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Friday, October 9, 2015

UPDATE 12 Oct 2015

Albany, NY is fast becoming
Detroit on the Hudson.

A 12 million dollar plus
gap in the proposed city
budget for next year.

One third of the housing
units in the city are owner
occupied mostly by aging
homeowners with declining
or fixed incomes.

The single family residential
zoned neighborhoods pay the
lion's share of the property taxes
that support city schools and
city government services.

The City Administration is
in the process of rezoning
and reassessing these
neighborhoods  in accordance
with the federal (HUD) agenda
to social engineer the socioeconomic
character of these largely white
higher income neighborhoods.

The plan is to redistribute the
poverty by building  high rise
low income, subsidized housing
in these neighborhoods.

This is part and parcel of the
Obama plan to grant amnesty
to the tens of millions of
illegals who have invaded
our Nation and to resettle
hundreds of thousands of
"refugees" from the Middle
East and Africa, largely
Muslims , throughout America.


Transformation of America
right down to your residential

Family Promise, Bethany Reformed
Church, Mater Christi and other
churches and synagogues in the
City of Albany, as well as suburban
towns in the county, who are participating
in the Family Promise homeless empire
are sowing the seeds of destroying the
residential integrity and quality of life
of single family residential zoned
neighborhoods and property tax
bases, in the City of Albany
and  the County of Albany
whether, intentionally, or not. 

HUD will reward compliant
municipalities with generous
cash grants. Perhaps, partcipating
not for profits, churches and
synagogues too?

In the case of Albany, this
will help the present Mayor
balance the books.. for a
little while.

However, in a few years the
residential integrity and
character of those single
family residentially zoned
neighborhoods will be
destroyed. Property values 
will fall, a mass exodus of
single family homeowners
will occur,  the city tax base
will decline. Support for city
schools and city government
services will dry up.

The transformation of Albany
to Detroit on the Hudson will
be complete.

What of the current Mayor?
The Mayor will be long gone
rewarded with a high paying
administrative post in the
federal government.

The Article 78  proceeding which
I brought to Annul the Albany
City Board of Zoning Appeals
decision granting Family Promise
and Bethany from destroying
the residential integrity integrity
of the Buckingham Pond Crestwood
and adjacent single family zoned
residential neighborhoods, by
converting the use of the vacant
parsonage at 738 New Scotland
Avenue , to a regional  homeless
social services "hub", asks the Court
to uphold the City Code Administrator's
denial of the Family Promise
application for a permit to convert
738 New Scotland Avenue, to a
homeless, social services hub is
the correct interpretation of the
City Code.

The Supreme Court will decide
this case  after the November 3

Do you suppose that the
Common Council will quietly
vote to change the City Zoning Code
at the last meeting in December?

Residents of single family zoned
districts in the Towns of Albany
County, pay attention, you are

You might check with candidates
for Town Board and County
Legislature seats in the November
Election, to see where they stand
on this issue.  School Board candidates

Be sure to do this before the
November 3 Election.

Enjoy Albany's new theme
song. Check to see if it on the
juke box when you hit your
favorite watering hole tonight.

                                Joe Sullivan

UPDATE 12 Oct 2015

The song of flight. Albany homeowners.
Some will go South, others West:


(followed by the Magpie)
                                 Joe Sullivan




Sunday, October 4, 2015


Joseph P Sullivan is the Conservative
(Row C) and  Reform (Row H)
candidate for Albany County Legislator
District 10 in the November 3 General
Election. Polls open 6 AM to 9 PM.

District 10 is entirely in the City of
Albany and includes the following
Wards/Election Districts - 8-3, 8-4
8-6. 9-2, 9-9, 10-1, 14-3, 14-4, 14-5
14-6, 14-7 and 14-8.

The 10th district is largely comprised
of the last, best single family neighbor-
hoods in the City of Albany.

The district includes St Peter's Hospital
several neighborhood commercial zones
along New Scotland Avenue,  between
South Main Ave and the NYS Thruway
Crestwood Plaza, on Whitehall Road
the CP Center,Temple Israel, Mercy
Convent, Maria College, Bethany
Reformed and Mater Christi  Churches
Ohav Shalom Synagogue and several
apartment zones including South Allen St
Hackett Blvd,Weis Rd and Picotte Dr and
Ohav Shalom Senior apartments on 
Krum Kill Rd

Sullivan has served as Buckingham
Pond Crestwood Neighborhood
Association President for the past
30 years.

The main objective of the BPCNA
has been to maintain/improve the
residential integrity/quality of
life of the neighborhood.

To that end, Sullivan's leadership
has resulted in saving open spaces
including green spaces along
New Scotland Avenue at South
Manning, Krum Kill and Whitehall
blocking a plan to build luxury housing
and rezoning Albany Muni Golf Course
Land Conservation (LC) - park land
resulting in creation of the Hartman
Rd Community Garden; rezoning
Buckingham Pond, and shore area
LC which created Buckingham Pond
Park and subsequent improvements
to the park over the years.

Sullivan provided leadership that
resulted in blocking undesirable
land use changes that would have
adversely impacted the residential
integrity of the neighborhood
including a proposed big box store
at Krum Kill and New Scotland
a 12 story apartment house-
parking garage on Krum Kill Rd
converting Mercy Convent to office
space, siting a halfway house for
drug treatment at the NW corner
of South Manning and New Scotland
Avenue and building a 3rd middle
school at Whitehall and New Scotland
or along Krum Kill Rd bordering
Crescent Dr.

Read the neighborhood website
for the past decade, but particularly
posts from January to present in

for much more, including an
update on the Article 78  Sullivan
has before the State Supreme
Court to annul the Albany City
BZA determination which over
ruled the City Code Administrator's
denial of the Bethany Family Promise
application to operate their proposed
Capital Region homeless social 
services program hub out of 738 New
Scotland Avenue - which is not a
permitted use of a single family
dwelling in this single family
residential zoned neighborhood
pursuant to the Albany City
Zoning Code.

If left to stand the BZA action
will have a disastrous impact
on neighborhood home values
the city tax base and
support for city schools and
city services.

Something that a city on the
verge of bankruptcy, with a
12 million dollar plus budget
shortfall, can not survive.

Explore the posts on this blog
right side links including:
Urban Blight,  Welfare Spending
Unsustainable and more.

You can also search topics
like albany city schools by
entering  topics in the
search bar at the top of
Lonerangeralbany and

Sullivan's priorities as County
Legislator include:

1. Upholding his oath of office 
    the U.S and NYS Constitution

2. Representing the residents of
    the 10th District, and County
    of Albany, to the best of his ability

3. Maintaining/improving the
   residential integrity/quality of
   life of this largely single family
   residential zoned district.

   Click on Urban Blight link
   right side of this blog.

4. Working to keep local farmers
   and farmland as a vital source
   of local food production

5. Improving education in Albany
    schools, which includes return
    to K-8 neighborhood schools
    rejecting common core, a return
    to local-state control of education
    and improved graduation rates.


6. Tapping into the 765 KV Quebec
     to NYC hydro power line that
     will be built through Albany in
     the near future, to help reduce
     electric rates and provide a
     reliable source of clean energy 
     for local homes, schools, hospitals
     and businesses.

7.  Curbing social services expenses
     and abuses. Social services spending
     is the major portion of the county
     budget and the social services burden
     falls most heavily on the City of Albany.
     Sullivan, as county legislator, will
     request a full review and audit of
     county social services to determine
     who collects what and for how long
     and to purge the county social service
     rolls of illegal aliens and double-triple
     dippers who travel to collect benefits
     in other counties/states under multiple
     assumed names.

     Click on Welfare Spending 
     Unsustainable  link right side of blog.


8.  Sullivan will do his best to be an
     informed representative, helping to
     create an  informed electorate
     which goes to the polls to vote in
     greater numbers casting informed
     votes rather than blind party line

     This is essential to the survival of
     our Nation, state, city and neighbor-
     hoods as well as to the survival of
     each and every citizen.

     More personal responsibilty and
     less reliance on and interference
     from government is essential to
     protecting our Liberty.

                             Joseph P Sullivan