Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations
Meeting Minutes March 7, 2007
Albany Public Library
Sgt. Gregory of the Albany Police Departments introduced himself and gave an overview of the Strategic Deployment Unit. The unit, consisting of 26 police officers and 6 troopers will go through the neighborhoods, by foot and car and address non-emergency situations. Amanda Bennecassa, the 2006 Tulip Queen, also addressed the Council, looking for nominees for the 2007 Tulip Queen.
The minutes of the
Guest Speaker: Hon.
Shawn Morris, Albany Common Council President
Council President Morris
explained that making Albany a safe place for families to live and invest is a
defining issue that faces the city today,
She acknowledged that things are not going well, and questioned if
Albany is providing for the youth in their after-school hours.
President Morris pointed out that Albany does have many successful
programs, but that children are not taking part in them,
Morris detailed a map that was created by a University at Albany
graduate student at the request of the Common Council.
The map showed that most programs are not located where the kids are, or
are easily accessible by public transportation.
Morris contends that they are too spread out.
She also said that the map would be made available to CANA members
This is a citywide issue, which will require a citywide
(city/schools/police/advocacy groups, etc) must participate.
· There are barriers that must be broken through; things tend to be done on a competitive, not collaborative basis.
Council President Morris then took questions/ suggestions from CANA members. Some suggestions were:
· A book that would details all youth programs that the city offers
· Using college students to run a hotline where residents can call to get a listing all youth resources available.
· Bringing schools into the planning, since that is where the kids are (Seamlessly move from one project to the next).
· Identify what is missing in the family structure.
· Involve the Police Athletic League (Sgt. Fred Alberti).
· Make sure the libraries are utilized, especially after the new funding.
· The economic infrastructure is the real issue. If the economic pressures are too strong, no program will make a difference.
The discussion then moved onto the Comprehensive Plan, and the reassessment.
University and Community Relations
February meeting was canceled due to the snowstorm.
New Business and Announcements
The possibility of “podcasting” CANA meetings was brought up,
as was the suggestion for creating a Wikipedia entry for CANA.
A recommendation was made for putting a link to the assessment
figures on the City of Albany website,
Zone variance requests for the old Avenue A are now open.
Accounts of problems
with CDTA service during the February 14th blizzard were shared.
The meeting was
adjourned at 8:51PM.
Submitted by Lew Dubuque
March 7, 2007