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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/

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Marked 2  trees at Greenway.
The Red Maple with the red
ribbon around the trunk is dead
and a real hazard to anyone
passing nearby.

The Sugar Maple with two
red ribbons attached only needs
some dead limbs removed.

At Buckingham Pond Park
around the holding pond are
several dead trees that need
to be cut down.

When the city crews get around
to cutting the dead trees/limbs
that have already been marked
the wood should be cut into
fireplace lengths and placed
at several convenient locations
for pick up by neighborhood

As an alternative the wood
could be chipped and left at
several locations for pick up
by neighborhood residents who
can use the chips as mulch in
their gardens.

Bill Garvey volunteered and
was a good help in marking
trees with red ribbons.

                      Joe Sullivan


Thursday, April 03, 2014


Walk the south side of Buckingham
Pond Park between Homes Dale and

Red ribbons mark:

1. Dead trees/branches that overhang
the footpaths posing a hazard to those
passing below,

2. Vines that should be cut because
the vines strangle/kill  trees,

3. No guard rail at the foot of Lenox.
A runaway vehicle that fails to make
the bend in the road can overshoot
the ridge and drop down on people
and pets walking the footpath below.

Need evidence that this is a risk?
Just look at the bent guard rail
at the foot of Euclid which has
been hit many times by speeding
vehicles which fail to make the 
bend onto Berkshire.

Red ribbons mark two trees
with dead branches that over-
hang Buckingham Dr between
Lenox and Holmes Dale. These
trees/branches pose a hazard
to vehicles passing by.

Enterprising neighbors might
pick up on the red ribbon use
to mark hazardous trees/branches
elsewhere in the park ( like
around the holding pond West
of ther Milner Ave foot bridge).

Red ribbons can also be used
to mark similar hazards on
neighborhood residential

A few trees on Greenway N/S
need such red ribbon markers.

While walking or jogging in
Buckingham Park take note
of wet paths where water does 
not drain away because 
powdered bluestone flour was
applied. For safety/traction
and drainage - coarse gravel
needs to be applied.

                        Joe Sullivan 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


Add to your property value.
Beautify your yard and the
neighborhood. Provide shade
and air conditioning in summer.
A windbreak in winter. Combat
air pollution from vehicle and
home emissions and airborne
road salt.

Albany City has a tree program

Smaller, inexpensive stock can
be obtained from local county
soil and water conservation
tree/shrub sales.

Albany County SWCD 765 7923
Rensselaer County  271 1740
Schenectady County 399 6980.

Order forms can be obtained
by searching the web for the
various county SWCD tree
shrub sales for 2014.

Stock from these sources come
in bundles of 5 or 10.

Share them with neighbors
or/or plant them in open
spaces such as Buckingham
Pond Park, church/synagogue
grounds, senior housing and

Mater Christi parish trees
are deteriorating. Now is the
times to plant the next

The same is true of street
trees along New Scotland
Avenue and other streets
in our neighborhood. 

Plant trees now. Do not
let our neighborhood
become an urban waste land.

Select trees/shrubs that are
suitable for the sites where
you intend to plant them.

Before you dig call 811 or
1 800 962 7002 to avoid
underground utility lines.

                       Joe Sullivan

Friday, March 28, 2014


Albany has a city budget gap
a limited tax base. 
Homeowners need real property
tax relief.
Albany residents need jobs
lower electric and gas rates
lower gasoline and home heating

The remedy is not to go begging 
to the state fiscal review panel in
hopes of getting a few crumbs, likely
in the form of a loan, rather than grant.

It is not worth sacrificing the autonomy
of the City, making residents nothing
more than wards of the state.

We can solve our own problems.

1. Build a refinery at the Port of
Let our U S Senators , Congressman
and Governor get a Coast Guard 
Port Security unit stationed at the Port.

2. Build the Casino  at Corning Hill

Forget about a water theme park.

Focus on Tourism.

Build a replica of Ft Orange  on
the Casino grounds. 
Create an old Albany  historical 
neighborhood including St Ann's
Church, the old firehouse, Dan
O'Connell's birth place and
build a working replica of the
O'Connell's 4th Ave saloon with
German language bartenders and
a living museum of the political
history of the Albany machine.

The Hudson is America's Rhine.
Reestablish river boat service
between Albany and NYC to 
transport tourists, foreign and 

Moor the Half Moon replica
at the port, next to the U S S

Develop local tourism including
the cities, farms, Erie Canal
Saratoga Battle Field, and more.

3. Tap into the  765 Kv Quebec
to NYC hydro power line that
is to be built through Albany.

4. Demand the NYS pay the
11 million dollar annual PILOT
in lieu of taxes, beginning this
year, for the Harriman State
Office Campus.

5. Demand real mandate relief
for the city, city schools and county.

Failure to deliver on 4 and 5
above means no votes , from
residents of Albany City and
County in the
September primaries and
November elections for  all
incumbents. Congressional
and State.

6. Approve drilling NY gas.

7. Opt out of Common Core.

8. Merge city schools with
city government, one tax roll
to fund both. Return to a
K-8 neighborhood schools
system. The Mayor and City
Council responsible  and
accountable for.

Roll the dice!  Prosperity
or poverty?

                     Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Neighborhood News  Spring 2014

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

Read March 26, 2014 BPCNA Newletter
posted on 

                                     Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


January and February are months for

people to slow down. Most do not.

Our winter here in Albany has been
cold with snowfall plentiful.

March is a few days away. The pace
will pick up.  The weather will warm
the snow and ice will melt.

I planted garlic in November and
winter seeded plots with carrots
spinach, lettuce, beets and swiss
chard. They will emerge when ready.

March will be the time to seed the
remainder of the garden with a crop
of oats which should mature in 45
days. The oats draw up nitrogen from
below, and keep weeds at bay. Cut
the oats just before they mature.
Plant among the mowed oats.

A few plots will be set aside for early peas
and spinach.

Red and russet potatoes will be planted
some blocks of sweet corn , some cabbage
turnips and parsnips in April- May

In late May, tomatoes, summer squash
basil, rosemary, pole beans, peppers go

June, winter squash and pumpkins.

The garlic should be ready for harvest
in July along with potatoes, corn.

July and August are for planting
a second crop of spinach, cabbage
broccoli, turnips.

Biggest hazards are the heat, moles
mice, mosquitoes, wood chucks and weeds.

Being fair skinned , the early morning
and late afternoon are the best times
for working the garden.

Water may be a problem, if we have
a drought.

Like my ancestors before me, I have
been a tenant on this bit of land for
more than 3 decades.

A 350 year old white oak tree stands 
nearby, along with two red oaks, the
latter I planted 20 years ago.

A quiet refuge to seek peace and quiet
as well as provide a healthy harvest
for the home table.

                                       Joe Sullivan


Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014


Richard A Kohn a family man, attorney
friend and past Vice President of the BPCNA
Buckinghan Pond/Crestwood Neighborhood
Association has crossed the great divide.


Condolences to Margaret and family.

                                Joe Sullivan

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