Monday, September 24, 2012

From the Page to the Pill: Women’s Reproductive Rights and the Law

National Experts to Discuss Women's Reproductive Rights at Albany Law School

Albany, N.Y. – The Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology will host its fall symposium "From the Page to the Pill: Women's Reproductive Rights and the Law" on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the law school.

Participants to date include:

·        Helen Alvaré, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
·        Tracey Brooks, CEO, Family Planning Advocates for New York State
·        Michael Costello, Attorney, Tobin and Dempf LLP
·        Judith Daar, Dean, Whittier Law School   
·        Sandra Fluke, Recent Georgetown Law Graduate and Women's Rights Activist
·        Anna Franzonello, Staff Counsel, Americans United for Life
·        Shaifali Puri, Director, Scientists without Borders
·        Melissa Weiler-Gerber, Executive Director, Family Planning Council of Pennsylvania

The panelists will be divided into two panels. The first will focus on whether or not the law can and should mandate health insurance provider coverage of women's contraceptives, and the second will focus on legislation currently affecting women's reproductive rights.

"Women's Reproductive Rights and the Law: From the Page to the Pill" is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact (518) 472-5855 or  

Since its launch in 1990, the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology has developed into a nationally ranked student-edited law journal that focuses on the intersection of law with technology. The extensive annual legal periodical survey conducted by Washington & Lee Law School consistently ranks the journal among the top-10 science and technology law journals in the country in categories such as impact, total number of citations by other journals, currency and frequency of citations by cases.

Albany Law School is a small, independent private school in the heart of New York state's capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs—including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center—provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students have access to New York's highest court, federal courts, the executive branch and the state legislature. With more than 9,000 alumni practicing in every state in the country, and several continents, Albany Law's graduates serve as a vital community and resource for the law school and its students. Visit

Sept. 17, 2012

Nick Crounse, Albany Law School: (518) 445-3208; cell (518) 429-4843;

Public Workshop 9/24 - Bike Route Signage Strategy and Bike Sharing Feasibility Study

The City of Albany Department of Development and Planning, CDTC, and consultants Alta Planning + Design are conducting a study on what bike route signage is needed in the City of Albany and how bike sharing might be implemented here. Please join us at 6 p.m. on the evening of September 24th at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, to learn more about this study and to provide your input. There will also be an Open House from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for those who would like to stop by for more information.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sept 27th Aging at Home Program

The  League  of Women Voters of Albany County invites interested families, independent minded mature adults, and anyone with an  interest in community based services to hear a panel discussion about home care and other support services designed to help Albany residents remain in their own homes.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and suggest improvements to our County's services.
Date:  September 27th, 2012

Time:   Program 6:30 pm

Place:   St Sophia's Church
440 Whitehall Road  
Albany, NY 12208
Speakers and Agenda

Getting Help in the Community: Community Based Services        
Erin M. Stachewicz, LS, Long Term Care Coordinator
Albany County-NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care
Albany County Department of Social Services

What's Missing?
Richard Iannello, Executive Director
Albany Guardian Society

Using What We've Learned
Paula Hemmings, MSN, RN Former Care Line Manager for Long term Care Services
in Upstate NY Veterans Healthcare System 

Capital Region OASIS Fall 2012 Semester- Registration is now open

The NYS Capital Region OASIS Program's Fall 2012 Semester is accepting on-line and mail in registrations. Classes start next week and run through December 11, 2012.

Please register NOW to secure your enrollment.   We have over 60 classes & trips to choose from!!!
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of OASIS,
we are offering three specials for the Fall 2012 Semester.
  • "Take a class for $5.00 Coupon"**- If you are new to OASIS or haven't taken a class since 2009, we invite you to explore OASIS for $5.00.
  • "Register for 4 classes & get the 5th class FREE Coupon"**- This offer is for all OASIS members.
  • If you are an RSVP member and have volunteered more than 100 hours since 2011, you are eligible for a FREE class. **
** All three of these offers apply to $20.00 single session classes and with mail-in registration ONLY as you must submit the coupons to get the discounts. (Call for more information: 442-5576). Coupons are located in the Making the Connection Magazine.
OASIS needs YOU- Get involved-
Join the OASIS Course Development Committee and turn your ideas into classes!
Call 442-5576 today or
We are offering many new and exciting classes such as:
  • My life in the NYS Assembly by Jack McEneny
  • Hydrofracking and the Threat to NYS's Health & Environment
  • The Archaeology & History of Ancient Israel (4-part series)
  • Murder at Cherry Hill presented by Judge Duggan
  • Explore the Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley
  •  The Enigma of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • From Berkeley to Albany with Professor Warren Roberts
  • The Clark Institute Now & the Clark Institute of Tomorrow (bus trip)
  • And much, much, more!!!!!

The Making the Connection Magazine (MTC,) which features the full OASIS course listings and many informational and interesting articles, was mailed last month. If you have not received your copy, please call the office at 518-442-5576 or please feel free to download the MTC
Thank you for your support of OASIS and we look forward to seeing you in class!!!!

Take a class for FREE- volunteer to become a class coordinator for the Fall 2012 Semester or volunteer to tutor a child for the 2012-2013 school year.
Please call us to find out more at 442-5576 or

The OASIS Team

Pharmacy College to Show Disney movie "Brave" on 9/16

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be holding a special

screening of the Disney movie "Brave" this Sunday (Sept. 16) at 2:00 p.m. in the College's Student Center.

Cost of the movie is just $2 per person with all proceeds being donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that will be held in Washington Park on October 21.  

Hope to see you there!


Gil Chorbajian
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Mobile: 518-542-5532

Primary Candidate Forums videos Primary Day 9/13

all on one website, you have the Candidates for the primaries in the
Senate 44th, the Assembly 108 and 109th AND for the County District Attorney race.

Dear Neighbors, If you missed the CANA Candidate Forum on September 5, you are in luck because a video was made of the event and it is posted here: Thanks for Joe and Karen Cunniff for this. Howie    

9/20/12 Planning Board and 9/27/12 BZA Agenda

See attached.  Please be aware that the 9/27 BZA meeting will be held on a Thursday rather than the traditional Wednesday.

Application documents will be made available on the web at the following address:

Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association activities

Great compilation of upcoming activities by Louise McNeilly of the Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association. 

Hope you were labor-free today and that you'll come enjoy local farmers' labor tomorrow at our Farmers' Market.  Get an apple for teacher and fresh veggies, fruit, eggs, herbs, baked goods, honey, jam and cheese for yourself every Tuesday behind the library, 331 Delaware Ave. 4 to 7 pm.  WIC coupons and EBT (Food Stamp) cards welcome.
1. Double your good, or maybe it's triple? The Yoga Loft, 540 Delaware Ave in the neighborhood, is offering Sunday Sadhana September 23  from 9:30-11am. This month all donations for this yoga practice will benefit the wonderful Music Mobile. Open to all.  Be good to your community and to you.
2. A fall ritual - Albany's Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Drop-off Days - Thursdays, September 6, 20, October 4, & 18 from 4 to 7 pm.  You must pre-register by calling 434-2489 or online at
3. Know a landlord or want to be one?  Albany needs good landlords. Become one at the AHP Homeownership Center's workshop on Weds., September 26 at 5:30 at 255 Orange Street in Albany. Expert presenters will help landlords create quality housing, protect their residential property and help create safe and vibrant neighborhoods. Light refreshments. Handicap accessible. Free parking. To register 434-1730 or

4. An open competitive exam for police officer positions will be held on Saturday, November 17.  Applications for the test must be received by September 27.  Contact the Albany Municipal Civil Service Commission, City Hall Room 301, Albany, New York 12207, Tel (518) 434-5049

16. Have you signed up yet for a comprehensive energy assessment? (Free for most New Yorkers.) It's the first step to saving money and energy and accessing NYSERDA energy efficiency programs.  The Affordable Housing Partnership will guide you through the process and help you figure out what program is right for you. Check out for an application and to be counted in Albany's Neighborhood Energy Challenge.


New Scotland Woodlawn NA comments on New Scotland traffic

While pleased that there has been a crack-down on speeders and red light ignorers, more long term solutions need to be identified and tried.  Here is a compilation of comments.

1. South Main and New Scotland

Why can't DOT install larger, more visible traffic lights at that intersection, like the ones on Academy by the Albany Academy and on Woodlawn by the ball field.  I think a lot of the reason people cruise through the intersection of Main and New Scotland is the lights are small and not noticeable enough.  I applaud any police effort to ticket drivers at this site, but new, larger signals would help as well.  I also recall a couple years ago when this issue was raised that Jim Sano said the state was conducting a review for a redesign of traffic flow there.  Anybody know what happened to that?  Remember, in Albany Green means sit and wait.

2. New Scotland Ave (NSA) from S. Allen

Just last month I was walking across New Scotland Ave (NSA) from S. Allen on a red light for NSA.  A car blew past and the car's rear view mirror brushed my clothes.  Too many close calls along the entire stretch.

3. Light  @  New Scotland and Glenwood the same  thing....  

Thats the entrance /exit from my driveway..... always have to watch carefully.

It is a problem through out the city!
I personally feel this needs to be a constant and continual action.
I live on the one-way portion of Glenwood or as we residents call it, "Glenwood speedway"
Not only do drivers not do the speed limit (school zone), they race down the block to make the light. This is a completely blind intersection for drivers coming out from Glenwood. So between the drivers speeding down Glenwood and the drivers who run the red light at the intersection of New Scotland, this is a horrific accident waiting to happen.
A few years ago, after witnessing a near accident, I went and spoke with our community police officer, Loren, he said he would look into it...
I even offered my driveway for speed traps like they did in Colonie on Mordella, before they opted to put in speedbumps.
He told me speedbumps were never an option, because it interferes with snow removal! REALLY?!
If speedbumps save just one life and  make it safer for all who live and travel in and around the area, I will shovel the road myself!

This has been going on for YEARS in this city... I have been bitching and complaining since the 90's when I used to walk to work until I was hit by a car at the intersection of Madison and New Scotland that, of course, ran a red light.  I was out of work for 2 months.    Yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Madison and Lake, two cars ran a red light that had been that way for at least 3 seconds... maybe more.    We need camera's on the lights and we need to ticket these folks.  The police simply cannot monitor all of the vehicles that run the lights in this city.  And to that ACLU who opposes the cameras I say... take a hike... we are talking pedestrian and vehicular safety here.    In addition, I can say with certainty that nearly every day the "box" is blocked on the following streets and New Scotland ave at 745 to 800 am... Myrtle and Morris... I certainly would hate to see an emergency vehicle try to navigate these streets at that time.  

League of Women Voter's website

The League of Women Voter's site is up and running.  I checked it out and recommend it to you if you are voting in the General Election November 6.

The way it works is on the first page you type in your address, you are given info on what election districts you are in - important due to all the redistricting and your polling place, in my case, WRONG (St. Teresa of Avila!!) but you are also given hot links to your state's tool for finding your polling place (Mater Christi School for me) - and your voter registration status. I found the most interesting feature to be the build your own ballot option - you are presented with info on all of the candidates (info supplied by the candidates themselves.

It is not too late to register to vote in the general election and remember if you have changed your address, you need to re-register. the site contains links to the NYS site for registering to vote and how to obtain an absentee ballot.