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Today at Albany City Hall, Mayor Kathy Sheehan joined city Water Department Commissioner Joe Coffey and representatives from The Nature Conservancy to announce a new carbon agreement. 

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After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.

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The day after a shooting and two stabbings in the city of Albany, the mayor and police chief held a news conference to discuss a "crime surge."

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It seemed like the Fourth of July was noisier than usual for residents of New York's capital city.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan congratulates Bam Lynch inside Cheescake Machsimo, June 30, 2017.
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In case you missed it, last Friday, cheesecake was the toast of the city in Albany. 

A plan to update Albany’s decades-old zoning code could be put on hold.

Albany Public Library, Grassroot Givers, and the Red Bookshelf will join with the City of Albany to encourage young people to keep reading this summer...

Developers of a new smartphone app hope it will allow residents and visitors to explore Albany in a new way.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
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Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

Assemblyman John McDonald, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, businessman Vic Christopher and Assemblywoman Pat Fahy at Quackenbush Square for the Uber launch.
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Elected officials, law enforcement and local business leaders gathered today in downtown Albany to celebrate the launch of ride-hailing apps in the Capital Region, now legal across New York, ahead of the July 4th weekend.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan tries out the ParkAlbany app with on eof the city's 12 new experimental pay-by-phone parking meters.
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A "smart" approach to parking was unveiled this morning in Albany — a city where downtown parking is always at a premium.

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Two of the front-running Albany mayoral candidates have been trading barbs over tax exemptions.

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Revitalization funding is on the way to 18 cities and towns across New York.

City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar addresses the media in city hall as Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan looks on.
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The city of Albany's financial picture looks sharper and brighter. Officials announced the numbers Thursday morning at City Hall.

Former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck addressed the crowd in Academy Park across from Albany City Hall
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President Donald Trump's early June announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has been sharply criticized by environmental advocates  who have been organizing protests and demonstrations.

A replica of Johnson's medal has been permanently affixed to the Henry Johnson Statue on Washington Park Road in Washington Park, near the corner of Madison Avenue and Willett Street.
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The City of Albany has unveiled a replica Medal of Honor on the Henry Johnson statue in Washington park and presented the first Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan rallied with supporters Sunday afternoon at her Madison Avenue campaign headquarters - chit-chatting and serving slices of pizza.
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Tuesday represents another mile-marker for citywide races in Albany: June 6th, when candidates begin building their petitions.  Among those gathering signatures - the incumbent mayor and her latest challenger.

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The City Flag flies alongside the Gay Pride flag, the Bisexual Pride flag, and the Transgender Pride flag on Albany City Hall.
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June is Gay Pride Month across the nation. Albany's observance kicked off this morning at City Hall.

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City Hall is defending itself after Albany Common Councilor and Democratic mayoral candidate Frank Commisso, Jr. called a press conference this morning to focus attention on an independent report regarding city finances.

Across the city of Albany, the political scene is heating up as the pivotal September Democratic primary approaches.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has announced a series of Solid Waste Management Plan Community Meetings, as the city landfill nears capacity.

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A group of cyclists led by Mayor Kathy Sheehan celebrated Bike to Work Week Tuesday morning in Albany.

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The perception of Albany as a sheltering place for the undocumented began around 2009 and has continued through the present day.  There has been ongoing debate over whether or not Albany is a “Sanctuary City.” 

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As top Albany Democrats get ready for campaign season, some familiar faces are jumping into citywide races as well.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appeared outside two buildings being rehabbed along Clinton Avenue's 300 block Tuesday afternoon, to kick off a $1 million vacant building initiative.
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In a bid by the city to stave off urban decay, Albany homeowners and developers can now apply for up to $50,000 to purchase and rehabilitate blighted buildings.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is running for a second term.

Sheehan announced her intent to run days after Albany was given $12.5 million to plug a budget shortfall. This time the money is not a spin-up against future funds.

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Every April since 1981, communities across the nation have paused to honor crime victims and those who support them.  Local officials gathered at the Albany County Courthouse today for a remembrance.

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Ten Albany police officer-trainees graduated in a late-morning ceremony today at the new Capital Center downtown.

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Now that it has reached a deal with the police, one area city has contracts in place with all municipal employee unions, eliminating what for many other cities often becomes a major hurdle impeding governance.

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