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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

November 26, 2008- Albany city leaders will sit down with state lawmakers from the area on Monday to talk about how those state leaders can help make Albany a better place to live.

City leaders will tell them the issues they would like to see the local delegation work on at state capitol.

"We're fortunate that our local state delegations comes to Albany every year," said Wes Smith, Assistant City Manager.

The state lawmakers asked for city leaders' input about initiatives they would like to see addressed in Albany.

"We have to look at the overall picture of poverty in Albany and Dougherty County," said Jon Howard, Albany City Commissioner.

The city manager asked commissioners and department heads to give suggestions on topics of discussions.

Crime and poverty were concerns of a lot of the respondents.

"Instead of improving the [poverty] numbers seem like it's getting worse," Howard.

In addition to those initiatives, revenue sources were also a concern for city leaders.

Adult education, new legislation on scrap metal sales were also topics suggest in the city's preliminary summary for the delegation.

Suggestions that would improve the quality life in and around Albany.

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