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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 for list of leadership results. Neighborhood website: see also:

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Margaret, Paddy, Mick and me took
a stroll around Buckingham Pond

Buckingham Pond Conservancy
has signs posted everywhere
announcing their April 21 clean
up. Too many. Should not be
stapled to trees.

The Buckingham Pond Conservancy
has come a long way since it
was founded three years ago.

However, much more will
be required, beyond annual
cleanups, skating parties, ice
cream socials , etc. if the pond
park is to be sustained  and
improved over time.

Go to:

In 1993, I ran for 8th Ward
Alderman. By a slim margin
out of 3,000 votes in the
Democratic Primary, I missed
the mark.

However, I did achieve 2
major objectives:

1. Creation of Buckingham
Pond Park - getting the pond
and shore area rezoned LC
(Land Conservation or park land)

Over the years we worked
with the City to improve the park.

Search this website and you
will find more than 30 posts
regarding the pond park and
needed improvements.

These posts contain many
recommendations, that have
yet to be acted upon.

Hopefully, the Conservancy
will follow through on them.

Most notably:

A. Pathways should be
resurfaced with pea size
bluestone gravel. The flour
bluestone applied by the City
compacts and fails to drain
resulting in slippery paths.

Note the East End Pond path
as an example.

B. Shoreline stabilization is a
priority to address. Slumping of
shoreline areas results in shallow
water which provides an ideal
environments for algae blooms
and invasive species.

Eventually, if left unaddressed
the pond will fill in  and  become
a bog.

Shoreline stabilization is a major
factor in maintaining pond water
quality and wildlife habitat.

Additionally,  in the pond
watershed ,  the city has to
stop dumping excessive amounts
of road salt  on streets and
homeowners have to wean
themselves off lawn chemical
use. Both of these drain into
the pond having detrimental
effects on water quality and
wildlife habitat.

Plant a variety of trees and
shrubs suited for wet areas
to stabilize the shoreline,
Red Osier Dogwoods are
good choices along the new
path, southside, between
Euclid and Lenox.

Note the valient little Willow
clinging to a tiny of island
of former shoreline just to
the East of the picnic area
park northside. Restore the
eroded shoreline here, and
that little Willow will grow
to a large magnificent one.

C. A pond park woodland
management plan must be
drawn up and acted upon.

* Cut vines that are strangling

* Remove dead trees and
branches, particularly those
overhanging pathways which
pose an injury/death risk for
passersby, particulary in windy
weather or when limbs are laden
with heavy ice in winter.

Observe the dead tree leaning
above the pathway, at the foot
of Lenox, southside of of park.

Two things to do April 21 -

The vines and dead trees/branches
should be tagged with bright orange
ribbons, now when more visible
before the trees leaf out.

How about decorating the pond
park with some yellow ribbons
to honor our troops? After all
there is still a war on.

They have been forgotten by
most. Bring them home now!

Another hazard nearby, is no
guard rail, or some large boulders
to block any out of control
vehicles coming down Lenox
and landing on pedestrians on
the path below.

* clear wooded areas and plant
young replacement trees that will
take over as the current mature
trees age, die and fall down or
are cut down. Plant a diversity
of  native trees suited to the
varied ecological nitches in
the park.

* The woodland mangement
plan should be divided into the
following sectors:  (i) northside
from Milner Ave path to East
End, (ii) southside from Lenox
to Milner Ave path and
(iii)  West side - all West of
Milner Ave path and including
the smaller holding pond.

The holding pond should be
fenced and posted to reduce
the danger of drownings there.

2. The second achievement
of my 1993 campaign was
blocking Mayor Whalen's
proposal to build luxury
housing on the Albany Muni
golf course.

I led the effort to rezone
the entire course LC (Land
preserving the magnificent
view of the the Catskill Three
Sisters peaks which can be
seen beyond the present
driving range, and which
resulted in creation of the
Hartman Road Community
garden site.

Beware, there are those
who want to privatize
the golf course to obtain
revenue to finance social
programs in the city.

I oppose any attempt to
privatize The Capital Hills
golf course, and urge you
to do the same.

Candidates for city offices
in the 2013 should pledge
to do the same.

That's all for now.

                       Joe Sullivan


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