City of Albany Common Council Ward 7
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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Sergio Adams (Ind, WF)
Permanent Supportive Housing Manager
Cathy Fahey (Dem)
What have you done that qualifies you for this position?
If you are elected, what would you like to accomplish during your term in office?
I am deeply involved in community activities throughout Albany. I volunteer most of my time working with community org's neighborhood associations going into communities to reach residents directly. I have done community clean ups in several neighborhoods as well. This past fall I worked with Albany Housing Partnership and the State of New York mortgage agency (SONYMA )for the Sheridan Hollow neighborhood spruce up. Before the school year starts every year I also work with giving away supplies.
Experience and Qualifications
My experience over the years deals mostly with nonprofits and community engagement. I started my professional career working on neighborhood rehab projects in the South End. Educating as well walking residents through the HOME application process to find funds to make repairs to their home such as fixing steps, providing new doors, screens, and landscaping. From there I decided to get more involved with the community. A few years ago I ran for Albany Housing Commissioner doing outreach, speaking to tenants in every public housing building about housing conditions and improvements. I also volunteered on local Albany campaigns for officials doing outreach. These experiences allowed me to better understand community needs and local government. I started working with local organizations in the community, planning and organizing events. I currently sit on United Tenants board, as well as the Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative Steering Committee. In 2016 I joined the Capital District Transportation Committee Task Force working to lower pollution in low income areas as well finding new connections to employment hubs. Through my fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi we have partnered with Green tech high school mentoring young men from the community. Over the past years we have done college tours, focused on career development as well provide over $30,000 in scholarships to students.
I take pride in having worked and dedicated my time to serving the community and giving back. My qualifications come from work experience as well as personal experience. I work in homeless services and so far in my career, I have been able to house hundreds of families throughout Albany and connect them to services. I have planning experience working on neighborhood plans here in Albany focusing on Arbor Hill, West Hill/West End, and South End. I have assisted doing research and outreach for Rezone Albany. I have spent long hours and days speaking to residents from all neighborhoods in Albany to find out the needs, concerns as well as the positives. I have worked for the City's park and recreation doing event planning and outreach for summer youth programs. I and a few other dedicated residents in Albany started a housing group called Housing For All advocating and fighting for quality affordable housing in the capital district.
During my first term in office my plan I plan to continue to build my base and continue to meet and speak with residents. I think this will be important to do to show the community a consistent leader they can support and who will be there when needed. I want to meet with as many community organizations as possible to be aware of all the opportunities available to people. My goal is to get more people informed and aware. I plan on doing this by working with leaders to have more community events & activities for the youth, young adults, families, and seniors. Once we start generating more community engagement and start working on community relations I think we will start seeing a positive change within our neighborhoods. On the City level, my focus will be working to address affordable housing here in Albany. One of the issues affecting affordable housing is the discriminatory trash fee that actually impacts the majority of my ward. I want to continue to be part of working with Rezone.
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