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Albany considers Lobbyist

December 23, 2003

Albany - If city leaders don't hire a lobbyist in the next few weeks, Albany may miss out on millions of federal dollars. That's what Washington D.C. lobbyists from the Ferguson Group say.

The City is considering hiring the firm to work with congressional leaders to bring in federal money. Partners in the firm say Albany needs to work fast with budget talks just two months away.

"By February or March, Congress starts up their budget cycle," said lobbyist Charmayne Macon. "They start working on budget bills for next fiscal year, ironing them out, and drafting them up. Then they go through a mark-up process which begins in mid-April."

Ferguson partners say they helped Jackson, Tennessee - a city about the size of Albany - get $1,500,000 in federal money for local projects last year.

City commissioners plans to vote on the lobbyists January 6th. The city has never had a lobbyist.