Common Council

OVERVIEW
In accordance with the City Charter, Albany is divided into (15) legislative districts, or Wards. Each Ward is represented by a City resident who is elected by their constituency to serve a four year term. Collectively the elected Ward representatives comprise the Common Council, which serves as the legislative branch of Albany’s government.

Each Common Council Member functions to regulate and protect the interests of residents within their Ward, and is authorized to introduce, adopt, amend or repeal local laws, ordinances, resolutions and regulations pertaining to property and government affairs within the City. Ward boundaries are established by the Common Council to best represent the demographics within the City, and are delineated primarily on Census information.

ONLINE RESOURCES
On February 21, 2013, the Common Council voted in favor of the current Ward Boundaries as proposed by the Reapportionment Commission.  These boundaries have been adjusted to best represent protected groups and community of interests per the 2010 U.S. Decennial Census.

WHAT IS MY WARD? FIND OUT ONLINE
Albany's Interactive Ward Map
Download the Citywide Ward Map (.pdf)


Contact Information

Common Council Directory

City Hall
24 Eagle Street, Room 206
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 434-5087
Fax: (518) 434-5429

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING INFORMATION
The Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month.

In accordance with the health and safety guideline issued by New York State, meetings will not be open to the public. Understanding the people have a vested interest in the operation of their government, the Albany Common Council intends to include the public in meetings. However, due to the COVID-19 virus, the Council wants to be sure that everyone will do so safety from their own homes. Albany Common Council Meeting will originate from Zoom and live-streamed via Facebook. 
When meeting begins, click on this image Watch Live Meeting

See the 2020 City of Albany Meeting Schedule | 2020 Albany Common Council Brochure | Rules of ProcedureView Event Calendar Here

Council Agendas & Minutes

Agenda | Support Legislation| Active Calendar

Council & Committee Business 

Common Council Police Reform Legislative Proposals



Press Release: Albany Common Council Statement on COVID19

Press Release: Members of the Albany Common Council Call for Policing Reforms June 4, 2020 3PM Albany City Hall

Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:30PM Planning, Economic Development and Land Use

Thursday, August 20, 2020 5:30PM - Finance, Assessment and Taxation

Monday, August 24, 2020 5:30PM General Service, Health and Environment

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:30PM Human Resources and Human Rights

Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:30PM Planning, Economic Development and Land Use

Monday, September 28, 2020 5:30PM Capital Hill Golf Course Subcommittee

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The Common Council has completed its deliberations on the 2020 proposed budget. During their review, the Council has compiled a Common Council budget intent resolution. Read Resolution Number 83.112.19R (MC)

In accordance with Regulation 315.4 (c) of the New  York Codes, Rules, and Regulations (NYCRR) elected and appointed officials are required to report their Standard Record of Activities (ROA). As required, the ROA will be posted for a minimum of thirty (30) days. Click here to view Resolution 49.71.18R.