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A former inmate and a former corrections worker will get together tonight in Albany to talk about their shared experience behind bars.   In 1973, New York Legislators enacted statutes that created mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years to life for possession of four ounces of narcotics—a comparable sentence to second-degree murder.  Those statutes became known as the Rockefeller Drug Laws and they prompted an unprecedented expansion of New York’s courts and prison system. Rockefeller’s hard-line approach set the tone for the nation’s “war on drugs.”

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NSA surveillance evidence leaked by Edward Snowden could play a role in finding justice for two Albany Muslims nabbed in a FBI "terrorism" sting nine years ago.

You may recall Yassin Aref,  the Albany imam convicted of material support for terrorism along with pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossain following a massive FBI sting in 2004 that created international headlines. 

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For years, the city of Albany has promised to increase the number of minorities in the fire department. But many, including one local activist, say little progress has been made.

Outgoing Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings made headlines after he intervened in a case involving an African-American man who was disqualified from a firefighting job on what some call "ridiculously trivial grounds."

Capitalize Albany Corporation is getting ready for the tuesday launch of its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Capitalize Albany's Director of Economic Development Sarah Reginelli and Communications and Marketing Assistant Amanda Vitullo.

There will be 3 events to be held next week: the kick-off event (open to the public) on Tuesday November 19th , the tour of nano-tech (this is an internal tour) on Wednesday November 20th, and the young professionals event (also open to the public) on Thursday November 21st.

Capitalize Albany is getting ready to roll out a new project that has big implications for Downtown.

On Tuesday at Ten Eyck Plaza, Capitalize Albany will unveil its Impact Downtown Albany revitalization strategy - a twelve month public/private collaboration.  Sarah Reginelli, Director Economic Development of Capitalize Albany, says there are currently about two dozen corporate contributors.

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This week, Albany mayor-elect Kathy Sheehan named leaders of a transition team formed to foster a smooth shift leading to her inauguration on New Year’s Day.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In upstate New York and beyond, women have been taking more active roles in politics: running in races for elective office and winning them.  Currently, 98 women serve in the U.S. Congress; 78 in the House; 20 in the Senate, including one from New York, one from Massachusetts and two from New Hampshire. Numbers provided by the Center for American Women in Politics further show that the number of women in statewide executive posts is 75. And the proportion of women in state legislatures is about a quarter.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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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