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City of Albany Common Council Ward 5

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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Campaign Phone (518) 992-5875
Community Involvement Board of Trustees- Green Tech Charter High School, Director of Ministry Operations- Metropolitan Church
Experience and Qualifications B.S. in Human Development-SUNY Empire State College, M.A. in Leadership-Luther Rice University, Currently pursuing MBA- Grand Canyon University
I was born and raised in Albany, NY. I have dedicated my life to serving this same community – MY community. I currently serve as the Director of Ministry Operations at my church, located in the heart of the 5th ward. In this position, I advise and direct several community outreach components, including a community summer camp, which enrolls over 200 youth, and provides employment opportunities to area residents. Other initiatives include a community financial literacy course, annual Thanksgiving food drive, and senior support service programs. I also sit on the Board of Trustees for a local charter school that educates underserved and disadvantaged teens in our community. In my professional employment as a public servant, I’m responsible for the oversight of supportive housing contracts that assist populations with social and health disparities.
If elected, I would like to immediately focus on equipping our families. The first steps toward doing this would be working for funding to create supportive services for our families that address issues associated with urban blight. This includes after-school programs geared towards college preparation, career mentorship, and workforce development. I will work to provide access to health and wellness facilities for our seniors. I would also like to empower our community by tackling our vacant and condemned buildings crisis to see how we can invest in these structures to provide pathways to homeownership. Lastly, I will envision our future by working to build networks to support startups and small businesses in our community. A strong community allows the entrepreneurial visions of its residents to thrive!

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