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by Erin Pihlaja October 9, 2013

“These plan changes are to meet the developer’s needs, not necessarily the concerns of the people,” said preservation consultant Kimberly Alvarez, at a public hearing on Monday (Oct. 7) before the Albany Common Council. “It ...

In Recognition

by Molly Eadie February 6, 2013

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  “For four years I was awarding this recognition to other people, and it's an honor to be recognized,” said Corey Ellis on Monday evening (Feb. 4) after the Albany Common Council recognized him and 16 ...

Redrawing the Map

by Erin Pihlaja October 17, 2012

  “Every 10 years, you get to shuffle this deck, and that’s a good thing,” said Aaron Mair, a local civil-rights activist. The shuffling in this instance will be Albany’s wards. Albany is divided into 15 legislative ...

Spoiling the Party

by Elyse Beaudoin August 23, 2012

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Sprinkles of rain dotted the pavement at Townsend Park in Albany on Monday. Half of the hundred or so protesters huddled under trees and umbrellas; some stood behind the Spanish-American War Monument to avoid the ...

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Pay To Play?

by Darryl McGrath February 23, 2012

For years in Albany, restaurant and tavern owners have known that securing the city's permission to play live music in their establishments was a Byzantine process that resembled the legal code of a medieval Italian ...

Limits to Firepower

by Laurie Lynn Fischer February 16, 2011

On Feb. 7, the Albany Common Council passed a resolution supporting federal legislation that would prohibit the transfer or possession of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices. Aimed at clips that hold 10 rounds or more, the ...

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Better Safe, Not Sorry

by Chet Hardin February 25, 2010

Albany Common Councilman Dominick Calsolaro has seen a drastic change in the city’s police force. Since the retirement of James Tuffey in 2009, it has become a more transparent and community-engaged department. In fact, the ...

Police, Meet Community

by Chet Hardin January 21, 2010

By the end of January, the Albany Common Council’s special advisory committee to the police will have held its first meeting. That’s the plan right now, at least, according to council President Pro Tem Richard ...