Paula Breen, one
of the March 3 meeting were approved.
Park-in for Parking
Tuesday from April 13 through May 22, downtown residents are encouraged to leave
their automobiles parked on the street (at least until
) in an effort to
encourage commuters to find alternative methods of transportation to downtown
jobs or use the State's parking facilities.
vote on the school budget is scheduled for May 14.
deadline for submission of nominations is April 9.
Completed nomination forms should include background information about
the nominee and may be mailed or delivered to
Albany Homebuyer Fair will be held on April 17 at the Pepsi Arena from
There will be 45 exhibitors representing several home purchasing related
businesses such as title companies, insurance companies, banks and mortgage
brokers. Exhibit spaces are still
available and are free to not-for-profit organizations.
Flyer announcements are available from the Home Store by E-mail.
The city still has funds to extend assistance to individuals purchasing
Peace and Justice Forum
I of the Capital Area Council of Churches’ Peace and Justice Forum will be
Citizens’ Library Advisory Council
Council is in the process of deciding which citizens will hold seats .
quality of life in
1995 Albany County Medicare costs were $33-34 million, and the property tax
receipts were $40 million. In 2000
Medicaid costs increased to $40 million; in 2003 they were $65 million; and this
year they will probably increase an additional $8 million.
In three years, the $40 million surplus in the
measures have been taken to control the impact on
the County is troubled by lagging sales tax revenues and increased health
insurance and pension costs.
of the financial burden Medicaid places upon the County, all departments have
made many significant achievements while working with fewer staff and restricted
Department for Children, Youth and Families has been reorganized; referrals and
services for health, mental health, social services, abuse, child protective
service reports, etc. are handled by a centralized intake unit.
Workers are organized by geographic teams and are proactive being
involved in the community's schools, churches, police departments, etc.
have increased. Sixty six permanent
adoptions were completed last year, and the number of children in foster care
decreased. The Juvenile Release
Under Supervision (JRUS) program has been developed to provide an alternative to
detention of PINS children. During the first five months of the program, 71
children who would previously have gone to detention remained at home and the
number of PINS children placed on probation has decreased 35 percent.
This program saved the County approximately $250,000 in detention costs.
provide better services to those who cannot be represented by a public defender,
the Alternate Public Defender program model provides services in a more
economical and efficient manner.
A cooperative purchasing agreement with
Coordination of snow and ice removal
An automated telephone messaging system that sends out thousands of calls
in minutes (ACCESS)
The use of a county-wide emergency radio system
Working cooperatively with
or two people will be hired by the County Health Department to increase its
ability to respond to biological attacks.
County has applied for three federal grants totaling $8.4 million to purchase
upgraded communications equipment.
County endorses a plan for the development of a convention center in the
downtown area because it will create jobs, entice high tech businesses to come
of the County's courthouses is almost complete.
A new family court building will be constructed on
County will continue to move forward with a committed and talented workforce
addressing the needs of the less fortunate who are dependent upon government.
Breslin made the following statements in answer to questions and concerns from
The County is working with CDTA to provide bus service to the tech
facility on Route 85 so that it is accessible to workers who live in
High tech businesses are being developed outside the city of
Tax incentives will be provided to businesses to encourage further
development. However, incentives
will be held back until each can prove they meet imposed criteria and
The postcard campaign to cap Medicaid is continuing.
The county executive does not have jurisdiction over the Albany County
Board of Elections and, therefore cannot investigate or prosecute recent
election results. A new election
will be held in three or four weeks.
Committee on University and
next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 21 at the Albany Police Department
City Budget Committee
about 20 years, Marggie Skinner, Cynthia Galivan and Harold Rubin have been
making presentations on
Richardson has resigned from this committee and it has become dormant.
Helen Black has joined the committee.
The Chairman will send an email asking for volunteers.
The meeting adjourned at