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Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce holding a package of fireworks you can purchase at the grocery store.
WAMC photo by Jackie Orchard

Reversing a 2016 move, the Albany County Legislature has voted to ban the use and sale of fireworks.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy

Albany County is looking to help the city of Albany deal with raging gun violence.

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Albany County legislators gathered outside the county courthouse this morning to kick off what they say will be the most independent, inclusive redistricting process in the panel's history.

Democratic BOE Commissioner Matt Clyne sans mask during absentee ballot count.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Two high-ranking Albany County Democratic officials remain at odds over wearing a face mask in public.


Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce says he made a mistake when he voted for a local law legalizing sparklers in 2016. With communities across the Northeast now grappling with fireworks popping off at all hours, Joyce this morning announced an effort to roll back the county’s participation in the legal sale of small fireworks. Joyce, a Democrat, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy delivers his 9th State of the County Address to elected and community leaders in the Times Union Center Atrium.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has delivered his ninth State of the County Address.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy signs the executive order.
Mary Rozak

The Albany County Executive is using an executive order to fight against plastic waste, raising some eyebrows in the county legislature.

The Republican minority of the Albany County Legislature is sounding an alarm over a new health insurance benefit.

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The makeup of the Albany County Legislature is taking shape after Tuesday’s primaries.

WAMC file photo

The Albany County Legislature has defeated a bill that would have mandated paid sick leave.

NYACS President Jim Calvin in Latham.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A proposed ban on retail sales of flavored tobacco and electronic cigarette products in Albany County is being challenged by convenience store owners.

Albany County Legislature Meeting (May 13, 2019), Chair Andrew Joyce (D) presiding...
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Monday night, the Albany County Legislature approved a law that creates a new independent redistricting process.

Many Albany County legislators attended County Executive Dan McCoy's “State of the County” address last week. They're riding the wave of optimism McCoy projected during his speech.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas / WAMC

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.

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.

It's business as usual Monday morning at the South Pearl Street DMV office in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In September, word came that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles on South Pearl Street was moving out of downtown Albany, forced to vacate the county-owned building by October 31st to make way for county agencies, including the Board of Elections. But,  nearly a week into November, the DMV is still open for business.

Ferris Coin Co., of Albany, N.Y., commissioned the limited run of silver coin-shaped “medals” which will be available in June and will go on pre-sale shortly.
Ferris Coin

Today was the 100th anniversary of distinguished war veteran Henry Johnson's heroics in battle in France. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in Albany’s Washington Park as officials remembered the native Medal of Honor winner.

Activists representing various groups including Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration demonstrated against a speech by former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Activists rallied Wednesday outside the Albany Capital Center, protesting a controversial former sheriff's appearance there.

Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New leadership came to the Albany County Legislature in January when Andrew Joyce was elected chairman, a seat his father held a quarter of a century earlier. 

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The Albany County Legislature voted unanimously on Monday to recognize its first Legislative Black Caucus.