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More than 900,000 veterans  call New York home. Vets have marched in Albany's traditional Veterans' Day Parade for more than fifty years. The parade stepped off at 11:11am from Central Ave & Manning Blvd,  headed down Central to Lark St and then along Washington Avenue to N Hawk Street  to the reviewing stand on the steps of the State Education building.

Albany County Election Results

Nov 6, 2013

City of Albany Mayor:

Katherine M. Sheehan [D]

City of Albany Treasurer:

Darius Shanhinfar [D]

Albany Council Member - Ward 1:

Dorcey L. Applyrs [D]

Albany Council Member - Ward 2:

Vivian Kornegay [D]

Albany Council Member - Ward 4:

Kelly R. Kimbrough [D]

Albany Council Member - Ward 5:

Mark Robinson [D]

Albany Council Member - Ward 6:

Richard S. Conti [D]

Write-in candidates for political office have a tough road to hoe, but  “the write-in” candidate is no stranger to the Albany political scene.

Although perception is write-in candidates rarely win, they occasionally do, which is why more often than not, political hopefuls muster their own grassroots campaigns in hopes of getting elected. The process varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but write-in candidates can compete in any election in the United States.

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Write-in candidates for political office have a tough road to hoe, but  “the write-in” candidate is no stranger to the Albany political scene.

Although perception is write-in candidates rarely win, they occasionally do, which is why more often than not, political hopefuls muster their own grassroots campaigns in hopes of getting elected. The process varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but write-in candidates can compete in any election in the United States.

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A community forum brought activists, citizens and police together in Albany Tuesday night.   Community policing involves assigning specific officers to serve specific neighborhoods, engage residents and cultivate a community-based effort to stop crime.

It was a full house at Milne Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus, the event jointly presented by city police and the Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee.

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Mayor Jerry Jennings' 2014 budget proposal for Albany has elicited reactions from other political figures in the city.

Jennings, nearing the end of his 20-year term, last week unveiled a 171-million dollar spending plan, reflecting a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adoptive budget.

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The public is being urged to avoid two water bodies within the city of Albany.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has identified that Washington Park Lake and Buckingham Pond have been infected with Blue-Green Algae Bloom. Both lake and pond are located in heavily-trafficked populated areas.

Residents should be aware of the following guidelines:

Residents of two Capital Region municipalities have a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their communities tonight.

Albany Medical Center's $110 million plan to replace two city blocks in Park South with new residential, commercial and retail space is up for discussion at tonight's Common Council meeting at Albany City Hall.

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Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings today released his 2014 proposed budget presentation.

Jennings, who is nearing the end of his 20-year term, unveiled a $171 million spending plan that reflects a 2-point-4 million dollar reduction in operating expenses from last year's adopted budget: the Democrat says 87 percent of the proposed budget, exclusive of debt service, is related to personnel costs.

Jennings says the city has been moving forward, despite what he terms "great challenges." The budget plan calls for an increase of 900 thousand dollars to the tax levy.

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Last week's Albany Democratic primary appears to show a shifting political picture reflected in the Common Council races. The contest shook the local poltical landscape, with a majority of winning or leading candidates riding to victory aboard the wave of progressive support for mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan — a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by those in higher circles, like Sheehan ally Congressman Paul Tonko.

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Albany Democrats have spoken. The primary is over, and City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is well on her way to taking office as the capital city's first female chief executive... 

Albany Democrats have a new sense of momentum - going in a positive direction, if former city councilman and mayoral candidate Corey Ellis' concession speech is any indication. Pre-election polls had already given Kathy Sheehan a large advantage going into Tuesday's primary. Her victory address at the packed Albany Pump Station reflected the anticipation that something new is beginning.

Shahinfar Tops Domalewicz In Treasurer Primary

Sep 11, 2013
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Attorney Darius Shahinfar won the Democratic primary for city treasurer of Albany, New York Tuesday, cruising to what appeared to be a 26-point victory over Democratic rival Gary Domalewicz.

Shahinfar, a close ally of Democratic mayoral primary winner Kathy Sheehan, led the vote late Tuesday 61 to 35 percent. Shahinfar faces no opponent in November's general election.

He says his relationship with Sheehan paves the way for vital cooperation on the city budget. Because of overwhelming party enrollment in Albany, Sheehan is the clear mayoral front-runner.

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  City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan is now poised to become the first woman to ascend to the post of Mayor of Albany - Sheehan took the Democratic primary by a substantial margin tuesday night over former Councilman Corey Ellis.  Sheehan is now the presumptive winner of the November general election, due to Albany's heavy Democratic enrollment. A win in the fall would make her the first new mayor after twenty years of Jerry Jennings and the first female mayor in Albany's history.

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Primary Day is in its last few hours, with Albany Democrats going to the polls to effectively choose the next mayor.   Democrats hope the change of guard will stimulate voter turnout, but many polling locations throughout the city have been moved, which could possibly discourage some voters. 

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Sep 10, 2013

It's off to the polls for Albany Democrats today.

The Capital City's first new mayor in 20 years is expected to be all but decided today. With party enrollment heavy on the Democratic side, observers say whoever takes the primary is the presumptive winner in November. Recent polls show City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running ahead of former Councilman Corey Ellis on the path to succeed two-decade incumbent Democrat Jerry Jennings.

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With what is likely to be a decisive primary just a day away, Democratic Albany mayoral candidates Kathy Sheehan and Corey Ellis are both ready to rumble. Despite Sunday's YNN/Siena poll giving Sheehan front-runner status, Ellis believes he'll make a strong showing.

According to a new YNN/Siena College poll released early  Sunday, there's a clear-cut front runner in the race for Mayor of Albany as the Democratic primary approaches.

The survey shows Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan has a wide lead over Corey Ellis: 68 per cent to 20 per cent.

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The Center for Law and Justice in Albany has released its "report card" on Police Chief Steven Krokoff's performance over the past three years as head of the Albany Police

"Pathway to Change: African Americans and Community Policing in Action" examines African-American perception of how police interact with people. It focuses on the progress Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff has made when it comes to repairing what the report calls "decades of racial tensions" neighborhoods experienced under several of his predecessors via community policing.

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There's a new factor playing a role in the Albany mayoral race: social media.

It has been said that politics puts social networking and communication to the ultimate test.  Libertarian Party candidate Alexander Portelli was the first to toss his hat in the ring.

Republican hopeful Jesse Calhoun hails social media as "both a blessing and a curse."

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As the September 10 Democratic primary draws closer, with current Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan running for mayor, two candidates for Chief Fiscal officer have emerged, each democrat believing he is best-suited to take over the position.

In May, the Albany County Democratic Committee endorsed Sheehan as Jerry Jennings' successor over Corey Ellis. The party also backed county Legislator Gary Domalewicz for city treasurer.

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A landmark downtown Albany hotel is getting a new lease on life.  Construction is set to begin this fall on a total remake of the old Dewitt Clinton. On Monday, Mayor Jerry Jennings helped take the wraps off a project he says goes hand-in-hand with other "revitalization" initiatives in downtown Albany, and would complement the proposed convention center, which would become the hotel's next-door-neighbor.

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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.

An Unfriendly Town

Aug 1, 2013
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Looking for a warm welcome in a new city? Don't come to Albany - that's the message from a new survey of the most and least friendly places on the planet.

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With the September Democratic primary just six weeks away, a new poll suggests Albany voters have a clear choice in mind as to who they believe will best fill the shoes of departing Mayor Jerry Jennings.  

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If you are looking to buy a diner - Albany Medical Center's CEO has a deal for you.

The old U.N. Diner on the Albany corner of New Scotland and Dana avenues – in more recent times known as Quintessence - is available. Albany Medical Center President and CEO Jim Barba says the hospital owns it – but it does not have a place in the facility’s current expansion plans - - so the 1930's structure is on the market. It's all yours if you will simply haul it away.

The landmark diner was sold to Albany Medical Center in October 2012.

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Albany Medical Center has revealed the finishing phase of its ongoing 500-million dollar neighborhood revitalization  plan. When the old neighborhood surrounding Albany Med is completely rebuilt, it will cap what officials call "the transformation of New Scotland Corridor" - becoming a new community.

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There were some tense moments Thursday on an area college campus.  The College of Saint Rose campus in downtown Albany was locked down for close to an hour after someone reported seeing a gunman enter a school building. School officials released a terse text alert, and many students took to Twitter, worried that more bad news was imminent.

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Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings has formally announced he will not run for a sixth term in office, ending a political career spanning more than three decades.

There was no shortage of applause, glad-handing, and backslapping at Albany City Hall Wednesday morning as Mayor Jerry Jennings, a Democrat, publicly announced what he had previously revealed in an open letter sent to members of the press and city officials Tuesday night announcing his intention not to seek reelection.

After nearly two decades in office, Albany's Mayor is retiring.  In a letter to Albany residents, Gerald Jennings announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term in the office he has held since 1994. 

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Mayor Jerry Jennings has announced a round of technological leaps for the city of Albany. It's a triple dose of innovation - first, a redesigned, more user-friendly city website... second, the city rolls out its second major app...  and third, a new information czar.

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