Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations
Meeting Minutes October 3, 2007
Albany Public Library
President Howard Stoller made brief remarks and everyone introduced themselves.
II. Tom Nitido,
Albany City Comptroller
City Comptroller Tom Nitido discussed the just introduced 2008 Albany City Budget. He emphasized that it was the Mayor’s budget and not his. He pointed out that Albany cannot afford the government that we currently have, but we can afford the services with some tough choices.
There is $8 million less revenues to expenses in this
budget and it is not “sustainable or tolerable.” The City raised $2 million
more from property taxes but also landfill revenues were down $2 million.
He pointed out
He then took questions from CANA members.
III. Emily Collins,
Habit for Humanity, ReSTORE manager
Emily Collins discussed Habitat for Humanity’s ReSTORE program, which takes donations from stores and gently used items from people, and sells them to the public to benefit their housing projects. The store is located at 696 Delaware Avenue and open on Fridays and Saturdays. The store will soon be moving to a larger space on North Pearl Street.
She then discussed the project that Habitat for Humanity is currently working on in the South End at Third and Elizabeth. The discussion moved to restoring current homes, but she pointed out that restoring is a more expensive process (they will look into it though).
IV. Police Issues
Officers Janet Parker and Willie Flack discussed a robbery in the Center Square area and a graffiti incident. They also talked about the shifting of police officers due to the recent retirement of other officers. On that note; they wanted everyone to know that the Albany Police Department exam was coming up in November. There was also discussion about the Community Service program.
Committee on University and
Tom Gebhardt discussed safety and security initiatives that were being implemented and a letter to the editor that was co-written by Chief Tuffey and himself that was printed in the Albany Student Press. The next meeting was to be held on October 12th.
VI. November Meeting
Howard asked for ideas for the November 6th meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:48 pm.