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


African American History and Culture Film and Discussion Series

African American History and Culture Film and Discussion Series

200 South Pearl Street, Albany Housing Authority
Every Thursday evening at 5:30 PM starting February 21 – April 25, 2013
The program is Free and open to the public for youths 14 and over and adults of all ages. Free snacks and refreshments!

Film Schedule and Discussion Leaders

February 21 –  Middle Passage Opening Session with presentation by Nell
Stokes-Holmes of AACCCR

February 28 Sankofa – Janice Mwapaga of AACCCR

March 7 – Roots (Plantation Life) – Dr. Timothy Sams of RPI

March 14 – Glory – Dr. Allen Ballard of SUNY at Albany

March 21 – Slavery by Another Name – D. Ekow King of SUNY at Albany

March 28 – A Soldier's Story – Karen Christina Jones of AACCCR

April 4 – No Way Out – Dr. Ingrid Allard, MD of Albany Medical College

April 11 – Ballin' in the Graveyard – Mark Bobb-Semple of AACCCR

April 18 – President Barack Obams's Speech on Race in America – The Honorable Barbara Smith

April 25 – Djano, Unchained  – Dr. Alice Green of CFLJ

African Film #3 Tues 2/19


We conclude this year's Annual Africana Film Series with Tableau Ferraille (Scrap Heap) written and directed by Moussa Sene Absa of Senegal. The film begins at 7 pm tomorrow (Tuesday evening) the 19 February. There will be a variety of pizzas for those who would like something to eat. I have attached the write-up of tomorrow night's film.

I hope you can make it to this year's final film, and I look forward to seeing you next year when we will celebrate the 10th year of the Africana Film Series by watching my three favorite films of the first nine years. In January 2014, I will send out the schedule.

All the best,


Kevin Hickey, PhD
Associate Professor of English & Africana Studies
Dept. of Humanities & Communication, OB 225B
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208-3492

Friday, February 8, 2013

City of Albany Snow Emergency

Information pertaining to the Snow Emergency in the City of Albany.

Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, New York 12206

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Neighborhood Association Newsletter Meeting Feb 7

Look at our beautiful newsletter


Thank you Susan Somerscales-Eyer for taking over the responsibility for the newsletter from Alice Bernat!!! 
We have 3 interesting speakers lined up, hope to see you at the meeting.
We will have a less ambitious distribution than usual. Any volunteers to distribute the newsletter?

Burglaries in Pine Hills

FYI Please lock all first floor windows or come up with some means of securing them so someone cannot enter your house via your windows on the first floor. In this instance this is how these burglars have been entering the properties.
Jim Sano

Begin forwarded message:
Albany police are investigating two separate burglaries that occurred in the Pine Hills Neighborhood last weekend.

On Sunday February 3, 2013 at approximately 1:25 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Warren Street for a report of a burglary. When officers arrived the residents stated that two males entered their home through an unlocked basement window in the middle of the night while they were sleeping. They told officers that they woke up while the suspects were still in the house and were forced into the living room where the suspects demanded money and their cell phones.  The 32 year old male victim was struck in the head and arm with a blunt object during the incident. He sustained a fractured arm and a laceration to his head.  Both suspects then fled the scene.

On Sunday February 3, 2013 at approximately 9:45 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Mercer Street for a report of a burglary. When officers arrived the resident stated that someone had entered her apartment in the middle of the night while she was sleeping. She told officers that the suspect had entered through an unlocked basement window. She states that the suspect took items from her apartment and fled.

Both victims were treated at the scene by firefighters and taken to St. Peter's Hospital. They were both treated and released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detectives Division at (518) 462-8039

The Albany Police would like to remind the members of our community about the following burglary safety tips.
·         Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
·         Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
·         Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
·         Keep your garage door closed and locked.
·         Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
·         Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
·         Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
·         Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
·         Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, New York 12206

Jobs and taxes

Current city job postings for clerk, reservoir guard, code enforcement, equipment operator and others.

Need some help with your taxes?  Free Income Tax Assistance is available at Albany Public  Library's main branch on Washington Ave.  There is walk-in assistance on Saturdays from February 4 to April 14 from 10 to 3 pm for low-income taxpayers (household income limit $50,000) Taxpayers must bring the following: photo identification; Social Security card or letter from Social Security with their Social Security Number on it; dependents' and qualifying children's Social Security cards; all income and interest statements (such as W-2s, 1099s, etc.); any other materials necessary to complete their tax return(s). For any additional information about free income tax assistance at Albany Public Library, contact the Reference Department at (518) 427–4303.


Babe Ruth fundraiser/concert - Saturday, February 9

Greetings New Scotland/Woodlawn neighbors,
Please join us on Saturday February 9th when the Board of Albany Babe Ruth (Central) hosts a party at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall (375 Ontario Street, Albany) as a way to shake off the winter blues, reconnect with some friends in the neighborhood, and raise a little money for Babe Ruth.
All adults are welcome, especially the parents of younger players, whom might also like to learn more about the league. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you feel might like to join us.
Date: Saturday February 9th (the Saturday after Superbowl weekend)
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Place: The AOH Hall, 375 Ontario Street, Albany (next to the Playdium bowling alley)
Cost: $10 at the door, cash bar
Band: the Deadbeats
 I look forward to meeting & greeting all of you on Saturday February 9th.
Any questions, please call me at 495-7142, or reply.
 Thank you.
 Jim Carr

Conviction in Forest Ave. burglary case

Congratulations to the Albany Police Dept. for solving this case! Jeanne Hewitt sent this to me this morning - she included the article in the Times Union - see below.
Deb Schramek
HNA Communications Chair

Hi Deb:

You may remember hearing about the burglary of an elderly woman's home on Forest Ave. Today's Times Union included an article describing the conviction of the burglar based on DNA evidence but the newspaper does not describe the great job and the hard work that the Albany police and detectives did in this case. The convicted burglar faces up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing which is scheduled for March. 

I've copied and pasted the Times Union article below and also included the weblink for those who want to continue following this story.

Thanks for all that you do for the neighborhood! 

Read more:

Feb 7 Patroon Creek Daylighting Project Albany 2030

Opalka Gallery exhibit

                                                  STORIES AND JOURNEYS
                         The Art of Faith Ringgold and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.
                                         curated by Mikaela Sardo Lamarche and Fabienne Powell.

       Faith Ringgold and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, two highly accomplished female artists, take us on an inspired visual journey through memory, while weaving in monumental stories of their own journeys ripe with heritage and community. Their stories and journeys, provoke us to more closely examine mythologies of identity, culture, and collective memory. 

In her essay for the exhibition catalogue, Mikaela Sardo Lamarche states: "A truly compelling narrative has transformative power. As stories become alive and engage us they teach us about our communities, our histories and ourselves. This is true in the artwork of Faith Ringgold and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Integrating the materials and visual language from their African-American heritage with those from the Western tradition, each of these extraordinary artists tell stories which inspire, educate, commemorate and preserve memories both individual and collective. Their narratives weave parables of hope sprinkled with autobiographic details, historical references and universal truths of the human condition."
The exhibition is on display January 22 - April 21, 2013 and will have a reception on Friday, February 1st, 5-9pm and a story tour at 7pm with Vanessa Johnson, a Griot and story teller.

Please see attatched for formal press release and invite. Additional Images available upon request.
Thank you!
Jacqueline Lynch
Gallery Assistant
Opalka Gallery
The Sage Colleges
140 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

voice: 518.292.7742
fax: 518.292.1903

Board of Assessment Review Opening

There is currently an opening on the Board of Assessment Review for a five year term ending 9/30/17. 
Attached is a Call for Applications with additional information; interested applicants are requested to submit a resume by 2/19/13.  Please circulate as widely as possible to help identify a pool of qualified applicants.
Richard Conti
President Pro Tempore
Albany Common Council Member 6th Ward
151 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY 12210
(t) 518-436-8546 / (f) 518-463-8992
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Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series

Spring 2013 Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series
Presented by Albany Law School's Government Law Center with support from NYSERDA

Albany Law School's Government Law Center will present a series of seminars in January and February, covering entrepreneurial issues such as intellectual property, new patent filing laws, raising capital, and forming a business entity.

The Spring 2013 Renewable Energy Entrepreneurial Seminar Series, supported by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), is free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 445-2329 or visit  


Jan. 16, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Room 425)
Intellectual Property: Friend or Foe
This panel presentation seeks to answer whether obtaining intellectual property rights is the best decision for a startup business.

Jan. 30, 2013, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Room 425)
The America Invents Act: Changes in the Patent Filing System
This presentation will discuss the current patent filing system and how it is affected by the America Invents Act.

Feb. 13, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom); Reception to follow
Raising Capital: What You Should Know About Investors
A panel of investors will discuss what they are looking for when investing in companies, and break down the investing process.

Date TBD in late February
Business Considerations: What to Think About When Forming a Business
This presentation will discuss the basic considerations an entrepreneur should evaluate when developing a business.

Albany Law School
80 New Scotland Ave., Albany