- Name: J P Sullivan
- Location: Albany, New York, United States
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/
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The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted on Thursday
to raise the fare on subways and buses
to $2.75 and the cost of a 30-day Metrocard by $4.50, to $116.50. The
fares take effect March 22
The fare hikes are expected to continue
every two years as part of the authority's budgeting.
The MTA currently faces a $15 billion shortfall
for its 5-year, $32 billion capital plan and is looking for help from
the City and State. The MTA has warned that without help it will have to
accelerate the schedule of fare hikes. The MTA has seen record levels of
usage in recent years.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised to invest $750 million in the MTA in his
budget, but did not address the larger funding gap. He has downplayed
the MTA's need.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Sunday, December 21, 2014
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS Winter/Spring 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 29 years
and your support.
Spring is a time of renewal. A time to renew your
involvement in your neighborhood association.
YOUR ASSOCIATION WORKS WHEN YOU DO!
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 .
Read neighborhood website: http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH .
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.
NEIGHBORHOOD AGENDA 2015
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
4. Complete Daniel P O Connell Memorial Pocket Park
Whitehall at New Scotland & create Neighborhood
Greenway bordered by Crescent
Krum Kill Rd/New Scotland Ave/ NYS TW/Rte 85
5. Improve Crestwood Shopping Plaza
6. Plant trees curb sides /front lawns
7. REZONING. Keep single family zoning.
Oppose HUD override of local zoning.
8. Keep Albany Muni a city golf course/park.
9. Improve Hartman Rd Community Garden
10. Oppose building an apartment tower/parking garage
Krum Kill Rd , opposite Ohav Shalom Senior apts
11. Neighborhood security, combat crime/blight
promote emergency/disaster preparedness
Officer Jim Brooks 458 5669 email@example.com
12. Oppose reassessment.
COPY/ PASS THIS ON to family/neighbors
Thank you. Wishing all a happy, healthy, productive 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
THEN AND NOW
Friday, January 07, 2011
Our neighborhood association has been a
major factor in maintaining and improving
the residential integrity and environmental
quality of our neighborhood for the past
We have defeated land use and zoning
changes that would have adversely impacted
our neighborhood, and adjacent neighborhoods.
We were instrumental in the creation
of Buckingham Pond Park and setting aside
open spaces including the acre green space
and conifer buffer at Krum Kill/New Scotland
the green space at the SW corner of South
Manning /New Scotland.
We have worked to keep graffiti, vandalism
and crime at a minimum in our neighborhood.
2011 presents many challenges for our
1. Traffic/Pedestrian Safety. In the past week
there have been a number of auto accidents
in the vicinity of New Scotland Ave, Krum Kill
Rd and Buckingham Dr., which have resulted
in serious injuries and one death.
The root causes of these accidents
include: execessive speed, reckless
driving and failure of drivers and
pedestrians to be alert to what they
are doing , to road conditions and to
what is going on around them.
Speeding traffic on main roads like
New Scotland, Western, South Manning
Whitehall, Krum Kill, Buckingham and
many tributary residential streets
is a serious problem that needs the
attention of the Albany Police and
A mayoral proclamation announcing
strict enforcement of speed limits and
targeting reckless driving, on
residential streets is required.
2. Crestwood Plaza
We promoted retention/improvement of
Crestwood Plaza as a neighborhood
Current plaza management needs to
improve the appearance of the plaza
by litter control and landscaping/plantings
including flowers and flowering
3. The SW Corner of Whitehall at
We promoted clean up and removal of the
derelict former gas station and successfully
opposed further commercial development
of that 3/4 acre parcel. We advocated that
the developer of the adjacent condos deed
the parcel as park land to the city as part
of thec condo development approval. This
We have recommended that the parcel be
dedicated as the Dan O'Connell Memorial
Pocket Park, landscaped with a rolling
berms, planted with a mix of conifers
harwoods, flowering shrubs and perennial
flowers. Also, a few benches, a flagpole and
a small stone/plaque in memory of Dan
who lived father down Whitehall Rd for
the latter years of his life. This remains
to be done by the City in cooperation with
the condo developer.
4. The Stewart's Shop: Whitehall
at New Scotland.
We have worked with Stewart's management
to make their store a successful venture in
harmony with our neighborhood.
Our efforts with regard to the 3/4 acre
parcel across the street, have helped
assure the success of the Stewart's shop.
The Stewart's shop will undergo change
this year. The store will be relocated on
the green space adjacent to the existing
store which will be razed for an expanded
parking lot and expansion of gas pumps
We have urged Stewart's to save the
fine Oak located where the current
green space meets the existing parking
lot, bordering the entrance from New
This can be accomplished by leaving
it where it is, or moving the tree to
the park parcel across the street.
At the recent meeting regarding the
Stewart's expansion, we observed that
expansion of the gas pump islands and
canopy was questionable, and that
establishment of a traffic entrance
and exit flow pattern would be essential
to avoid an increase of vehicle/pedestrian
Just recently, a man was hit in the
crosswalk at Whitehall/New Scotland.
5. The 7 acre parcel Krum Kill at
We defeated two atttempts to locate
a big box store on that parcel.
The parcel is privately owned.
We have recommended that the City
work out a transfer of development
rights plan whereby the parcel owners
deed the parcel to the City as parkland
and in return receive property of equal
value downtown or elsewhere in the
We have further recommended that
the 7 acre parcel front on Krum Kill
and New Scotland, be connected with
the 5 acre landlocked parcel which
has be rezoned Land Conservation, at
our urging, and the 10 acre parcel
adjacent to the Stewarts shop and
Crescent Dr, which is City owned,
to form a 23 Acre NeighborhoodGreenbelt.
8. Buckingham Pond Park
At our urging, with the cooperation of
then Alderman,Howard Greenstein
the pond and adjacent shoreline were
rezoned and Conservation (LC), park land
in 1994, creating Buckingham Pond Park.
The park needs an improvement
plan which addresses pathways
water quality, shore erosion
woodlot management including
planting of a greater variety of
hardwoods, conifers, flowering
trees/bushes and perennial flowers.
In addition, vandalism and safety
concerns must be addressed.
Review numerous previous posts
on this topic, on the site, which
specify, in greater detail, needed
improvements to the park.
9. The White Death
Excessive dumping of road salt causes
great harm to roadways, street trees
home exteriors, our expensive homes
and vehicles, water bodies and the
health of residents and their pets.
In a time of economic stress, dumping
of execessive amounts of road salt is
Refer to earlier posts on this subject.
It is up to the people to press political
officials at local, county and state levels
to address this issue.
10. Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
We live in dangerous times. Disasters
natural and man made can occur at
any time. The threat of terror attacks
grow more frequent every day.
Do not look to government to save you.
They are not prepared. Nor,are local
churches, synagogues, schools, businesses
(despite our repeated urging over the years).
You are on your own when it comes to
saving yourselves, your loved ones and
protectioning your homes and property.
The wise will prepare by taking action
to increase the chances of themselves
and their loved ones, surviving whatever
comes our way in the days, weeks and
Some sources of information to get you
B and J Guns 1702 Central Ave Albany 862 9831
11. Our neighborhood watch
Everyone is part of our watch.
Be alert, observant, carry your
cell phones at all times, keyed to
the following numbers:
APD Center Sq Station 458 5660
Anti-Terror Hotline 1 866 SAFE NYS
HEALTHY, SAFE 2011 TO ALL.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Changes in City Zoning that
* invade our existing single family
* attempt to privatize Capital Hills
(Albany Muni) City Golf Course
* hand over local zoning control
to the federal government (HUD)
Zoning is a local /state matter not
among the enumerated powers
delegate to the federal government
by the U S Constitution.
Insist that our Governor, state
legislators, and local elected officials
uphold their oaths of office to abide
by the Constitution.
We are working with our neighboring
Eagle Point NA to protect the residential
integrity and quality of life in our
Mayor Sheehan has selected
Clarion Associates to do a
comprehensive rewrite of City
of the city zoning ordinance and
land use regulations.
Beware of that word "comprehensive"
as illustrated by federal legislation
such as obamacare and immigration
Don't we have enough local
talent to amend our own zoning
and land use regulations?
Why do we have a Common Council
and City Corporation Counsel?
Albany Rezoning Kick-Off Forums
Tues 15 January 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Albany City Hall Rotunda
Weds 14 January 1-2:30 PM
200 Henry Johnson Blvd
Introduction of process and
gathering thoughts, ideas
experiences from stakeholders
Attend, observe, listen, ask
questions, add your two cents.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
A NEW YEAR
Observe New Scotland Ave
from South Manning Blvd
to the Thruway bridge.
Evidence of speeding, reckless
* the fire hydrant at corner
of Buckingham hit and
* tire tracks on the lawn of
Bethany Church and the
curb island.. also several
places further West
* the memorial wreath on
the tree near corner of Euclid
* stop signs recently installed on
Buckingham Dr are being
run.. the resultant traffic
back ups, at afternoon rush
only add to air pollution and
make it difficult for residents
to enter or leave their drive
* other neighborhood stop
signs are routinely being
* speeding vehicles, including
snow plows continue
Red Light cameras will do
nothing to stop this -
A proclamation by Mayor
and/or Common Council
that "all traffic laws will
be strictly enforced" and
directing the APD to do
so, will do the job.... and
bring more revenue to
city the treasury- as well
as contribute of the Mayor's
goal of making our neighborhoods
safer and more walkable
Enactment of a 25 mph
speed limit in city residential
neighborhoods, as was done
in communist NYC, would
LITTER AND GRAFITTI
PARKING CARS ON FRONT
* on the newly installed traffic
signal box at Harding/New Scotland
* litter/parked cars on lawn
group home 730 NS Ave
* observe other similar
happenings along NS Ave
and tributary streets.
DYING STREET TREES
* broken limbs/branches
fallen here and there
* most trees bear scars
of collisions with speeding
out of control vehicles
* excessive dumping of
road salt, and improper
snow plowing are factors
in the demise of street trees
and dooms replacement
trees to an early death
* pedestrians are more at
risk from reckless, speeding
vehicles, as trees are taken
down, not replaced or
replaced with flimsy twigs
which offer no protection
* one of the 2 replacement trees
planted by the City opposite
Collins at NS Ave has been
vandalized by punks under
cover of darkness. The upper
half has been broken off.
SNOW PLOWING HAS
GOTTEN WORSE INSTEAD
* as usual I shovelled my
walks and driveway early
and did my best to protect
our young street tree from
the tsunami of road salt
sludge caused by speeding
snow plows hitting the
snow/sludge build up that
is left to accumulate in the
* to no avail- around midnight
the speeding snow plow struck
leaving behind a wave of heavy
salt/sludge over the street trees
and sidewalk, filling in driveways
* I summoned a DGS supervisor
who appeared with another DGS
worker in a pick up with plow.
As we were surveying the mess
one of the culprits passed by in
a big yellow plow truck.
He was a gypsy hired to supplement
DGS staff with snow plowing.
The driver of the pick up said
"we are not all bad". I concurred.
There are many fine DGS and
other City workers, such as those
in the water department, who
recently addressed a problem
we were having.
I offered to teach a course in
snow plowing 101 ala former
Mayor Whalen who had it right
using slow moving, tandem plows
which began clearing the streets
as soon as the snow began to fall.
But that was decades ago.
And homeowners here
face the specter of reassessment
and higher property taxes in
2015 and surrender of local
single family zoning to HUD?
Notice the 4 sale signs
sprouting up on neighborhood
Good bye city property tax base
when present homeowners flee!
There much more to lament
but this is enough for now.
Happy 2015 all. Be sure to
pay your recently arrived
city property tax bills by
Neighborhood residents who
want to be active in your
and get things done - look
around your street- send me
your observations- I may
decide to print those that
are brief and to the point.
In any case, I am out there
walking the hood and will
post my observations from
time to time.
I challenge you to do the
"See something-say something
You are all part of the
Carry your cell phone
with you at all times.
Observe what occurs on
your street during the day
and after dark.
Read this website for
numerous posts regarding
the poor condition of
Buckingham Pond Park
and needed actions.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Be sure the read the neighborhood
newsletter (scroll down).
Resolve to be a working partner of
our neighborhood association.
Contact me and we will explore
what role(s) you might play.