Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations
Albany Public Library
President Howard Stoller made brief remarks and everyone was introduced.
Jim Greene from the American Red Cross of Northeastern New
York discussed their emergency preparedness program entitled: “Get Ready –
First he described some of the services provided by the Red
Cross such as:
He then discussed how to create a personal disaster plan,
and assemble an emergency preparedness kit and what to include in your car and
home in case of emergency.
Greene then took questions from CANA members.
Albany Common Council member Mike O’Brien discussed
legislation that he recently introduced that would rectify the current lack of
written procedural rules for the city’ s planning board and zoning board.
The proposed legislation would allow more time for public and applicants
to rebut statements made at hearings, and would allow meetings to be rescheduled
if more time is needed.
O’Brien also stated that both boards members required
training from the Department of State, but questioned if they had received it.
He also decried the fact that permanent staffers and not board member
were making all decisions.
Council President Shawn Morris offered her input and a
general discussion developed on the subject.
CANA members expressed their disappointment with the current lack of
transparency. Morris suggested that
when a hearing on the bill is held the publics input would be vital.
O’Brien pointed out that he will not call for a hearing
on the bill until
A committee headed by
DGS Commissioner Bill Bruce’s retirement in March was
discussed as was a proper way to honor him for his years of service.
CANA members questioned if they should offer their input on who will
replace Bruce, but it was finally decided that it would be inappropriate to do
so, and it was decided that honoring Bruce and reaching out to the new
commissioner would be the proper result. Paul
Fowler was put in charge of this.
The minutes for the December meeting could not be approved
as they were not received yet.
Police Issues --
Officer Matt Montesano discussed that there will be a new community services
officer, and distributed a crime
Codes – Members
of the Code Committee met with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Tuffey to
discuss a central database for all code related issues and creating a
citizen-friendly guide to codes.
Howard discussed that
The meeting adjourned at 8:51.
January 2, 2008 Meeting Attendees