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Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations

Meeting Minutes of November 7, 2001


Albany Public Library


    1. Howard Stoller, CANA Chair, called the meeting to order.
    2. Introductions
    3. Minutes: The website address of the Historic Albany Foundation was corrected and the minutes of the September 5, 2001, meeting were accepted.
    4. GUEST SPEAKER: The Superintendent of the City School District of Albany, Lonnie Palmer, presented information on the facilities long-range plan. A copy of the information presented is available on the CANA website. Several members expressed concerns and had questions.

The construction manager selected for the project is the firm of Pike-Heery.

The amount of money to be spent will be determined by the voters. No additional funds are available to cover budget over-runs except by an additional vote.

The District’s administrative offices will be relocated to Livingston rather than an existing vacant building because there is no State aid available to rebuild administrative offices.

The facilities design plan accommodates for both expansion of the student population as well as the transfer of additional students if the charter schools close.


Committee on University and Community Relations – Tom Gebhardt

The next Committee meeting will be held on November 14, 2001, at the Albany Police Department, 526 Central Avenue. Members of the Albany Citizens Police Review Board will make a presentation and the Campus-Community Crime Prevention Coalition will give updated information. The Committee has begun two advertising campaigns—one suggesting that and carbon monoxide detector batteries be changed and one about safe trick-or-treating.

Quality of Life Surveys – David Phaff

Approximately 1900 responses were received, and the compiled data will be presented at the Neighborhoods Work II Conference on December 1, 2001. The software used to compile the information in the surveys prohibits sorting responses by neighborhood; therefore, it will be presented by zip codes.

Executive Committee – Howard Stoller

The CANA website has moved to The old one has a link to the new one.


Neighborhoods Work II Conference - Gene Solan

The conference will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2001, at the First Lutheran Church hall. Volunteers are needed to assist at the conference and to help set up the afternoon before.


Albany Public Library – Jeff Cannell

At the December 5, 2001, CANA meeting information will be presented about the library’s proposals for a new charter.

City of Albany Budget

CANA members will be present at the meeting on November 14 budget hearing to propose to the city that a more understandable budget be presented.

New Members are needed for the CANA Budget Committee. Harold Rubin will suggest two members.


ARISE (A Regional Initiative Supporting Empowerment) – Tom McPheeters

ARISE will convene a town hall meeting at 7:00 on November 13, 2001, at Temple Israel. Some of the issues on the agenda for that meeting include teen activity programs, business movements, gang prevention, and education. The group encourages more neighborhood associations to join ARISE.

A motion was made to endorse the school district’s facilities improvement plan; however, the vote was postponed until the December 5, 2001, meeting so that more CANA members may participate.

Endorsing the facilities plan – Howard Stoller raised the question of whether CANA should endorse the School District Facilities Plan that Lonnie Palmer presented on earlier. He made a motion to endorse it which was seconded, but discussion was postponed for the December 5 meeting.

Harold Rubin convened the meeting at 8:40.


November 7, 2001




Howie Stoller


Harold Rubin

Center Square

Tom Gebhardt


Gene Solan

Pine Hills/WRC


Betsy Shearer



Colin McKnight


David Phaff

New Albany NA

Mary Connari



Colleen Ryan

Historic Albany Council

G. Mowbray

Hudson Park


Daniel Van Riper


Matthew Montesano

Albany Police Department

Jeff Cannell

Albany Public Library

Martin Gawoski

West Hill

John Cirrin

Albany Public Library

Fred Perkins

Pine Hills

Jeff Cannell

Albany Public Library

Kay Maynard

City of Albany DDP

Kate Frank

City of Albany DDP

Martin Duffy

Albany Housing Authority

Stephen Winters


John A. Frederick

Hudson Park NA

Tom McPheeters

Mansion NA

Henry Madej

Pine Hills NA

Aimee Allaud

Melrose NA

Donald Wardle

United Tenants of Albany