Monday, October 21, 2013

Today: City of Albany Mayoral Debate @ Albany Public Library

City of Albany
Mayoral Debate 2013
Addressing the fastest and youngest growing
ethnic group in the City of Albany

Free and Open to the Public

Monday, October 21, 2013
Doors open: 5:45 pm    Doors Close:  6:25 pm        Debate:  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Main Conference Room, Albany Public Library
161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210

Invited and confirmed candidates:

Mr. Marlon Anderson (I-D)
Mr. Jesse Calhoun (R)
Rev. Valerie Faust (I-D)
Ms. Theresa Portelli (G)
Ms. Kathy Sheehan (D)
Mr. Joseph Sullivan (C)

Community Questions: please submit your question online at


Friday, October 18, 2013

Free Shredding & Book Recycling Event Saturday

For City of Albany residents only.

Sponsored by the City of Albany's Department of General Services

Washington Park, Madison Avenue entrance

Saturday, October 19  1:00 - 4 00 pm

Bring documents that need shredding will be shredded on site.

This event is for personal papers and documents, no commercial papers

Books will not be shredded - they will be collected to be recycled.

Shredding service provided by 3N Document Destruction Inc.

For more information call 434-CITY or visit

2 School Board Candidate Forums

two to choose from:

Hear from School Board Candidates:
Sue Adler, Edith Leet,
Anthony Owens

Wednesday, October 16th
6:00 p.m.
Albany High School Cafeteria


Wednesday, October 30th
7:00 p.m.
Montessori Magnet School (65 Tremont St)

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Reminder!! Harvest Festival this Saturday

First Congregational Church Harvest Festival THIS Saturday, Oct. 19th, 10am 4 pm.

Starting at 10 am The festival offers a variety of booths including crafts, baked goods, a "country store,", books, white elephant, flower shop, party-lite candles, jewlelry, Christmas Table and a silent auction of paintings.

From 11 am to 2 pm There will be a Luncheon Cafe – with Chicken or Egg Salad Sandwiches, Chicken and Rice or Butternut Soup and Green Salad with bottle Beverage, Coffee and Tea

From 11 am to 4 pm there will be Children's activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, Halloween crafts and Fiddle Music by Homespun Occasions . Pri
l 4, June 6
CHILDCARE NEEDED:  First Congregational Church, 405 Quail Street. An older teen or adult, who may be interested in this paid position  Sundays, 10:15 – 12:00.  Call 482-4580 or e-mail


The City of Albany, in partnership with Capitalize Albany, are developing the Corning Preserve Waterfront Park Plan. This is a New York State and Capitalize Albany funded plan that is following the soon-to-be completed Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Plan Update. The goal of this master plan is to develop specific short, mid and long-term plans for the revitalization of the Corning Preserve. These improvements may include bike, pedestrian, water-based, and vehicular transportation, park programming, connections to downtown and adjacent neighborhoods, and the provision of services. Outcomes from these workshops will be fully integrated into the Downtown Albany Tactical Plan.

Next week we will have two meetings on the Corning Preserve Waterfront Park Plan.  Both meetings will include a presentation and survey on possible park improvements with an opportunity to discuss park improvement ideas in detail. Attached is the flyer on the meeting.

NOON–1:00 PM
        Capital Repertory Theater, 111 North Pearl Street (at Sheridan Avenue)
        Drop in for as little or as much time as you have.
        Talk directly with the planners and designers for small group and one-on-one discussion of park improvements.

10:00 AM–12:30 PM
        Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Avenue (at North Pearl Street)
        Presentation followed by small group discussions.
        Optional 8:30-9:30 am Corning Preserve walk starting at intersection of Broadway and Maiden Lane (start of footbridge to Corning Preserve/Jennings Landing)

We hope you are able to make one of the workshops and please forward this on to interested parties.


Kathleen (Katie) Bronson, Principal Planner
Department of Development and Planning
City of Albany
21 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 434-2532 x 33
Fax: (518) 434-9846   

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Albany Waterfront Meeting #2 - Feb. 25th

Please join the City of Albany on Monday, February 25th, at the Main Branch of the Albany Public Library for the second public meeting to discuss future revitalization of the Hudson riverfront in relation to the projected impacts of climate change.  The meeting will present information on potential waterfront projects and adaptation strategies along Albany's waterfront. There will be a presentation and workshop from 6-8pm, as well as an informal open house from 5-6pm.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Transition Albany Garden Share

Hello Neighbors!

Transition Albany, a sustainability group, is starting a garden share project this year. The idea is to matchup people who have space with people who want to garden it. The idea has been around awhile and has taken hold in several dozen cities in the US, Canada, and England.

For more on the Transition movement, go to

Transition Albany meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, Washington and Robin Sts. Although it's short notice, our February meeting is tomorrow night and everyone is welcome.

Please contact me if you are interested in the garden share program or Transition Albany.


Dave Hochfelder