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. 
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 Public Comment 

Council & Committee Business 

Common Council Police Reform Legislative Proposals

2020 Street Paving Selections

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

2021 Budget Presentation and Discussion Schedule | Click Here to Access Documents for 2021 Budget 

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

Thursday, October 1, 2020 5:30PM Park, Recreation and Family Service Committee

Thursday, November 5, 2020 5:30PM Public Safety Committee

2020 Call for Application Violence Prevention Task Force - Deadline October 30, 2020

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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.