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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


The count against Kathy Sheehan
and the  Albany Common  Council 
in the 2017 Albany City elections is
2 strikes.

Strike 1 was declaring Albany a
sanctuary city. Sheehan and the
Common Council are law breakers
who have violated their oaths of
office, compromised the security
and safety of Albany residents
and made Albany a target for
terror attacks.

Strike 2 was ramming through
repeal of the existing Albany
City Zoning Code and replacing
it with the Rezone Albany zoning
code and official map, without
the members of the Common
Council, and City voters having
a clear understanding of the
consequences of Rezone Albany
on neighborhood residential
integrity and quality of life,
home values, the City property tax
base in the formerly owned
R 1B single family residential
zoning districts in Wards 4, 8,9,12
13,14 and 15, which pay the lion's
share of property taxes that support
City schools and City government

Enactment of Rezone Albany puts
Albany on the fast track to becomong
Detroit on the  Hudson.

Petitioning to qualify candidates
for the September 12 party primary
ballots and November 7 General
Election begins June 7 and continues
through early July.

Do not sign candidate designating
petitions for Sheehan and Members
of the Common Council who supported
Albany being a sanctuary city and
replacing the existing City of Albany
Zoning Code/Official Map with the
Rezone Albant Zoning Code/Official
Map, which is effective June 1, 2017.

Three Common Council Members
voted  No on Rezone Albany.
Robinson (Ward 5) Krasher (W11)
and Commisso (W15). For this they
have earned your signatures to get
them on the ballot for the 2017 City

Challengers for  election to Common
Council from Wards 1, 2, 3, 4,6,7,8
9, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 15, and Common
Council President, who will vote
to Repeal Sanctuary City status and
Rezone Albany  merit your signatures
on their candidate designating petitions.

Meanwhile, voters and candidates
should take the time to read, analyze
and understand  Rezone Albany and
it's consequences for their neighborhoods
wards and the City as a whole.

Read related posts on this website
and  January

Informed candidates and voters
are essential to their survival and
the survival of the City of Albany.

                                Joe Sullivan  

Friday, May 12, 2017


              Joe Sullivan

Friday, May 5, 2017


Our own Morty Oge and
kin were there:

                     Joe Sullivan

Read posts this website for March
and April , also:
to better understand why
the proposed Rezone Albany Ordinance
should be Tabled and Held in Committee
until January 2018. 


May 10 , 2017 6 pm meeting of Albany
Common Council Planning Committee
City Hall  Albany. Public Comments
may be made by City residents.

The 5 members of the Albany 
Common Council Planning
Committee should vote to
Table  Ordinance 26.31.17
Rezone Albany and hold
the bill in Committee until
a new Mayor and Common
Council takes office in
January 2018.

If 3 of the 5 members of the
Committee vote to Table and
Hold in Committee Ordinance
26.31.17 until January 2018
the provisions of the existing
Albany City Zoning Code
protecting the residential integrity
quality of life, home values and
City property tax base which
supports City schools and City
government services, will remain

Chair: Dan Herring (W13)
             518 438 7527

Ron Bailey (W3)  518 300 8797

Kelly Kimbrough (W4) 518 250 9267

Catherine Fahey (W7) 518 482 6159

Leah Golby (W10) 518 209 1244

Attend the May 10 meeting and
voice your support to Table and
Hold in Committee until January
2018, the proposed Rezone Albany
Ordinance 26.31.17.

Or, better yet, contact the 5 Committee
Members, in advance of the May 10
meeting asking them to so vote.

One man, holds the fate of Albany
in his hands...13th Ward Common
Council Member Dan Herring, Chair
of the Planning Committee and sponsor
of the Rezone Albany Ordinance.

Dan has announced he is not seeking
reelection. Thus, he is not obligated
to report this bill out of Committee.

If Dan would strike the enacting clause
of Ordinance 26.31.17  the Rezone
Albany Ordinance would be neutered
saving Albany from becoming Detroit
on the Hudson.

Will Dan do the right thing for the
City and people of Albany?

Contact Dan, now,  and tell him to strike
the enacting clause of  Rezone Albany.

518 438 7527

Pay attention Albany residents, act now
or you will pay later.

                                        Joe Sullivan     

For all 15 Common Council Members
and Council President contact info:


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Albany Times Union article by
Chris Church is spot on, one
of his best:

The 5 members of the Albany 
Common Council Planning
Committee should vote to
Table  Ordinance 26.31.17
Rezone Albany and hold
the bill in Committee until
a new Mayor and Common
Council takes office in
January 2018.

The Common Council Planning
Committee will meet to reconsider
action on Rezone Albany, May

Committee Chair Dan Herring
sponsor of the ordinance should
strike the enacting clause of the
Rezone Albany Zoning Ordinance
and Official Map.

Chairman Herring has announced
that he is not seeking reelection.

Do the honorable thing Dan.
You hold the fate of homeowners
neighborhood residential integrity
and quality of life, home values
the City property tax base and
support for City schools/City
government services 

The implications of Rezone Albany
need to be thoroughly analyzed
understood and debated by voters
and candidates alike before the
party primaries occur in September
and the November 7 General Election.

To do otherwise will doom the
City of Albany to fiscal insolvency
resulting in the City of Albany
becoming Detroit on the Hudson.

Refer to earlier  posts on this issue
this website and 
http://lonerangeralbany.blogspot. com 

Voters government can't save you.
You must save your government, your
City and your homes.

                               Joe Sullivan


Friday, April 28, 2017

Albany County Offices to Be Filled  2017

Updated: March 8, 2017 | Printer-Friendly [PDF]


Supreme Court Judge, 3rd Judicial District, 14-year term


County Clerk, 4-year term
County Legislator 38th District, 2-year term, to fill vacancy
County Coroner, 4-year term (2)



Mayor, 4-year term
Common Council President, 4-year term
Common Council Member, 4-year term (15)
City Court Judge, 10-year term (3)
Treasurer, 4-year term
Auditor, 4-year term

Albany City Schools

Board Member, Albany City School District, 4-year term (2)
September 12
 Noon 9 pm
November 7   6 am - 9 pm 

Albany County Board of Elections

                                                    Joe Sullivan 

May 1 The Albany Common Council
may vote repeal the existing Albany
City Zoning Code and replace it with
Mayor Sheehan's Rezone Albany
Zoning Code/Official Map.

Enactment of the Rezone Albany
Code/Map  will allow mixed uses
currently not permitted in the
R 1B Single family residential

Under the existing zoning Code
only two uses are permitted in
R 1B zoning districts: single family
dwellings and Houses of Worship.

See existing Albany City Zoning
Official Map:

The R 1B single family residential
districts pay the lion's share of property
taxes that support city schools and
city government services.

Enactment of the Rezone Albany 
Code/Map will  result in a loss of
neighborhood residential integrity
and quality of life. Home values
will fall negatively impacting the
city property tax base, and, in turn
support for city schools/city government

Not a wise move for an insolvent
city. The 12.5 million dollar bail out
to fill the hole in the 2017 City budget
will be released in increments rather
than a lump sum. One political misstep
by the Mayor could result in the City
losing this bailout.

There will be no further spin ups of
state payments in lieu of taxes to the
City of Albany

The Mayor and Common Council
have declared Albany to be a Sanctuary
City which will result in loss of millions
of dollars of federal aid to the city.

The City is preparing to close the
landfill and establish a waste transfer
station there. This will result in a loss
of 15 million dollars annual revenue.
Where will the trash be transferred
to? The Moon?

Repeal of the existing Albany Zoning
Code and replacing it with the Rezone
Albany Code/Map will doom Albany
to becoming Detroit on the Hudson.

And, it may result in the Mayor and
Common Council Members not being
reelected in the November 7, 2017
General Election.

The Common Council Members would
be wise to table Rezone Albany Code/Map
and retain the existing Albany City Zoning
Code until voters are fully aware of how
the proposal will adversely impact their
neighborhoods, home values, the City
property tax base, support for City schools
and City services, as well as efforts to
restore fiscal solvency to the City of



                                     Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

To Members of the Albany City
Common Council Committee
Planning, Economic Development
and Land use.    April 26, 2017

Hon Chair  Herring, Members
Bailey, Fahey, Golby, Kimbrough 

Respectfully request that you
table, and hold in committee
Ordinance No. 26.31.17 
Rezone Albany and Map 
for the remainder of 2017, and
until a new Mayor and Common
Council elected in the November
7, 2017 election are sworn in.

The Rezone Albany Ordinance
provisions and implications should
be fully understood by the voters
and the voters should be aware of
where the candidates for Citywide
and Common Council
stand on this issue, when asked to
sign candidate designating petitions
in June, and asked to vote for
candidates in the September 12
2017 party primaries and November
7, 2017 General Election.

Refer to my Statement for Entry
into the Common Council Hearing
on this matter.

                             Joseph P Sullivan

Monday, April 17, 2017

SULLIVAN FOR       For Release
ALBANY MAYOR    April 18, 2017
Joseph P Sullivan will run for City of
Albany Mayor on the Conservative
Party ballot line (Row C) in the
November 2017 General Election.

Sullivan is the Albany City
Conservative Leader  and has
served as Buckingham Pond/Crestwood
Neighborhood Association Leader
for the past third of a century.

Read present and past posts on:

Sullivan was the Conservative Party
candidate for Albany Mayor  in 2013.

His positions on issues in 2013 can
be read by clicking on Albany Mayor
2013 link , right column of his
lonerangeralbany blog.

Sullivan's blogs are read locally, nationally
and world wide.

Sullivan  holds degrees in Geography
from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
( BS , attended on the Korean GI Bill and
Tuition scholarships), and the University
of Minnesota, Minneapolis ( MA attended
on a National Fellowship).

Geography is the study of the interrelation-
ships of humans and their environments
within frameworks of place and time.

The major issues in the 2017 City elections

1. Restoring the City of Albany to fiscal
solvency, and

2. Security / public safety

Sullivan says that restoring the City of
Albany to fiscal solvency requires:

a) Tabling  Rezone Albany for the
remainder of 2017.  The 5 member 
Common Council  Planning, Economic 
Development and Land Use Committee
can accomplish this by at least 3 of the 5
committee members voting to table and
not report the proposed Rezone Albany 
Ordinance and Map.

The names, bios and contact information 
for the committee are available here:

Call/write each asking that
they vote to table and hold in
committee for the remainder of
2017 -  The Rezone Albany
proposed ordinance No. 26.31.17.


It is vital that City voters, particularly
in the current R 1B single family residential
districts  (Wards 4, 8,9,12,13,14 and 15)
fully understand how Rezone Albany
will impact their neighborhood residential
integrity and quality of life, home values
and the City property tax base that supports
City schools and City government services.

The candidates for  Mayor, Common Council
President, Treasurer and Auditor, citywide
and 15 Common Council Ward seats  should
support tabling Rezone Albany for the remainder
of 2017 and should declare whether or not
they support retaining the existing R 1B
single family residential  zoning districts/ maps
definitions, permitted uses, provisions and

Voters should inquire  where the candidates
stand on this question when asked to sign
candidate designating petitions in June and
vote in the September party primaries and
November General Election.

b) The Mayor and Common Council must
rescind Sanctuary City policies, honor their
oaths of office and uphold U S Immigration
Law.  Failure to do so will result in Albany
losing millions of dollars in federal aid.

c) Sullivan proposes that the City schools
be consolidated with City government, one
tax roll established to fund both, the school
board abolished, a return to K-8 neighborhood
schools, the Mayor and Common Council
be held responsible and accountable for
the operation/performance of City schools.

No more school referenda/budget votes
held by the school board/district in
January or May.

To accomplish this, the Common Council
must send a Home Rule Message to the
State Legislature and the Senate-Assembly
Members who represent the City of Albany
must sponsor and promote the required
legislation to  amend State Education Law.

Ideally,  the above three issues should appear
on the November General election ballot as
propositions to be voted upon by City voters.

However, since we know that the powers
that be,  will not place these propositions on
the ballot, a vote for Sullivan in November
will afford City voters the opportunity to
voice their support for, or opposition to, each.

2. Security and public safety are essential
for all citizens of Albany.

Sullivan advocates ending a national search
for police chief ( as well as for Superintendent
of schools). We have capable, qualified, local
professionals to these jobs.

The Mayor should not micro manage the police.
Take the handcuffs off the police and let them
do their job of upholding law and order and
public safety. Zero tolerance for gangs, gun
violence and related crimes

Speed limits and all vehicle and traffic laws
are to be strictly enforced, particularly on
City residential streets.

Citizens should be trained/prepared in emergency
disaster preparedness.

In the final analysis, government can't save
us. We the people,  must save ourselves and
save our government from itself.

We elect government office holders to serve
not rule us or control every aspect of our lives. 

Listen to interviews:

Read, Times Union:

                                                  Joe Sullivan

Saturday, April 15, 2017


In Mideast, W. Europe and USA/

Keep welcoming those who seek
your demise.

Love                 Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


The 2017 Albany City
elections will determine
if Albany becomes Detroit
on The Hudson.

Four years of the Sheehan
administration have resulted
in  fiscal insolvency for the
City of Albany.


Friday, March 31, 2017


Are you tired of winning yet?

April Fool.

                  Joe Sullivan


Monday, March 27, 2017


Mayors and City Councils, like Albany
violate their oaths of office and U S
Immigration Law when proclaiming
sanctuary policies regarding illegal

These policies endanger public safety
and burden local tax payers, hospitals
schools, welfare, law enforcement as
well as, medicaid, medicare and
social security viability.

               Joe Sullivan


              Joe Sullivan

Sunday, March 5, 2017


 Congress has to get moving!

          Joe Sullivan

          Joe Sullivan

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Friday night a storm passed 
by, bringing heavy rains
flushing away some of the salt
and grime, from roadways
sidewalks and parking lots.

The heavy rains also cleared
away the salt laden smog that
has hung over Albany for the
past several weeks.

More heavy rain may arrive

When will the public wise up?

Excessive use of salt in winter

* destroys our expensive vehicles
   bridges and roadways. as well
   as underground gas and water
* kills street trees
* wind born salt sandblasts our
   homes and buildings requiring
   more frequent, expensive
* airborne salt smog is a health
* salt on roads and sidewalks is
   a health hazard to our dogs

In sum, excessive use of salt has
detrimental impacts on personal
and government finances, harms
our environment and creates
health problems for humans
and animals.

The solution?  Drivers should slow
down in bad weather. Local and
state governments should reduce
and, ideally, eliminate salt 
spreading , employ sand
and other less detrimental 

                         Joe Sullivan


Wednesday, February 1, 2017



                    Joe Sullivan

Friday, January 20, 2017


An Irish Blessing for President
Trump, Vice President Pence
Members of Congress and their
families, and all Americans.

We remember the Founders of
our Constitutional Republic 
all who helped make America

                         Joe Sullivan