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
As Commander of the Sheehy Palmer Post, I created the annual Freeze Out event to bring attention to the plight of homeless Veterans, and bring in tons of donations of winter clothing. In 2015 I was a Jefferson Award finalist for this work.
Experience and Qualifications
US Army Retired, served two tours overseas, in Iraq and Afghanistan; Past Commander of the Sheehy Palmer VFW Post #6776; Currently Veterans Service Officer for Albany County
I'm a regular guy that has never run for office before, and once thought it would be crazy. I was inspired to do this after seeing multiple quality of life issues in the neighborhoods around me going seemingly unnoticed and unaddressed by the powers that be. During the winter I was walking back and forth between home and my office, and was amazed by the number of buildings with unshoveled sidewalks in front of them. If it was hard for me to get through, how must it be for someone in a wheelchair or with a stroller? And why didn't the city take care of this? When I was in the Army, we knew that when there was a situation, we had to take care of it. I've been brought up and trained to be a take-charge guy, and I want to be the one who stands up for the 6th Ward, goes to City Hall and gets things done. I've had a lot of practical, real world experience that I know I can bring to bear in this important role.
One of my first priorities when elected will be to work to repeal the discriminatory and regressive trash fee that my opponent sponsored and worked to ensure passage of. This fee only affects owners of small multiple dwellings, therefore affecting a huge percentage of people in the 6th Ward, homeowners and renters alike. This just cannot stand. I'll also work to ensure that codes and quality of life issues, like those unshoveled sidewalks, are identified and fixed in a timely manner. Crime is a big concern in the 6th Ward, so I will work with the Police Department and other entities to tackle this complex issue. I'll work to address inconsistencies around parking violation enforcement in our ward. And perhaps most importantly, I'll establish and maintain a meaningful dialogue with residents and business owners in all of our neighborhoods.
Prior to my election to the Common Council I was an active member of my neighborhood association; volunteer with several non-profit community groups; and a Democratic Ward Leader.
As the Common Council Member for the 6th Ward I continue to be involved in community organizations as well as my work on the Council.
My work on the Council has also been recognized by awards from the: Hudson/Park NA; Neighborhood Resource Center; and Pride Center of the Capital Region.
Experience and Qualifications
Incumbent member of the Albany Common Council representing the 6th Ward.
Some of the highlights of my record on the Council include:
-- Spearheaded passage of law to crack down on drug houses and nuisance properties;
-- Initiated Park South Urban Renewal Plan;
-- Established Albany's Affordable Housing Task Force;
-- Established Albany Human Rights Commission;
-- Expanded non-discrimination law to include gender identity & expression;
-- Implemented permit parking system
-- Implemented new fiscal accountability standards in Parking Violations Bureau;
-- Lead sponsor of law creating Citizens' Police Review Board;
-- Passed legislation establishing full-cost accounting standards for solid waste programs;
-- Successfully closed down two Park South nuisance properties through the Board of Zoning Appeals;
-- Address long-term financial needs of the City
-- Streamline government to make it more efficient and responsive to community needs
-- Focus on economic development that expands our tax base and reduces financial burdens on property tax payers
-- Pursue neighborhood revitalization that takes advantage of the key assets of our urban centers
-- Implement a long-term solid waste management plan
-- Continued work on the recently renewed Park South Urban Renewal Plan
-- Expand and enhance the availability of affordable housing
-- Passage of comprehensive Ethics Reform
-- Improvements to the Permit Parking System