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Saturday, September 26, 2009



Bring a #2 pencil with you to the poll
for the purpose of your write in vote.
Pens often fail when writing on a
horizontal, hard surface.

Before you enter the voting booth:

1. Study a copy of the machine ballot
posted on the polling place wall

2. Review the posted instructions
on how to do a write in vote on
the voting machine

3. Request assistance from Poll
Inspectors on how to do a write in
if you need further help

Enter the voting booth

I. close the curtain by shifting the
lever to the right

2. press and HOLD the silver button at
the top of the left column of slots

3. open the slot opposite
Member Common Council, Ward 14

4. Write in (print) JOE SULLIVAN

5. release the silver button and complete
voting for the other offices on the ballot.

6. Shift the lever to the left, which records
your votes, and opens the booth curtain.

in Joe Sullivan for Member, Common Council
Ward 14, in the appropriate space on the ballot.
See instructions at top of paper ballot.

Thank you for your write in votes for
Member, Common Council Ward 14

Your write in vote for SULLIVAN sends a clear
message to politicians that you want:

1. More police presence, in ward 14, to deter
crime and control speeding traffic.

2. Emergency/disaster preparedness by
households , schools, churches, synagogues
gas stations, food and drug stores.

3. Property tax relief and improved city schools
through consolidation of schools with city
government, creation of ONE property tax roll
to support both
and return to a K-8 neighborhood
school system which is best for kids, parents
taxpayers and neighborhoods.

4. Major improvements to Buckingham Pond

5. No urban blight, groupies, slum lords or
Section 8 housing in our ward/neighborhood.

6. Respect/defend seniors and veterans.
* Restore social security cola's
* No denials or rationing of health care
* No hastening end of life

7. Uphold the U S Constitution, particularly
the First and Second Amendments

Ideally, Sullivan will win. Regardless, your
vote is not wasted.

Your Sullivan write in, together with those
of other voters, sends a strong, clear message
to politicians - this is what we want you to do!

Power to the People!

Joe Sullivan

PS Be sure scroll back through this
Lonerangeralbany website

and to visit the Buckingham Pond
Crestwood Neighborhood website

for more information about
Sullivan neighborhood actions
and positions on issues vital to
our futures.

Note: This is the last election that
the old, grey Shoup mechanical
voting machines will be used in
the City of Albany.



In our form of government, we, the people
elect officeholders to represent us.

We are not their servants. They are elected
to serve us.

When government fails us, it is our
responsibility to correct those failures
through the electoral process,

We do this by casting informed votes
in elections.

In primaries, parties and special interests
rule. Challengers seldom prevail.

In a one party city, like Albany, the
primary winners are the defacto winners
in the November General Election.

Those who vote in the General Election
get what is left after poltical parties have
made their choices of candidates, with
or without primaries.

Our Founding Fathers did not provide
for political parties when creating our
form of government.

Political parties evolved later. Parties
represent special interests and exist to
control the government. Our two party
system was meant to provide a system
of checks and balances ao that the
party in power does not go astray.

We have reached a point in our national
history where one party dominance has
resulted in government, at all levels, that
has gone astray.

There is little discernable difference
between the two major political parties
Democrat or Republican. The minor parties:
Independence, Conservative and Working
Families parties, are largely, adjuncts of the
two major parties. The latter seldom field
their own candidates. The minor parties
generally endorse major party candidates.

Forget about, party priniciples - all that
really governs this arrangement is the quest
for political power, control and patronage.

In essence, political parties are merely
ballot lines.

Yet, there exists a safety valve for the
people to have their say in the November 3rd
General Election - the write in vote.

The write in vote is, in effect, a referenda
in a state where referendum and initiative
do not exist.

In order for the write in option to work -
the following conditions must exist:

1. a write in candidate, with a message
must work to get his/her message to
the voters

2. the voters must be paying attention
comprehend that message and compare
it with the messages of other candidates
for the same office

3. the voters must vote and cast informed

4. the media must explain the write in
voting procedures, on voting machines
and paper ballots, to the voters and inform
voters of write in candidates who have

5. the Board of Elections must make certain
that voting machines are mechanically
prepared for write in voting, that paper rolls
are installed, that the paper rolls are
safeguarded, and correctly counted when
voting machines are canvassed after election.

6. absentee and 603 paper ballots provide
space(s) for write in votes, and that such
paper ballots be safeguarded and duly

7. Election Inspectors have to recognize that
their obligation is to run a fair election at
the polling place where they are assigned.
Their obligation is to the people, not the
party that appoints them.

Election Inspectors must make sure that
the write in function of the voting machines
work, and instruct voters, who request
assistance , on how to do a write in on a
voting machine.

Joe Sullivan

Thursday, September 24, 2009


For Immediate Release- 25 Sept 09
Contact: JPS


Joseph P Sullivan announced today he is a write in
candidate for Albany City Common Council Ward 14.

More than 500 Democrats voted for Sullivan in the
September 15 Democratic Primary. Sullivan was
counting on the votes of the nearly 2,000 Democrats
who did not show in the primary.

November 3rd, those 500+ Democrats who voted for
Sullivan in the primary may do so again. The 2,000
Democrats who did not vote in the primary and the
700, or more, Not Enrolled voters (blanks) may vote
for Sullivan on November 3rd as well. Together
those voters are double the number who voted for
the incumbent in the Democratic Primary

Sullivan says his 22 year record of solid leadership
as President, Buckingham Pond/Crestwood Neighbor-
hood Association improving/ maintaining neighborhood
residential integrity and quality of life is on the line
November in the November 3rd election.

The future of America is on the line as well, November 3
and with the Congressional and state elections in 2010.

Although this is a lowly Common Council race-

When people vote for Joe Sullivan, they are sending
a message to political leaders that they want:

1.More police presence to deter crime, control speeding
2. Major improvements to Buckingham Pond Park
3. No urban blight, groupies, slum lords, Section 8 housing
in Ward 14
4. Property Tax Relief/Improved City Schools through merger
with city government, creation of One property tax roll to
fund both and a return to K-8 neighborhood schools
5. Emergency/Disaster Preparedness by homes apartments
schools, churches, synagogues, gas stations, food and drug
6. Respect for Seniors/Veterans - Restore Social Security COLA'S
*no denial/rationing of health care * no hastening end of life
7. Uphold the U S Constitution - First/Second Amendments

Sullivan is a U S Navy Veteran, Geographer, Senior Citizen
with a BS, Wisconsin (Korean GI Bill) and MA, Minnesota
(National Fellowhip).

Go to:
and for much more

Joe Sulivan

438 5230

Wednesday, September 23, 2009



Joe Sullivan

Tuesday, September 22, 2009



We have been at war since 9-11-01.
The enemy does not wear uniforms.
Terror is their weapon. They bide their
time and wait for the signals to strike.

The Home Front has become the front line in
this terror war. 9-11 was only the first strike.
There will be more, much more.

The federal government has failed to secure our
borders and ports. Cities have become sanctuary
cities for illegals and those who will harm us.

The foreign terrorists have allied with domestic
anti-social malcontents, gangbangers and the
like- providing drugs, money, weapons, training
and indoctrination of domestic malcontents who
already hate their government, the police, and
their fellow citizens.

Consider this recent warning about mass
transit terror strikes.

Think also, about churches, synagogues,schools
large public gatherings at sporting/entertainment
events, government buildings, utility lines, sewer
systems, chemical plants, rail lines, bridges, tunnels.

Hunting season is soon upon us. A perfect time for
camoflauged individuals and groups, bearing arms
to move about the land and highways, hunting
targets of opportunity, instead of game.

The targets are unlimited. Security depends
on each of us. Be alert, sharpen your observation
skills. Anticipate. Act.

Call the Albany Police and/or Anti-terror hotline when
you observe suspicious individuals, groups, activities:

Center Square Station APD - 458 5660

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

Do not depend on government to save you, when
disasters/terror attacks occur, and the ensuing
civil disorder follows.

Be prepared to save yourselves. Set aside water
food, medicines, alternate sources of light/heat.

Exercise your Second Amendment Right to bear
arms to protect yourselves, your loved ones, your

Consider that, New Orleans, during Katrina, most
of the police and firemen lived outside the city and
did not report to work. They remained at home
protecting their loved ones- their first responsibilty.

The same scenario can be expected in Albany
where most of the police and firemen, live outside
the city.

You, and your neighbors ,will be on your own.
Network for mutual assistance.

Can you fight fires without water? Keep your auto
gas tank full at all times because you can't pump
gas when their is no electricity. Your cell phones
will not work if the towers are down.

Have a household disaster/emergency plan. Keep
go bags of essential supplies in your vehicles, in
case you have to evacuate the city immediately.
Have an escape route selected. Have a rendezvous
location set where all family members can make
their way to.

Churches, synagogues, schools, senior housing
and other apartments must get on the ball
without delay, prepare to serve as emergency

Well stocked kitchens, water, electric
generators etc
should be available. Increase security.

Know basic First Aid and have First Aid supplies
on hand.

Have the Red Cross show your how to prepare,
before disasters/terror attacks occur. The Red
Cross will be overwhelmed when they do.

This is not a drill. Those who fail to prepare
now, will not survive.

Joe Sullivan

Monday, September 21, 2009


Since the peasantry (Capital District Voters) are
not invited to see and hear the President at HVCC
today, and
because the Capital District media will give much
coverage of the event -
would some courageous media person tell the
President, on behalf of all senior citizens, to restore
Social Security cost of living increases (COLA'S).

The Obama Administration has suspended
Social Security COLA'S for the next two years.

The funding to restore Social Security COLA'S
could be achieved by cancelling 2 billion dollars
U S aid to Brazil's national oil company, to drill
for oil off the coast of Rio
as well as cancelling funding for ACORN and
any similar groups, including the President's
proposed civilian defense force which will
according to the President, will be larger, more
powerful and better funded than the U S military.

You might ask him ,also, is it true that military
reenlistment bonuses will be abolished?

Joe Sullivan

Thursday, September 17, 2009


How could I NOT WIN the Democratic Primary for
Member of Common Council Ward 14?

A) A 22 year record of neighborhood leadership
as President of the Buckingham Pond/Crestwood
Neighborhood with real achievements including:

(1) creation of Buckingham Pond Park (1994) our
neighborhood jewel enjoyed by so many local
(2) creation of the permanent green spaces on
New Scotland Avenue at S Manning Blvd and
the conifer screened acre bordering Buckingham
Mews at the corner of Krum Kill Rd. (1983/1987)

(3) clean up and demolition of the infamous
derelict gas station site at Whitehall and New
Scotland which is to become the Daniel P.
O'Connell Memorial Pocket Park (2000-2009)

(4) defeat of of a city plan to build luxury
housing at Albany Municipal Golf Course
which would have blocked the view of the
Catskill three sister peaks (1994)

(5) defeat of the proposed 12 story apartment
tower and 3 story parking garage in the 7 acre
wooded ravine, which contains 2 small wetlands
opposite Ohav Shalom on Krum Kill Rd.
(my primary opponent, incumbent Joe Igoe
sponsored the rezoning measure in the Common
Council) (2003-04)

(6) defeat of a plan to concert Mercy Convent
into office space (1998)

(7) defeat of a plan to build a 3rd middle
school at Whitehall and New Scotland (1999)

(8) defeat of two attempts to build a big box
retail store at Krum Kill and New Scotland
(1999 and 2000).

There is so much more. You get it.

A real 22 year record of leadership
maintaining and improving neighborhood
residential integrity and quality of life
-vs- Joe Igoe's 12 year non-record as
Ward 14 Alderman.

(B) A U S Navy veteran, the only military
veteran running for re-election or election
in the 2009 Albany City Democratic Primary
-vs- Joe Igoe, who never served.

(C) A real message of positions on issues
vital to the futures of all who call this
neighborhood, ward and city, home.

A vote for me would send a message that
ward residents want:

1. Increased police presence to deter crime
and the growing volumes of speeding traffic
on neighborhood residential streets

2. Emergency/disaster preparedness by
households, churches, synagogues, schools
and neigborhood businesses

3. Property tax relief and improvement of
city schools through consolidating city schools
with city government, creating one property
tax roll to fund both and returning to K-8
neighborhood schools

4. Calling for restoration of social security
COLA's and opposing elements of Obamacare
that would deny care to seniors and veterans
and promote assisted suicide of those groups.

5. Upholding the U S Constitution , in
particular, the First and Second Amendments.

6. Putting America before political party.

7. A genuine independent who would owe
his loyalty to the people.

I worked like hell, qualifying for the ballot
and handdelivering my message on foot and
bike, and U S Mail, to the 3.500 ward Democrats
who had the opportunity and responsibility to
vote in the September 15 Democratic Primary..

Well then, how can the Democratic Primary
results for Member of Common Council
Ward 14 be explained?

Does it mean that ward 14 Democrats do
not want a vigorous, independent
representative with clear stands on vital
issues, who puts America before party?

Does it mean that Ward 14 residents don't
want increased police presence, they don't
see the need for emergency/disaster prepar-
edness, they don't want property tax relief
or improved city schools, that they don't
uphold the U S Constitution, that they do
not support the First and Second Amendments.

That, they would reject a candidate who has
such a strong record of effective, independent
neighborhood leadership, in favor of a lackluster
go along get along guy with no real record of
neighborhood achievements to show for his 12
years on the Common Council?

That they support seniors not getting their
social security COLA's , not defending seniors
and veteran's from the negative impacts that
are part of the proposed Obamacare?

You be the judge.

Joe Igoe is a nice guy. A 12 year incumbent
who had the backing of the ward leader,
city committee members, county chairman
and most important Mayor Jennings.

Joe goes along to get along. He is rarely
seen on neighborhood streets except
every four years when he is up for election.

Joe knows who his base voters, the 1,000
party loyalists are, and they could be counted
upon to go to the polls and vote for Joe- with
a little (maybe a lot) of proding.

500 or so of Ward 14 Democrats voted for me
or rather what I stand for.

But we are a minority in this Ward.

2000 Ward Democrats stayed home. Either
too apathetic, too busy or too jaded to
participate in our political process.

The blind partyline lackeys are what they
are. Their votes are and were predictable.

The key to winning this primary was in
getting the 2,000 non primary voters to

They are beyond hope.

They along with non voters, everywhere
are the reason why the Democratic Party
remains firmly in control of the political
leftists who are destroying America in
their quest for control and power, whether
it be the City of Albany, New York State
or the United States.

Earlier this year I came to the conclusion
that the way to get the Democratic Party
back on track, was through the Primary

However, based on my experience in this
primary, and observing the primary
campaigns and results in other wards
as well as citywide, I have had to rethink
my conclusion.

As long as money buys ballot position
and elections, as long as the media goes
along with the game, as long as leftists
control the primaries and the vast majority
of party members do not vote in primaries,
it is like pissing in the wind for a more
traditional, conservative, old-time Democrat
to prevail in a Democratic primary - ever

The Democratic Party of Dan O Connell
in Albany is no more.

The leftist gained control of the schools
and now the Common Council and city
fiscal offices. Next time out -it will be the
mayor's office.

As the Times Union opines today, Mayor
Jennings will have a more difficult time
governing than ever before.

In the final analysis it is Jerry's own doing.
The large vote for Ellis was , in reality, an
anti Jerry vote, not a pro Ellis vote.

Whether or not Jerry realizes it, he
is but a figurehead mayor,]; unless he can
use his last term to do what must be done
in this city:

1. provide real public safety, everywhere in
the city, clearing the streets of criminals
gangbangers, thieves and assorted anti-social
malcontents and disarming them

2. promote emergency/disaster preparedness
by the city governments and neighborhoods

3. provide the necessary property tax relief
and improved city schools, through consolidation
of city schools with city government and return
to K-8 neighborhood schools.

Being Mayor without providing real leadership
relegates the position to just another photo op
a paycheck, and a bigger pension.

There is no future in that for Jerry , the City of
Albany, or for us, who call Albany home.

My effectiveness as a neighborhood leader has
been, in large part , because of my participation
in the political process, which has pressured
those in political power to do the right thing.

Participating in primaries where the party is
controlled by leftists, is an exercise in futility.

Therefore, I have decided to change my party
enrolment to Conservative.

The 2010 political battle grounds will be the
state and congressional elections. The outcomes
of those elections will determine the future
of America, our state and our own futures.

I invite any of my supporters, over the years
to join me in the Conservative Party.
Together, we can wage the battles to put
America First, once again.

Enrollment changes made in the next
two weeks, or so, will take effect the day
after the November 3 General Election.

The campaigns for Congress and State
Legislature in 2010 have already begun.

President Obama is coming to HVCC for
that very reason. To shore up Congressmen
Murphy and Tonko as well the campaign of
Acorn supporter Senator Gillibrand, and
his own eroding political base.

The late, great President Ronald Reagan
once a Democrat, said he did not leave the
Democratic Party - the party left him.

So, it is with many traditional Democrats.

The answer is not to be found in not
voting or dropping out of the political

Nor, is there a need to create an alternative
third party, for those who value America.
That party already has official ballot status
in New York - the Conservative Party.

Make your enrolment change today.

Go to:

Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

For Immediate Release: 2 Sept 09
Contact: JPS 438 5230


Joseph P Sullivan, Democratic candidate for Common
Council, Ward 14 in the September 15 primary, said
today, Albany City School Property Tax bills are in the
mail, and it is time for change.

Sullivan proposes consolidating city schools with city
government, creating one property tax roll to fund both
returning to a K-8 neighborhood school system and making
the Mayor and Common Council responsible and
accountable for the performance of city schools.

These changes will result in property tax relief for
homeowners and businesses, and improve education in the
city schools, said Sullivan.

Sullivan has pledged that, if elected, he will sponsor and
push the required Home Rule Request to the State Legislature
to so amend relevant sections of state law.

Annual increases in school property taxes and disorder in
city schools are reasons fueling the flight of homeowners
in particular, those with children, to the suburbs. This flight
in turn, erodes the city property tax base.

The majority of school attendees come from households
that pay little or no school property taxes. Less than 1/3 of
housing units in the city are owner- occupied, with the majority
being senior citizens on fixed incomes. This results in a severe
property tax burden for those homeowners.

This situation must be addressed now because the state
budget crisis may force cuts in state educational aid to school
districts, in turn, creating an unsustainable property tax burden
on Albany homeowners, causing more to flee the city, said Sullivan.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Change is in the air. Summer is on the wane.
Autumn and winter are fast approaching.

The dreaded school property tax bills should
arrive in the mail this week.

Taxpayers pay a lot and get little in return
for higher school taxes. The majority of school
attendees do not appreciate or value the
educational opportunities provided them.

Schools open in in Albany September 8th.
Yellow buses will clog city streets twice a
day. Students will be forced to leave their
own neighborhoods to attend schools in
other neighborhoods.

Suffice it to say, because of attitudes and
behaviors, of many attendees, Albany
schools to do present an optimal learning
environment for those who truly value
education and want to learn.

K-8 neighborhood schools are best for
kids, parents and maintaining viable
residential neighborhoods.

The condition of the city schools is a
major factor in the flight from Albany
to the suburbs, which, in turn, results
in a population drain and erosion of
the city property tax base. Those of us
who remain, face ever higher school
property taxes to support a school
system where the majority of attendees
come from households that pay little
or no property taxes to support the
school system.

About 1/3 of city households are owner-
occupied. The majority of homeowners
are aging and many are on fixed incomes.

Unless major changes are made in the
city school system, as well as necessary
attitudinal/behaviorial modifications
on the part of school attendees and
their parent(s), it will not be much longer
before the school system collapses.

Around the Hood

1. The derelict buiding at the corner of
Whitehall and New Scotland is coming
down soon ...before the September 15
primary as we had advised.

I will continue to push for a first
class 3/4 acre pocket park named the
Daniel P O'Connell Memorial Pocket
Park. Present plans call for just seeding
the site with grass. This is not enough.

What is best is removal of the upper
level of contaminated soils, bringing
in clean fill and soil to construct a
rolling berm. Planting that berm with
a diversity of flowering trees, bushes
conifers and hardwoods. Installing
some benches, a flag pole and a small
stone and plaque honoring Dan, who
resided just down Whitehall Rd for
many years.

A quality pocket park will help sell
the 48 condos being built on the
adjacent 8- 10 acres of cleared land
by Amedore construction.

Amedore is a quality builder. I shall
be in contact with him shortly to
advocate the above action.

We did the same with the developer
of Buckingham Mews, in 1987, which
resulted in setting aside the acre green
space and planting a mature conifer
tree screen at New Scotland and Krum

This resulted in a benefit to the entire
neighborhood and promoted sale of the


The creation of a 23 acre neighborhood
green belt bordered by Krum Kill Rd
Crescent Dr, Rte a85 & NYSTW is still on
our agenda.

See archives of

for more details on this and other items
including major improvements to
Buckingham Pond Park.


The government has announced that
there will be no Social Security COLA's
for the next two years.

This decision must be rescinded at
a time when seniors on fixed incomes
are facing escalating food, home heating
fuel, health care and school property

At the same time , the federal government
is allocating billions of dollars to help
Brazil to drill for oil and funding groups
like Acorn.

Why are the Albany Common Council
and Albany County Legislature, not
passing Resolutions calling for the
reinstatement of Social Security COLA's?

Yet, the Albany Common Council can
pass Resolution by a vote of 14-0 which
in effect, would make Albany a sanctuary
city for illegal aliens. Thankfully, Mayor
Jennings has not directed the Albany
Police and public serivice workers to
follow the Council's directive.


Political changes are afoot in Albany
in the September 15, Democratic Primaries.
Hopefully, these changes will be for the
betterment of the neighborhoods, city
and all who call these places home.

The outcomes of the primaries all hinge
on primary voter turnouts which have
declined in recent local elections, along
with declines in Democratic Party
enrollments in the city.

That's all for now.

Joe Sullivan