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.  Download the Common Council Brochure.

Albany's Interactive Ward Map

2013 Adopted Citywide Ward Boundaries (.pdf)


The Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month. 
Meetings are open to the public

Location       City Hall  |  Council Chambers, 2nd Fl  |  7:00 pm
Caucus         City Court Room  |  6:30 pm

We would like to welcome the newly elected Common Council President and seven new Council Members to the Albany Common Council. Download a Common Council Contact List (.pdf)

Council Agendas & Minutes
Agenda December 17, 2018|Legislation December 17, 2018

Council & Committee Business 

The Common Council has completed its deliberations on the 2018 proposed budget. During their review, the Council has compiled a Common Council budget intent resolution. Read Resolution Number 64.112.17R (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.