Albany County Legislature

Jeff Perlee

Jeff Perlee, a Republican, and Fran Porter, a Democrat, are neighbors who live in the sliver of Guilderland between Altamont and Knox on Route 156. They are both running to represent the 31st District in the Albany County Legislature, which covers rural western Guilderland; the northeast corner of Berne; and about two-thirds of Knox, on its eastern side.

Two Democrats — Steven D. Wickham and Dustin M. Reidy — will vie in a June primary to get their party’s backing to represent Guilderland’s District 30 in the Albany County Legislature.

The Albany County Legislature passed a bill that would ban “conversion therapy” for minors.

Three Albany County legislators, who are also business owners, have formed a new caucus that will grade legislators based on their votes on measures related to small-businesses.

Speakers before the Albany County Legislature were about evenly divided as business owners and leaders of financially strapped not-for-profits opposed the bill while religious leaders and workers spoke in favor of it.

John Nicholas

Supporters of the “conversion therapy” ban included a social worker, psychiatrist, psychologists, and someone who nearly went through with such “therapy.”

Judd Krasher

The bill for Local Law E will be discussed in a public hearing at the Albany County Legislature on April 24, pending approval at the regular legislative meeting on April 9.

Victoria Plotsky

In the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Victoria Plotsky, making her first run for office, on a platform of reform, soundly defeated the incumbent representing the 38th District in the Albany County Legislature.

A fire at a historic Slingerlands house, has left its residents, Albany County Legislator William Reinhardt and his family, without a home. Lightning from Thursday night’s thunderstorm is expected to be the cause.

A county legislator is looking to secure $3,000 from a grant to bring back summer recreation programs for youth to the towns of Westerlo and Rensselaerville. Should the grant not be accepted, the legislator, Chris Smith, has said he will give up two months of his pay to support the program.

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