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City of Albany Common Council Ward 1

Ward 1 The Common Council, the elected legislative body of the City, consists of 15 Council Members and a President. Established by the Dongan Charter on July 22, 1686, Albany’s Common Council convenes on the first and third Monday of every month to review and act on legislation and resolutions for the government of the City and the management of its business. The Council also holds public hearings to obtain citizens’ views and opinions on certain pieces of legislation.$20,314 2017 salary
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    Dorcey Applyrs (Dem, WF) Albany Common Council Member

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Campaign Address PO Box 6931
Albany, NY 12206
Campaign Phone (518) 894-8981
Community Involvement I am a member of the Second Avenue Neighborhood Association, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Women’s Leadership Circle and Metropolitan New Testament Baptist Church. I currently serve as a board member for the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and the Regional Food Bank.
Experience and Qualifications I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Delaware State University and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in public health from the University at Albany School of Public Health. In 2005. I was hired as director of programs and field operations for the Capital District African American Coalition on AIDS and later worked as a capacity building assistance specialist with the Harm Reduction Coalition in New York City. I was elected to the City of Albany Common Council First Ward in 2013. In 2013, I was also hired as faculty program director for the Excelsior College School of Health Sciences. Most recently, I was appointed clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at UAlbany’s School of Public Health.
During my first term on the Common Council, with the help of residents, I worked to improve the quality of life for my constituents. I assisted in securing a year-long comprehensive air quality study in the South End funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). I also contributed to the Capital District Transportation Committee's decision to conduct a diesel truck traffic study on South Pearl Street. I introduced legislation that was passed to make our parks tobacco-free and led the charge to secure affordable housing requirements in the new City code. Over the past four years, I held community events to help residents navigate the Affordable Care Act enrollment process and sponsored career fairs and women's entrepreneur empowerment events. The First Ward saw new businesses helping to improve the economic status of our neighborhoods.
During the next four years, I look forward to the implementation of Phase 2 of the Second Avenue corridor revitalization program that was started in 2015. Public health and safety will continue to be my top priorities over the next four fours. I envision building upon the $500,000 DEC air quality study and the legislation passed to lower the speed limit on a section of South Pearl to 25mph. These victories have helped to create a much healthier and safer community for our youth and families. I will continue to work with the Albany Police Department and the Traffic Safety Division to implement traffic calming strategies to make our streets safer for children and seniors.

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