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City of Albany Common Council Ward 9

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 Salary Member $22,814
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    Judy L Doesschate (Dem, Ind, WF) Full time Member of the Albany Common Council

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    John J Mahoney (Con) retired NYS Labor Dept

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Campaign Phone (518) 459-2889
Community Involvement Active Member/Pres. of Sheridan Hollow NA (1980s); Active PTA member (School 19, Hackett, AHS); Board Member, Coach and Manager at National Little League; leader in PASS - helped pass the $180 million bond issue to rebuild and renovate all of our elementary and middle schools; Member, Albany City School Board (2005-2010); active member of Helderberg, New Scotland-Woodlawn; Pine Hills and Park South Neighborhood Associations; Albany Common Council Member (2014-present); Finance Committee Chair
Experience and Qualifications Attorney admitted to practice law since 1984. Worked for NYS DOH drafting laws and regulations; issuing advisory opinions and helping solve problems creatively on a wide variety of topics ranging from organ transplantation and clinical laboratory regulation to patient privacy and physician ethics/misconduct. (1984-2007) Director of Board Operations for the Empire State Stem Cell Board (2007-2010). Active, involved, caring member of the Albany community for over 40 years. Energetic, strong advocate for the 9th Ward serving on the Albany Common Council since 2014. Chair of the Finance, Taxation and Assessment Committee since Jan. 2016. Developed a regular electronic newsletter for constituents and other Albany residents - distributed once every 3-8 weeks.
Biography Judy was born in Dutchess County and lived most of her early years in Ossining, New York. She was the 4th of 5 children in a difficult family situation that resulted in her mother moving out when she was 9 and her older siblings the next year. Judy credits her success in life to teachers who took a special interest in her (as a withdrawn, underperforming student who had difficulty learning to read) and other adults who reached out to provide support and encouragement while her father discouraged her from attending college. She eventually left her father's household, lived in a tiny apartment in NYC with her mom for her senior year of high school and worked 33 hours a week to put away money to afford to attend college. As someone who has been self-supporting since she was 17 and a survivor of a "problem" household, Judy is passionate about helping provide youth in need with a high quality education and the necessary supports to be successful in school and in life. Her life in public service and an advocate for various causes has been about paying forward the many kindnesses she had been shown as she struggled through her childhood and young adulthood. She is passionate about making our city a great place to live, work, learn and play; about fairness and equity; and about helping those in need achieve and succeed.
Occupation and Special Skills Attorney and lifelong advocate, known for thoroughly researching issues and working collaboratively with others to find creative, effective solutions.
Website, facebook page or other links Website: Facebook: Judy Doesschate, Albany Common Council Member Personal email:
I have been a strong and effective advocate for the 9th Ward as its Common Council representative since 2014. Examples of my advocacy include: responding to the devastating 2015 flooding in the 9th Ward by holding a community forum (attended by the Mayor and Water Dept Commissioner Coffey), establishing a workgroup and working with residents to ensure their pleas for relief were addressed - resulting in a $1.9 million flooding abatement project and upgrades to the Babe Ruth field; ensuring residents input on plans for Woodlawn Park, TrustCo bank, and AMC, etc. were addressed to maximize benefits to the community; advocating for changes to ReZone Albany to preserve the character and quality of life in our neighborhood; regularly attending community events and meetings to listen and respond to residents' concerns. I encourage residents to send an email to to receive my regular electronic constituent updates with info about city issues, events, and meetings
I plan to continue to work with the Mayor to get Albany's Fair Share of state aid; make sure city departments continue to maximize grant funding and find efficiencies; and reduce the city's borrowing to decrease debt service payments and increase the amount of the city's budget that is available for operating costs. I also plan to continue to be a strong advocate for the 9th Ward and work to improve and protect our neighborhood and other neighborhoods throughout Albany. I will be researching successful vacant building and code enforcement programs in other cities and draft legislation to strengthen enforcement of existing building codes and the ability to address "zombie" properties effectively. Zombie properties and absentee landlords put too much of our housing stock and our quality of life at risk. I will also continue to reach out to all residents of the 9th Ward to encourage them to be active and involved citizens and get their input on issues affecting the 9th Ward.
Campaign Address 6 Oakwood St Albany NY 12208
Campaign Phone 560-6654
Community Involvement Member St Theresa's Parish
Experience and Qualifications US Navy Veteran Enrolled Conservative Support the Constitution
I am an ordinary citizen,. I live my home, family, neighborhood and City.

If elected I will truly represent the residents of Ward 9 and all the residents of the City of Albany to the best of my ability.
1. Repeal Rezone Albany (mixed use developments) in my Ward 9 as well as Wards 8, 13, 14,

2. Oppose sale, privatization, mixed use development of Albany Muni Golf Course

3. Strict enforcement speed limits, all v &t laws on residential streets Ward 9 and the City of Albany.

4. Improved snow removal, plowing of New Scotland Ave and tributary neighborhood streets
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