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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden in his City Hall office, January 18, 2016.
WAMC's Dave Lucas

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.

Meaghan Winter is a freelance magazine writer and author of the new book "All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States."

After the 2016 election, Republicans had their largest majority in the states since 1928, controlling legislative chambers in thirty-two states and governor offices in thirty-three. They also held both chambers of Congress and the presidency despite losing the popular vote. What happened?

Winter shows how the Democratic Party and left-leaning political establishment have spent the past several decades betting it all on the very risky and increasingly foolhardy strategy of abandoning the states to focus on federal races.

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...

Primary Win Could Help GOP Rule Senate

Sep 14, 2016

A win by a candidate in a four-way primary for a state Senate seat Tuesday n

A win by a candidate in a four-way primary for a state Senate seat Tuesday night may help Republicans keep control of the New York state Senate in the long run.

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Family Court Judge Margaret “Peggy” Walsh has lost her bid to run for New York state Supreme Court in the 3rd Judicial District to the Democratic party-backed candidate, county legislator Justin Corcoran.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan today endorsed judicial delegates supporting Family Court Judge Margaret “Peggy” Walsh for state Supreme Court over the party-backed candidate, county legislator Justin Corcoran.

There is much at stake in the judicial delegates race in Tuesday’s primary: a 14-year term on the Supreme Court in the 3rd Judicial District, covering Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Sullivan and Schoharie counties.

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Launching and running a political campaign is one of the most challenging activities you can undertake. Launching a bid for local office or even mayor runs the gamut from intimidating to frustrating to exhilarating. American democracy enables all upstanding citizens to run for public office — at least, in theory. Going from idea and inspiration to launching a campaign is a process involving strict adherence to protocol, as New York Citizen One blogger Theresa Grafflin discovered when she attempted to run for city council in Albany's sixth ward.

It has cost the city of Saratoga Springs more than $61,000 to fire a city employee who earned $33,000 a year, and that employee in question is now suing the city for back pay.  

Lucian McCarty, city desk reporter for The Saratogian newspaper, has been following the story of Mary Zlotnick who was suspended for insubordination last august from the Saratoga Springs Accounts Department. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.