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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: bpcnanews.blogspot.com/ see also: albanycityconservative.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 27, 2014


For 40 years I have lived in the
same house on New Scotland Ave
a busy commuter road that bisects
the Buckingham Pond/Crestwood

For 29 years I have served my
neighbors as President of the
BPCNA with the objective of
maintaining and improving the
residential integrity and quality
of life in this neighborhood which
is one of few remaining good
neighborhoods in the City of Albany.

Among our achievements toward that
end are:

1. Open space protection including
News Scotland Ave at intersections
with South Manning, Krum Kill
and Whitehall.  Rezoning Albany
Muni Golf Course and Buckingham
Pond and adjacent shore park land
Land Conservation (LC). Creation
of the Hartman Rd Community

2. Blocking development plans that
would have adversely impacted the
residential integrity of this neighbor-
hood, including a big box store, Krum 
Kill at New Scotland; a 3rd Middle school
at Whitehall and New Scotland; commercial
development at the corner of Whitehall
at New Scotland; a 12 story apartment
tower  and parking garage on Krum Kill
opposite Ohav Shalom senior apartments
and CP Center parking lot egresses through
Harding, Pine Tree, Marsdale; Hurst
Westford,Ferndale, Bancroft and Maxwell
conversion of Mercy Convent, on 
New Scotland office an office building.

3. Promoting planting of trees at curb sides
and front lawns.

There is much more to list, but let us
turn to 3 issues that are integral to
maintaining/improving the residential
integrity and quality of life in our
neighborhood:  traffic, snow plowing
and trees.

TRAFFIC  and reckless driving have
increased on New Scotland Ave and
tributary streets. Speeding, running
red lights/stop signs, passing on the
right are out of control.

No amount of red light traffic cameras
will reduce these offenses.

The Mayor and Common Council
have to proclaim that all traffic laws
will be strictly enforced on City streets.
Dispatch the APD to enforce this
proclamation. Increase fines for
violations. Reduce speed limit to
25 mph on all City streets. Less when
weather conditions warrant.

SNOW PLOWING must be better
organized and effective.

* plow New Scotland and other main
   commuter corridors with plows in
   tandem- at a slow  speed,  thereby
   reducing snow accumulation in
   curb lanes followed by speeding
   plows creating a tsunami of  heavy
   salt laden sludge that clogs driveways
   buries sidewalks, and damages
   street trees.

* use less road salt and begin snow
   plowing before snow accumulates

* reduce speed limits when adverse
   weather warrants

* DGS employees and supervisors
   need to be more sensitive and
   responsive to the needs and requests
   of city residents.

   Don't dump on us! Supervisors
   show up when citizens request
   that you inspect scenes of reckless
   irresponsible and incompetent
   snow plowing.

TREES. Street trees are dying at
unprecedented rates to a variety
of factors including old age, lack
of diversity, road salt intolerance
sidewalk and sewer projects and
lack of care by homeowners.

Urban reforestation of city streets
and front lawns is required. Trees
beautify neighborhoods, increase
property values, provide shade
and air conditioning in summer
provide winter windbreaks thereby
reducing heating costs and combat
air pollution by absorbing carbon
dioxide and emitting oxygen.

Last but not least street trees offer
pedestrians and homeowners some
measure of protection from out of
control, speeding, reckless traffic.

The City has a tree planting program
but homeowners, businesses and
institutions have to play a greater
role in urban reforestation.

Get involved. Your neighborhood
association works -when you do!

I await your call.

                              Joe Sullivan


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Neighborhood Advisory (Eagle Hill, Whitehall Rd, Buckingham Pond areas)

I received a call today from a neighborhood resident regarding two white males going door to door selling steaks/seafood. I did stop/interview them today {see details below}, apparently they stated they work for a company named Steak Supply, based out of Colonie NY. I resourced that company couldn't find anything local/domestic pertaining to that company. Presently the City Clerks ARE NOT issuing any door to door solicitors permits selling food. These two males are wearing company ID's, which are similar to the city permits with no identifying information pertaining to the solicitors. At a quick glance, they look like the city permits. If they approach/arrive at your residence, don't get into any confrontation with them, just tell them your not interested and close your door.

They were advised of the city law and to leave the area, but they may return at a later time.

 If necessary call the police and send me a email so I can follow up.  

Plate: 858RCK  Kentucky
Vehicle: late model mid 90's Dodge Dakota Pick Up color dark blue
with a box in the bed, labeled Steak Supply.Com
Subjects: 2 white mid 20's stocky build  names of Nicholas Redmond/Terrence Barnes 

Please call the ALBANY POLICE if you see anything that you think is not right!
NON EMERGENCY ---- 438-4000      CENTER STATION --- 458—5660
Members if you think you need to report something to the Police – there is NO (Non-Emergency)
call either --
Center Station # or 911

 Officer James Brooks
Albany Police Department CSU
536 Western Ave
Albany NY 12203
office 518-458-5669
station desk 518-458-5660
fax 518-458-5662

Non-Emergency 438-4000

                                                                                     Joe Sullivan

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Citizens For Public Transportation
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November 19th, 2014 at 7 PM
Location:   Albany Public Library, Pine Hills Branch
517 Western Avenue, Across from the Police Station
Gail Myers  NYS-wide Senior Action Council

Gail will be giving an informative talk on mass transit in Albany County. She will be answering questions from the audience…I’m sure you all have a few for her. Come join the other members of our community in learning dealing with the current Issues, Problems, and possible Solutions. See if you & your ideas can contribute to those Solutions that we will need. Be prepared to ask questions, and  receive an answer or two. Come, add your voice to the commentary about rider needs. All are welcome.
We’re looking for People to distribute these posters
Please contact us at: 518.436.1944
Also…sneek peek, our Holiday Party
2014-CFPT Holiday Poster

                                                                                    Joe Sullivan

Wednesday, November 12, 2014



Just to inform you that between Sept 29 2014 to Nov 11 2014, there has been at least "29" thefts from motor vehicles which occurred overnight (late evening/early morning 10pm-700am) in the neighborhood areas of the Manning Blvd Corridor (Manning/Western/New Scotland/Rt 85) .

These thefts were committed because vehicle owners were not securing their vehicles. Prevention is the best method from becoming a victim. Could you send out this advisory to all you neighbors and community members to remind them to lock their cars, so we can prevent future thefts.

NOTE: The station has been adding special patrol units assigned to this area with an attempt apprehend these suspects and to prevent  thefts, but we still need the community  assistance in this crime prevention measure to prevent future thefts.. 

Time: bwt 1000pm-700am
Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday

Method of Entry: UNLOCKED/UNSECURED vehicles
Items Stolen: change, electronics, small items

Method of Operation: vehicle rummaged through, including glove compartment

Suspect: teenagers ages between 14-16 
Time Length of Crime Committed: 1-2 minutes

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

 Officer James Brooks
Albany Police Department CSU
536 Western Ave
Albany NY 12203
office 518-458-5669
station desk 518-458-5660
fax 518-458-5662

Non-Emergency 438-4000

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Thanks to Rob Astorino and the
voters who chose to vote on the
Conservative Party ballot line
we will retain our ballot position
Row C.  C you next time.



                                       Joe Sullivan