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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) 28 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/

Friday, August 22, 2014


Jack and Carl work hard to keep
Buckingham Pond Park in good form.

But they have no city cell phone
to keep in touch with DGS, APD
and the  AFD.

Nor, do they have running water
to drink or wash with.

The City should correct these
conditions without delay.

                             Joe Sullivan


From: James Brooks [mailto:jbrooks@albany-ny.org]
Subject: Recent Burglaries



As you may heard, there has been recent burglaries in the Center Station patrol zones
(Buckingham Pond , Whitehall Rd, Brevator St area neighborhoods)

Most of the occurrences have been at night time, but there were a few incidents during the day time hours.  

 Could you advise your neighborhood members to lock their ground level doors/windows, garage doors and vehicles, when they are home and away. 

Also remind them NOT to leave valuables visible from street view. 
(Don't store any valuables on the kitchen table, counter, dining room table, vehicles etc.)  


If anyone has any questions, have them contact me      

Thank You  

Incident Info:
TIME OF DAY: daytime, nightime
MODE OF ENTRY: unsecured doors/windows
PROPERTY TARGETED: wallets, cell phone, electronics, lab tops, vehicles

Please call the ALBANY POLICE if you see anything that you think is not right!
CENTER STATION --- 458—5660
NON EMERGENCY ---- 438-4000

PO James Brooks
Albany Police Dept CSU
Cell #795-0020

Friday, August 01, 2014


Among the topics you will find:

*Buckingham Pond Park (49)

  Preparedness  (21)

*Neighborhood Watch/Crime (28)

*State of Neighborhood/
  Priorities   (14)

*Keep/Expand No 4 bus rte (2)

* Map. Albany City
   Neighborhood Associations (1)

Keep an eye on


                            Joe Sullivan


Keep them away from lawns/sidewalks where
lawn chemicals are applied.  Not all homeowners
post warning signs.

Don't walk your dogs  where road salt and other
de-icers have been applied.

Don't let your dogs eat plants that are toxic:


Disaster Preparedness for dogs/pets:


Exerciser them. Feed them well, but do not overfeed.

Certain foods are toxic to dogs:


Australian Shepherds:



                                             Joe Sullivan

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Recon reveals pond water has been treated
with pesticide to combat algae bloom.

Jack and Carl doing a fine job maintaining the
North side shoreline.

The Milner footpath and Rafts Way grass
is nicely trimmed.

Little improvement of the South side
woodland and shore path from Holmer Dale
to Lenox and Euclid.

Weeds are growing all along Berkshire South.
Knotweed getting firmly established. Dead
trees.branches still overhang the paths posing
danger to passersby below. No guard rail or
large rocks have been placed to stop an
out of control vehicle from falling on
passerby on the path below.

Residents on Berkshire South can expect
that the invasive Knotweed will eventually 
invade their nice lawns. After that the
same will occur along Euclid and Lenox.

Lawsuits in the making. Observe that the
guard rail at the foot of  Euclid is bent
out of shape by speeding vehicles which
fail to navigate the turn there.

                                         Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


As the weather warms  the algae blooms in shallow water
fueled by lawn chemical run off from the pond watershed.
and strong sunlight.

Homeowners have to be weaned off their lawn chemical 
dependency. Learn how to have a healthy lawn naturally.
Save money, their health, that of their family members
pets and neighbors.

Knotweed has reappeared on Berkshire South, about 50
feet East of foot of Lenox Ave.  If  not eradicated, now, it
will spread throughout the pond park and adjacent 
residential properties.

The City has begun to fill in pathways with bluestone 
gravel flour, once again. Easy to apply, but it becomes 
slippery when wet, because the rock flour compacts and
does not drain well .

It will simply wash away on sloping pathways, with next
heavy rains forming gulleys.

The red ribbons marking dangerous dead tree
 limbs/branches are obscured by vegetative growth or 
have been removed by vandals who also destroy the
 nylon ropes on the Milner Ave footbridge.

The dead branches/trees still present a hazard to
pedestrians below, particularly on windy days. 
Does the City want more law suits from

No large rocks or a guard rail have been installed
at the foot of Lenox-Berkshire South. Will we have
to wait until an out of control speeding vehicle fails
to make the turn in the road and drops down on some
people walking their children and pets on the path below?.

Jack and Carl are doing a fine job grooming the
pond shore the North side.

The  edges of the wooded pathway between Lenox
and Rafts Way need to be mowed to reduce chances
of passersby and pets picking up ticks.

The pathway along Rafts Way is well mowed, and a 
nice border of yellow wildflowers is about to bloom 
along the pond side of the path. The City has installed
some hanging flower baskets on the poles. 

The basket ball hoop at the foot of Holmes Dale
is gone. Good.  Some neighbors are still dumping
yard wastes on the wooded side of the path. 
Compost these in their own yards.

Nature has it's own woodland rejuvenation plan 
for the park.
Observe sugar maple and other native seedlings
springing up here and there along Rafts Way and
the wooded pathway Holmes Dale-Lenox.

Care should be taken, not to cut them down as
 brush. Clear around the seedlings and make 
sure that vines do not attach and strangle them.

Watch your eyes when walking along the pathways
North and East side of the pond. Careless fisherman
fly casting give little consideration to passersby,

Avoid duck/geese droppings on the pathway 
between the children's play area and the picnic grove.
These droppings carry disease. The droppings are 
more numerous because people still insist upon
feeding the birds. 

Bird welfare. Like their human counterparts, the birds
become dependent. When Winter arrives they hang
around , instead of migrating, and starve, because no
one feeds them then.

                                                        Joe Sullivan


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Read: http://lonerangeralbany.blogspot.com/

                                   Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

BUCKINGHAM CRESTWOOD               Copy/Share 
Neighborhood News  Spring 2014  (2)        with neighbors

We live in one of the nicest remaining residential
 neighborhoods in the City of Albany.

One reason for this is that we have had an 

active neighborhood association with
 strong leadership for the past 29 years.

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 of concern.

Read neighborhood website:      http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/

Neighborhood Watch. All residents are part of it. See something?
Say and 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 the residential integrity and 
quality of life in our neighborhood.

Be at sure to read the full neighborhood newsletter on line
at   http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/ 

Neighborhood Agenda for 2014  includes:

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

    in our neighborhood
3. improved snow plowing with reductions in road salt

4. completion of Daniel P O Connell Memorial Pocket Park 
    Whitehall at  New Scotland Ave  and

    Greenway  Crescent Dr/ Krum Kill Rd
5. Improvement of Crestwood Shopping Plaza
6. Planting trees at curbsides and on front lawns

                                                                 Joe Sullivan

Thursday, May 29, 2014



From: hrvg.sm.hrvg [mailto:hrvg@hudsongreenway.ny.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:07 AM
To: hrvg.sm.hrvg
Subject: Press Release: Greenway Awards $8,275 for Buckingham Pond Natural Resource Inventory

Contact: Mark Castiglione                                                                                  For Immediate Release
(518) 473-3835                                                                                                      May 28, 2014

Greenway Awards $8,275 for Buckingham Pond
Natural Resource Inventory

(Albany, NY)  The Hudson River Valley Greenway is pleased to announce it has awarded the City of Albany in partnership with the Buckingham Pond Conservancy, a $8,275 Greenway Communities Grant for the Buckingham Pond Targeted Natural Resource Inventory. The Greenway board awarded a total of $27,800 for projects throughout the Hudson Valley region at a recent meeting held in Hyde Park, N.Y.
The Buckingham Pond Conservancy will conduct a natural resource inventory to assess the biological integrity of the pond’s health. In addition, levels of nutrients, blue-green algae, and sedimentation are to be tested and documented to gauge water quality. The pond serves as green infrastructure for storm water management, but is also an important amphibious habitat as part of the Hudson River watershed.

Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, stated, “Natural resource inventories serve as an important tool to better understand the environmental state of a particular area. Buckingham Pond is an asset for the City and by better understanding its health, its value to the community will be enhanced. ”

“Buckingham Pond is a recreational asset for the City of Albany,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan “The targeted natural resource inventory is an essential first step to mitigating some of the most critical issues facing Buckingham Pond today. I would like to thank the Hudson River Valley Greenway for granting the City of Albany these much needed funds, in addition to the Buckingham Pond Conservancy for ensuring that one of our most valued ponds can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

The Hudson River Valley Greenway works with communities on a voluntary basis to assist in the development of local land use plans and programs related to the Greenway criteria. Greenway community planning projects can be undertaken by a single community to address local issues or a group of communities working together to address both local and regional issues. The Greenway Communities Grant Program provides matching grants to help communities develop and implement a vision for their future that balances Greenway criteria of economic development considerations with resource protection and promotion objectives. The deadline for the next round of grant applications is August 29, 2014.

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Visit www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov for more information on the Greenway.
Visit www.hudsonrivervalley.com for more information on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
Visit www.buckinghampondconservancy.org  for more information on the Buckingham Pond Conservancy
Visit www.albanyny.org for more information on the City of Albany

Reaction?   Good News? Yeah...No.

More "progressive" political feel good

Pond water quality sucks. Because
of failure to stabilize the shoreline
with proper trees and bushes to
stop shore line erosion, slumping
and resultant sedimentation of the

As sedimentation goes on ,the pond
becomes more shallow, algae blooms
reeds, other vegetation and trees
take over, and eventually ,the pond will

Example, the water body, North side
Western Ave in Guilderland.

Run off of lawn chemicals and city
road salt applications in the pond
watershed are contributing to the
algae blooms, poor water quality
and eventual death of the pond.

What to do?

1. The City Parks Department
needs to develop a woodland
management plan for the pond
park and take action:
a) remove dangerous  dead limbs
and trees that present a hazard
to people and pets along paths
b) thin wooded areas to allow
for planting and growth of a
diversity of native trees and
bushes that will improve the
park habitat for humans and
c) cut, remove vines that are
killing trees.

d) plant bushes and trees that
will stabilize shoreline erosion
i.e  Red Osier Dogwoods, Willows

e) resurface pathways with coarse
bluestone  gravel to improve drainage
and footing, thereby avoiding slips
falls, injuries and lawsuits.

The City has to address the issues
relating to lawn chemical run off
and road salt applications in the
pond watershed.

Dredging the pond will likely be
required to improve water quality
and lengthen the pond life span.

Just search the archives of this
website for years of posts that
detail what needs to be done to
improve the pond park.
Search: Buckingham Pond Park.

No need to spend money to 
reinvent the wheel.

It's all here for free.

Use the grant money to make
needed pond park improvements.

No more inventories/studies
are required.

Note that Buckingham Pond
Park exists because the BPCNA
had the pond and shoreline
rezoned  LC (park land) in
1994. resulting in creation of
the park.

Subsequent improvements to
the park were made, including
lighting, children's play and
picnic areas, dredging and
improved guard rails.

                       Joe Sullivan