THE COUNCIL OF
THE COUNCIL OF
Article I – Name and Area
The name of the organization shall be the Council of Albany Neighborhood
Associations, Inc., hereinafter referred to as
The area is defined as the City of Albany, New York.
Article II – Purposes and
The general purposes of
Serve as a clearinghouse of
information for the neighborhood groups in the City;
Provide a channel of communication
Study, plan, promote and implement
projects that maintain/enhance the quality of life in the city;
Serve as the voice of the
neighborhood interest in areas of City-wide concern;
Stimulate the establishment of
neighborhood associations and neighborhood types of activities;
associations, civic groups and community groups in matters dealing with
neighborhood concerns in the City.
Article III – Membership
In order to qualify for membership
Represent a contiguous geographic
area, primarily residential in nature
Hold at least two public meetings
Have an open membership
Have officers elected by the
membership, at least every two years
Associate membership in
Any question of membership status
shall be referred to the Executive Committee for resolution.
The Executive Committee shall abide by the following procedure in
determining whether a new organization shall be admitted to membership status.
Applicants must make formal
application for membership to the Executive Committee.
Applicants for admission to
If the applicant meets all the
criteria and the geographic area is unrepresented, the Executive Committee shall
recommend to the membership of
If the applicant meets all the
criteria and the geographic area or part thereof is represented by a member of
The Executive Committee shall
require that the applicant meet with the existing neighborhood association or
associations to resolve the issue.
In the even that the applicant and
neighborhood association(s) agree that a new neighborhood association should be
recognized, the Executive Committee shall recommend to
In the event that the neighborhood
association(s) and the applicant do not reach an agreement, the applicant and/or
existing neighborhood association may petition
In resolving the dispute,
Have all the criteria for
admission in face been met by the applicant?
Does the existing neighborhood
association adequately represent the area or areas in question?
The Executive Committee shall make
a recommendation to
In all cases, final acceptance
If the Executive Committee
determines that the applicant does not meet the criteria for membership but is a
civic, community, or other organization which has an interest of concern to
Once admitted, a neighborhood
association remains a
If a neighborhood association
either substantially fails to meet the basic membership criteria or its
delegates fail to regularly attend, the Executive Committee shall review its
full membership status and make an appropriate recommendation to
In all cases, the final decision
as to whether the neighborhood association shall retain full membership status
is made by the membership of
Article IV – Representation
Each member neighborhood
association shall be allotted seats for three official representatives to
Each neighborhood association may
designate up to three alternatives, in priority order, who shall have the right
to act in the absence of a delegate above.
In order to maintain full
Associate members shall be allotted three seats for official
Article V – Management
Article VI – Executive Committee
Members: The Executive
Committee of CANA shall consist of its past Chair, officers and five other
Meetings: The Executive
Committee shall meet at the call of the Chair or upon written request to the
Chair by at least three persons on the Executive Committee.
The presence of a majority of the delegates on the Executive Committee
shall constitute a quorum.
Article VII – Officers
Duties of Officers:
The Chair shall preside at all meetings of CANA and the Executive
Committee; appoint all committees, except the Nominating Committee; be
ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee; and shall
have the power to dispense funds.
The Vice-Chair shall, in case of the absence of the Chair, possess all
the powers of the Chair and upon the vacancy of such a position, assume such
The Treasurer shall receive dues and other form of income, keep the
financial records and make disbursement on behalf of the organization.
Article VIII – All Elected
Eligibility: Any delegate of
a neighborhood association to
Nominations: A Nominating
Committee, consisting of three
Nothing herein contained
shall preclude nominations from the floor when duly seconded.
Election and Tenure: All
officers and Executive Committee members shall be elected at the CANA Annual
Meeting. A majority vote of
delegates present shall be necessary to elect.
Elections shall be by ballot. Each
officer and Executive Committee member shall be elected for a one-year term and
shall assume respective office at the conclusion of the annual meeting.
Vacancies: If a position of
officer other than Chair, or other member on the Executive Committee shall
become vacant during the year, such vacancy shall be filled by the Executive
Committee. Persons so appointed
shall serve until the next Annual Meeting.
Removal: Any officer or other
member of the Executive Committee may be removed by a majority vote of the
delegates at any duly called meeting of
Article IX – Meetings
Annual Meeting: The Annual
Meeting for the election of members of the Executive Committee and officers, and
for the transaction of other business shall take place during the month of
January. The time and place shall be
designated by the Chair subject to the approval of a majority of the Executive
Article X – Dues and Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year: The Fiscal Year
of CANA shall commence January 1 of each year.
Membership Dues: Membership
dues shall be determined by the delegates at the Annual Meeting, and shall be
payable at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Article XI – Amendments
The bylaws may be amended by having a proposed amendment endorsed by at
least one delegate from one-third plus one of the member neighborhood
Article XII – Voting
At any meeting, a list of
delegates shall be compiled prior to a vote.
In order to vote, a person must be a duly authorized delegate of a member
A quorum shall consist of
delegates representing one-third plus one of the neighborhood associations
Except as otherwise prescribed in
the bylaws, authorization for
Article XIV – Dissolution
In the event of the dissolution of CANA, the residual assets will be
turned over to an organization or charity whose goals are compatible with those
These bylaws shall take effect after they are introduced at one CANA
meeting, discussed at the next CANA meeting, and voted upon at a third