Lynne Jackson, Save the Pine Bush,
Jim Travers, Coeymans and the
5. Committee Reports
Committee on University and Community Relations
7. Future Meetings
Minutes of December 7, 2005
The Albany Public Library announced
the Big Purple Bus (Bookmobile) Grand Opening on
Tom McPheeters reported that ARISE
(A Regional Initiative Supporting Empowerment) continues to seek support for
their proposal to have local workers employed by publicly funded projects.
He highlights the need to: Hire at least half the workers for the job
from the city where the work takes place; Hire at least 30% of the workers for
the job from distressed neighborhoods; Ensure that minorities and women are
represented; Create pre-apprenticeship training and support systems; Ensure
accountability and success for all agreements with monitoring, problem-solving
and penalties for non-compliance; Form a Community Benefits Council to report to
the public to ensure goals of the agreement are met.
The City of
Jim Travers from Coeymans and
representing SCRAP (Selkirk, Coeymans, Ravena Against Pollution) expressed his
concerns that the City of
Mike O’ Brien, 12th Ward Common
Council member, expressed his concern that the Common Council has been
intermittently involved in the Pine Bush and Coeymans landfill projects.
However, he believes that the Common Council has had little to no
information regarding these projects. To
this end, he wants the Common Council to create an ad hoc committee to review
these projects with a lot more depth and direction.
P. David Soares,
Blain-Lewis handed out a pamphlet outlining this initiative and discussed the
three program initiatives: Landlord
Training, Trespass Affidavit Program, and Narcotics Eviction. The DA’s mantra:
Cleaning up the Community One Apartment at a Time.
of the November 2005 meeting were approved.
3. Committee Reports
Gebhardt distributed his report to
committee reported that they have noticed and increasing number of closed
buildings. It appears that
Code Enforcement may prevent the quick deterioration of the housing stock.
Solan reported that the December 3 meeting had more than 100 participants.
He also reported that the Albany Comprehensive Planning Task Force will
prepared by John Paneto