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ATVs and dirt bikes at Central & Quail, Albany.
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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.
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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.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduces Chief Eric Hawkins, her choice to lead the police department.
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s appointee to head the Albany Police Department meets Common Council members and the public tonight at City Hall before lawmakers vote on his nomination.

Crowd joins hands in prayer circle at Arbor Hill community meeting July 15, 2018.
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After the latest violent death, there are increasing calls for action as the city of Albany grapples with one of its bloodiest summers in recent history.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
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The city of Albany is grappling with a spike in violent crime, leading to an emotional response from the mayor, who is coming in for criticism from the police union. 

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An Albany Common Councilor wants the mayor to rescind a bill to the Poor Peoples’ Campaign for police services provided by the city during a recent protest .

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The 10th anniversary of the shooting death of a 10-year-old Albany girl was commemorated Monday night at city hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, flanked by Earthjustice Attorney Chris Amato and BeBe White, president of the Ezra Prentice Homes Tenants Association
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A company that handles crude oil shipped by tanker trains and Hudson River barges says it's scaling back operations at the Port of Albany.

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As spring draws near, the Albany Common Council will be evaluating capital funding requests from city departments.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan address those gathered Monday for swearings-in at Albany City Hall.
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A new year brings new leadership in many area communities. Here's a roundup of the swearing-ins in the Capital Region and beyond...

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Voters in the Albany area will decide a variety of city and county races Tuesday. 

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At City Hall on Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presented a proposed 2018 budget that once again hinges on $12.5 million in Capital City funding from the state.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

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With current Albany Common Council President Carolyn McLaughlin running for mayor in tomorrow’s pivotal primary, three Democrats are vying to replace her.

A plan to update Albany’s decades-old zoning code could be put on hold.

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As top Albany Democrats get ready for campaign season, some familiar faces are jumping into citywide races as well.

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Additional candidates are entering the race for Albany Common Council President.

Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics.
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Former two-time mayoral candidate Corey Ellis is back in Albany politics, running for common council president.

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.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan invites citizens to check out rezonealbany.com to get a better handle on the plan.
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan formally released the final ReZone Albany draft Monday at City Hall. It’s a long-awaited plan intended to simplify the zoning ordinance.

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With the Albany Common Council set to vote tonight on the mayor's proposed budget, four members have sent a letter to the mayor, critical of her administration's financial management.

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The City of Albany and Albany County appeared to be headed toward a falling-out over the city's contentious trash fee. But an 11th hour compromise was reached.

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.

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In January, the Albany Common Council passed, at the request of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a trash collection tax that applies to two-, three-, and four-unit buildings.  Two months later, the council re-examined the tax, ultimately voting 8-5 to keep the trash fee as is. The Council is re-visiting the thorny issue tonight.

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