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Wednesday, March 9, 2005


HOME LAND SECURITY should be the top priority of government at every level, of institutions, of churches, synagogues, schools, neighborhoods, of households and individuals.

Social security, Medicaid, health care, a timely state budget, a west side stadium in NYC, a convention center in Albany, more money for public schools, rennovation of Albany High and the Arbor Hill School are all important questions.

But, their importance pales in significance to, what should be everyone's priority and focus - home land security.

If our communities, cities, states and nation are laid low by multiple, simultaneous terror attacks, none of the aforementioned questions will matter.

Without further delay, we must insist that  (1) our national borders and ports are secure (2) our water supplies are safe, with alternative supplies planned for, (3) nuclear power plants are really secure and fully protected. Shut down those that are not, particularly those near or upwind from large metropolitan areas (4)  a coal based backup electrical power system is in place (5) rebuild our local, state and national rail system to carry passengers and freight (6) restore our manufacturing capabilities  (7) initiate a six month draft of persons ages 18-25 to be trained to perform a variety of military, police and public service functions (8)take immediate action to disarm criminals and gangs, particularly those in urban areas, because they are the likely allies of foreign terrorists and (9) identify, round up and deport all illegal immigrants and persons who, by their behavior, deeds and words are a threat to our national security.

The war on terror will likely never be fully won, but, unless prompt, decisive actions, like those, outlined above, are taken to protect our home land, we are vulnerable to mass devastation and chaos that is beyond comprehension.

All our current concerns will be forgotten, as we struggle for survival.

Let it not come to that desperate  stage. Encourage your government officials, at every level to demonstrate that they all doing all that they can in the area of home land security. At, the same time, do all that you can to make sure a worse case scenario does not occur;and if it does, that you and your lovedones will survive.




Tuesday, March 8, 2005




Tons of road salt dumped on city streets, rotting our expensive motor vehicles, eroding roadways, killing street trees. Salt laden snow turns to a heavy, dirty slush. Speeding City snow plows create tsunami-like waves of grime which break over curb islands, burying tree trunks, sidewalks, lawns and driveway entrances in tons of  heavy , grey-black slush.                     

Why? So, speeding traffic can continue to fly by. exceeding city speed limits, on main residential streets, like New Scotland and Western Aves.

When the snow and slush melt. Tons of white-grey powder are left behind on roadsides and roadways, becoming airborne with the passage of the speeding traffic. Salt laden March winds sandblast the exteriors of our homes, resulting in more, and frequent, painting and other expensive maintenance by homeowners.

Worse still, we are forced to breathe this deadly mix of road salt and vehicle exhausts. No doubt, increasing asthma, emphysema, high blood pressure and a host of other serious health problems. Not to worry, Hospice is just down the road.

Who will save Albany from this white death? Where is Archie Goodbee when we need him?





Combat Terror

Combat Terror. On September 11, 2001 our lives were changed forever - a fact that many still do not grasp. The Home Front is now the Front Line. We are all soldiers in the War on Terror.

Be alert, observant. Anticipate what harm might be done: where, how and when? Take defensive, protective actions. Watch out for those who would do harm.

  Criminals and gangs are likely allies of foreign terrorists. Insist that local, state and federal law enforcement act now to disarm criminals and gangs.

Be vigilant, watchful. Neighborhood watches are a first line of defense.

As necessary  call: 911 ,  APD West Station  458 9148

      Anti-Terror Hotline  1 866 SAFE NYS (723 3697)

Be Prepared for emergencies, terror attacks, natural disasters

Contact now:  1 800 BE READY

                      1-770 488 7100

                                                 www,  (food safety)


                                                 Red Cross   458 8111

Households, churches, synagogues, schools, hospitals, private health care practioners and neighborhoods must prepare now. When the next attack(s) come it will be too late. Devastation and chaos can be averted by preparing now.

If you are counting on government to save you and your loved ones..forget it. You are on your own!       

Graffiti No

GRAFFITI is proliferating in our neighborhoods and city. Remove it immediately.  Call  458 9148 for removal. Our neighborhoods and city are not gang turf. They are ours.

Graffiti applicators, when apprehended, should be sentenced to public service removing graffiti, and various painting work on roads, bridges and public buildings as well as neighborhood beautification projects

Put their penchant for paint and markers to constructive work. Supplement that with required night classes in English.

Home Rule Request

Home Rule Request.  Entered into public comment record Mar 7 meeting of Albany Common Council

Asked Council to send a Home Rule Request to State Legislature by March 21 requesting State Legislature to amend state law to provide:

1. for disbanding the Albany City School District/Schoo Board ; shifting responsibility and accountability for Albany public schools to the Mayor and Common Council

2. for school budget votes to be presented to city voters at November General Elections, with results being binding. No reruns.

3. shifting school funding from the property to sales/income taxes so that all pay their fair share of pulic school support.

Sending this Home Rule Request by March 21 will afford the State Legislature adequate time to evaluate and act on these amendments to state law, this session.

Should the Common Council fail to adopt and transmit this Home Rule Request, they will answer to city voters in the September primaries and November General this year.


Sunday, March 6, 2005

Sullivan on Education

Sullivan on EDUCATION

Education is life-long learning of the knowledge, skills and behavior essential to earning a living, being a productive member of society and experiencing satisfaction from a life well lived.

The true measure of being educated is found in one's behavior, and attitudes, not in how many years spent in formal schooling, or the diplomas and degrees attained.

To become educated, one must want to learn, make the effort to learn and apply that which is learned to everyday life.

The best school buildings, finest teachers and all the money in the world are for naught if those who attend formal schools have no value or respect for learning, if those students are not motivated to learn, or do not make the effort to learn.

I did not go to high school. In fact, I could not stand school. It was too confining and not relevant to my life. I suspect students of today feel the same way. However, I loved to learn and still do. After working at a variety of jobs, digging trenches, landscaping, mason's helper, carpenter's helper and laborer, at age 17 I asked my father to sign me into the U.S. Navy.

Boot camp and sea duty squared me away. I earned my high school GED and a first year college equivalency through the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) while at sea. Also, attained rate of Navigating Quartermaster (QM2). My time in the Navy was a real life education which helped shape the future course of my life.

After discharge, at age 21,  went to St John's University in Queens, New York to take a battery of career tests. The Counselor told me I should be a writer. I said, no dice, writers get no respect and starve. (That was the case in those days).  Was number 1 on the Nassau County Police Exam. The US Border Patrol was ready to hire me, but I wanted the Canadian Border. They insisted on the Mexican Border. No Poncha villa or sidewinders for me.

One summer, I took off, with a former alter boy pal, Walter Belford.(Walter died a few years later when the fishing boat he was a crewman on, went down in a gale off Alaska). We were having a few beers in the Gaelic Bar and it occurred to me to head west in my 53 Ford. So, we did. Lived off  the land, camped out and visited a numberof college and university's along the way, including the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In Butte, Montana I met a number of relatives who had emigrated from the Beara Peninsula, West Cork, Ireland to the Rocky Mountain mining camps. I found the graves of my grandfather Michael J Sullivan and great grandfather Sean Harrington (Caobach) (A Buaile). The Caobach's an ancient West Cork tribe that predated the arrival of the O'Sullivan's from Spain to Beara about 500 BC. So, I tell my daughter that if she wants to partake of the benefits and preferences in our modern day America- she can rightfully check Hispanic on whatever application form. Of course the Celts had come to Spain from what is today Barvaria.

The western journey continued on to Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada. Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, thence eastward to New York. When, I arrived there at the end of the three month journey, there was a letter of acceptance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. BS in Geography earned there.

 Attended on the Korean GI Bill, earned tuition scholarships based on grade point average, and had a helping hand from US government surplus food allotments. Two eldest children Joseph and Maureen were born at the University of Wisconsin hospital. Wife, Margaret kept house and became an excellent cook and baker of homemade bread. Those were the days.

Food stamps should be scrapped. Return to surplus agricultural products: butter, dried milk, peanut butter, rice, beans, spuds. Ever calculate how many hundred weights of potatoes would be needed to buy a cadillac?

Back to the island. Wrote Suffiolk County Planning Director Lee Koppleman that sometning needed to be done to protect the island's rapidly disappearing farm lands. He wrote back "you do something about are hired for the summer". So, I did the initial research that eventually led to the current farmland protection plans in Suffolk County.

Was hired for a year at Greenport Public School. Grade 5 in a K-12 school. Principal Petersen , an old Navy man, when hiring me said, " I don't need a teacher, I need a bouncer". He got one. I was young and fit and never had a formal teacher education course in my life.

The class was a rowdy blend of poor whites, southern coloreds and nyc blacks. I soon whipped them into shape after many laps around the track. Imparted discipline and respect in them. Didn't overload their minds with tons of homework. Each day in class, we concentrated on learning a few things well, with an emphasis on reading, writing and speaking. For a science project, next Spring, we cleared some land and made a garden and picnic area. No water was immediately avialable. Cut sapplings, made yokes with buckets attached. After school, a long line of poor whites, southern coloreds and nyc blacks, bearing yokes with buckets of water, could be seen slowly meandering from the school to the garden. The other teachers laughed and called the whole deal "Sullivan's Plantation". What would the NAACP say about that today? Reverend Al or the others?

I couldn't care less. But, it worked and that class was transformed into a disciplined learning unit, with the students viewing themselves and life differently. 

Then, it was off to Minneaoplis, Minnesota where I earned my Master's Degree in Geography, studying under the finest: professors Hart, Mather, Borchert and Lukermann. My MA Thesis was spent in field work one open Minnesota winter: "Color As a Cultural Index: Irish Rural Settlement in the Minnnesota Valley". Got to know the oldtimers and the land in the Townships of Shieldsville, Kilkenny, Erin and St. Thomas.

O'Sullivan's and O'Connell's from Derrynane, County Kerry settled St. Thomas. They intermarried across Kenmare Bay with my Coulagh O'Sullivan ancestors of the Beara Peninsula, West Cork. So, we are all relations.

Next, off  to the University of Montana to teach. geography field classes in the Bitterroot and Nevada Creek Valleys. More visits to Butte and old ghost towns like Marysville, where I found more relations, including two elderly Sullivan spinsters. The class and me rolled into town at sunset. One lonely gas pump, with an old-fashioned globe atop, stood outside what turned out to be an old saloon now serving as a small grocery store.

I dropped my Ford pick up tailgate and distributed cans of beer to the class. An old woman came out of the store to pump the gas. I offered her a beer and she accepted. The tumbleweeds rolled around he deserted street as we leaned against the truck, talked and watched the sun set behind the mountains to the West. The old woman said " you can stand here and piss and it will find its way to the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Hudson Bay. That was our geography lesson on the Continental Divide for the day. We retired to the store where we met her sister. They turned out to be distant relations who showed the class and me the old saloon bar and old photos of the Irish Marysville miners of days long gone. That was our history lesson for the day.

Then there were the extension courses to Libby in Nortwest Montana. I was a sort of itinerant professor. Margaret and me in the cab, with baby Tim between us. Joseph, Maureen, and three dogs in the truck bed. Wagga Wagga an Aussie, her son , Dingo  whose father was a huge white Samoyed. Dingo had the looks of his father but the coloring of his mother. Last, but not least, Rover a 100 lb beast with the build of a mighty German Shepherd, but the color and temperment of an Irish Setter. The beauty of Flathead Valley and Lake, the Cabinet Mountains. The elk standing there blocking the road at night. The camp fires, rushing streams, clean crisp air, the evergreen forests and splendid isolation from the cares of the world. The grand , hospitable people in Libby. The teachers from surrounding Northwest Montana who came to take my geography courses as part of their advanced degrees and certification. Now, weren't those the days!

At the University of Montana campus in Missoula, made students climb the mountain to the big stone "M". We would begin our physical and cultural geography classes looking out over the campus and valleys below and at the Bitterroot Mountains to the Southwest.

We lived in a small student/faculty  apartment, at the foot of the mountain. Rover went to live on a ranch in the Flathead Valley, but changed his residence to the Bitterroot Valley after having his left ear nicked by a 30 30 winchester round from a neighboring rancher who was angry at Rover for running  his cattle herd in circles.

The university housing did not permit animals, So, I  built Wagga a sod dog house on federal land next to our apartment. She would howl and her howling echoed across the valley. But, University officials could do nothing about it. That winter she had 9 pups. We smuggled them into our small apartment  and kept them in a closet. Sadly, one large male died. The other 8 thrived. We would let them out the back window at night and the pups would trail off behind Wagga in search of praire dog meals. The pups were real beauties. At age 6 weeks they were quickly bought up at a reasonable $15  each, by local ranchers, who knew their real value. All except, for Dingo, who we kept. Dingo lived to be fourteen years and had a very charmed life. Dingo, Wagga and Rover were an unforgettable trio. We never had to worry about bears or coyotes around the camps at night.

My father once admonished me, saying sternly "a rolling stone gathers no moss". I replied "who wants to gather moss?". I did not understand the meaning of what he said.

Now, many years later, here in Albany, the stone has stopped rolling and has gathered considerable moss. But my love of learning has not dimmed, nor has my enthusiasm for life diminished. I have given much of myself to Albany these past 31 years, and will continue to do so as long as God lets me.

At times, Margaret laments that we should be better off financially had I been more concerned with making money. As my forebearers would say: och sure ..and haven't we had a grand go at life. And so we have.

Four years ago, my constant pal Aussie (a devoted Blue Merle) passed was the day before election day..I was the Republican candidate for Mayor of Albany. I was devastated by the loss of Aussie. I miss him still. And never will forget the good times we had together. Aussie was a true one man dog.

Now, as I type this entry, Red Paddy is lying at my feet, Spotted Mick, also. They are Aussies too. Paddy a Red and White. Mick a Red Merle. Their parents came in from the Texas High Plains to a Washington County farm owned by a McCarthy. Paddy and Mick are brothers from the same litter. Paddy a 75 pounder, the coloring and look of his mother. Mick, weighing in at 66 lbs., the image and disposition of his father. Both have green eyes. Raising them from pups has been my life for these past three and a half years. Paddy is the Boss Dog who keeps Mick in line and who wakes us every morning at 6. Paddy is also known as Food Dog. They are great pals to each other and to me, also to Margaret. Mick is a bit of an imp who can pick your pocket before you know it.

I still have a little time to participate in keeping our neighborhood good and lending a hand with city issues. So, I will.

That's enough rambling for now. Time for an ale.  And Paddy is sitting beside me letting me know, in no unceratin terms, time to eat!






























Friday, March 4, 2005

Save Uptown Good bye Goodbee


Uptown Albany residential neighborhoods pay the lion's share of the property taxes

that support city government, services and public schools. Increased volumes of speeding commuter traffic, associated congestion, noise, litter and air pollution; plus increased incidents of grafitti, crime and blight are eroding the residential integrity and quality of life in Uptown neighborhoods. This, in turn, erodes the city property tax base.

Piecemeal urban revitalization projects, like Park South are not the solution. The solution is to be found in a comprehensive Master Plan for the City as a whole.

The local media has been paying much attention to urban sprawl. Perhaps, because the readers and viewers of suburban places are the primary liveblood of media.

WHAT ABOUT SLASH AND BURN URBANIZATION?  one neighborhood after another falling into decline, as a shiftless population, living off the earnings and efforts of others continues to expand, to demand and require more services, that it is unable and unwilling to pay for? The result is higher property taxes , neighborhood blight and eventually a decline in life quality for all. Is it any wonder people , who are able, are fleeing to the suburbs?

Failure to deal with this slash and burn urban lifestyle is creating a domino effect. Today it is Park South or Delaware Avenue. In a few years time, it will be the 8th, 9th,. 13th, 14th and 15th wards.

When no one is left in Albany but the old and poor, who will pay the property taxes to pay for city services and the city public schools (including charter schools). Private schools? Forget about them, they will be long gone too.

Mr Goodbee appears on the Albany scene after a 20 year absence. He has no record of civic participation in Albany for that period. He says it's time for change and he wants to improve housing and the neighborhoods. The Times Union responds with a glowing editorial "Welcome, Mr Goodbee" Subtitled: "A challenge to Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings ought to mean an overdue debate on life in the city" (Tues Feb 22).

It isn't Jerry Jennings who is destroying housing and neighborhoods, marking anything and everything with grafitti, littering the streets with trash, robbing banks, convenience stores, fast food deliverymen; assaulting, mugging and killing innocent people. Who is doing these things? Why are they not being stopped? How can they be stopped?

Unless these behavioral questions are addressed so called urban revitalization is in vain.

What say you: Mr Goodbee? Times Union?.

The time for debate is past.NOW is the time to address the realities of urban life with some attitude adjustments and behavioral changes on the part of an irresponsible subclass of urban dwellers and the liberals who aid and abet that anti-social, destructive way of life by increasing property taxes, year after year, on responsible homeowners to subsidize those bad habits!

 Being Mayor of Albany is like spitting in the wind, or a striped Bass trying to swim upstream in a polluted, debris filled Hudson River.

At least Jerry Jennings has been trying to . Archie Goodbee? Good Bye, Mr Goodbee. There is no reason for any thinking person to take your candidacy for Mayor of Albany seriously.














Jennings HQ

Fri Mar 4 - A lovely, sunny, crisp late winter morning - a brand new day - a gift from God.

Mayor Jennings opened his HQ last night  at 550 Central Ave.

I couldn't be there because I was shovelling road salt off my front lawn.

Were any Common Council Members there? Which ones?

To be fair? TV 9 showed Goodbee HQ- lights were out, blinds drawn shut.

Symbolic of a campaign with nothing to say- no message.

TU headline , opposite obituaries, reads: Breslin,McNulty backing Jennings.

Will TU be printing an editorial "Welcome Mayor Jennings"?

Thursday, March 3, 2005

Hat in Ring


Joseph Patrick Sullivan will be a candidate in this
year's Albany City elections.

For which office? Mayor, President of the Common
Council or Alderman Ward 14? Sullivan will make
that decision a bit later.

Sullivan's blog may be read for more details:


e-mail:           T/Fx 438 5230

Sullivan asked Mayor Jennings to run on the Republican ballot line (Row A)
If Jennings does, Sullivan will likely run for President
of the Common Council? Maybe with Democratic cross
endorsement? If Jennings doesn't Sullivan will likely run
for Mayor.

Wednesday, March 2, 2005


Lonerangeralbany bio- Joseph P Sullivan                            March 2, 2005
*US Navy Veteran Seagoing Navigating QM2
* BS in Geography U Wisconsin, Madison (Korean GI Bill)
*MA in Geography U Minnesota, Minneapolis (National
*Captain New York Guard (ret)
* President Buckingham Pond/Crestwood Neighborhood
Association, Albany, NY 1985 - present
* Chairman Republican Committee City of Albany, NY

City elections will be held in Albany this year. Voters
will elect: citywide, a Mayor, Common Council Presi-
dent and Comptroller. A Member of the Common
Council will be elected from each of the 15 city wards.

Make no mistake about it, this November election
will be unlike any other in Albany for the past 84
The September Democratic Primary will be round 1
in a 2 round main event.



* strict speed limit enforcement on neighbohood
* reduce amounts of road salt dumped on city roads
* improve snow plowing/removal procedures

* increase police presence in wards 7,8,9,10,11,12,13
14, and 15
* combat crime, litter, excessive noise and grafitti
* disarm drug dealers, criminals and gangs
* uphold the City Zoning Code, improve land use
planning with advice and consent of neighborhood



* abolish Albany City School District/School Board
* vest control of, and accountability for, City schools
with the Mayor and Common Council
* return to a K-8 neighborhood school system
* sell Kelton Ct school to Hudson Valley Community
College as extension center and possible site for
a new city public library

* adopt school uniforms/strict conduct codes in city
schools and surrounding neighborhoods
* call for State Legislature to shift school funding
funding from property to sales/income taxes so that
all pay their fair share of school support


* Individual households, churches, synagogues
schools, neighborhoods, institutions