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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.

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.


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.

Gabriella Romero
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Gabriella Romero is an attorney in the Albany County Public Defender's office. Now, the advocate and activist is also one of several candidates vying for the 6th ward Common Council seat.


Ford McLain is a painter and educator who has lived in the 6th Ward for 17 of the 25 years he's been in Albany. He is one of several candidates vying for the Common Council seat.

Richard Olivier-Marius checks his notes outside Albany's Daily Grind Café prior to filming a campaign video.

Councilor Richard Conti, elected in 1997, is one of five senior Albany Common Council members who are not running for another term this year. A Haitian-American artist is among emerging candidates for Conti’s Sixth Ward seat.

Albany Common Councilor Richard Conti.
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An Albany Common Councilor in his final year after more than two decades in office is proposing a radical change in city politics.

January 19 City of Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Meeting

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative has presented its draft final report.

Albany Common Council Meets Virtually Monday, October 19, 2020.
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As the tally of shootings continues to climb in Albany, elected officials area calling for action.

Albany Common Councilors meet via Zoom, August 3, 2020

We've all been tested by the coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. Many of us have endured the technical difficulties associated with working remotely. That extended to the Albany Common Council meeting Monday, as frustrations boiled over.

Albany City Hall, June 4, 4pm
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As Albany city hall was sending out a news release about the mayor and police chief hosting weekly conversations with residents, protesters swarmed a Common Council press conference this afternoon just steps from the mayor’s office.

Corey Ellis
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Municipal governments in New York have some “difficult decisions” to make with revenues falling short during the pandemic.

Corey Ellis
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The COVID-19 pandemic has sent local governments scrambling to conduct business online, and the Albany Common Council is no exception.

Albany City Hall at twilight.
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A resolution goes before the Albany Common Council tonight expressing solidarity with the city's South Asian community.

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At its caucus last night, the Albany Common Council reviewed Community Choice Aggregation, a bulk electricity-buying program for residents and small businesses.


The Albany Police Department is tweaking the operations of its Neighborhood Engagement Unit. Beat zones were combined and community policing was affected as the number of beat officers was reduced.  A "Team Policing" policy is emerging.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan hosted a New Year's Day ceremony at City Hall to swear in three new leaders.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has named a new member of the common council. Sonia Frederick will be the youngest member of the legislative body.

Newly named City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan at City Hall.
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has tapped a member of the common council to become city auditor.

ATVs and dirt bikes at Central & Quail, Albany.

Unlicensed all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes have become familiar sights on downtown Albany streets. Not for long, say city officials.

Albany Common Council Members Michael O’Brien and Owusu Anane in front of 201 Fuller Road.
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Two Albany Common Councilors are calling on SUNY Polytechnic Institute's non-profit development arm to honor what they say was an agreement to pay the city $1 million.

Dorcey Applyrs at WAMC (February 2019)
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Some new faces have been changing city politics in Albany, once famous for machine rule. One example is Common Councilor Dorcey Applyrs, who was a political newcomer when she ran for the council in 2013. She recently sat down with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan gave her State of the City Address Monday night before the Common Council. 

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her proposed 2019 budget October 1.
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The Albany Common Council has passed Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s $177 million 2019 budget, but there was some opposition to extending the city's trash fee to single-family homes.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Council Member Dorcey Applyrs, Common Council President Corey Ellis discuss a proposal to expand the City’s Equity Agenda.

An effort to address systemic racism in the city is getting a boost from Albany Common Councilors and the mayor.

Some Albany residents are calling for the city to appoint a Complete Streets coordinator.

Eric Hawkins chats with Councilwoman Ginnie Farrell prior to Tuesday night's meeting in City Hall.
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It's official: Albany's new police chief is Eric Hawkins, who was confirmed Tuesday night by the Common Council.