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Red Light cameras in the city of Albany budget.
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Albany’s red-light camera program is now a fact of life for city motorists, but it’s no longer a factor in the city budget…

Democratic incumbents Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cruised to victories in this week's elections. Here is a peek at what comes next in local government.

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Voters in the Albany area will decide a variety of city and county races Tuesday. 

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At City Hall on Monday, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan presented a proposed 2018 budget that once again hinges on $12.5 million in Capital City funding from the state.

Absentee ballots have been counted, but the race for the Common Council seat in Albany's 11th ward is not over.

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With a resounding victory in the Democratic primary, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan is highly likely to earn a second term. But  it appears several new faces could be joining Albany’s Common Council.

Democrats Sheehan, Commisso and McLaughlin
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Ahead of the pivotal September 12 primary, three leading Democrats aspiring to get the party nod in the race for mayor of Albany are debating for the first time tonight.

15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr.
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Some say President Donald Trump's fascination with twitter has led to social media rising as a factor in politics. And that may have trickled down to local races. The Capital Region is no exception.

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

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Some new life could be in the cards for the old Tobin Packing Company grounds in West Albany.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan Launches the  City of Albany’s Poverty Reduction Initiative
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15th Ward Councilman Frank Commisso Jr. joins the short list of Albany Mayoral candidates
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Albany Common Councilor Frank Commisso Jr. has joined the short list of mayoral candidates. WAMC's Dave Lucas attended Commisso's official announcement Thursday.

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By a 12-3 vote, the Albany Common Council approved a resolution this week to sell downtown’s Palace Theatre.

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With the Albany Common Council set to vote tonight on the mayor's proposed budget, four members have sent a letter to the mayor, critical of her administration's financial management.

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The City of Albany and Albany County appeared to be headed toward a falling-out over the city's contentious trash fee. But an 11th hour compromise was reached.

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In January, the Albany Common Council passed, at the request of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a trash collection tax that applies to two-, three-, and four-unit buildings.  Two months later, the council re-examined the tax, ultimately voting 8-5 to keep the trash fee as is. The Council is re-visiting the thorny issue tonight.

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Revenue collected to date from Albany's 35-strong red light camera network has all gone to the vendor that rents the devices to the city. City officials are OK with that.

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Since Albany’s Palace Theatre opened in 1931, it has provided a wide array of cultural events and served as a hub for the creative community.  Last week, the Palace took center stage at its own press conference, where officials announced an ambitious project to revitalize the old movie house, with the intent to position the Palace as a gateway to downtown.  But there are a few loose ends.

11th ward Albany city councilman Judd Krasher
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The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history has sent shockwaves around the world and throughout our region. Capital Region Muslims and public officials are jointly calling for peace after Orlando.