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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/

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

STOP THE CITY OF ALBANY
FROM SOCIAL ENGINEERING
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Connect the dots:   

o   A City on the brink
     of fiscal insolvency

o   A sanctuary city for illegal aliens 
     and refugees

o   Rezone a prime single family
     residential neighborhood

o   approve a "home base" or "hub"
     for operation of a regional homeless
     social services network    

o   Build low income, high rise
     subsidized housing there  for
     illegal aliens/refugees

o   Destroy the residential integrity
     and quality of life in the neighborhood

o   Destroy home values and the city
     tax base, in turn support for city
     government services/city schools

o   Insolvency- Albany becomes
     Detroit on the Hudson 

o   The Albany City schools run out
      of money. No pay roll for Teachers

o   Where is the HUD reward money?
      The check was in the mail?

o   Where are Obama and Sheehan? 
      Both are no where to be found.

SENATOR MIKE LEE HAS AN
AMENDMENT TO DEFUND  THE
HUD REGULATION  THAT AMOUNTS
TO A TAKEOVER OF LOCAL ZONING
BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

THE AMENDMENT IS BEFORE THE
SENATE THIS WEEK.

SUPPORT IT AND URGE SENATORS
SCHUMER AND GILLIBRAND TO VOTE
FOR IT. 

YOUR HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD
CITY AND SCHOOLS ARE ON THE LINE .


http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/435453/lee-amendement-can-stop-affh



                                                                  Joe  Sullivan







Sunday, April 24, 2016

SPEEDING AND RECKLESS
DRIVING ON NEW SCOTLAND
AVENUE and tributary neighborhood
streets remains unaddressed by the
current City Administration.

The solution is simple make, publicize
and enforce a Resolution/Proclamation
that:

* sets the City speed limit at 25 mph
on all neighborhood residential
streets

* declares that all vehicle and traffic
laws will be strictly enforced, in
particular with regard to no passing
on the right, no running stop signs
and traffic lights.

Who will ACT? The Mayor?  The
Common Council? When, if ever?

                                  Joe Sullivan




BUCKINGHAM POND PARK

Stabilize the shoreline with stream willows.
Plant red oaks/white spruces to reforest
the park.

A Riparian Packet (#4) containing 20
each (100) plants of:

Button Bush, Hybrid Poplar, Stream
Willow, Red Oak, White Spruce can be
had for 60 dollars, until mid May from
the NYSDEC Tree Nursery  Saratoga
Springs.

 http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/seedlingbrochure.pdf

County Soil and Water Districts
Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady
Counties, offer smaller quantities of
a variety of trees and shrubs suitable
for neighborhood homeowners, at
very reasonable prices. 

Homeowners can partner with the
City of Albany tree program as well.

Albany street trees are in decline.
Homeowners should plant the next
generation of suitable street trees
that can tolerate the excessive amounts
of road salt spread by DGS on city
streets every winter.

Trees not only beautify our properties.
Trees provide shade in summer and
windbreaks in winter. Trees absorb
carbon dioxide and emit oxygen which
combats air pollution by improving
air quality.

Mater Christi Church/School  trees
are in decline. Replacement trees
should be planted now, before existing
trees are no more.

The Greenway Common trees are
in decline. Some present a hazard
from falling limbs. Greenway neighbors
ought to get together and plant a
variety of suitable replacement trees.

                                     Joe Sullivan

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A WALK IN 
THE PARK

A grand day. Paddy and Mick
enjoyed a walk around the pond
park.

The City has been at work.

Dangerous dead trees overhanging
the footpath between Euclid and
Lenox, South side, have been cut
down.

The eroded footpath at  Euclid
is patched with blue stone rock
flour, which will easily wash away
with the next heavy rains.

Litter has been picked up along
Rafts Way and around the silting 
pond. Dumped yard wastes remain.

Replacement trees  need planting
bordering the road because existing
Sycamores have been damaged by road salt.

http://www.umass.edu/urbantree/factsheets/18roadsalttrees.html

Walking along the North Shore
from the foot of Euclid to the
picnic area. blue green algae
blooms can be observed in the
in the shallow water a few feet
 offshore.

A mild winter and ample
sun light allowed the blooms
to winter over and thrive. The
blooms are sure to be a problem
this year, especially when the
run off of lawn chemicals from
homes in the pond watershed
peaks.

The wooded path South side
between Lenox and Holmes Dale
needs a lot of work. Cut vines
that are killing trees. A lot of
dead wood could be cut and
stacked at Holmes Dale for
use as firewood by local residents.
The footpath at Holmes Dale is
badly eroded.

The young Willow growing
near the foot of Lenox, North
Side looks great. 

More young willows and red
osier dogwoods need to be 
planted to stabilize and reduce
shoreline erosion and slumping
which is gradually filling the pond
creating shallow water where
sun light, road salt and lawn
chemical run off combine to form 
an environment where algae blooms
thrive.

                           Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NEIGHBORHOOD
AGENDA FOR 2016
and BEYOND

The Buckingham Pond/Crestwood
Neighborhood Association has had
as its' major objective to maintain
improve the residential integrity
and quality of life in this neighborhood.

The BPCNA boundaries are:
Western Ave (N) Thruway -Whitehall Rd (S)
S. Manning Blvd (E)  Rte 85 (W)

All residents are members of the BPCNA.
There are no dues. We work through a
committee and individual assignment
system.

Neighborhood residents are invited
and urged to participate.

2016 Agenda

1. a- Get the City of Albany to reduce
    the speed limit on all neighborhood
    residential streets to 25 mph
    and strictly enforce the speed limit -
     b- prohibit passing on the right in
    curb parking lanes on New Scotland
    Avenue-  
     c-strictly enforce all vehicle/traffic
        laws

2.  Oppose any zoning/ use changes not
     permitted in our R-1b single family
     residential pursuant to the existing
     Albany City Zoning Code.
     
      This includes responding to any
       attempt to reverse the Supreme
      Court Decision annulling the
      BZA approval of a change of use
      for 738 New Scotland Avenue to
      serve as a "hub/home base" for
      the not for profit homeless social
      services entity known as Family
      Promise of the Capital District .

      And any attempts to otherwise
      modify the provisions of the Code
      sections pertaining to uses permitted
      in R-1b single family residential
      districts.

3.   Get the City to move on completing
      the Dan O Connell Memorial Pocket
      Park on the 3/4 acre  brownfield
      parcel at Whitehall/New Scotland.

      This includes creation of a rolling
       berm, planted with a variety of
       trees and flowering shrubs, a flag
       pole, some benches and a small
       stone marker.

4. Get the City to move on creation
    of a neighborhood greenbelt
    including  a 10 acre parcel and
    land locked 5 acre parcel owned
    by the City bordering Crescent
    Drive  and a 7 acre privately
    owned parcel along Krum Kill
    Rd behind the Mobil Station.

    Use a Transfer of Development
    Rights arrangement to include
    the 7 acre parcel. Compensate
    the private owners by awarding
    them an equivalent parcel of
    equal value, downtown. which
    they may develop or sell for
    development.

5. Promote resident participation
    and City cooperation
    in efforts to maintain street
    trees, remove dead limbs/trees
    and plant a variety of replacement
    trees  suitable for urban conditions
    including vehicle emissions and
    road salt.

6. Improve City snow plowing
    procedures and reduce/eliminate
    road salt use, particularly in
    the Buckingham Pond Park
    Watershed, and along New
    Scotland Avenue.

7. Promote resident awareness
    of the need for emergency/
    disaster preparedness by
    individuals, households,
    apartments, senior citizen
    housing and single family
    homes.

8. Oppose any attempts to privatize
    the municipal Capital Hills
    Golf Course

9. Support legal action to annul
    the results of the February 9
    2016  190+ million dollar high
    school bond act.

10. Homeowners are urged to
      challenge the 2016  City reassessment
      notices which they received in
      March.
      Contact the City Assessor's office
      regarding how, where and when
      to do your challenge.
      May is the month to do this.

11. May 19 is the vote on the Albany
      School budget. Cast informed votes.

12. Vote in the April 19 Presidential
       Primary.

13. Vote in the Congressional Primary
       in June and NYS /local primaries
       in September.

14. Closely monitor agendas/actions
      of the Albany Common Council
      City Board of Zoning Appeals
      City Planning Board  and other
      city initiatives as they relate to
      the BPCNA.

15. Improve Crestwood Plaza
      neighborhood shopping

Now, there is a solid agenda for our
neighborhood.

Pass the word. Download and share
this post with your family, friends
neighbors who are not on line.

We don't do door to door newsletter
drops as we did for so many years in
the past.

This website is where you can find
out what is going on in the hood.

Contact me and we can discuss/arrange
your participation in one, or more of
the above.

                                       Joe Sullivan    

Monday, April 11, 2016

DOGS FIGHT CANCER

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More Reflections on the SeaWorld Agreement
Today, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby and I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to use a wide range of diplomatic tools to pressure Japan to end its commercial whaling activities and to stop contravening international law by slaughtering hundreds of innocent whales. Manby has assured me that this is just a first indicator of SeaWorld's new commitment to advocacy on marine animal protection efforts, and that the company will join with anti-whaling advocates to finish off the era of commercial whaling on our planet.
- huffingtonpost.com
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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

CITIES BECOMING
UNAFFORDABLE.
HOW'S ALBANY DOING?

 http://www.aol.com/article/2016/04/04/the-u-s-cities-that-are-about-to-become-unaffor

Homeowners don't forget
to challenge your new
assessments. 

Pay attention to your
school taxes, in particular
and the fate of the challenge
to the results of the February
9, 2016 vote on the high school
reconstruction plan.

 http://www.albanyschools.org/district/communications/DistrictNews/2015-16/RebuildingAHS_S

Be sure to vote May 17. 

 http://www.albanyschools.org/Budget/2016-17/16-17_budget.htm

                   Joe Sullivan

Monday, March 28, 2016

APRIL FOOLS DAY
COMES EARLY

For 30 years the Buckingham Pond
Crestwood Neighborhood Association
has served the largely single family
residential neighborhood bordered
by Western Ave (N) South Manning
Blvd (E) Whitehall Rd-NYSTW (S)
Rte 85 (W).

Our main objective has been to
maintain/improve the residential
integrity, environment and quality
of life of this neighborhood.

A few of our achievements are:

1. Creation of  Buckingham Pond
    Park (1994) by rezoning the pond
    and adjacent shore as Land 
    Conservation (LC)  park land
   

2. Blocking a luxury housing plan
    for Albany Municipal Golf
    Course (1993-94) and rezoning
    it as LC  park land, as well
    as saving the land which became
    Hartman Rd Community Garden.

3. Blocking plans for a third
    middle school at Whitehall and
    New Scotland(1999-2000)

4. Blocking a plan to site a
    big box store the 7 acre
    parcel at New Scotland and
    Krum Kill Rd (behind the
    Mobil station and bordering
    Crescent Dr.) (2000}

    We have urged the 7 acres
     be combined with 5 acres
     of land locked wetland
     and 10 acres of city land
     behind the Stewart's store
     to form a neighborhood
     green way.

      No action by the City, as
      yet.

5. Clean up of the brownfield
    former gas station at Whitehall
    and New Scotland, blocking
    several attempts at commercial
    development of the 3/4 acre
    parcel and eventually having
    the site designated as open
    space when the Amedore homes
    were built.

    We have urged that the parcel
    become the Dan O Connell
    Pocket Park- but to date the
    City has failed to act on this
    proposal.

6.  Creation of permanent green
     spaces along New Scotland
     Avenue at South Manning
     Krum Kill and Whitehall.

     We supported construction
     of Buckingham Mews in
     retaining the acre green space
     at Krum Kill/New Scotland
     and planting the conifer trees
     bordering New Scotland
     Krum Kill, Friebel and the
     boundary line behind homes
     on Buckingham Dr. 

7.   Blocked egress from expanded
      CP parking lots via Marsdale/
      Harding and Hurst/Westford

8.   Advocated retaining Crestwood
      Plaza as a neighborhood retail
      commercial plaza.

9.   Blocked construction of a
      12 story apartment/parking
       garage on the Krum Kill Rd
      wetland/archeological site
      across from Ohav Shalom.

10. Obtained a NY Supreme
      Court Decision annulling
      the City Board of Zoning
      Appeals approval of the
      Family Promise of the 
      Capital Region rented
      homeless social services
      hub at the Bethany Church
      pasonage-738 New Scotland 
      Ave.

      Family Promise and Bethany 
      appealed the Supreme Court
      Decision to the Appellate
      Court, 3rd Dept.

      The Appellate Court will not
      likely take the appeal because
      the Supreme Court Decision
      is correct on the law and
      because Family Promise/
      Bethany are asking the
      Appellate Court to make
      law.

      Refer to posts this blog
      2015-2016 which provide
      details and the rationale for
      opposing the Family Promise
      regional homeless social
      services hub in this R-1B
      single family zoned residential
      neighborhood.

11. Supported defeat of the 200
      million dollar high school
      reconstruction proposal in
      the November 2015 General
      election. Opposed the February
      9 , 2016 revote and proposed
      merging the city schools with
      city government, with one
      property tax roll to finance
      both, return to a k-8 neighborhood
      school system, abolishing the
      city school board: making the
      Mayor and Common Council
      responsible/accountable for the
      operation/performance of City
      schools.

The self identified "progressives
that control Albany City schools
and Albany City government  have
sought to gain control of our
neighborhood, first through the
Buckingham Pond Conservancy
and now through forming the
Buckingham Lake association.

The organizers and officers of
both organizations are the same.

Allies, job holders, relatives and
supporters of the City Schools
City Hall and the Common Council.

The organizer of the Buckingham
Pond Conservancy used that
organization as a stepping stone
to a seat on the City School Board.

Have you seen the condition of
Buckingham Pond  Park after 
7 years stewardship by the BPC?
Take a walk around the park,
Observe.

The formation of the "new"
Buckingham Lake Neighborhood
Association is intended to serve
as a stepping stone for candidates
seeking election to ward and citywide
public offices and validating the
Mayor's agenda to reassess, rezone
and social engineer the uptown
single family residential zoned
neighborhoods in order to reap
financial rewards from federal
HUD grants bringing the Obama
agenda to transform America
right down to the neighborhood
level.

Explore the links below and
the posts on this website.

Connect the dots and decide
for yourselves.

Residents of the BPCNA
neighborhood are all members
of this association and
neighborhood watch.There
are no dues. You are invited
and urged to participate.

You can do nothing. Or, you
can participate in the independent
BPCNA.Or, you can join the
one, or both ,of the below of
the City Administration inspired
organizations.

Both are meeting in April at
Bethany Church to  help get out the
vote for the April 19th Presidential
Primary.

Polls are open Noon to 9 pm.
You may request and vote by
absentee ballot.

Only enrolled Democrats or
Republicans can vote in the
primary. Independents or non
enrolled voters get what is left
over in November.

There are two opposing Democratic
Presidential slates on the ballot:
The Hillary slate led by Mayor Sheehan
and the Bernie Slate.

You can send Mayor Sheehan
a message by voting for the Bernie Slate.

PASS THE WORD to family, neighbors
and friends.

                              Joe Sullivan



http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/For-Albany-s-Buckingham-Lake-a-new-neighborhood  (See Times Union March 24, 2016 Pp C1 and C3)
http://www.blnaofalbany.org/board-of-directors/
http://buckinghampondconservancy.org/