Friday, August 28, 2009
The last of the four Kennedy brothers
you lived the longest, and were a force
in the U S Senate and American politics
for nearly half a century. You did your
best to uphold the family tradition and
to guide the Kennedy family through
the hard times when John and Robert
were taken from us. You weathered your
own tragedies and bravely faced a hard
You have left us and we must do our
best to keep America strong and free.
Politicians and interest groups must not
exploit Ted Kennedy's death, in an effort
the ram through flawed , costly health care
legislation that is a cure worse than the
Teddy fought for improved health care
for nearly half a century, and Congress
couldn't get it right all that time.
The current proposed legislation is not
the correct remedy to the perceived ills
and shortcomings of health care in
Condolences to Kara, Maria, Kathleen
and all the Kennedy clan. We share your
grief, but celebrate the life of Teddy , in
particular his 1980 Presidential campaign
in Albany and the Capital District.
Teddy's visit here was brief. It was left to
us to campaign locally. And we did. The
strains of Art Flanagans music, can still
be heard on a quiet evening breeze.
No Place is no more. That is the fate of
all places, and our own as well.
I will lift a glass in your memory, tonight.
We will be at your wake, in spirit.
The winds, rains, tides and waves embrace
a lonely Hyannis shore now. But, the sun
will shine again.
ON BLIGHT AND CRIME
Corey Ellis has assaulted Mayor Jerry Jennings
on blight and crime, laying blame for these with
The Mayor appears to be in denial about the
extent of blight and associated crime in Albany.
Nevetheless, the fact is blight is caused by blighters
and crime by perps or criminals.
If Corey blames the mayor for these, he must lay
blame with all incumbent members of the Albany
Common Council, as well.
Look at the deterioration of the Delaware Ave
Southern Blvd and New Scotland Ave corridors
Pine Hills, S Allen and Winnie Streets, West Hills
and other city neighborhoods.
Look at the blight, and crime that is encroaching
into Wards 14, 8, and 9 with the shift of section 8
housing and slumlords from the Park South Urban
Who are the Members of the Common Council
in each of the above neighborhoods.
Why are they not speaking out? Taking aggressive
In Ward 14, Common Council Member, Joe Igoe
my opponent in the September 15th Democratic
Primary, is Chair of the Common Council Code
Enforcement Committee, as well as Member of
the Council Public Safety Committee. On his watch
blight and crime have increased in Ward 14, as well
as other City neighborhoods.
Local media has passed up a great photo op in
Ward 14, Incumbent Council Member, Joe Igoe
and Chair of the Common Council Code Enforce-
ment Committee, has one of his wilting lawn signs
next to a vehicle parked in a driveway. The tires
are nearly flat and the car has been sitting that
way for months. A code violation! That's real
effective code enforcement, Chairman Igoe?
Any interested media can easily find this violation.
There are only 3, maybe 4 ,Igoe lawn signs on
South Manning Blvd, between Western Ave and
New Scotland Ave.
Better get there before Igoe does!
How can the current Common Council Members
from Wards 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 14 run for
re-election, or for citywide office, having failed to
aggressively combat crime and blight in their own
Forget about it Corey and Carolyn, neither, based
on the conditions of their home wards, are
qualified to be Mayor or Common Council
As for the other Common Council incumbents
voters in those wards should see if those
incumbents have challengers, and elect the
challengers - if they have sound positions on
blight and crime, and advocate specific actions
to combat both.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
HEALTH PLAN. TONKO SINGLE TERM
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS.
Paul Tonko is shilling for the single-payer
government health care plan.
This plan would be financed, in part by
taking billions away from Medicare
rationing care to seniors, and no social
security colas for the next two years
and, eventually, thinning the ranks of
seniors receiving social security through
the Jack Kervorkian element of the
proposed Obamacare plan - end of life
counseling - assisted suicide.
This is still the United States of America
and Americans do not support this plan.
certainly not assisted suicide for seniors
In addition, most Americans do not
support the massive tax increases, they
will face, to support the proposed
single payer government health care
Bad plan. Bad move for Tonko , who has
marked himself for a single term.
Tonko is NOT our Representative in
Albany County is the population center
of the 21st Congressional District. The
emergence of a single Democratic
challenger to Tonko in 2010 will sink
Tonko, particularly if that candidate
is a senior, and a veteran,who opposes
what Tonko and the Obama
Administration are doing, and will do
to senior citizens, and our veterans.
Don't forget the "Death Book" being
thrust on our veterans by the Obama
Seniors and veterans don't get no
respect from this administration to
paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield.
Let's see how much support Tonko
and Obama get
from seniors and veterans in 2010
Ironical how Members of Congress
and a President , and his health
care czars, who are promoting
assisted suicide as an option for
seniors and veterans - are
unwittingly engaging in political
assisted suicide for themselves.
When there is no respect for
life at conception, there is no
respect for life in old age.
Abortion and euthanasia are
one in the same.
Monday, August 24, 2009
END OF LIFE COUNSELING FOR
SENIORS? ASSISTED SUICIDE ?
This is government health care?
Voters are in desperate need of
End of Country Counseling.
Failure to cast informed ballots
in the September 15 Democratic
Primaries and November General
Election may be fatal.
Why Not Albany?
For Immediate Release: 9/24/09
Contact JPS: 438 5230
SOCIAL SECURITY COLA FOR U S SENIORS, NO
2 BILLION DOLLARS US AID TO BRAZIL, SI
Joseph P Sullivan, Democratic candidate for Albany Common
Council, Ward 14, today, denounced the Obama Administration
decision denying social security colas for the next two years
while at the same time providing 2 billion dollars in aid to
Brazil's national petroleum company to drill for oil offshore of
Rio De Janeiro.
This decision hurts senior citizens at a time when the costs
of food, electricity, oil, natural gas, and school/city property
taxes continue to spiral out of sight, said Sullivan.
How can the U S Government deny seniors social security
colas while providing Brazil's national petroleum company
2 billion dollars aid to drill for oil offshore of Rio De Janiero
Worse yet, George Soros, is the largest shareholder in
Our leaders have lost their way, said Sullivan.
While Sullivan is running for a city ward seat, he said
when going door to door, voters have asked him his
views on the social security cola decision and the
federal government's health care reform legislation.
There are a lot of seniors in Ward 14, including
homeowners and those that live in apartments
like Ohav Shalom, Stonehenge and those on
South Allen St/Western Ave.
If federal and state officeholders won't speak up
regarding these issues, who will, asked Sullivan?
Sullivan is a senior citizen, himself, and as one
and a prospective Member of the Common Council
Sullivan said he is obligated to speak up regarding
Go to: http://lonerangeralbany.blogspot.com/
and read Sullivan's statement on proposed health
Sullivan was a Democratic candidate for Congress
21st District in the 2008 Democratic Primary.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In Ward 14 more Joe Igoe lawn signs have
gone up, and some have come down as well.
About 64 Igoe signs are out, amounting to
about 120 possible votes, if all the members
of households, where the signs appear, vote.
An analysis of whose lawns sporting Igoe signs
results in these conclusions (1) most appear
on the lawns of the politically connected,
including a politician who has been marked
for unseating, next year, several party
committee members, current or former city
county or state employees, people who have
received or seek favors, plus some Igoe
relations and and friends;
(2) the majority of ward streets have no Igoe
signs: (3) those that do, rarely have more than
one or two, while half a dozen streets have
3 or 4 signs; (5) about 10 percent of those
households include persons who signed
my designating petition to qualify for the ballot.
No big deal! Igoe has lawn signs that cost him
plenty. I decided that I would allocate the 700
to 1,000 dollar cost of lawn signs toward
payment of my school property tax bill which
should arrive in the mail shortly.
The lawn signs give some clue of about 120
voters who may vote for Igoe. That is 120 out
of 3,400 eligible Democratic primary voters
in Ward 14.
Ward 14 voter are smart and will vote the
way they want.
Mayor Jennings should take particular note
of the scarcity of Jennings, and other
candidate lawn signs, in Ward 14. Is this
a sign of anything?
I am a military veteran. Igoe is not.
I have a 22 year record of leadership
achievements as President of the
Buckingham Pond Crestwood
Neighborhood Association benefiting this
neigborhood, ward and adjacent 8th, 9th
10th and 15th Wards.
Igoe has an undistinguished 12 year record
on the Common Council which has not
resulted in much benefit to Ward 14
residents. Igoe is Chair of the Common Council
Codes Enforcement Committee, but has done
nothing to halt the intrusion of urban blight
and related crime into Ward 14.
The Park South Urban renewal project
slumlords who are moving into Winnie Street
and S Allen St.
With this has come a spike in crime.
Igoe is also on the Common
Council Public Safety Committee but
did not push for increased police presence
in Ward 14.
It took my candidacy , and issues platform to
spur an increased police presence in the ward
as well as spur improvements and care of the
I advocate providing property tax relief and
improving education by consolidating city
schools with city government and having
ONE property tax roll, not two, to support
both; and returning to a K-8 neighborhood
school system. As Council Member, I will
sponsor and advance the requisite Home
Rules Request to the State Legislature
asking that state laws be so amended.
Igoe has no known position and not
exhibited any leadership in these matters.
Igoe, along with 13 other Common Council
Members voted for a Resolution that would
if adhered to by Albany police and public
service workers, make Albany a Sanctuary
City for illegal aliens. I vigorously opposed
this resolution and would never have voted
for it as a Member of the Council. Mayor
Jennings correctly chose not to direct the
police and public service workers to adhere
to the resolution.
I put America First, before narrow party
I staunchly support the U S Constitution
particulary the First and Second
Igoe? Who knows? Ask him.
My two blogs contain my record, my reasons
for being a candidate, my platform, and
clear position stands on a number of issues
vital to the futures of this ward, neighborhood
and city; and all who call these places home.
Igoe has no blogs, no real record, no platform
and no substantive positions on the issues
vital to our collective futures.
In sum, the September 15 Democratic
Primary offers Ward 14 Democrats, and all
the residents of the ward, regardless of party
affiliation, or not, a real choice.
It falls to the 3,400 Democrats of Ward 14
to make an informed choice September 15
as to who will represent them for the next
four years as their Member of Common Council.
I have endeavored, through my these
websites and my hand delivered message
to their doors, to provide them with the
grounds for making that informed choice.
All that remains, is for those 3,400 Democrats
to vote. Democratic Primary September 15
Noon to 9 pm.
I ask for your votes. Thank you.
Voters may also vote by absentee ballot.
August 21, is the last day for new voters
to register or change their address to be
eligible to vote in Ward 14.
Contact the Albany County Board of
Elections 32 N Russell Rd. Call 487 5060.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
For what? Natural disasters. Terror attacks.
You fill in the blanks. Use your imaginations.
If you are a homeowner or apartment dweller
a school principal, a clergyman/woman, Rabbi
pharmacist, hospital, food store, gas station
doctor, nurse, police or fire department, city
government official or agency, public elected
official...you should reflect on this question.
Are you doing your part to prepare your
household, your church, synagogue, school
business, store, agency for whatever may
come our way?
Imagine, a hurricane or earthquake or being
without electricity, fuel oil, home heating oil
natural gas, water, food. Imagine the sewer
system destroyed. Imagine civil disorder and
ensuing chaos as police and fire personnel
the majority of whom do not live in the City
not reporting for duty...because they have
made a conscious decision that their own
personal safety and that of their loved ones
Have you stocked up on food, water, propane
firewood, charcoal, necessary medications
first aid supplies, soaps and other necessities?
Flashlights, radios, batteries, candles?
Go to Ready.gov for details as to what you
Contact the Red Cross and ask them to
come to Ohav Shalom, St Sophia's, Holy
Wisdom and other local senior apartments
and help you prepare a viable emergency
Go to: email@example.com
Do you know First Aid? Do you have guns
and ammo to protect yourself, your loved
ones, your property?
Don't forget to provide for survival of
your trusted dogs, cats and other pets.
In short, do not look for government to save
us. We must act, now, to save ourselves and
prepare for whatever may come our way.
We are distracted by the condition of the
economy ands our government's preoccupation
with control, change, health care, clunkers
and the mid August heat wave. Political
campaigns and elections as usual. Irrelevancies
like ghost tickets.
Health care will not matter if we are not secure.
The cash for clunkers is the vehicular version
of the Fannie Mae/Freddy Mac housing binge
that nearly devestated our economy. Government
takeover of the auto industry is setting the stage
for the next economic crisis.
Buyers of new cars will be stuck with the
debt payments, even if the fuel is
unavailable at any price.
How could that happen? Think Iran and
war in the Middle East oil fields. Think
nuclear weapons in the hands of madmen.
We are desperately aware that summer is
coming to an end. Schools will be open
soon. Our school property taxes will soon
be due. Yet we, try to put these thoughts
out of our minds as we flee to Saratoga
or take in Alive at Five concerts, or do
anything to put such thoughts out of our
minds. Human nature, no?
Get our priorities straight! Public Safety
National Defense, Securing our Borders
Combating Terrorist threats, Emergency
Disaster Preparedness are the real
We have tens of millions of illegals who
have invaded our nation. Among them are
terrorists, drug dealers, rapists, gangbangers
and all sorts of individuals and groups that
aim to do us harm. The foreign born terrorists
are recruiting native born malcontents in
the prisions, among gangbangers and other
anti-social types in the neighborhoods of
Can chaos, civil disorder and martial law
be far off? The suspension of personal
liberties? Freedom of speech and press?
Wake up people!
Survivor is not simply an entertaining tv
show. You are engaged in a real life
survivor game, whether or not you realize
Darwin was correct. Survival of the
Blogger Albany Citizen One (ACO) has done
a huge public service by calling our attention
to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) and
their American Civic Literacy Quiz.
The ISI summary report is a red flag for
the future of America.
71% of Americans who take this civics quiz
fail it (The First Time). After numerous
retakes of the same quiz, the number passing
significantly increases, as does their scores.
This illustrates how teaching (drilling) for
tests improves student scores in our schools.
But, critical thinking and analytical skills
are not developed.
Read ISI summary report:
I would agree with ACO that all candidates
for office in the September Democratic
Primaries and November General Election
should take the ISI civics quiz. I would add
that they should report their first time scores.
Likewise, all voters should take the ISI quiz.
The media as well.
We have lost our way in America, and it will
not be very long before we lose America and
the form of government, and way of life that
we take for granted.
Shape up candidates and voters!
Joseph P Sullivan
Sunday, August 16, 2009
CANDIDATES AND VOTERS
TO TAKE AN ONLINE
AMERICAN CIVICS TEST
I did, here is my score:
You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %
Average score for this quiz during August: 76.6%Average score: 76.6%
You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.
If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can consult the following table to see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.
Where to from here?
Answers to Your Missed Questions:
Question #27 - A. the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and endsQuestion #29 - B. a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for itQuestion #30 - C. decreasing taxes and increasing spendingQuestion #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person
Go to :
Read ACO post and click on civics test link to take test.
30 DAYS TO THE 9/15/09 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
Read my earlier post : Signs of The Times
my opponent, a 12 year incumbent in Ward 14
has about 37 lawn signs up.
Ward 14 is the only Uptown Ward with a
Democratic Primary for Member of Common Council.
Political lawn signs are absent from the vast majority
of household lawns in Ward 14. Ward 14 voters are
a smart lot who will vote the way they want!
I chose to allocate the money ,I would have paid for
lawn signs, toward my school property tax bill, which
will arrive shortly.
I may not have signs, but I have:
* a 22 year leadership record of achievement
benefitting neighborhood/ward residents, as
President of the Buckingham Pond/Crestwood
* years of postings on issues vital to the futures
of this neighborhood, ward , the City of Albany
and to the futures of all who call these
geopolitical entities home.
Refer to postings/archives of Lonerangeralbany
My platform, experience, issues, leadership
accomplishments and view on issues can be
found by exploring both of the above websites.
I am the only Democrat in the September 15
* advocates property tax relief and improved
schools by consolidating city schools with City
government, establishing ONE property tax
roll to support both, and return Albany to
a K-8 neighborhood school system.
As Councilman from Ward 14, I will sponsor
and advance the necessary Home Rule request
to the State Legislature, to so amend state laws.
* pledged to support the U S Constitution and
in particular, the First and Second Amendments.
I have handdelivered my literature and issues
platform to almost all residential units in Ward
14, except for some apartments, including Ohav
Shalom Senior Apartments and apartments
along Western Ave, South Allen St.
I am a U.S Navy Veteran. The only military
veteran among the incumbents/challengers in
the City of Albany Democratic Primaries.
By training, I am a Professional Geographer
* BS, U Wisconsin (Korean GI Bill)
*MA, U Minnesota (National Fellowship)
So, all that remains is for informed Democrats
in Ward 14 (about 3,400) to go to the polls and
vote, Sullivan for Member of Common Council
Ward 14... Democratic Primary, Tuesday
September 15, Noon to 9 pm.
Eligible absentee voters, including military
voters, may vote by absentee/military ballots.
New voters or voters who have moved into
Ward 14 have until August 21 to register to
vote or change your voting address. to be
eligible to vote in the September 15 Primary.
Contact the Albany County Board of Elections
for further details. Do so immediately.
Tel. 487 5060
Joseph P Sullivan
Democratic Candidate For Common Council, Ward 14
September 15 Democratic Primary Noon - 9 pm
Friday, August 14, 2009
SEPTEMBER 15 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
Albany Citizen One presents a good summary
Interesting alignment of candidates.
Row A UPDATE 8/12/09
ALL CANDIDATES WILL NOW APPEAR IN ONE
COLUMN GROUPED BY OFFICES
WITH INSTRUCTION VOTE FOR ONE
OF EACH GROUP
i.e MAYOR -- Jennings
Vote for one -- Ellis
The 14th Ward is the only Uptown Primary.
Expect a large turnout here- maybe 2,500+
Maybe not in the rest : Wards 8, 9, 12, 13, 15
All the citywide candidates of color are in
All the Primary candidates in Wards 2, 3, 4, 5
are African-American. This should boost turnout
in these wards, which normally have low turnouts.
African-Americans, downtown, as well as
Uptown ,are likely to vote Row B. Also, liberal
Will older white Democrats, Uptown skip the
primary and vote in the General, as they tend
Or, will they come out in larger numbers
because of the perceived negative aspects of
Obamacare, including diversion of billions
of dollars from medicare, resultant rationing
of medical care for seniors and the "End of Life
counseling provision, which many fear amounts
to assisted euthanasia aka Dr Kervorkian style?
If the the seniors come out in large numbers
who will they vote for or against? That could
depend on the positions, if any, that the
Primary candidates take, or do not take, on
Governor Paterson's no strings attached cash
giveaway to children on food stamps and welfare
is another wild card factor.
Also, the sorry actions/inactions of the State
Legislature - including failure to enact
property tax relief and the dastardly behavior
of Senate Democrats, Espada, Smith et al.
In case, politicians haven't noticed, voters
are scared and angry. Voters are disgusted
with the behavior of both major political
Will they simply stay home? Or will they
turnout im large numbers to vent their
fears and anger?
Who can tell? Beware of Get Out the vote
robocalls, and badgering voters to get
to the polls, or trying to twist their arms
when they go to the polls. These actions
may stir an angry hornets nest resulting
in unintended consequences.
One thing for sure...there are no more
sure things in politics today.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
NOT MAYOR JENNINGS- COREY
Blighted buildings and blighted neighborhoods
are the product of anti-social behavior by
blighters. It is a behavioral problem that is
aided and abetted by a social services system
that rewards blighter behavior.
Corey Ellis blames Mayor Jennings for the nearly
1,000 abandoned buildings, and many times
that number of substandard dwellings in the City
Mayor Jennings is not to blame. The blame lies
with the slumlords who profit from blight, the
blighter occupants and the social services/section
8 system that rewards them all.
The cure lies in behavioral/attitudinal adjustment
and real reform of the social services/section 8
This will require cooperation between the Mayor
The County Executive and County Legislature, the
Governor and State Legislature, the Members
of Congress and the President, to reform the social
services/section 8 housing programs to require
proper behaviors /standards on the parts of
landlords and tenant occupants of dwellings.
We can no longer tolerate or condone an urban
slash and burn occupance system where blighters
blight one neighborhood, then move on to destroy
Case example: The Park South Urban Renewal
Project is displacing blighters, criminals, drug
dealers and other anti-social malcontents who
are moving up the New Scotland Avenue corridor
to Forest Ave, Harris, the Weis Rd-Hackett-Picotte
absentee owned housing, the apartment buildings
along lower South Allen St and, now Winnie St.
Closing St Teresa's church/school will only hasten
the demise of that once fine neighborhood.
Time has come to draw the line and refocus
the approach to urban renewal in Albany.
Begin by improving the remaining few Uptown
neighborhoods. Stamp out incipent blight.
After the Uptown neighborhoods are secured
move mid and downtown, involving residents
of those neighborhoods in efforts to reclaim
those blighted neighborhoods.
This will end the slash and burn pattern of
migratory urban blight and make Albany once
more a place to live and enjoy.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
BOTH ARE LYING, DECEIVERS.
Both claim the 80 percent of responsible Americans, who
have health insurance, won’t have to give up their current
Both fail to mention that this plan penalizesthe elderly, resulting
in rationing of care and diversion of billions of dollars from the
struggling medicare program to help pay for the Obama plan.
Both fail to elaborate on “End of Life”counseling provision of the
bill, which essentially will have government appointed counselors
advise the elderly as to what they can do to die sooner.
Neither mention Obama’s chief health care advisor, Dr. Emmanual’s
statements that health care should not be given to non-productive
members of the population,specifically, the elderly
( who have contributed to making America what it was).
Non-productive members of society not permitted to receive health
Does that include the growing welfare dependent populations
of urban America?
Is there a political agenda at work here? Get rid the the more
conservative, traditional voting block of seniors, who are the most
reliable voters in elections?
Tonko and President Obama are pushing a flawed plan that will
destroy health care in America, as we know it. Not to mention
result in massive tax increases to …yes, the middle class…. in a
vain attempt to pay for this disaster.
Both Tonko and Obama are in desperate need of “End of Career
Albany Common Council Ward 14
Comment by JP Sullivan — August 12th, 2009 @ 10:05 pm
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For Immediate Release: 8/12/09
Contact: JPS 438 5230
A SIGN OF THE TIMES: CANDIDATE SKIPS LAWN SIGNS
URGES VOTERS TO FLY AMERICAN FLAGS
Joseph P Sullivan, Democratic Primary candidate for Albany
Common Council, Ward 14 announced, today, that he will forgo
use of campaign lawn signs. Sullivan will allocate the 1,000
dollar estimated cost of lawn signs toward payment of his
homeowner school property taxes, instead.
Sullivan is the only candidate for city office, in Albany, who
is advocating property tax relief for homeowners and
businesses; and improving city schools by consolidating
city schools with city government and having one property
tax roll to support both.
Sullivan, a U S Navy veteran, is the only military veteran among
all the candidates for Albany City public offices in the September
15 Democratic Primary.
Sullivan is also, the only candidate who has made support of
the U S Constitution, particularly the First and Second Amendments
as part of his campaign platform.
Sullivan urges voters to fly their American flags, every day, in
support of our Nation, our Constitution, and support of the men
and women serving our country in the military.
Friday, August 7, 2009
For Immediate Release; 8/7/09
Contact: JPS 438 5230
SULLIVAN CALLS ON ALBANY COMMON COUNCIL
AND ALBANY COUNTY LEGISLATORS FROM CITY
DISTRICTS TO INVESTIGATE HOW SECTION 8
HOUSING ABUSES ARE DESTROYING CITY
NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE CITY PROPERTY
Joseph P Sullivan, Democratic Primary candidate
for Member of Common Council from Ward 14
said the time for playing ghostbusters is over.
It is time for the Albany Common Council and
County Legislators who represent city wards
including Democratic County Chairman, Dan
McCoy, to conduct a full investigation and
report to Albany City residents on how abuses
of the Section 8 housing program are destroying
city neighborhoods and the city property tax
For more: read: http://lonerangeralbany.blogspot.com/
Blight and Crime are coming to Wards 14
and 8? Really?
Thursday, August 6, 2009
MAYORAL CONTROL OF
NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS
Why not an amendment to this
legislation including the City of
Albany? Consolidating city schools
with city government, creating ONE
property tax role to fund both
returning to K-8 neighborhood
schools; making the Mayor and
Common Council responsible/
accountable for performance of
Why not? Because no current
Member of the Council had the
courage to introduce the Home
Rule Request asking the State
Legislature to so amend state
A golden opportunity to improve
city schools and provide needed
property tax relief for homeowners
and businesses in the City of Albany.
The Common Council blew it!
Remember this when you vote
in the September 15 Democratic
Primaries, and agian November 3.
COMMON COUNCIL 14-0
VOTE IN FAVOR OF THEIR
SANCTUARY CITY RESOLUTION
WHEN YOU GO TO THE POLLS
SEPTEMBER 15, NOON- 9 PM.
See prior posts this blog and
TO WARDS 14 and 8. REALLY?
As homeowners scrape together the cash to
pay their school property tax bills which will
be in the mail shortly.....the question may
cross many a mind...what are we getting for
these ever increasing property taxes?
Who is looking out for the folks as Bill O
On these fine summer evenings take a
walking tour of your hood.
Check out Crestwood Plaza which has
2 vacancies. It is rumored that someone
has an eye on opening a hip hop club
in the larger of the two. Is that true?
Hip hop on Picotte Drive? Stroll along
Hackett Blvd to Weis Rd, thence along
New Scotland. Turn N on South Allen
At Bower St turn left, then left again
on Winnie St. Proceed past the boarded
up apartment house, which had a fire
reportedly after to renting to Section
8 tenants. This same building is being
purchased, according to sources, by
a notorious slum lord who made big
bucks plying his business in what is
now the Park South urban renewal
project adjacent to Albany Med and
the VA Hospital.
Could the recent spike in graffiti,
vandalism, tire slashings, car break
ins, bank robberies, grand theft auto
drug dealings, emergence of blight
and more, in our hood, be related
to the displacement of former
denizens of Park South to our hood
as well as to the adjacent 9th and
7th Wards along the New Scotland
Is this why the Key Bank branch
building will soon become home to
a check cashing outfit? Why the
Academy Post Office will soon close?
Is our hood becoming the next Park
South urban renewal project?
Who will be left to pay the property
taxes to support city schools, city
government and that last urban
Who would know? Maybe the City
Planning Dept? Maybe, City Code
enforcement? Maybe, the Members
of the City Planning Board and
Board of Zoning Appeals?
Maybe, the Members of the Albany
Common Council and
Albany County Legislature who
purportedly represent us and our
Well, how about our Democratic
Ward Leaders and Committee
All of them are really looking out for
You think that they don't recognize
that Wards 14, 8 and 9 are the swing
wards in the September 15 primaries?
Maybe, they don't see what we do?
They believe that our votes can be taken
for granted regardless?
Complete your walk by walking up
and down South Manning Blvd.
You will be struck by the difference
from Lower South Allen St.
Walk along Linden Rd. Observe. What
do you see? Turn left on Kakely. Pause
for a moment at the paper street lot.
This is where a resident observed a
drug deal go down a few evenings
ago. Two sellers in a small foreign
car. A buyer in a big SUV.
Stroll through Greenway, back
to S. Manning then New Scotland
Ave. On Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights lots of cars line
Greenway N and S. Their owners
are at the nearby watering hole.
Stop in at Andy's Sports Bar, across
from St Peter's. Have a cold one, or
two, and reflect on what you have
Think about the forthcoming
September 15th Democratic Primary
and how it is so imporant that you
cast informed votes.
That your votes not be taken for granted.
That your votes have real consequences
for yourselves, your loved ones your
neighborhood and your city.