Public hearing to be held on contentious downsize, some question timing
The Albany County Legislature voted 22-14 in favor of holding a public hearing Monday, Dec. 29, at 7:15 p.m., on amending the county charter to reduce the amount of legislators from 39 to 29 members.
Lawmakers approve ban on children’s products with known carcinogens
The Albany County Legislature on Monday, Dec. 8, voted 34-4 to approve Local Law J, known as the Toxic-Free Toys Act. The new law would ban the sale of children’s products containing benzene, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium and cobalt within the county.
Albany County Legislative Chairman Shawn Morse and Democratic Majority Leader Frank Commisso introduced a local law Thursday night, Dec. 4, during a Democratic caucus. The legislature will set the date for a public hearing on the proposal at its meeting Monday night.
Report: A dozen toxic toys sold in county, call for local legislation
The Albany County Legislature held a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 25, on its proposed Toxic-Free Toys Act, which would allow the county health commissioner to inspect merchandise sold in stores and issue fines for toys found to have dangerous levels of, or banned, chemicals.
Democrat incumbents Fahy, Breslin reelected to state legislature
Democrat incumbent Phil Steck was reelected to the 110th Assembly District with 59 percent of the votes after residents went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4, according to unofficial election results.
Democrat easily sweeps to his fourth two-year term
Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, was elected to his fourth two-year term after election results on Tuesday night, Nov. 4, grew to an insurmountable lead that Jim Fischer, R-Ballston Spa was unable to overcome.
Section 8 Voucher Program assists 329 families
At the Colonie Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, a public hearing was held to approve the budget and plan for Colonie’s subsidized housing program, a town program with a $1.95 million budget that aims to provide safe and sanitary housing to the elderly, disabled and families with very low incomes.
Candidates go head to head on Common Core, SAFE Act
This year, voters in the the 110th District have a choice on Tuesday, Nov. 4, between incumbent Phil Steck, a Democrat, or Republican challenger Tom Jasiewicz to represent them in the State Assembly.
Candidates for 20th Congressional District meet at forum, lay out vision for country
Job creation and growing the economy are crucial issues for residents of the 20th Congressional District, according to both candidates. However, they share diverging opinions on how to achieve those goals.
Only 15 legislators supported the move to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies, far under the supermajority need to pass
Tobacco can still be sold in local pharmacies after county legislators stood behind County Executive Dan McCoy’s decision to only ban the display of such products in those businesses.
Tkaczyk, Amedore differences clear at League of Women Voters' candidates forum
Displeasing looks aplenty were cast between candidates during a recent debate for the hotly contested 46th Senate District, as each listened to the opponent’s answers.
Latest version addresses court’s free speech concerns
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has approved a new cyber-bullying law, after a previous law was struck done this summer by the state Court of Appeals.
Candidates for the 46th Senate District meet for first debate of the election season
One of the most contentious state senate races is on track to be a cutthroat contest featuring a rematch between two candidates looking for a knockout victory.
Delmar Democrat says her interests, experience make her a good fit for Surrogate Court judge
Following a last-minute signature campaign to appear on the ballot, Stacy Pettit has won her Democratic primary bid for Albany County Surrogate Court judge.
NYCLU threatens lawsuit on revised statute after prior court victory
Albany County legislators are hoping their new cyberbullying law sticks, but a legal challenge has already been threatened.
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