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Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations

Meeting Minutes December 6, 2006

Albany Public Library

 

1)     Introductions

 

bulletThe Albany Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to move ahead with a comprehensive improvement for plan for branch library facilities and to postpone decisions on replacing the main library.  A public referendum on the plan will likely occur in February.  (John Cirrin)

 

bullet Albany ’s First Night event will be replaced with Albany Winter Festival to be held on Saturday, December 30, 2006 , from Noon to 6 PM .  The festival activities will be family-oriented and more will take place outdoors.  Admission will be free except for the Jingle Jog.  The schedule of events will be published in the “Times Union Newspaper.”  (Sue Cleary)

 

 

2)     Guest Speaker  - Terry O’Neill –  Neighborhood Preservation Crime Prevention

 

For more than 20 years, State’s assistance to communities for crime prevention has been focused on prosecution and incarceration.  Governor Pataki’s program, “Operation Impact,” has not encouraged crime prevention, nor has it provided resources to localities to address community-based justice, alternative dispositions of offenders’ cases, or prisoner re-entry.

 

In 1983 the Division of Criminal Justice implemented the Neighborhood Preservation Crime Prevention Act (NPCPA) to form a network of non-profits and community agencies that would work with local law enforcement agencies to fight back against crime, drugs and disorder in neighborhoods. 

 

However, the program has been abandoned and there is presently no network of crime prevention coordination between law enforcement agencies, community groups, and non-profits.  The NPCPA act is still on the books and governor-elect Spitzer is expected to revive the DCJS program.  Together with the present “Operation Impact” NPCPA can offer a powerful resource for civilian-based crime prevention.

 

Real time crime statistical mapping technology is available and used by several cities nationwide.   Police Chief Tuffy’s redeployment plan relies heavily on technology for crime mapping, but will only be used internally. Neighborhoods should be able to access communications with police agencies. 

 

The Citizen Observer Alert Network (http://www.citizenobserver.com), a Minnesota-based internet company provides two-way communication between law enforcement and the public that enables immediate notification of criminal information 24 hours a day.   A two-way communication system would probably cost Albany about $2,000 per year. 

 

27,000 to 28,000 prison inmates re-enter New York State communities each year.  The Pataki administration’s policy is to keep sex offenders in prison until the very end of their sentence.  When released, two-thirds violate parole or re-commit crimes. A well-organized network of providers to address the health, chemical dependency, educational and employment needs of these former prisoners can drive down crime rates.  Citizens must advocate for funding of such programs. 

 

Questions and Comments:

 

bulletA group has been set up to begin to work with these issues.
bulletDCJS does not map crime because there is no demand from the communities and no funding.
bulletThe City administration is hesitant to share information via technologies and data is old by the time it’s published.
bulletPresently the Alban Police Department is moving toward next morning reporting and is getting faster.  Computers have been placed in some cars and information will be available to the public in real time.
bulletCrime statistics can be obtained by making a request under FOIL.

 

 

3)     Committee Reports

 

bulletZoning:  No report

 

bulletCodes:  The committee continues to meet with city staff and has a meeting scheduled with John Egan. The Albany Fire Department will be assigning an inspector to each neighborhood association.  They have requested each association’s meeting schedules. 

 

bulletCable:  Media attention has been brought to the issue of public access television.  Cable television subscribers pay a franchise fee to Time Warner Cable each month.  Those monies are forwarded to the City of Albany to cover the costs of public access television.  However, Albany has no public access television.   To date, the city has deposited the money into the general fund.  Mayor Jennings has announced that he will revitalize the public access television committee and Councilman Ellis plans to introduce a resolution to the Common Council for members to sign on.

 

bulletBudget:  No report

 

bulletUniversity and Community Relations:  The next meeting will be held on December 13 at 7:00 PM .  At the November meeting, Police Chief Tuffey was a special guest and he discussed the APD Reorganization Plan.

 

bulletExecutive Nominating Committee:  The committee has submitted the following nominees to serve on the Executive Committee in 2007-2009.

 

OFFICE

NAME

ASSOCIATION

Chair

Howard Stoller

Melrose NA

Vice Chair

Holly Katz

Mansion NA

Treasurer

Stephen Winters

Second Ave NA

At Large

Mary Connair

Delaware Area NA

At Large

Andrew Harvey

South Park NA

At Large

Patricia Maxon

Upper Washington NA

At Large

John Panetto

Shaker/Bishop’s Gate NA

At Large

Harold Rubin, Past chair

Center Square NA

At Large

Marggie Skinner

Pine Hills NA

 

Pat Maxon is coordinating a short reception to take place 30 or so minutes before the February 7, 2007 , CANA meeting to introduce newly elected neighborhood association leaders.  Space has been donated near the library.

 

bulletNeighborhood Works Conference:  About 150 people attended.  The presentations were very informative and covered such topics as code enforcement, jobs for residents; the comprehensive plan, the failing performance of schools; and community resources.   A report is forthcoming.  The workshop concluded with a “speak out” that identified two issues of concern; (1) public transportation and (2)  the stock of 2-family housing units that are a good option for first-time home buyers being purchased by outside investors.

 

 

4)     New Business

 

bulletThe date of the January 2007 CANA meeting is tentatively January 3.  That meeting may be postponed until after Mayor Jennings has presented his State of the City Address to the Common Council.  If the Mayor postpones his address to CANA until February, the issue of public transportation will be discussed in January.

 

bulletA new neighborhood association is being formed by residents who live on the side streets off Whitehall Road .

 

bulletThe public is invited two upcoming meetings of the South End Action Committee that will be held on December 11 and 12 at 5 PM .  The public will be asked for input at the December 11 meeting and the developed plan will be presented and reviewed on December 12.  Both will be held at the Albany Housing Authority building.

 

bulletThe Park South Redevelopment Plan is still in development and progressing.  Presently, there is a lot of out-migration of the population.

 

5)     Adjournment

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM

 

 

Submitted by

     Deanna Colfels

 


 

CANA

December 6, 2006

Meeting Attendees

 

NAME

ASSOCIATION

ADDRESS

Lynne Jackson

Albany Bicycle Coalition

223 So Swan St

Daniel VanRiper

Lincoln Park NA

dwvr@mac.com

Jim Lyons

Melrose NA

jlyons@nycap.rr.com

Joe Cunniff

Upper Washington Ave NA

jcunniff@nycap.rr.com

Gene Solan

Pine Hills

126 So. Allen St

Harold Rubin

Center Square

156 Chestnut St

Donald Wardle

United Tenants

125 Dove St

Rev. Joyce Hartwell

Artists All-Faith Center

revjoy@nycap.rr.com

Pat Maxon

UPANA

34 Victor St

PO Kathi Rissberger

APD

536 Western Ave

Tom Gebhardt

University at Albany

tgebhardt@uamail.albany.edu

Holly Katz

Mansion

harriskatx@mac.com

Helen Klaysen

West End

817 Livingston Ave

Lisa Ternullo

Whitehall Dana

 

Paul Fowler

Center Square

209 Lancaster St

PO Matthew Montesano

APD

126 Arch St

Julie Elson

New Scotland Woodlawn

510 West Lawrence St

Blake Pavlik

Mansion Hill

69 Trinity Place # 401

Dianne Hansen

Manning Boulevard NA

22 Manning Blvd

Joyce Rambo

Center Square NA

189 Lancaster St

John Paneto

Shaker Park

11 Rosemary Drive Ext.

Brian Levine

Hudson Park

92 Willett St

Andrew Harvey

PSNA

Aach2004@aol.com