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Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations

Meeting Minutes April 4, 2007

Albany Public Library



1)      Introductions


Representatives of Albany Police Department and New York State Troopers are present, and will attend later meetings to address any issues that CANA members may have.



2)      Guest Speaker: Sandy Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee


The Capital District Transportation Committee represents 78 municipalities. Their responsibilities include:

·        Creation of a long range transportation plan

·        Creation of a short range transportation improvement program (Federal funding of $100 million)

·        Formation of a unified planning work program


New Visions Plan

·        Preserve and manage systems

·        Develop regional potential

·        Plan and build for all modes

·        Link transportation and land use


Three studies were done in Albany

1)      North Swan Street Multimodal Accessibility Study

2)      Harriman Campus/UAlbany Linkage Study

3)      Rt. 5 Corridor


Misiewicz also discussed plans that are currently underway at the Harriman Campus, University at Albany, and Patroon Creek.


She then went into detail about the Rt. 5 Corridor study that was completed in 2001.

·        Resolution have been signed by five municipalities and the Metorplex

·        Bus/rapid transit conceptual design study completed in 2005.

·        CDTA is currently undertaking a transition plan and will publish a transit       system rout map in the future






Implementation activities include:

·        Station design

·        Colonie Corp/Zoning Code (encourages mixed uses at transit stop)

·        Schenectady transit oriented development study underway

·        Village of Colonie Streetscape study is completed

·        Central Avenue Rehab project (1-90 to Everett Rd. )


Misiewicz also noted that the projects are 80% funded through the Federal Government, and suggested that members check out the commission’s website at



3)      Committee Reports

·        University and Community Relations

Tom Gebhardt discussed the six-point plan for Trash to Treasure, which will be coordinated with the spring trash schedule, and discussed ways that students can avoid having their apartments broken into while they are away on spring break.


·        Codes

Met with city officials and a meeting is being set up with Mayor Jennings.


·        NRC

Gene Solan introduced Sarah Reginelli and Chris Leo from the City of Albany Department of Development and Planning. They discussed Albany’s selection as Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program city.  The SDAT program consists of $20,000 worth of consulting services that will assist in devising a recommendation plan that will eventually be worked in the Comprehensive plan.


Sarah and Chris also recommended that CANA members attend the April 11th charrette that will be held at the Albany Public Library.


4)      Minutes

The minutes of March 7, 2007 meeting are adopted with corrections.



5)   New Business and Announcements

It was determined that CANA did not have an official position on landfill. Suggestions were made for a structured discussion on that subject.








March 7, 2007 Meeting Attendees






Joe Cunniff


Karen Cunniff


Jim Lyons



Daniel Van Riper

Lincoln Park NA

Lynne Jackson

Albany Bicycle Coalition

John Paneto

Shaker Park

Helen Klaysen

West End

Bill Law

Mt. Hope Townhouse

Pat Maxon

Upper Washington

Mary Martialay

Daily Gazette

Bill Newman

Step It Up 2007 – Climate Crisis

Joseph McElroy

North Albany NA

Donald Odell

Albany Bicycle Coalition

Donald Wardle

United Tenants

125 Dove St. 12202

Blake Pavlik

Mansion Hill NA

69 Trinity Place

Tori Mertins

Senior, Vorheesville H.S.

Sarah Reginelli

City DDP

John Cirrin

Albany Library


Chris Leo

City DDP

Mike Fagione

Albany Police Dept.


Seamus Leavey

NY State Police


Al Martin

Albany Police Dept.

Susan Holland


Mary Lou Nolan-Gillham

Albany Bicycle Coalition

Harold Rubin

Center Sq. Assoc.


Colin McKnight

Mansion NA

Marggie Skinner

Pine Hills

Kathleen Rissberger

Albany Police Dept.

Andrew Harvey


Tom Gebhardt


Betsy Shearer


Howard Stoller


Jack Moodie

Ten Broeck

Gene Solan

Pine Hills NA

Andrew Bechard

Helderberg NA