Rachel Bledi

Republican Albany County Board of Elections Commissioner Rachel Bledi, Attorney Anita Thayer, Common Council Candidate Adam Biggs and Cohoes Democratic Chairman / Albany County Legislator Gil Ethier at the BOE.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It took a re-vote and absentee ballots, but the winner of the Democratic primary for the Fifth Ward seat on the Cohoes Common Council has been decided.

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.

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.

Wanda Willingham at the podium outside the DMV on South Pearl Street, Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Elected officials and civic leaders appear to be at an impasse over controversial remarks by Albany County Board of Elections officials about the city’s South End community.