Melinda Yates of the New York State Library announced
that Dan Button will speak about his new book, Take City Hall!, at the
New York State Library on December 10 at
Members are encouraged to attend.
John Cirrin, Public Information for the Albany Public
Library, announced that the public is invited to a series of presentations by
architectural planning consultants that will be held in the large auditorium
during December. The library is
seeking an innovative, progressive and experienced consultant to assist in the
development of a library facilities and programming master plan.
Library is also sponsoring a reading and book signing with Dan Button this
January – New Scotland Avenue/Woodlawn
April – Arbor Hill
May – Hudson/Park
June, other neighborhood representatives will present a broader report.
In order to provide members with an overview of the
Committee on University and Community Relations
– Tom Gebhardt
The next meeting will be at
on Wednesday, December
11 at the Albany Police Department at
Neighborhood Works Planning Committee
– Gene Solan
Community Police Council –
The Council met earlier this
evening. The members worked on
redefining the Committee’s goals and objectives.
Three issues considered were (a) community policing of code enforcement;
(b) culture; and (c) the development and distribution of a booklet that states
the Committee’s core mission.
Sematech Impact on Neighborhoods –
Anne Savage and Howard Stoller will continue
attempts to contact the City of
Guest Speaker – Professor Ray Bromley
Professor Bromley presented
information about the “Monumental Visions and Urban Transformations in Albany
1948 – 1978” conference, one of several events sponsored by SUNY Albany, the
Albany Institute of History and Art, and the City of Albany in recognition of
the 350th anniversary of the founding of Beverwyk.
Several events were videotaped and will be available at the SUNY library
in two to three months. A meeting
will be held at the University Administration building on Thursday, December 12
to consider proposals
for future events such as conferences, lectures, and workshops.
One of the most popular topics
at the conference dealt with the 40-block neighborhood that was destroyed to
build of the
Some of the effects of the
destruction of this neighborhood have been overlooked in the recording of
Professor Bromley encourages other long-time
New Business and Announcements
Leonard Morgenbesser called members’ attention to the number of
incidents of gun violence reported in the local newspapers, particularly in the
last several months. He reported
that the Albany Common Council is considering the formation of a community and
city coalition to address the issue of youth gun violence.
Mayor Jennings and the City of Albany Youth Department are sponsoring a
half-day event in January on this subject, similar to the one-day event
sponsored by the US Attorney in
There is concern about fiscal and law
enforcement resources diverted to providing homeland security and the effect
that has municipalities’ ability to maintain safe streets with fewer budget
resources The Chair will
approach Chief Neilson about addressing CANA at a future meeting to explain how
these transfers have effected the City of Albany.
Harold Rubin, representing
Significant changes in the budget should be explained in the document.
Presently that information is available to Council members in committee
meetings when they request it.
Common Council members and committees should receive budget information
throughout the fiscal year.
Historic financial statistics should be included to determine income and
Common Council should review bonding operating costs included in the
Additional information about the City’s workforce should be provided.
Greater detail regarding the $2.7 million in outstanding parking fines
should be provided as well as information about efforts being made to collect
The Common Council can and should take more active role in the budget
Nominating Committee for
A committee consisting of three people
representing three different neighborhood associations must be established to
nominate individuals to serve as
Louise McNeeley (432-0516) will be contacted
to encourage the Times Union to provide more news coverage about the
The City seems to be unaware of the details of
its contract with Niagara Mohawk and as a result, continues to pay for services
that are not being used, such as non-working streetlights.
Niagara Mohawk representatives continue to be unresponsive to
The date of the January CANA meeting will be
determined based upon which evening Major Jennings would like to speak.
His office has been contacted, and members will be contacted by email
notifying them of the date of the January meeting.
Helen Desfosses will speak at the
The meeting adjourned at