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$2.1B over next two years doesn’t adequately fund education, according to local officials

The State of the State address, for the second year in a row, was combined with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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New chairperson elected in Albany County Legislature

Following a tumultuous 2015 that repeatedly exposed division and dysfunction within Albany County government, a new sitting legislature was sworn in at noon on Friday, January 1, at the county courthouse in downtown Albany.

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Republicans now have a fair shake, if not the upper-hand in Colonie, but will that matter?

With Republican town councilman David Green already on the Colonie Town Board, the addition of Jennifer Whalen and Christopher Carey will give the party three seats to the Democrats two on the six-seat board.

Albany County Year in Review: Governor Andrew Cuomo's 'Hunger Games'

This is part of our look back at the events of 2015.

Albany County Year in Review: Challenges to leadership

This is part of our look back at the events of 2015.

Albany County Year in Review: Democratic reform coalition

This is part of a look back at the events of 2015.

Albany County Year in Review: Federal redistricting decision

This is part of a look back at the events of 2015.

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Colonie Year in Review: Supervisor Paula Mahan wins re-election in contentious race

This is part of our annual review of the top stories of 2015.

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Frank Commisso defends seat

Majority Leader Frank Commisso will serve another four years at the helm of Albany County Legislature’s democratic caucus, after weathering the only challenge he has faced since he was elected to the leadership position 22 years ago.

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Second-term County Legislator from Loudonville challenges Majority Leader for seat held since 1993

Citing dissatisfaction with what he described as the “top-down” style of governing employed by a leadership that has long controlled the legislature, County Legislator Joe O’Brien (D, 25th District) has decided to become the first to challenge Majority Leader Frank Commisso (D, 11th District) in the entire 22 years that Commisso has presided over the democratic caucus.

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Colonie Election: Day After

Election Day 2015 coverage

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Colonie Town Supervisor candidate: Christine Benedict

This is part of a series of candidate profiles in advance of the Nov. 3 election.

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Colonie Town Supervisor candidate: Paula Mahan

This candidate profile first appeared in the Oct. 28 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

Colonie town board candidate: Timothy Lane

This is part of a series of candidate profiles for Colonie Town Board.

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