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The Albany Common Council has advanced a measure to declare a climate emergency.

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After years of fits and starts, the city of Albany is on a faster track to consider providing its own internet service.

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A return to warmer weather marks the return of illegal dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles to city streets in the Northeast. Albany is taking a hardline approach in its efforts to ban the vehicles.

Monday's Albany Common Council Meeting Via Zoom.
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The Albany Common Council voted Monday night to approve the city's Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan.

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The Albany Common Council has unanimously approved a local law that would give new powers to the city's Community Police Review Board.

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This week, the Albany Common Council unanimously passed a measure designed to pave the way for free or low-cost municipal broadband service.

A memorial stands along Albany's Central Avenue honoring murder victim Shanita Thomas.
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The crime rate in Albany is down, but high-profile gun violence — and public awareness of it — is off the charts.

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Unionized nurses joined by elected officials and labor leaders rallied outside Albany Medical Center on Saturday ahead of a strike planned for Tuesday.

Albany Common Council Meets Virtually Monday, October 19, 2020.
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As the tally of shootings continues to climb in Albany, elected officials area calling for action.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has delivered a $180 million spending plan for 2021.

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A decline in Albany's urban forest cover, especially in underserved neighborhoods, has led to a program to replace lost trees and add thousands more to city streets.

Albany Common Councilor Owusu Anane represents the neighborhood
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With coronavirus on the rise in Albany County and a spike in new cases in the college community, officials are taking steps to stave off a "second wave" of infections.

Albany Common Councilors meet via Zoom, August 3, 2020

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.

10th ward Councilor Owusu Awane and City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs on Albany's Hudson Ave.
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A July 4th party on Albany's Hudson Avenue has been identified as ground zero for a COVID-19 outbreak. Officials gathered on the street Monday afternoon to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan delivered her State of the City address Wednesday night at City Hall.

Albany maintains a Vacant Building Registry and questionable buildings that have been deemed unsafe are marked with a red X.
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The city of Albany is hoping for better management of vacant deteriorating buildings.

ATVs and dirt bikes at Central & Quail, Albany.

Unlicensed all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes have become familiar sights on downtown Albany streets. Not for long, say city officials.

Development at the former Playdium site on Albany's Ontario Street.
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A group of Albany residents who say they are frustrated with development in the city are planning to rally at tonight's Common Council meeting.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy shares a laugh with Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins as Councilor Owusu Anane checks his cycling time outside the Down Tube Bike Shop.
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Albany's annual bike ride to work was a wet one this morning.

What has become an annual spring tradition went on despite the rain...

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.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh April 2016
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President Donald Trump says his administration is moving forward with a threat to send undocumented migrants to sanctuary cities — a plan that was rejected by the White House press office before being confirmed by the president himself. What could the idea mean for cities in the Northeast?

Plastic shopping bags caught in trees along Central Avenue in Albany, New York.
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Included in the new state budget in New York is the nation’s second statewide single-use plastic bag ban. One Albany lawmaker says it doesn’t go far enough.

The Albany Police Department uses the Axon Body Camera System.
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The day after an Albany Police officer was arrested and two others were suspended, body cam video of the police encounter with First Street residents on March 16th was released. It’s the latest problematic headline for the city’s new police chief.

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Mayor Kathy Sheehan gives her State of the City address on Monday, covering where Albany has been and where it's going.

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.

Congressman Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar at Google’s 2015 eCity award ceremony in downtown Albany.
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Last month, New York regulators revoked their approval of Charter Communications' merger with Time Warner Cable and ordered the company to find another cable provider for its more than 2 million customers in the state. The move is encouraging municipalities to find alternatives to expensive cable internet service.

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The Albany Common Council continues to ponder a recommendation to City Hall to waive a bill issued to the "Poor People's Campaign" after protesters disrupted downtown traffic. 

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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.