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4:32 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

NY Will Strengthen Oversight Of Oil Shipping By Rail

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to strengthen the state's oversight of petroleum shipments by rail, citing devastating accidents in Quebec and North Dakota and the expansion of crude oil shipping through the Port of Albany.

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5:02 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Albany Residents Catch DEC's Ear

Albany 1st Ward Councilwoman Dorcey Applyrs
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Albany residents, politicians and community advocates recently voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. The State Department of Environmental Conservation appears to have been listening.

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Capital Region News
12:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

State Of The City: Un$ettled

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said Thursday night in her first State of the city Address - "City government is no longer working the way it is currently structured."
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Municipal operations are about to undergo a major overhaul in Albany.

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Capital Region News
2:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Public Invited To Conversation On Gun Violence

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The debate over gun violence takes center stage once again this week in Albany.  Try as they may, politicians, police, clergymen, government officials and community activists have been unable to stem the tide of gun violence in New York's Capital City.  Forum organizer community advocate Marlon Anderson intends to instill a new dialog and a new process to a pathway to deal with Albany's gun culture. "I'm looking to create new partnerships, new commitments and to create the resources that have not been available to address the problem."

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Capital Region News
12:29 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Albany Budget Blues

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
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As citizens of Albany celebrate their new female mayor, the business of running the city could escalate into crisis mode.

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Capital Region News
6:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Albany's 'New Era' Begins

Albany 5th ward Common Councilman Mark Robinson
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With the inauguration of Kathy Sheehan as its new mayor, Albany is ushering in a new era of city politics.

Changes are coming to city hall following the swearing-in ceremonies for the Albany Common Council, Common Council President, City Auditor, City Treasurer, and of course Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the Democrat who took over from 20-year incumbent Jerry Jennings. 

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12:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Sheehan Takes Oath: 'A New Era' Begins

Kathy Sheehan has taken the reins as the first female Albany mayor in more than three centuries of city history.
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Breaking from city tradition in more ways than one, former city treasurer Kathy Sheehan was officially sworn in New Year's Day at Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany. Fellow Democrat New York Lt. Governor Bob Duffy gave the keynote address, hailing the day as the start of "Mayor Sheehan's era."

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3:31 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Kathy Sheehan: The New Face Of Albany

Times have changed and Albany has a new Mayor...
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Albany's new mayor, Kathy Sheehan, has taken the oath of office in downtown Albany. 

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3:18 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Albany Bids Jennings Farewell

Mayor Jerry Jennings emerges from City Hall, addresses and hugs folks in the crowd, including Mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan, before being driven off in a black SUV.
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A formal ceremony was held today in downtown Albany to bid farewell to the man who has led the capital city for two decades.

Citizens, politicians, police and public service workers gathered in and around Albany city hall to say goodbye to Jerry Jennings - the colorful, outgoing Mayor who shepherded the capital city for the past twenty years.

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6:45 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Ticket To Ride: Albany Keen On Public Transit

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Transportation is the buzzword in many mid- to large-sized North American cities. Albany is no exception as commuters seek out alternatives to driving to work.

A new America THINKS survey from infrastructure firm HNTB Corporation finds people are getting on board with public transportation as the cost to own and operate a vehicle rises and consumers look for ways to save money.

According to the study, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

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