Common Council

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.

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.

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

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. 
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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 Public Comment 

Council & Committee Business 

Common Council Police Reform Legislative Proposals

2020 Street Paving Selections

Press Release: Albany Common Council Demand Officer David Haupt Termination Immediately from the Albany Police Department

Letter: Albany Common Council Calls on Mayor Sheehan and Chief Hawkins to Terminate Officer David Haupt from the Albany Police Department

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

Press Release - Albany Common Council Encourages Public Participation During Meetings

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:30PM Human Resources and Human Rights

Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:30PM Planning, Economic Development and Land Use 

Monday, November 30, 2020 5:30PM Public Safety

Thursday, December 3, 2020 5:30PM Law, Buildings and Code Enforcement 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 5:30PM Public Safety

Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:30PM Public Safety

Monday, December 14, 2020 5:30PM Public Safety

Monday, February 21, 2020 5:30PM Capital Hills Golf Course SubCommittee

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The Common Council has completed its deliberations on the 2021 Adopting Budget. During their review, the Council has compiled a Common Council budget intent resolution. Read Resolution Number 111.112.20R (MC)

Click here to access 2021 budget documents

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.