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Albany Common Council President Corey Ellis

Demonstrators rally for NYSNA workers outside Albany Medical Center, Labor Day 2020.
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Nurses at Albany Medical Center have authorized a potential strike over their ongoing contract dispute with the hospital. 

Albany Common Councilors meet via Zoom, August 3, 2020
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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.

Protesters swarm a June 4 Albany Common Council press conference outside City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Common Council is moving ahead with police reform proposals.

Alice Green, outside the Center For Law  & Justice in Albany
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Weeks before the city became the site of sometimes violent protests between demonstrators and police, the Center For Law And Justice in Albany released a report calling attention to systemic racism. Now it plans a community/government symposium this fall.

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.

Dr. Alice Green says community policing has failed.
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An Albany civil rights leader says the peaceful protest of Saturday afternoon and the violence of Saturday night come from fears among African Americans that a loved one could be killed by law enforcement.

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Capital Region municipalities are laying off workers and cutting services with revenues sharply down during the pandemic.

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

CSL Plasma in Schenectady [inset: Corey Ellis & Mayor Kathy Sheehan]
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For more than two years, a Florida-based company has been trying to establish a blood plasma collection center in Albany at the Hannaford Plaza on Central and Colvin Avenues. The mayor and common council remain at odds over the proposal.

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.

Earlier this month, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report calls upon four city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department.

Albany City Hall at twilight.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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

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A national Child Opportunity Score ranks Albany in its "Top Ten." But it also finds access to opportunities for children of color in Albany rank second from last on a list of 100 metro areas in the U.S.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has proposed her budget plan for 2020.

RN Chris Lee
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Although a picket was averted, unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center continue to voice their concerns about staffing and patient care. 

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.

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.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan took the wraps off her proposed 2019 budget Monday morning. Now, the Common Council and city residents are taking a closer look.

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...