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City of Albany Common Council Ward 13

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.4 year term. $20,314 2017 salary
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  • Timothy A Looker (Rep, Con) retired-june. respiratory therapist

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Campaign Phone (518) 944-0313
Community Involvement - President, Albany Fund for Education Board - Youth Activity Chairperson, Albany Elks Lodge - Executive Board, Albany City Council PTA - Member: Albany High and Myers Middle School PTAs - Albany Schools Hall of Fame Committee - Planning Committee for the Following Events: o Albany City Council PTA Founders Day Gala o Albany Booster Club Falcon 5K o Albany Fund for Education Gala o Albany County Democratic Committee Woman’s Event
Experience and Qualifications 2017 - Current: Legislative Analyst, Assembly Higher Education Committee, Office of Assemblymember Deborah Glick - Clerk of Assembly Higher Education Committee – focusing on legislation and issues 2013 - 2016: Legislative Analyst, Office of Assemblymember Patricia Fahy - Development and analysis of legislation - Constituent outreach and advocacy 2012 – 2015: Albany Board of Education - Served in each leadership role: President, Vice President, and Secretary - Served on the following committees: Audit/ Finance, Curriculum, Executive Committee, Facilities, Grade Configuration, High School Facilities Project Sub Committee, Policy 2008 – 2012: Art Teacher, Albany Art Room 2004 – 2014: Volunteer Teaching Artist, Albany Schools - Over 1500 hours classroom time working with students in schools throughout the city - Project based learning with focus on learning standards Past Community Leadership Positions: o President, Albany City Council PTA o President, Montessori Community Council o Coach, Westland Hills o Albany Promise Executive Committee
What most qualifies me for Common Council is my dedication and drive to work with others to make Albany a better place to live and raise a family. My children are 5th generation Albanians, and since moving here I have been deeply involved in all aspects of our community. I wanted to serve my community through the schools, and I did so by serving a four-year term on the Albany School Board. While on the school board, I worked hard to expand programming while keeping a lean budget; tax levies were always under 2% growth and most years well below that. In my professional experience, I worked with Assemblymember Patricia Fahy as a legislative analyst. My work in Pat’s office acquainted me with many of the tough issues we face in Albany, and I was proud to be part of some legislative solutions. I also serve on several boards and volunteer throughout the city. I do not just talk about making change, I get to work. Because of this, I am fortunate to have widespread state and local support.
The 13th Ward is a community of neighborhoods. My goals on the council are quite simple: to preserve our neighborhood atmosphere and advocate strongly for improvements where they are needed. I have spent time on every street in the 13th Ward and based on speaking with neighbors across the ward, I hope to use a combination of outreach and advocacy to accomplish the following items: 1. Property advocacy: getting to know neighbors and owners of problem properties and using city facilities including Search Albany and code enforcement to improve our community. 2. Traffic Calming: There are several traffic issues throughout our ward, especially Brevator and North Main Avenue. 3. Sidewalk and Street repair: being vigilant about reporting issues. 4. Work to keep a lean budget, bring in revenue, and relieve our tax burden. 5. Constituent outreach: I see my neighbors as partners in advocating for what's best for our neighborhood. These are just a few of the many goals I have.
Campaign Phone (518) 858-5701
Community Involvement Many years serving as a counselor to Albany youth. Directed neighborhood Anti- Crime project Arbor Hill neighborhood association. . Board member Camp Opportunity & volunteer Grand Street community Arts.. One of the founders of the Melrose Neighborhood Association.
Experience and Qualifications Life long resident Ward 13. Extensive experience in government legislative and regulatory analysis and development, coupled with extensive experience in small business management.
Aside from being a citizen of Albany NY, every aspect of my 40 year work life no matter what venue has dealt with analyzing issues of concern and developing workable functional solutions in concert with others within the framework that encompasses the issue and the solution. This skill combined with a very strong commitment to serve the best interests of the residents of Albany will give the residents of Ward 13 a Council member who will fully understand the issues brought to the Council and provide a representative who will also be a voice for their concerns and view of the issues before the Council .
My first goal to develop systemic methods for informing and obtaining feedback from the residents of Ward 13 regarding the work, actions and issues before the Council. A primary effort will be to evaluate the Council's sphere of authority and function and to assess if changes are needed in order for the Council to be effective in addressing the demands of governing Albany in a manner that fully recognizes the citizens and their rights and needs.
Campaign Phone (518) 482-1259
Community Involvement Involved with Neighborhood associations,arbor Hill Concerned Citizens,1976-1984,then Melrose neighborhood association. Attend common council, county legslature and other public meetings. Occasionally making my oponion written and verbal when appropriate. Experienced appealing property tax asssessment, my own and neighbors. In the past assisted in running free appeal clinic at APL with local real estate agents. volunteer double H ranch, lake luzerne,ny-6years. Attended citizen police academy.
Experience and Qualifications Attend public meetings and present my comments verbally and in writing as above.Republican city and county committee member. Elected alternate delegate republican national convention Reagan-1980 in close race.
Biography Retired june, 38yr. Respiratory therapist at local medical center. age 68. 1973 BS. Biology-Ecology, Univ. Akron, Ohio. 1980 began work and respiratory programHVCC 2yr.RRT. Graduate Niskayuna HS. 1967. Lived in albany since 1973 homeowner in 2 neighborhoods, rented in 3 different neighborhoods.
Occupation and Special Skills Registered Respiratory therapist 38yr. Competent in all areas including pediatric and neonatal transport. Retired 4months.
Website, facebook page or other links Blog Timlookeraboutalbany.blogspot.com
Frequently attend neighborhood associations where I live. Participate in discussion at meetings. Listen to radio and tv news, read newspapers. Walked to work 38yr. 2.1miles each way and I get see what is going on in the city from a different prospective. Have completed Albany Police citizens academy. I like to find more information about current topics. I have recently read more about city waste management which is going to have a big impact on the Budget. Elected alternate delegate republican national convention- Reagan, 1980 in a close race.
1- I will work to Freeze zoning change in single family residential neighborhoods. Followed by repealing rezone Albany. Enforce all city zoning and other rules and regulations, anything to improve quality of citizen life. I will do my best to communicate my Ideas to fellow councilmen and other officials. 2- I will keep my eyes and ears open for budget trimming opportunities. 3- Further study city waste management where it is successfully operating. Visit such operations and review their budgets. Encourage more recycling and composting.

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