SAFETY IN ALBANY
Security and public safety are priority
issues in the Albany City contests for
Mayor, Common Council President and
15 ward Council Members.
Acts of terrorism are likely to increase
dramatically in the coming weeks and
months as recent unspecified alerts
What should Albany City government
be doing to prepare for such events?
1. Identify possible terror targets. You
can bet that those sworn to destroy
us have already scoped out targets.
2. Increase security around those targets.
3. Fire houses, fire equipment and firefighters
are targets. Designate firefighters as peace
officers, arm them and train them in weapons
use. Local courts should expedite issue of
concealed carry pistol permits to active
and retired firefighters subject to training
in the use of pistols and small arms.
This will provide firefighters with the ability
to defend firehouses, equipment and
Firehouses and firefighters can play a back
up role to aid the APD in times of attack.
Train neighborhood groups in firefighting
and first aid. Consider establishing fire
auxiliaries in neighborhoods consisting of
retired firefighters and able bodied
residents to back up AFD.
4. Police stations, policemen in cars and on
foot are also targets. Secure all stations
and vehicles. Train officers to anticipate
and how to respond to terrorist acts.
Consider forming neighborhood police
auxiliaries consisting of retired police
and able bodied residents to back up the
5. Neighborhood residents should prepare
to defend their homes and neighborhoods.
Store water, food and fuel. Take small
arms training using legal long gun- rifles
and shotguns. Have sufficient ammo on
Look around your neighborhoods. ID
potential terror targets. Serve as the
eyes/ears of the APD and AFD. Alert
them to suspicious persons/actions.
6. Realize that government can't save you
and your loved ones. You have to be
prepared to save yourselves...and our
7. Pay particular attention to how to
communicate with APD, AFD, as
well as within and between neighborhoods
in the likelihood that traditional means
of communication will not be operable.
8. Anticipate and prepare to survive
any natural or man made disasters or
acts of terror that may come our way
Osama Bin Laden directed his followers
to hit small cities because they are soft
Albany is a symbolic as well as strategic
target for terrorists.
Those who engage in politics as usual
are not the best choices of voters to
lead the City in these perilous times.