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CONSERVATIVE ROW C FOR MAYOR CITY OF ALBANY NY November 5, 2013 Election U S Navy Veteran BS Geography, U Wisconsin (Korean GI Bill) MA Geography, U Minnesota (National Fellowship) 30 years as founder and president, Buckingham Pond/ Crestwood Neighborhood Assoc. maintaining/improving neighborhood residential integrity and quality of life. Leadership resulted in creation of Buckingham Pond Park in 1993-94, as well as many other open spaces. See bpcnanews.blogspot.com for list of leadership results. Neighborhood website: http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/ see also: http://lonerangeralbany.blogspot.com/

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Connect the dots amigos:


Follow the money if you can.




note Family Promise  left column, 2d from bottom



La Raza  means  "the Race"     Racist?

La Raza opposes English as our national language.

Fundamental transformation of America
to a third world status will be the end result.

Lifeboat America adrift in a sea of world

Overload the lifeboat and it swamps.
All aboard are lost.

Sadly, our politicians and clergy are 
at the helm and tiller.

A sad end for a once great Nation.

                                   Jose O'Suillebhain

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Are one or more attorney homeowners
willing to bring a pro bono class action
lawsuit on behalf of homeowners living
in R 1b single family residential zones
in the City of Albany, including, but
not limited to, homeowners resident in
the Buckingham Pond Crestwood

The neighborhood is bounded by Western
Ave, South Manning Blvd, NYS Thruway 
and Rte 85.

The legal action would involve getting
a court order prohibiting FamilyPromise
from renting a single family dwelling 738
New Scotland Ave, as a "hub"  to operate
it's homeless social services program 
pending a court proceeding to determine 
if the Albany City Board of Zoning Appeals
erred in deciding in favor of Family Promise.


This writer has requested, but not received
the written decision of the Albany City

The BZA is an body appointed by
the Mayor of Albany in consultation with
the Albany City Common Council, so is it
 safe to assume that the BZA Members
do not act without approval of the Mayor
and oversight by the Common Council?

The BZA decision 3/25/15 over rides a
DENIAL of the Family Promise use of
738 New Scotland Ave as a hub for it's
social services homeless program
by the Albany  City Department of Codes
in letters dated 12/8/14 and 11/24/14.

Albany City Dept of Codes is charged
with administration of the Albany City
Zoning Code.

Zoning is a local state responsibility.

There are compelling reasons for
the BZA to have upheld the original
Denial of the Family Promise use of
738 New Scotland Avenue, a single
family dwelling in an R 1b single
family residential zone pursuant to
the current Albany City Zoning Code
as a "hub" to operate its' homeless
social services program.

1. The homes in this zone are highly
taxed to support city schools and
city government services.

2. Any action that would devalue
homes in such residential zones
would harm homeowners and
adversely impact support of
cash strapped city schools and
a city government which is facing
bankruptcy or takeover by the
Governor's Fiscal Review Board.

Any interested attorneys may
contact me for further discussion.

Here is written testimony which
this writer submitted to the BZA
on behalf of homeowners.


Read the posts on this website
from January to present for more.


All homeowners in R-1b single
family zoned districts are aggrieved
by the Albany BZA decision 3/25/15
re: The Family Promise Appeal of
City Denial of the FP use of  738
New Scotland Avenue as a "hub"
for its' social services homeless

This includes all attorneys who
live in such R-1b single family
zones pursuant to the Albany
City Zoning Code.

Who among you will step up
to challenge the irresponsible
decision of the Albany City BZA
regarding the Family Promise

The residential integrity/quality
of life, your home values and
support for city schools/city
services are on the line. 

Albany is on the fast track for
becoming Detroit on the Hudson
if the BZA decision of 3/25/15
is left unchallenged.

                       Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


To open 2nd week of April, weather

Note increased fees:


                 Joe  Sullivan

Friday, March 20, 2015


Read  Empire Center Report


                                    Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We live in one of the nicest remaining residential

 neighborhoods in  the City of Albany because  we
 have had an active neighborhood association
with strong leadership for the past 30 years

 and your support.

Spring is a time of renewal. A time to renew your

 involvement in your neighborhood association. 

Long time homeowners, and new residents, have a 

stake in making sure our neighborhood remains a good
place to live.There are plenty of issues .

The PRIORITY is DEFEAT of  Bethany- Promise
appeal of City Codes DENIAL of Family Promise
use of the former church parsonage 738 New
Scotland Ave as a "hub" for a homeless social
services program, including housing homeless at
Mater Christi and St Sophia's.

Approval of this appeal would adversely impact
neighborhood residential integrity/quality of life
reduce our home values, which, in turn, would
negatively impact the city property tax base and
erode support for city schools and city government

Albany would be on a fast track for becoming
Detroit on the Hudson.

 Read neighborhood website- January to present.  


The Albany City BZA heard the
appeal March 11 and will render
a decision March 25.


demand the BZA DENY
the Bethany-Family Promise Appeal :

Mayor Sheehan  434 5100  mayor@ci.albany.ny.us

BZA   445 0754   bglass@albanyny.gov


All residents are part of it. See something?
Say / do something.  Call APD, 

Center Square Station 458 5660 or 438 4000.
Anti- Terror Hotline: 1 866 SAFE NYS  (723 3697) 

Call me at 438 5230 and we can discuss what role(s)

 you can play in maintaining /improving neighborhood 
residential integrity and quality of life.

1. Improvement of Buckingham Pond Park
2. Strict enforcement of speed limits, all traffic laws

    in our neighborhood
3. Improved snow plowing, reduce road salt use

    implement  alternatives
4. Complete  Daniel P O Connell Memorial Pocket Park 

    Whitehall at  New Scotland  and 
    Neighborhood Greenway  bordered by Crescent
    Krum Kill Rd/New Scotland Ave/ NYS TW/Rte 85                
5. Improve of Crestwood Shopping Plaza
6. Plant trees curbsides /front lawns
7. REZONING. Keep single family zoning. 

    Oppose HUD override of local zoning.
8. Keep Albany Muni a city golf course/park.

    Oppose privatization.
9. Improve Hartman Rd Community Garden
10. Oppose  building an apartment tower/parking 

     garage, Krum Kill Rd
11. Neighborhood security, combat crime/blight /

      promote emergency/disaster  preparedness .
      Officer Jim Brooks 458 5669   jbrooks@albany-ny.org     
12. Oppose reassessment.

COPY/ PASS THIS ON to family/neighbors   

Thank you. Wishing all a happy, healthy, productive 2015       
                                                                                                  Joe Sullivan

Tuesday, March 17, 2015



                                Joe Sullivan

Friday, March 13, 2015


"A tale of two homeless drop-in centers" 
Page D1 Capital Region



Jordan reports that the Albany
City BZA will decide the Bethany
Family Promise Appeal on
March 25, 2015.

The March 11, BZA hearing record
is still open and there is time for
neighborhood residents, who have
not already done so, to OPPOSE
approval of the Bethany-Family
Promise plan -do so, in writing
to the BZA , Mayor and Common

The e mail addresses and telephone
numbers are:
BZA  bglass@albanyny.gov  445 0754
Mayor   mayor@ci.albany.ny.us  434 5100

Read the Bethany Website history 


Bethany Reformed Church began
in Albany's South End. Over the
years the church has moved a
number of times, as urban blight
followed every move ,finally arriving
at it's New Scotland Av location
in 1953.

Until the arrival of the present Pastor
Bethany was a quiet church devoted
to religious services and ceremonies.

Since 1953, the single family dwelling
at 738 New Scotland Avenue has served
as the residence of prior pastors and
their families.

The parsonage is not, and has never
been," A House of Worship" as
defined in the Albany City Zoning

Bethany now proposes to rent
the parsonage to Family Promise
of the Capital District, a 5013(c)3
not for profit corporation now
headquartered at 533 Clinton Ave
Albany , for use
as a "hub" for it's expanding
homeless social services program.

This would require certification by
the NYS Office of Family and Children
services as a day care center.

Compliance with the  Federal and
State Disability laws
would require extensive, costly
remodeling  of 738New Scotland Ave

The  homeless hub is not a permitted
 use in an R-1B single family residential
district. The City of Albany Codes
Dept correctly DENIED the
Bethany-Family Promise Application
of 11/24/14 in a letter dated 12/8/14

The BZA heard the Bethany-Family
Promise appeal om March 11, 2015
at City Hall, 5:45 PM.

We wanted the hearing to be held
at Mater Christi, in this neighborhood
at a convenient time/date
to provide for maximum participation
of residents of this, and adjacent
R-1B single zone family neighborhoods.

This request was ignored.

This writer and many other neighborhood
residents sent in testimony and comments
because the hearing would be held in
a cramped public space, with few available
parking places.

Read  Statement entered into BZA
March 11 Hearing Record, dated 3/10/15.


I had informed the BZA (Brad Glass) that
I and many others,  would provide statements
for the hearing record, and NOT be attending
for reasons stated above.

It has come to my attention that  Jordan
to the delight  of similarly minded twits has
been tweeting far and wide that "Sullivan
the architect of neighborhood angst did
not attend." (the March 11 BZA hearing)

Now, you twits know the rest of the story.

If Jordan was an unbiased reporter who
did his homework, he would  likely not have
tweeted such a half tweet. Another
example of bias and misrepresentation
of facts by Times Union "reporters"
who seek to land "flack jobs" on public
payrolls as a reward for their service to
"progressive" politicians.

Bethany  Reformed Church has reached
the end of the line. The pastor is retiring.
The congregation is dwindling. 

The parsonage is for rent because there
will be no new pastor and family. The
congregation is in desperate need of
funds to stay afloat a while longer.

Just sell the single family dwelling
738 New Scotland Avenue, to a young
couple with children from this neighborhood.

Renting  738 New Scotland Avenue
to Family Promise, is the foot 
in the door, leading to eventual takeover
of the adjacent church and parking lot
of a dying church, by Family Promise
for it's expanding homeless social
service empire.

This would amount to killing the
BPCNA neighborhood
"golden goose" of the City by another
property tax exempt "not for profit".

The consequences would be devastating
for neighborhood home values,  the 
retirement plans of neighborhood residents
who will try to sell  their devalued homes
collapse of the city property tax base
and no money to support city schools
and city services.

All compelling reasons why the City
of Albany must uphold it's existing 
R1b Zoning Code by DENYING
the Bethany- Family Promise plan
to use 738 New Scotland Ave as
a "hub" for  the Family Promise
homeless social services plan
which includes housing homeless
at Mater Christi and St Sophia's.

The Federal Law bandied about by
the non property taxpaying clergy
and not for profit Family Promise
RLUIPA ,is not a blank pass to 
destroy a city.

Courts will not over rule local
zoning in the light of  the compelling
reasons not to - including turning
Albany into Detroit on the Hudson.

                            Joe Sullivan