the 9th Ward.

In January, by unanimous vote, the 6th Ward Albany County Democratic Committee endorsed Jeff Mayo for Common Council. Mayo is one of five candidates hoping to win the June primary.

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Major changes in the makeup of the Albany Common Council are on the horizon.

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