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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.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce speaks at the podium
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Albany County will roll out a new program to deploy trained mental health workers to crisis situations. 

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Confirmed cases of coronavirus seem to indicate that the second wave of the pandemic has begun in Albany County.

Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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Here to discuss the coronavirus and COVID-19 community response is Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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The city of Albany has launched an initiative to give younger residents a safe place to play and learn this summer during the coronavirus pandemic. 

A newt receives a little help crossing the road
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Winter is melting away, and amphibians are on the move. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was out Tuesday night to learn more the annual migratory event.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 9th State of the County Address to elected and community leaders in the Times Union Center Atrium.
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has delivered his ninth State of the County Address.

The Albany County Board of Elections has moved into its new home.
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After months of planning and debate, the Albany County Board of Elections has moved into its new home.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
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With 2020 just hours away, local governments in New York’s Capital Region are getting organized. Many incumbents are staying put in the new year, but there are some changes coming.

A staff member digitizes documents at the Albany County District Attorney's office
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On January 1st, sweeping reforms to New York’s criminal justice system will go into effect. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at how law enforcement agencies in Albany County are preparing for the changes…

Town of Guilderland

The Albany County Town of Guilderland may choose its next top cop this week.

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Albany County voters have a ballot question on redistricting to decide on Tuesday.

Albany County residents cast their votes in the 2019 Election at the BOE on Russell Road.
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For the first time, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to vote in local elections in New York. New York has joined 38 other states in allowing early voting, and people are taking the opportunity. 

 Albany County Executive Dan McCoy SAYS his Executive Budget for 2020 maintains critical services that residents throughout Albany County rely on, while once again keeping taxes flat and spending below the state-mandated property tax cap.
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Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has released his budget plan for 2020.

JCC’s Janet Andrade, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Brady Arnold, Brady’s mom Liz Arnold.
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An 11-year-old from Ravena is the Albany County Executive’s Citizen of the Month.

Prominent Albany County Democrats including Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy called for Morse’s resignation...
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Today is primary day in New York state. Polls opened at noon upstate.

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A case of measles has been confirmed in New York’s Greene County as the outbreak moves north.

The Coeymans town board
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The Albany County town of Coeymans is scheduled to consider action on a clean air law Thursday.

lbany County Executive Dan McCoy at the podium outside the DMV on South Pearl Street, Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The long-awaited move of the Albany County Board of Elections has gotten the go-ahead.

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Albany County is strong, leading all New York counties when it comes to innovation and development. That’s according to County Executive Dan McCoy, who delivered his State of the County address Thursday night.

Sheriff Craig Apple and Albany Law student Elena Kilcullen
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The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Albany Law School on a new strategy to prevent people from returning to jail.

Mayor Shawn Morse announces re-election bid at Cohoes Veterans Memorial at West End Park near the Civil War monument.
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Continuing to defy calls to resign, Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse kicked off his reelection bid Wednesday.

A vote expected tonight on a local law regarding air pollution in the Town of Coeymans has been postponed.

The South Pearl Street DMV office in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In September, word came that the Department of Motor Vehicles would be moving out of downtown Albany, setting off debate about the South End neighborhood. The official announcement came this week.

A cell tower near the NYS Thruway in uptown Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Officials say cellular telephone network infrastructure that supports 911 emergency calls is inadequate in some parts of Albany County.

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.

Under the measure, styrofoam cups, plates and containers would be banned citywide.
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Styrofoam is now banned at restaurants throughout Albany County.

A sign outside the 35 acres placed under conservation easement in the Town of Bethlehem
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Thirty-five acres of open space is now protected from development in suburban Albany County. The land abuts a popular outdoor education center.

Under the measure, styrofoam cups, plates and containers would be banned citywide.
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The Albany County Legislature is holding a public hearing tonight on whether or not to ban polystyrene packaging.

The Albany County Democratic Committee
The Albany County Democratic Committee

The Albany County Democratic Committee headquarters in Albany was riddled with gunfire overnight. The damage from at least five rounds fired through the window was discovered Wednesday morning. The party's headquarters on Colvin Avenue is located in a suite of offices between Central and Washington avenues. Party chairman and Albany Common Councilor Jack Flynn spoke with WAMC News Wednesday.

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