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Newly elected Albany Common Council member "moving forward" from checkered past

Posted at: 11/06/2013 9:53 AM
Updated at: 11/06/2013 10:33 AM
By: Jessica Riley

Mark Robinson is elected to Albany Common Council in the 5th Ward
Mark Robinson is elected to Albany Common Council in the 5th Ward
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ALBANY - There were a lot of curious glances at the tote board last night in Albany's 5th Ward.

Mark Robinson was the only candidate on the ballot after winning a close primary, but there were still doubters.

Robinson once ran a notorious marijuana selling ring and spent 6 years in prison. 

A write-in campaign was launched by Sam Coleman who also did 6 months in a shock incarceration camp on drug charges.

But Robinson appears to be the winner, assuming there aren't a multitude of paper ballots still out there.

Robinson says he has reformed and now concentrates on turning around the community he'll represent on the city council: west hill.

"My community, they showed, and I love you all, I could not do it without you. You came out at the eleventh hour and you spoke your voice. Mark Robinson is your choice, I love you, and would not let you down,” says Robinson

Robinson declined to talk about his past Tuesday night saying his life now is all about moving forward.