Albany, New York
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Albany is the capital city in New York. It is one of 62 cities in the state. It is the seat of Albany County, and the central city of New York's Capital District. Roughly 150 miles (240 km) north of New York City, Albany sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. The population of the city was 97,856 at the time of the 2010 census, and the population of the greater metropolitan area was estimated at 857,592 in 2009.
- Main article: Evaluation of New York city websites
- The proposed budget for FY 2012 is available.
- Agendas  and minutes  are available for City Council Meetings.
- The Mayor and city council officials contact information are posted online.
- Administrative officials' contact information is available in a city directory.
- Information on audits are available.
- Provides partial information on property taxes.
- Freedom of Information request information is provided.
- Property tax assessment information is available.
- Previous budget documents are not accessible.
- Building permitting and zoning information is not available.
- Bids and RFP's are not listed online.
- Lobbying information is not available.
The largest expenditures within the proposed FY 2012 budget include 45% for salaries, 16% for operating expenses, 14% for health insurance, 10% for debt service, and 9% for retirement. The largest portion of revenues, 34% of the total, come from realty taxes. 18% of revenues come from sales taxes, and 10% comes through state aid. Increased revenues will come through increasing the real property tax levy by $1 million, but still staying within the 2$ property tax cap. It also contains a 3% pay raise for non-union employees. The budget maintains a fund balance of $4.9 million. The city closed a budget shortfall of nearly $23 million in 2011 through employee cuts and selling city land. 
An eight-month probe by state Inspector General Joseph Fisch accuses of Gov. David A. Paterson, Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of " leaking of confidential bidding information to a favored company, potential bid-rigging, pay-to-play campaign donations, arm twisting by dozens of lobbyists." The contract in contention was to locate a casino, potentially worth billions of dollars, at Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, New York.
Albany residents are represented by members of the Common Council, who are elected to four year terms. The Council is made up of 15 members, one representing each ward, who work to set the governing policies of the city. The Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month. Members are: 
|Ronald E. Bailey||3|
|Frank Commisso, Jr.||15|
A list of administrative departments can be found here.
Transparency & public records
Freedom of Information request information, including necessary forms, are available here.
- Official website of Albany
- Albany Information
- Albany Community Profile
- City of Albany Directory
- City Guide Albany New York
- See sample transparency legislation at the Sunshine Standard
- New York on State Budget Solutions
- ↑ Budget
- ↑ Agendas
- ↑ Minutes
- ↑ Mayor and city council officials information
- ↑ Directory
- ↑ Audits
- ↑ City of Albany taxes
- ↑ Public Records
- ↑ Assessment and Taxation
- ↑ Proposed 2012 Budget
- ↑ Buffalo News, Scandal over downstate casino jolts Albany, Oct. 22, 2010
- ↑ Common Council
- ↑ Mayor's Bio
- ↑ Albany city salaries, SeeThroughNY.net, The Empire Center
- ↑ Assessment and Taxation