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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, March 03, 2015

YOU HAVE THE BALL
DO NOT FUMBLE OR PUNT

The TV 6 news reporter and
cameraman were very pleasant.
We did an in depth interview, the
details of which lie on the
editors cutting room floor.

Nevertheless, as you looked
at the exterior and interior of
the unoccupied parsonage 
did you wonder why Pastor
Peggy doesn't live there?

Did you think that a dying
church should sell the parsonage
and land to a nice young couple
with children from this neighborhood
who want to live here and send
their children to Mater Christi
School?

In any case, the parsonage and land
should be on the city property tax
rolls. One more tax exempt parcel
in a cash strapped city that is fast
becoming Detroit on the Hudson.

Fortunately this website provides
you with all you need to know  to 
convince the BZA and Mayor
to DENY the Bethany Application.


Read the posts since January.
Click on links that document
what I have posted. 

bpcnanews.blogspot.com 

has had a 1,000 hits in the past few
weeks, many have copied and passed
the posts along to family, neighbors
and friends.

The word is out, despite limited
media coverage.

When the recently FCC approved
so called "Net Neutrality"rules
hundred of pages, not released
to the public before the Feb 26
vote are finally released you
will see that content control
and restriction of your First
Amendment Rights and Liberty

will emerge.

Websites like this one will
disappear and you will be
left in the dark of mainstream
media coverage.

Fine Independent radio sources
like C Pooler's
FOCUS ON ALBANY
will disappear as well.

FEC rules re: "Fairness" will
also be passed with the resultant
muzzling and disappearance of
conservative talk radio.

Independent candidates will
not be able to make use of the
internet in an effort to inform
the public of their messages.

The question posed by the BZA
is too narrow   "is the Family
Promise Homeless Ministry Plan
consistent with the use of this
property( the parsonage and
church., as a house of worship"?

The answer is NO, the Family
Promise Homeless plan is not
a permitted use in an R1b
single family zoned residential
neighborhood pursuant to the
City Zoning Code.

The question is what will the
negative impact of approving
this application be on the
residential integrity/quality of
life and home values in this
neighborhood which pays the
lion's share of the property
taxes that support cash strapped
city schools, city government
services?

BZA approval  of the Family
Promise plan would be insane.

The residential integrity/quality
of life, peace and tranquility of
this, one of the last best neighborhoods
remaining in the City of Albany
will be destroyed. Homeowners
will flee, 4 sales signs will pop up
with the daffodils and tulips;
home values will drop like a rock
support for city schools and
city services will dwindle
The City budget gap will soar.

Albany will be on a non reversible
fast track to becoming Detroit on
the Hudson.

The Governor's Fiscal Review Board
a generous HUD block grant for
allowing HUD to over ride local
zoning  will not be able to prevent
this fate for one of America's oldest
cities.

Ironically, the HUD block grant
rewarding the City government
from allowing HUD to over ride
the Albany City Zoning Code
will only hasten this fate.

An avoidable fate- if only you will
rise up, attend the BZA meeting
and make your views loud and
clear to the BZA and the Mayor-

Weds, Mar 11 5:45 pm Common
Council Chambers City Hall.

Be there early, fill the very small
public seating area, sign up to
make brief, concise statements
for the record. Coordinate your
statements, so they are not
repetitive of others who
speak.

Prepare written statements
with you name, address included
hand them to the hearing Clerk
for entry into the record- before
the hearing begins.

If you can't or won't risk going
downtown -
make your views
known by phone, fax, e mail
or written letter to the Mayor
and BZA
( see contact information
earlier post this website)
 BEFORE the Hearing
 marked For Entry to the
BZA Hearing Record 3/11/15
Re: Case #1-15 4230
       Bethany Church

Car pool it down to City Hall
because parking is inadequate.
Also, their is safety in numbers.

You can skip your supper in
order to attend, and be heard

Be mindful that the Mayor
and BZA work for you. You
are not their serfs!

The Late, Great Dan O Connell
will not be able to help you
with this one.

You have to stand up for
your neighborhood, your
homes and the future of the
City of Albany.

Do it!

Thank you.

                Joe Sullivan 

PS, Homeowners in adjacent
Albany neighborhoods - this
fight is your fight too- tell the
Mayor and BZA to DENY
the Bethany Family Promise
Application.

Homeowners in the Towns
of Albany County - pay attention
you are next for the HUD grand
transformation of your nice
single family zoned neighborhoods.
Gear up to repel boarders, moves
to annex you, and more.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHANNEL 6 TV 
NEWS TONIGHT

Concerned homeowners in the
Buckingham Pond Crestwood
neighborhood, and adjacent
single family zoned Albany
neighborhoods, as well as 
homeowners in Guilderland
Bethlehem, Colonie and other
Albany County  Towns should
watch tonight's Channel 6 TV
News, and

read our neighborhood website

bpcnanews.blogspot.com

and listen to the Focus on Albany
interview, as well as read the
website posts since January to
learn what is coming to their
neighborhood - courtesy of
HUD and complicit local
governments.

                       Joe Sullivan

Monday, March 02, 2015

CITY OF ALBANY BZA

The City BZA has put the
Family Promise - Bethany
Reformed Church Application
back on the BZA hearing
calendar for

5:45 pm Weds, March 11
at the Common Council
Chambers, City Hall

for approval of a variance
to conduct a program at the
church and adjacent parsonage
located
at 736-760 New Scotland Ave
to serve the needs of homeless
families.

This is not a permitted use
in an R1B single family zone
pursuant to the Albany City
Zoning Code.

Contact the BZA and Mayor
Sheehan 

1. To ask that the BZA public
Hearing on this Application
be held at Mater Christi Hall
at a time and date that will
afford all concerned residents
of the Buckingham Pond
Crestwood neighborhood and
 adjacent single family zoned
residential neighborhoods, an
opportunity to attend and voice
their views.

BZA  Brad Glass Tel. 445 0754
          bglass@albanyny.gov

Mayor Sheehan  Tel  434 5100
                              Fax 434 5013

             mayor@ci.albany.ny.us

The following justify holding
the BZA hearing in the
neighborhood that would be
adversely impacted by approval
of the variance

* The time and location of the
BZA hearing do not afford an
opportunity to be heard on this
application.

* 5:45 pm is when most neighbors
are commuting to home from work
and/or are preparing their suppers

* parking is not adequate around
City Hall

* the public seating gallery of the
Common Council Chambers is
too small to accommodate the
large number of people who
will want to be heard

* there is another hearing application
on the agenda, so that means even less
public seating will be available

* the impact of approval of this
variance extends to adjacent
single family zoned neighborhoods

* there are no homeless families
in the BPCNA neighborhood

The BPCNA boundaries are
Western Ave, South Manning Blvd
The NYS Thruway, Rte 85 and
Whitehall Rd.

2.  The Bethany Reformed Church
     Family Promise variance application

      should be  WITHDRAWN
      ............ or  DENIED

Why?   UPHOLD the existing City
             Zoning Code relating to
             single family R1B residential
             zone neighborhoods

Read background posts this website
since January

Pick the reasons that appeal to you.

Should the BZA hearing on the
Bethany Reformed Church
Family Promise Variance Application
be held as scheduled on Feb 11 at
City Hall your voices will not be
heard.

Make your voices heard via
the phone, fax, e mail and Talk
1300 Radio 476 1300 from
March 3 through the 10th.

Every concerned homeowner
in the Buckingham Pond Crestwood
and adjacent single family zoned
residential neighborhoods must
make their views known.

Our neighborhoods and homes
are on the line.

                                Joe Sullivan

                           
 



FOCUS ON 
ALBANY
INTERVIEW

Independent citizen journalist Cynthia Pooler
interviews Joe Sullivan on Blogspot Radio.

How the Family Promise Application to
house and serve homeless "families" in
neighborhood churches will impact 
neighborhood home values, the city 
property tax base and adversely impact
support for city schools and city
governmental services.

How two local media outlets reported
on this issue.

FOCUS ON ALBANY

  http://www.focusonalbany.com/radio-interviews/item/255-joe-sullivan-talks-about-the-chris-churchill-article-on-homelessness

WAMC Radio:

 http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/2015/02/wamc-ne-public-radio-httpwamc.html

THE TIMES UNION Newspaper:



 http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/Chris-Churchill-6102433.php


http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/2015/02/zone-this-two-media-outlets-decided-to.html


                             Joe Sullivan

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ZONE THIS

Two media outlets decided to
cover an issue pertaining to
zoning in the Buckingham Pond
Crestwood Neighborhood.
(See discussion below)



The BPCNA is a large single
family zoned residential 
neighborhood that pays the
lions share of the property 
taxes that support city
schools and city government
services.

The BPCNA boundaries are
Western Ave, Rte 85/ NYS 
Thruway-Whitehall Rd
South Manning Blvd.

This neighborhood is so
zoned to protect  home
values, which in turn
allows the City to gain
a higher property tax
return to keep city schools
and city services operating.

Uses that would negatively
impact these neighborhood
values are not permitted.

The Family Promise plan is
to use Bethany Reformed
Mater Christi and St Sophia's
Churches to serve homeless
"families" with Bethany 
being the hub.  The program
involves injecting homeless
populations and services into
a prime  single family residential 
neighborhood where there
are no homeless. This is 
not a permitted use in this
R1B zoned neighborhood.

Family Promise and Bethany
quietly filed their application
for a variance without notifying
and talking it over, with 
neighborhood homeowners.

The City BZA notice of the
public hearing on Family
Promise's Application
arrived only to homes
located within 250 feet of the
Bethany Church.

The Notice arrived in the
afternoon mail roughly
four hours before the BZA
hearing on February 11.

I called the Mayor's office
and demanded the Family
Promise Application be
withdrawn or denied.

The Notice was not timely
and any BZA action could
have been legally voided.

It was withdrawn from
the Feb 11, BZA hearing
agenda

The question posed in
the Notice is too narrow.
The Family Promise
Application impacts the
whole BPCNA and 
adjacent single family
residential neighborhoods
as well as support for city
schools and city government
services.

The proper question should
be what would the impact
of approving FP on home 
values and support of city
schools/services?

Family Promise and Bethany
Church erred in not coming
to the neighbors first to get
our reaction to their plan.

The Ministry of any church
is, first, to the neighborhood in
which it is located.

Most of Mater Christi's
congregation comes from
the BPCNA neighborhood.

In contrast, the majority
of the congregations of
Bethany and St Sophia's
do not.

Family Promise and Bethany
then scheduled a meeting
to promote their application
at 5:30 pm Monday 23
February at the church.

Not a convenient time
for working homeowners
on a night when freezing
temperatures and ice
prevented senior home-
owners from attending.

I discovered that the
BZA put the Family Promise
Application back on the
BZA hearing calendar
for Feb 25,

I contacted 8th Ward 
Alderman, Jack Flynn
and asked that he request
that the BZA hold the
hearing on March 11
in the neighborhood at
a time, date and location 
in the neighborhood to
allow all concerned
neighborhood residents
to be heard.

The BZA rescheduled
the hearing for March
11, but the date ,time
and location do not 
provide for maximum
participation of neigh-
hood residents.

We are requesting that
said meeting be held
on date and time at Mater
Christi to provide for
maximum participation 
of all concerned residents
of the BPCNA as well as
adjacent single family
zoned neighborhoods.

We recommend the
Family Promise Application
for a homeless program be
withdrawn or denied.

Family Promise is located
on Clinton Ave where the
zoning does not require a
variance. 

This location, and others
in downtown contain 
numerous suitable places
for Family Promise to
conduct their homeless
program. 

A downtown location is
where most of the homeless
may be found and this
population has better
access to the services they
require there.

NOW- Regarding media
coverage of this issue.

WAMC Radio provided
a brief report on the 6 PM
February 24 news.

The report provided basic
notice and facts. Dave Lucas
offered no personal opinions.

Read/Listen to the WAMC
NE Public Radio report.
Click on link below.

In contrast Chris Churchill
presented a highly opinionated
slanted, inaccurate and attack
article which appeared on the 
Times Union front page 2/26/15
which is designed to evoke
emotional support for the
Family Promise homeless
plan.

Churchill interviewed me 
by phone  2/25/15

I answered his questions and
explained the reasons for and
how approval of  the Family
Promise App would have a
negative impact on home
values, the city budget and
support for city schools and
city services. But, it was clear
to me that Churchill was acting
as an advocate for Family
Promise and Bethany.

I asked him, in the interest of
fairness, to cite my website
address, which contains  a
series of posts which provide
links to sources that document
what is at play here.

Sadly, the link to my website
was excluded from Churchill's
article.

I invited Churchill to come
over my house and we could
discuss the FP plan in depth
and tour the neighborhood.

Churchill did not respond
to my offer.
 
But a nice promo picture
of two charming ladies
appeared on the front page
in front of the Bethany
parsonage.

Compare

TheWAMC link:


http://wamc.org/post/family-promise-comes-albany

and Churchill's column link:

 http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/Chris-Churchill-6102433.php

Finally read my posts and 
references/sources
and google HUD take over
of local zoning.

Readers who do this will 
get an accurate picture
of why  maintaining the
residential integrity and 
quality of life in the BPCNA
single family residential 
zoned neighborhood
is vital to residents, to City
efforts to balance the budget
and provide city services
as well a support for the 
city schools.
What is behind the 
Family Promise move 
and why approval of their 
variance application is not in
the best interest of  all concerned

including the churches 
that have signed on to the 
Family Promise Program
without recognition of the
negative domino impact
on home values, the city
property tax base , city
services, efforts to balance
the city budget and support
for financially stressed city
schools.

Charity begins at home.
The, first, priority ministry
is for churches and 
synagogues to protect the
residential integrity and
quality of life of the
neighborhoods wherein 
they are located.

Please read all the posts
on this website since
January.  The reader will see
how this issue has evolved
and can read the sources/
documentation  to back up
the explanation of why 

 The BZA should deny 
 the Family Promise
 variance request.

To be fair to all concerned
and in the interest of an
informed citizenry
Churchill should post the
BPCNA website for all to read.

http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com

We do not want to see Albany
become Detroit on the Hudson.

                   Joe Sullivan


PS Approval of FCC control
     of the internet, today, is
     an attack on free speech
     our Liberty and efforts
     to create an informed
     electorate which is essential
     to preserving our Constitutional
     Republic.

     This, and similar independent 
     citizen web sites will soon be
     shut down by the FCC.
     
  
    

































Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BACK OFF BAILEY
AND MCLAUGHLIN

The word on the street is
that 3rd Ward Alderman
Ron Bailey will carry water
for Council President
Carolyn McLaughlin
sponsor her Resolution 
to amend the City of Albany
zoning law 
re: home occupations.
...............................................
Read this website

Monday, February 16, 2015

ON RESIDENTIAL
ZONING

Ordinance Number 10.22.15
(no sponsor, yet) is on the
Albany Common Council
Meeting agenda for  Feb 19.


read entire post

...................................

Ron and Carolyn -take off
your shades and blinders
there is more to Albany than
your narrow focus on your
peeps and hoods.

We do not want our hood
to look like yours.

Your Resolution, if passed
would be detrimental to
the residential integrity of
uptown Albany hoods

detrimental to the city
tax base, which supports
the city schools and city
services.

Ron, doesn't look like
you will have the 
Conservative Party line
next time you are up
for election.

Carolyn as City Council
President and Albany
County Democratic Chair
you have an obligation
to represent ALL the people
and best interests
of Albany City and County.

                      Joe Sullivan


WAMC NE PUBLIC RADIO
REPORT ON FAMILY PROMISE

 http://wamc.org/post/family-promise-comes-albany

Thanks to WAMC Radio for
this report.

There is much more to what
is presented as a charitable
act.

The agenda to fundamentally
transform America has come
down to every single family
residential zoned neighborhood
in the City of Albany and
the Towns of Albany County.

Family Promise is already in 
Albany where homeless are.

Who are these homeless?
From where do they come? 

Are they, will they be ,the
illegal aliens  that the
President aims to distribute
everywhere, if  Congress
fails to block his unlawful
executive amnesty order?

Why put them in this hood?

Answer-this is all part of
the HUD take over of local
zoning to socially engineer
the demographic, income
characteristics of  urban
and suburban neighborhoods.
(Read sources in prior post
this website)

Building high rise, subsidized
low income housing in this
and similar hoods is next.

The motive behind this
grand HUD scheme is
political control.

Dependent populations
who live in assisted housing
will vote for the party that
places them there.

Our single family residential
zoned neighborhood pays
the lion's share of the property
taxes that support city schools
and city services that 
enable dependent populations
to enjoy living in Albany.

Approval of  the Family Promise
Application will result in-

More flight from our hood
devaluation of the homes
of those who stay, higher
property taxes  for them
and a  negative impact on support
for city schools/city government
services 

Albany will be on the fast
track for becoming Detroit
on the Hudson.

There will be no winners
only losers.

The Family Promise
Application to bring
and serve homeless at
Bethany, Mater Christi 
and St Sophia's will
have a negative domino
effect on neighborhood
residential integrity
life quality and home
values in our neighborhood

which in turn will further
erode the city property
base

which will negatively 
impact funding for city
schools/city and county
government services

and the demise of the
very churches which
would host the Family
Promise program

Charity begins at home.

WITHDRAW OR DENY
The Family Promise 
Application!

                       Joe Sullivan

Monday, February 23, 2015

SNEAKING INTO
THE USA AND
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

That's  a HUD Promise

Musical rendition courtesy Rusty  Humphries

 http://safeshare.tv/w/eUqDmyBbir

                            Jose Sullivan

BETHANY MEETING
 ALBANY ON FAST
TRACK FOR BECOMING
DETROIT ON THE HUDSON

A decent audience of good
people who wish to do good
but are totally uniformed
and in denial of how the
Family Promise Application
will negatively impact our
neighborhood residential
integrity/life quality, home
values, the city property tax
base, city schools and city
government services.

The presentation was less
than honest, but the believers
swallowed the bait, the timid
were silent ,accept for a few
who raised objections and
doubts, that did not penetrate
closed minds.

So where to from here?

The City BZA will have a
hearing on the Family Promise
Application at 5:30 pm, March
11, Albany City Hall.

The time and location are
not convenient for full
participation of  concerned
residents of this very large
single family zoned residential
neighborhood that pays the lions
share of property taxes that
support city schools and city
government services.


5:30 pm is when most residents
are commuting home or making
supper.

Parking is inadequate to 
accommodate more than a
few cars.

The neighborhood of City Hall
is less than safe after dark.

The Council Chamber public
seating sector is very small
often filled with proponents
or opponents of other items
on the BZA agenda.

Residents of the Buckingham
Pond Crestwood Neighborhood
bounded by The NYS Thruway
Rte 85, Western Ave and South
Manning Blvd, and residents
of adjacent single family zoned
residential neighborhoods can
make their voices heard by
sending e mails and/or letters

The following Petition, dated
and signed shall be e mailed
or mailed to the following:
(phone calls disappear but
 e mails and letters leave
  a paper trail-)



PETITION

To: Mayor Sheehan                      
       Members of The Common    
       Council and Albany
       The Albany City BZA
       City Hall, Albany, NY 12207

      County Legislators who         
      represent city residents

      County Building  
      112 State St
      Albany, NY 12207
       
       The Pastors of 

       Bethany
       Reformed Church          
       760 New Scotland Ave
        Albany, NY 12208

        Mater Christi Church   
        40 Hopewell St
        Albany. NY 12208
         and


        St Sophia's Church         
        440  Whitehall Rd
        Albany, NY 12208

.......................................................................................................

1. The Family Promise Application
     to serve homeless should be
      WITHDRAWN or DENIED.

2.  The BZA public hearing on
      said application shall be
      held  at the church that can
      accommodate the largest
      number of concerned
      resident homeowners
      property taxpayers of this
      and
      adjacent residential
      neighborhoods, who
      wish to be to be heard
      heard - at a date and time
      convenient for maximum
      participation.

      Mater Christi- which is
      the Church of the largest
      number of BPCNA  residents

3.  The audience in attendance
      shall be asked, by of show
      of hands- who supports
      and who opposes the
      Family Promise Application.

4.    E mails and letters for
       and against shall be tallied.

5.    The Mayor, Common Council
        Members and County Legislators
        representing the City of Albany 
        shall publicly announce whether
        they support or oppose the
        Family Promise Application.

6.     The BZA shall vote approval
         or denial of said Application

Signed and dated         street address /zip code

1.

-------------------------------------------------------------
2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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Homeowner/property taxpayers 
residing in the BPCNA
and adjacent single family 
residential zoned districts who
support approval of the 
Family Promise Application can
make their own petition
mail or e mail it, and, if they
attend the BZA meeting
in the neighborhood, indicate
so, with show of hands 
when asked if they  support.

Below are some references 
which should be read so
that residents may make
informed determinations in 
this matter.

1. http://ntlconsulting.blogspot.com/2014/07/hud-zoning-
 takeover.html

2. http://heritageactionscorecard.com/votes/vote/s353-2014

 3. 
 https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2014/12/time-to-update-our-liberty-score

4. http://www.huduser.org/portal/affht_pt.html

5.http://www.eastbayri.com/opinion/barrington-letter-affordable-housing-on-steroids/

6. https://mail.aol.com/webmail-std/en-us/suite

7. http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/2015/02/who-is-planning-your-neighborhood-not.html

8.http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/2015/02/prepare-to-stand-your-ground-to-defend.html

9.http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/2015/02/prepare-to-stand-your-ground-to-defend.html

10. http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/2015/02/family-promise-fundamental.html

11.http://bpcnanews.blogspot.com/2015/02/family-promise-fundamental.html

Read more on    bpcnanews.blogspot.com      and
google -HUD take over of local zoning  for much more

                                                      Joe Sullivan

WHO IS PLANNING
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

Not you.

 http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Albany-launches-city-rezoning-effort-5856589.php

Get active in your neighborhood
association now or rue the day
you did not.

Read

 http://sustainablefreedomlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Inside_the_World_of_Planning.pdf

                  Joe Sullivan

Saturday, February 21, 2015

FAMILY PROMISE  and
ALBANY CITY plan for
fundamental transformation  
Of your neighborhood-   

 THEIR PLAN                   

 1 STACK MEETING TO MAKE IT APPEAR
    THAT BPCNA RESIDENTS SUPPORT APPROVAL  
    
   5 PM Mon 2/23  Bethany Church 760 New Scotland Ave

                        

 2,  RUSH City  BZA  approval      

     City BZA Hearing  5:30 PM  March 11   City Hall

3. REASSESS HOMES

 4. REZONE CITY SINGLE FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS                   

 5  BUILD HIGH RISE,LOW  INCOME SUBSIDIZED HOUSING THERE
 

 6.  HUD REWARDS CITY/PARTICIPATING CHURCHES

       WITH GENEROUS BLOCK GRANTS/CASH

            consequences

  * YOUR HOME VALUES FALL

  * YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTIAL
     INTEGRITY/LIFE QUALITY ARE DESTROYED


 
* THE CITY PROPERTY TAX BASE COLLAPSES
     NEGATIVELY IMPACTING CITY SCHOOLS AND
     CITY GOVERNMENT SERVICES
                           
  *YOU AND OTHERS FLEE THE CITY (AND TOWNS)


 
  ALBANY BECOMES DETROIT ON THE HUDSON


 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?   
OUR PLAN  DEFEAT THEIRS

    #  INFORM YOURSELVES
   

 READ   bpcnanews.blogspot, com


    # PASS THE WORD TO ALL YOU KNOW


    #  GET AS MANY TO PARK IN

      BETHANY CHURCH PARKING LOT
 

760 New Scotland Ave  5 PM (or earlier)  
Monday, February 23

    #  BE HEARD  


1.  DEMAND FAMILY PROMISE APP BE           
     WITHDRAWN   -OR-
2.  DENIED at the March 11  Albany CIty BZA hearing
 

3. HOLD SAID HEARING
    IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD                                                  on a date, at a time that will afford     
    maximum participation
    and comment by all concerned
    residents of BPCA, and adjacent single family
    zoned neighborhoods.



 THANK YOU                             JOE SULLIVAN


                   -

LIGHTS OUT
AT BETHANY
REFORMED
CHURCH


Every night the brilliant light
of the dual billboard in front
of Bethany Reformed Church
760 New Scotland Avenue
Albany has lit up the darkness
for several years.

Friday night and Saturday
morning the brightly lit
billboard was dark.

Is this to conceal the Notice
posted on the Bethany
Billboard that the church
is hosting a meeting 5:30 pm
Monday, February 23 to
promote it's partnership
with Family Promise of
the Capital District? 

Sure the billboard can be seen
in the light of day, but rarely
noticed from cars speeding by
on New Scotland Ave.

No doubt this is a promo
event that will be stacked
with supporters of the
City administration and
others,  who tried to sneak
the Family Promise plan
to house homeless in
neighborhood churches
throught the City BZA
at their Feb 11 meeting, 5:30
pm.

Only a few neighbors received
Notice of the meeting in the
afternoon mail that day, four
hours before the meeting.

Most likely never got home
from work and opened their
mail, after supper, after said
BZA meeting was history.

Your neighborhood
association sounded the alert
and demanded the BZA
table and withdraw the
Family Promise Application
from the BZA agenda that
meeting.

This was done. However
the City and participating
religious institutions are not
about to give up on this grand
scheme which  will transform
our neighborhood.

Why? Too much money in
the form of generous HUD
block and other grants which
are needed to keep a cash hungry
city government and dying
churches fiscally afloat.

The Monday, Feb 23, 5:30 pm
meeting will be stacked with
supporters of this plan which
is part of the grand  agenda
transform America, right 
down to your neighborhood
and block,

You can keep your neighborhood
residential integrity and quality
of life, your home and your property
taxes won't increase a dime.

That is the  hollow promise of
those behind the Family Promise
plan.

Sound vaguely familiar like
the promises made to push
Obamacare? How did that
work out for you?

You can expect that the
stacked meeting will have
media coverage, aimed a
setting the stage for approval
of the Fmily Promise Application
March 11, 2015 BZA hearing
5:30 PM at City Hall.

Demand that  the BZA
hold the hearing here 
the neighborhood a
Mater Christi or St Sophia's
which have larger spaces
to provide for maximum
participation of concerned
residents  of the Buckingham
Pond Crestwood, and adjacent
single family zoned residential
neighborhoods - at a date and
time in March or April that
will afford the opportunity for
all concerned to voice their
opinions.

Family Promise promises
to fundamentally transform
your neighborhood residential
integrity and quality of life.

Your local zoning will be
overridden by HUD which
will build subsidized low
income (high rise) housing
in your hood as part of the
stated plan to socially engineer
the socioeconomic and political
character of this and every 
neighborhood in every City
and Town in Albany County.

That is the family Promise.

Unintended consequences
will be the destruction of
the City property tax base
which will negatively impact
support for city schools and
city government services.

People will flee the city and
Albany will become Detroit
on the Hudson.

Make your voices heard
loud and clear now, before
you join the ranks of the 
homeless.

Demand that the Family
Promise Application be
WITHDRAWN or DENIED !

                    Joe Sullivan