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Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations

Meeting Minutes May 2, 2007

Albany Public Library

 

 

1) Introductions

Tim O’Brien of the Albany Times Union and Officers Kelly Kimbrough and Janet Parker of the Albany Police Department are introduced.

 

 

2) Guest Speaker: Dr. Eva Joseph, Superintendent of the Albany City School District

Dr. Joseph discusses the Albany City School District budget vote which is scheduled for May 15, 20007.  She also offers to come to any Neighborhood Association meeting to discuss it with NA members (please call 475-1000).

 

Dr. Joseph explains that the budget will be a tough sell to voters due to the $19.7 million increase and 6.89% tax levy increase. She points out that the increase is due to the fact that the budget is supporting two school systems (public and charter schools).   Dr. Joseph states that some residents will see increases in their tax bills, while others may see decreases.

 

The budget will continue and expand programs focused on improving student’s performance. The overview of what the budget will fund is laid out in a slide presentation and handout, which is given to all CANA members. 

 

It is explained that $252,000 of the budget will be used to fund special needs students who live outside of the City of Albany but attend private schools here (i.e. Delmar resident attending Albany Academy).

 

Dr. Joseph notes that charter schools are impacting Albany more than any other city in the state. If New York City were to have the same amount of charter schools per capita as Albany, they would be required to build 800.

 

She further notes that the impact of charter schools could be felt in the next few years when the city may be forced to decide to close some of its public schools, and that a strategic discussion will be needed on the implications of the growth of charter schools.

 

Dr. Joseph said that she is being vigilant in asking the state for more aid, but they have been non-committal, stating, “lets see where you are next year.” 

 

There is a discussion about the process that takes place if the budget is not approved.

 

 

 

 

3) Committee Reports

 

bulletUniversity and Community Relations

Next meeting will be held on May 9th, with guest speaker Sgt. Anthony Ryan of the Albany P.D. discussing the new “Information Coordination Unit.”  Tom Gebhardt also discussed several other current and upcoming initiatives.

 

 

bulletCodes

Harold Rubin discussed the meeting with Mayor Jennings and Phil Calderone, where the committee presented their concerns. Deputy Mayor Calderone recommended that they continue to meet on a regular basis.

 

bulletNRC

Gene Solan discussed the NRC’s 2007 Annual Members Meeting which will be held on May 23, at the First Lutheran Church Hall, and the South End Community Day which is set for May 19th at Schuyler Mansion .  Gene also gave details on the Sustainable Design Assessment meeting that 18 NA members attended.

 

4) New Business and Announcements

 

There were further discussions on charter schools and their impact, the progress of the Comprehensive Plan, and a report that was done by DGS on the condition of Albany’s roads.  Howard also commented on an email he received from the City of Albany Webmaster (printed below).

 

5) Adjourned

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm.

 

 

 

To Whom It May Concern:

 

Hi,

I am the City of Albany webmaster and I am in the process of launching a new website for the City of Albany . I need to get information on your neighborhood for the website. On this new website there is a Residents section in which there is a Neighborhood page. I need a small paragraph that gives a brief explain of your neighborhoods. I would really appreciate it if you can email me a brief explanation about 3 to 4 sentences describing your neighborhoods. If you have any questions, please email me or call me at 518-434-5003. Thank you for your time and cooperation.

 

Sincerely,

Simone Mendonca

Information Specialist/Webmaster

Department of Administrative Services

City Hall, Room 301

24 Eagle Street

Albany, NY 12207

mendoncas@ci.albany.ny.us

(518) 434-5003

 

 

 

Name

Association

Address

Joe Cunniff

UWANA

Jcunniff@nycap.rr.com

Gene Solan

Pine Hills NA

gsolan1@yahoo.com

Jim Lyons

Melrose

Jlyons@ nycap.rr.com

Daniel Van Riper

Lincoln Park NA

dwvr@mac.com

Lynne Jackson

Albany Bicycle Coalition

lynnejacson@mac.com

Mustapha A. Qadir

South End

Mustapha919@yahoo.com

Allison Cunniff

UNANA

 

Tim O’Brien

The Times Union

tobrien@timesunion.com

Dennis Gaffney

Heldeberg

dgaffney@nycap.rr.com

Kelly Kimbrough

Albany PD

kkimbrough@albany-ny.org

Bill Newman

Step It Up 2007 – Climate Crisis

Bnewman_8@yahoo.com

Janet Parker

Albany PD

jparker@albany-ny.org

Patricia Polan

Whitehall NA

Ppolan1@nycap.rr.com

Donald Wardle

United Tenants

125 Dove St. 12202

Peter Rinne

Park South

47 Morris St. Albany, NY 12208

Joanne Morton

South End NA

BA0JBM@hotmail.com

Paul Fowler

Center Square

209 Lancaster St. 12210

John Cirrin

Albany Library

 

Brian Levine

Hudson Park NA

92 Willett St. Albany, NY 12210

Marggie Skinner

PHNA

49 Rykman 12208

Jack Moodie

Ten Broeck

Blaise1984@yahoo.com

Harold Rubin

Center Sq. Assoc.

 

Colin McKnight

Mansion NA

colinnalbany@yahoo.com

Andrew Harvey

PSNA

Aach2004@aol.com

Tom Gebhardt

UAlbany

tgebhardt@uamail.albany.edu

Howard Stoller

CANA

hstoller@aol.com

Andrew Bechard

Helderberg NA

abechard@capital.net