Jeff Cannell of the Albany Public Library thanked those who took time to
contact the governor and/or mayor about the relocation of the main branch of the
library to the
Washington Avenue Armory.
Minutes of the
Zieske of the Center for Economic Growth
mission of The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is to bring transformational,
technology-focused growth to the Capital Region and
Capital District offers attractive resources to companies seeking to locate to
the area. They include
an educated, experienced workforce; university-based research and development
facilities; permitted sites within the community; attractive quality of life;
stable political and financial framework; access to suppliers and network
access. Two milestones that have
been reached in the process of attracting businesses is the establishment
research and development facilities associated with SUNY and the pending
availability of the Harriman Office Campus to private tenants.
that have located in the Capital District or are considering locating here
include those concerned with nanotechnology, bioelectronics, chip manufacturing,
advanced materials, research and development, energy, information technology,
impact of increased population in the 11-county area is being studied by CEG and
local communities and many groups are reviewing current and future educational
opportunities. Communities are encouraging residential in-fill in existing
neighborhoods. Mixed use development is being marketed. Although CEG
has no official position on the use of brown fields, it is working with
communities in developing those areas as they are identified.
Robert Wolfgang - Albany Police Department
Wolfgang addressed the member's concerns and questions about his temporary
suspension of the Community Police Council. Although initially successful
in meeting its goals when it was established in 1996, the chief indicated that
the council has become underutilized and unfocused over the last few
years. Some projects of the late 1990's have fallen to the wayside, and
there has been diminished concentration on community police initiatives.
The Chief's review of the council's meeting minutes indicates that the group has
devoted an excessive amount of time discussing the development of a brochure
that has yet to be produced, and issues of the individual neighborhoods.
Members of the council are required to attend the
Community Police Council is being re-formed and the original mission re-stated
to work on the original goals of the council. A new chairman and group of
member representatives have been recommended by APD staff, and Chief Wolfgang is
preparing to extend formal invitations to the nominees. They will include
APD officers, community leaders/activists, and former members of the council.
A class for new council members will be developed with the
Wolfgang also received comments and answered questions about the Department's
Community Policing Outreach Program. Some
Chief was informed that the deployment of police in
issue of animal control was addressed. Enforcement of animal control is
now the responsibility of APD.
committee reported nominating the following officers for a term commending
Ten Broeck Triangle
Second Avenue NA
Members at Large Mary Connair
Park South NA
Pine Hills NA
South End Concerned Citizens
was noted that Henry Madej and Emily Grissom are stepping down as officers and
recommended that a letter be sent to Emily who is residing at the
Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home acknowledging her longstanding service to
Works IV - Gene Solan
150 people attended the fourth annual Neighborhood Works conference
Buildings Task Force
City presently requires that owners register vacant buildings and pay a $200 per
year fee. There are presently 800 vacant buildings; only 139 are registered and
there appears to be poor or no follow up. The registry is presently
ineffective because there is no time limit for renovation of the buildings.
The task force recommended that the fee increase each year and if it's not paid
it should be added to the owners' property tax bills so the City can get
properties foreclosed. A motion was made and adopted to support this general
principal and recommendation. City representatives will be asked by the
chairman to attend a
and receipt of petitions have been scheduled for Spring 2004.
meeting adjourned at