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Independents allows primary

Party to vote on who represents Independence for supervisor in elections

The Independence Party is deviating from its usual support of Democratic Town Supervisor Paula Mahan to allow for a primary between Mahan and Republican candidate Christine Benedict.

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On to November

Christine Benedict officially announces her candidacy for supervisor

The Republican candidate for town supervisor, Christine Benedict, officially announced her bid and outlined her policies for the fall election.

GOP ballot announced

Colonie Republican Committee announces supervisor endorsement

In anticipation of the upcoming elections, the Town of Colonie Republican Party announced its endorsement for Christine Benedict as town supervisor.

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Local officials propose consolidation

Report completed on efficiency plan, help save funds

Local government officials recently announced the completion of an efficiency plan spanning throughout Albany County that proposes collaboration between local governments in order to both help taxpayers and save millions annually.

County nixes downsizing

Proposal to hack number of seats voted down 21 to 18

The Albany County Legislature won’t be downsized any time soon.

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Paula Mahan announces reelection bid

Colonie supervisor announces plans for fifth term

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan announced this past weekend that she will be seeking reelection for a fifth term.

County legislators OK fracking waste ban

Local law would prohibit disposal of hydraulic fracturing waste at landfills

Hydraulic fracturing is banned statewide, but county legislators want to ensure none of the waste produced from the natural gas extraction method enters local landfills.

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Tobacco display ban touted [video]

Retailers support county bill to shield tobacco products; push back over compromise

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Legislator Mary Lou Connolly, flanked by supermarket and pharmacy store representatives, announced a local law prohibiting the display of tobacco in retail establishments with a pharmacy.

Albany County redistricting violated Voting Rights Act

Court rules county plan diluted power of black voters, orders new minority-majority district

County officials are barred from holding elections until a new redistricting plan is drafted after a federal judge ruled the recent plan dilutes the power of black voters.

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Educators: Cuomo is failing us

Regional forum rallies for equitable education funding, local control of classrooms

Many education advocates over the last few years have criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not supporting public schools. Now some question if he’s intentionally working against them.

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McCoy eyes a healthier county

County executive focuses on nursing home, veterans, heroin scourge initiatives

County Executive Dan McCoy recently delivered his fourth State of the County address, which emphasized last year’s accomplishments and introduced new initiatives for his administration.

Colonie makes final amendments on motel laws

Town Board set to vote Feb. 26 on passing extended stay laws

With final revisions being made to local motel laws, residents are asking questions of County efforts to fix the problems.

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School leaders bemoan governor’s proposals

Cuomo unveils education reforms tied to funding increase; state aid runs absent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed several initiatives targeting K-12 education during his joint 2015 State of the State address and budget presentation Wednesday, Jan. 21. Cuomo offered increasing funding to school districts statewide by $1.1 billion, but only if all of his education reforms are enacted.

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Year in Review: Saying goodbye

The coming of the new year is not without sadness

A look back at the year's events in the Town of Colonie.

Albany County Legislature reduction advances

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.

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