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Political Shifts
(clockwise from top right) Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings (here addressing the public at an Arbor Day ceremony in Washington Park) continued to dominate city politics, feeling confident enough in his power to buck the Democratic Party and endorse George Pataki for governor; many onlookers were stunned when former Rensselaer County Executive Henry Zwack (far left in photo) was acquitted on 34 felony and misdemeanor counts for misconduct while in office; Schenectady Mayor Al Jurczynski attempted to reinvent his city by attracting Guyanese immigrants to move there from New York City; former Mayor Thomas Whalen III (pictured, center, early this year at the new WAMC Performing Arts Studio) died March 4 in a car crash on his way home from his wife's birthday party; Judge William Carter became the first African-American to be elected to serve on the Albany City Court; and Tom Keefe, also elected as one of three City Court judges, ruffled Mayor Jennings' feathers by announcing his candidacy before Jennings had made his third choice for the position, causing the first Democratic primary for the judgeships since 1943.

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