Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations
Meeting Minutes of September 5, 2001
Albany Public Library
The next Committee meeting will be held on September 12, 2001, at the Albany Police Department, 526 Central Avenue. John Giarrusso will present and update on the "Campus Master Plan." The "13 Point Plan" to prepare for the students return to the neighborhoods will be finalized. Materials regarding the "13-Point Plan" as well as the current advertising campaigns were distributed.
Sharon Hickman has resigned, and a new representative of CANA is needed. The Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5 PM in the Chief’s conference room. Lt. John Finn announced that DARE officers have been re-named "school liaisons." The Department has assigned two liaisons to the junior high schools and one to the high school. Drug education will now be part of the health cirriculum in those schools. Additionally, he indicated that there have been no applications by neighborhood representatives to access the records of convicted sex offenders. Maria Parisella announced the open house celebration for the new public safety building, 165 Henry Johnson Boulevard on October 13, 2001, from 1 to 4 PM. Information on the council was distributed.
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The anniversary party will replace the October CANA meeting. It will be held at the University Club on October 3, 2001, beginning at 6 PM. Tickets cost $25 each, and can be purchased through Elfrieda.
There were three executive committee vacancies; one vice president and two members. To fill the vacancies, remaining members of the Executive Committee (Emily Grissom, Mac Mowbray, Harold Rubin, and Howie Stoller) met, and while no one stepped forward to take the vice president spot, the following three people agreed to join the Executive Committee: Henry Madej; Mary Connair, and Steve Winters.
On August 12, 2001, funding for Arbor Hill master plan was secured. The atmosphere in the neighborhood continues to be quiet.
The members are urged write to Governor Pataki in support of funding for the Albany Public Libraries. The Library is about to develop a strategic plan; to take the next step in the planning, hearings will be held and focus groups formed this fall. The café will be re-opening under new management.
On November 11, the Library will sponsor the Albany League of Women Voters’ meet the candidates night. Input from members of CANA is requested. A motion was made and adopted for CANA to sponsor a portion of that program or a separate event with the library and League that would involve the candidates for school board.
A status update and quarterly report were distributed as well as materials describing the complaint process and mediation program. Members of the Board are available to address neighborhood associations by contacting the Government Law Center of Albany Law School.
JoAnn McElroy Moore and Colleen Ryan
Five historic buildings are scheduled to be destroyed without input from CANA; they are Schools 16, 18, 26, 21 and Our Lady of Angels. Representatives will attend the November meeting. The City has not made data available to the public prior to scheduling the destruction.
Six hands-on preservation workshops are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10 AM to 12 Noon beginning on September 15, 2001. More information is available by calling 465-0876 or on the Internet at www.hist-alb.org.
CANA Monthly Meeting
September 5, 2001 Attendees