manningneighborhood

May 31, 2017

Subject: Lawn Sale Email

Hi Neighbors
For your information.

Also, on an unrelated note, I recently found out from our Community Relations Rep, Brian Hawley, that the department in charge of mowing, etc. is Parks which is under DGS. Parks and Rec is a separate department. I have a contact person in DGS, Lauren Modzelewski, who is the DGS Community Relations Coordinator. I realize we have been in a monsoon season, but if nothing happens with regard to mowing and raking within the next couple of days, next Monday I am planning to call her about the lack of attention to the carriage path. It is a disgrace.
Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Ann D'Attilio
To: Hansen Dianne
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:48 AM
Subject: Lawn Sale Email

Hi Dianne,
Would you send out another email to members of the MBNA about a lawn sale on June 10th? I only
got one response to my previous email, and I want to give folks one more chance. Thanks.
Ann
The email is below:

Hi Neighbors,
Has this recent spate of cool rainy weather kept you inside? Have you been sorting through your
possessions and deciding to get rid of some of your treasures? The time to do it is
Saturday, June 10th from 10 to 4. Some residents on the block are planning to hold
garage/lawn sales that day. If you would like to join us, let Ann D’Attilio (97 Manning) know and she’ll include your house number in her advertisement on craigslist.

Ann’s email is: ynabla2@gmail.com.

Dianne


May 22, 2017

Subject: Fw: Fwd: Manning Blvd Between Western Avenue and Washington Avenue

Hi Neighbors,

A number of you have commented and talked to me about the sad condition of the carriage path. As you are all aware, it is looking pretty shabby these days. The leaves never got raked last fall and so big patches of grass died over the winter and the mowing has been sporadic, at best. A number of you have called the Office of Parks and Recreation without much success. Carla Silverstein recently wrote a letter to the mayor about the problem. I am forwarding to you her letter and the response she received from the mayor. It remains to be seen when and if the leaves get raked and how often the grass is mowed this summer. If not much happens going forward, I will look into this again when we are finished with the flower planting project. I am hopeful we can get the beds looking good within the next couple of weeks.

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Carla Silverstein To: Dianne Hansen Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:04 PM Subject: Fwd: Manning Blvd btw Western Ave. and Washington Ave.

FYI

Carla

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mayor Sheehan
Date: May 18, 2017 at 4:38:00 PM EDT
To: 'Carla Silverstein' , Mayor Sheehan
Subject: RE: Manning Blvd btw Western Ave. and Washington Ave.

Hello Carla,

Thank you for your message and your dedication to your neighborhood and its appearance. I apologize that you have had difficulty contacting the Department of Recreation regarding this matter.

My office has spoken to the Department of Recreation and they have assured us that a crew will go to this area as soon as they can to rake out the leaves where they are mulched up. In the other areas between Western Avenue and Washington Avenue, the Recreation Department picked up sticks and also put grass seed down during the Spring, however they will continue to give the area attention year-round. Additionally, leaves will be picked up in the fall before winter comes each year moving forward.

Again, I appreciate your concern for your neighborhood and that you reached out to me. Please feel free to reach out to me and my office with any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Mayor Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany

-----Original Message----- From: Carla Silverstein
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2017 7:17 PM
To: Mayor Sheehan
Subject: Manning Blvd btw Western Ave. and Washington Ave.

Good afternoon-I am writing to you because a number of my neighbors have contacted Albany Parks and Rec to have this small part of Manning cleaned. We have not been able to get anyone to be responsive. We still have not had leaves raked from last fall! Mowings on the berm are rare and we practically have to beg for them, therefore grass is unable to grow due to dead leaves laying there from last year. As one of the most historic streets in Albany having a Bridle Path ( carriage path ) and as a main gateway thru the city with large and beautiful homes, it is quite disconcerting that we are ignored when we ask to have this done. And, by the way, we pay some of the highest taxes in the city.

We take great pride in our homes and in the unique area where we live. At our own expense, we now do the plantings at either end of this portion of Manning since the city just stopped doing this. The city does plant and maintain an area across Washington Ave. on Manning. I'm told that this is the Raymond Joyce park area. Ray Joyce, Jr. is my neighbor.

Please tell me what can be done to get this situation taken care of. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Carla Silverstein
30 Manning Blvd


May 10, 2017

Lawn Sale

Hi Neighbors,

The D'Attilio Family at 97 Masnning is planning to have a lawn sale with at least two families participating at 97 Manning on Saturday, June 10 from 10-4. Would you like to host one the same day? The more the merrier and the more traffic we'll attract. If you want to host one, let Ann know at ynabla2@gmail.com and she will do publicity on Craigslist and Faceboo.

Dianne


April 25, 2017

The flower beds on the street

To all interested gardeners,
I recently spoke with a few of you about having a meeting to discuss a plan for the flower beds on the street. I had talked abvout Wednesday, April 26, but have not had time to get my act together so I am scheduling it for next Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00PM at my house. (I can't believe it will be May already!) I would really like to spruce the gardens up this summer. I would like to come up with a plan; the challenge is some of the gardens get a lot of sun and others not so much. So if any of you are interested in helping out, come by next Wednesday. Thanks.

Dianne


April 9, 2017

City of Albany Household Spring Cleanup Day

Hi Neighbors,

Sorry for the late notice. I just received it myself in today's Times Union. They have not given us much time; our day for the Spring Cleanup is this Friday, April 14. You can put out your cleanup items after 4:30 on Thursday along with your regular trash and recycling.

Dianne


March 10, 2017

Fw: Sugggestions

Hi Neighbors,

Do any of you have any suggestions for Allison regarding home insurance for knob and tube electrical wiring? If so, she would appreciate it if you could send her an e-mail. Thanks.

Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Allison Weber - bandos8@gmail.com
To: PHILIP HANSEN
Sent: Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:41 AM
Subject: suggestions

Hi Dianne,

I was wondering if you could forward this email on to the rest of the neighborhood group in hopes that I can get some suggestions on home insurance for known knob and tube electrical wiring. I'm assuming that most of the houses on our block have knob and tube wiring considering the age of the neighborhood.

It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Allison Weber - (bandos8@gmail.com)


March 7, 2017

Fw: Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for St. Patricks' Day Parades

Hi Everyone,

w: Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for St. Patrick's Day Parades

For your information. Dianne

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Steven Smith
To: Steven Smith
Sent: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:18 PM
Subject: Road Closures and Parking Restrictions for St. Patrick's Day Parades

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

ROAD CLOSURES AND PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR ALBANY

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADES


North Albany Limerick Parade – March 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parade route:

Kick Off – North First Street west of North Pearl Street at the North Albany American Legion Post; parade will proceed east to North Pearl Street, then south of North Pearl Street to Emmett Street; east on Emmett St to Broadway; North on Broadway to Wolfert Avenue in the Village of Menands; back south on South Pearl Street to North First Street.

Road Closures:

North First Street between Broadway and Van Rensselaer Avenue
North Pearl Street between Wolfert Avenue and Emmett Street
Broadway between Wolfert Avenue and Emmett Street
North Second Street, eastbound at Broadway & eastbound and westbound at North Pearl Street
North Third Street, eastbound at Broadway & eastbound and westbound at North Pearl Street
Lawn Avenue, westbound at Broadway & eastbound and westbound at North Pearl Street
Bonheim Street, eastbound at Broadway & eastbound and westbound at North Pearl Street
Lindbergh Avenue, eastbound at Broadway & eastbound and westbound at North Pearl Street

There will not be any parking restrictions for this parade

Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 11, 2017 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parade Route:

Central Avenue starting at Quail Street, parade will proceed east on Central Avenue to Washington Avenue; then east on Washington Avenue to State Street; east on State Street to Pearl Street.

Road Closures:

Starting at 1:00PM Central Avenue between Manning Boulevard and Quail Street will be closed for parade lineup.

At 1:15PM Parade route will be closed to ALL Traffic: Central Avenue starting at Quail Street, parade will proceed east on Central Avenue to Washington Avenue; then east on Washington Avenue to State Street; east on State Street to Pearl Street

At 1:30PM ALL cross streets along the parade route will be closed in preparation for parade kick off. This will include North and South Pearl Streets from Pine Street to Hudson Avenue.

Parking Restrictions:

March 11, 2017, the following locations:

Central Avenue, both sides from Ontario Street to Lake Avenue; 7AM-4PM
Quail Street, east side from Central Ave to Sherman St; 7AM-4PM
Washington Ave, south side from Dove St to South Swan St; 7AM-4PM
Eagle Street, east side from Corning Pl to Pine St; 7AM – 4PM
State Street, both sides from Lark St east 3 spaces on each side 7AM-4PM
State Street, south side from South Swan St east to Plaza Road east of LOB 7AM-4PM
State Street, south side from Eagle Street to Pearl St; 7AM -4PM
State Street, both sides from Pearl St to Broadway; 7AM - 4PM
South Swan Street, east side from Madison Ave to Washington Ave 7AM-4PM
Broadway, both sides from Pine Street to Hudson Avenue, 7AM – 4PM

Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, New York 12210
Email: ssmith@albany-ny.org

Dianne


March 6, 2017

MBNA Dues

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the late notice about dues. I would greatly appreciate it if you could send in you yearly dues....$10 per household to our treasurer,
Ann D'Atillio at 97 Manning Blvd. Thanks so much.
Dianne


December 10, 2016
Found 1-pod

Hi Neighbors,

One of our neighbors recently found an i-pod in the little Free Library.
Dianne


December 3, 2016
Letter to Price Chopper

Hi Neighbors,

The New Albany NA and the Pine Hills NA have been working with Price Chopper on Madison Avenue to try to develop a plan which would make the portion of the sidewalk that crosses the wide vehicle entrance to the store more pedestrian-friendly. They have composed a letter to Price Chopper which I have attached. Virgina Hammer, President of the Pine Hills NA has asked us to join them in signing the letter. I explained to her that I did not have the authority to sign the letter without getting agreement from our members. I would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to read the attached letter. Unless I hear from a number of you who would like to have a meeting to discuss this (and we could do that) I will go ahead and sign it.



Thanks for your time.
Dianne

November 21, 2016
Question about a possible meeting

Hi Neighbors,

Several months ago I began to receive a series of e-mails from Mr. Marc Gronich, Vice-Chairman of Albany's Public Access TV station. He is most anxious to present his program to our NA. His group is called Albany Channels. He asked me if he could come to our next meeting. I explained to him that we do not have regularly-scheduled meetings. He asked me if I could please schedule one. I told him I would check with our members to see if anyone would be interested in hearing his presentation. I told him I would get back to him if there was any interest. Is anyone interested? Please let me know if you are; if there are more than a few interested people, I will set up a meeting. Thanks.
Dianne

November 16, 2016
FW: KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN

Hi Neighbors,

With the holiday season approaching, I just wanted to pass this e-mail along to everyone. Also, I want to remind people to not keep packages in your car overnight. And, as usual, lock your car doors. Dianne

For Your Information:

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Carla Silverstein
Subject: Keep your eyes open

Hi-my friend Lacey Raible who lives on the corner of Western and Winthrop sent this picture to me. This guy was seen going to houses with packages on their porches, opening them and either taking stuff or throwing this contents aside. She as well as her next door neighbor called police who are looking for him but also noted that he could be accessing houses through back yards via Winthrop. He is a white hispanic and sorry that the pix isn't great but she didn't want to be seen by him. So, if you happen to see any suspicious activity, please let the police know.


Dianne

September 24, 2016
FW: Next "City Hall on the Road" Tuesday September 27

Hi Neighbors,

For Your Information:

Hi Neighbors, For your information. ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Communications Office
To: Communications Office
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2016 5:17 PM
Subject: Advisory: Next "City Hall on the Road" Tuesday, September 27, at the Pine Hills Elementary School

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Date: September 16, 2016
Next “City Hall on the Road” Tuesday, September 27, at the Pine Hills Elementary School
Event Makes City Hall Officials and Services Available After-Hours Albany, NY—Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan will be hosting the next “City Hall on the Road” at the Pine Hills Elementary School, the fourth of four such events scheduled this summer and fall (see attached flyer for more details). These events are designed to give residents the opportunity to meet informally one-on-one with the Mayor and City officials and to access City services after-hours closer to home.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pine Hills Elementary School, 41 N. Allen St., Albany, NY 12203
For additional information about which departments will be available as well as necessary documents residents may need to bring please visit this ”City Hall on the Road” Website.

“Throughout the summer we have held three successful City Hall on the Road events, making ourselves available to address issues, answer questions about building permits and job opportunities, as well as provide help filling out forms,” said Mayor Sheehan. “I am looking forward to the fourth City Hall on the Road of the season, and hope residents who have not been able to visit us at the first three events will be able to on September 27 at the Pine Hills Elementary School.”

CLICK FOR DETAILS

Dianne

August 12, 2016
Advisory: City of Albany Institutes Mandatory Water Restrictions

For your information,
Dianne

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Date: August 10, 2016
Contact: Joseph Coffey
jcoffey@albanyny.gov
518-391-8558

City of Albany Institutes Mandatory Water Restrictions Albany--The ongoing repair of the sinkhole on South Lake Avenue has involved shutting off the major water transmission main that brings water from the City of Albany’s water treatment plant in Feura Bush to the Loudonville Reservoir, which serves as the finished water storage for our water supply system.

To assure that there is sufficient water for all customers for their normal domestic and business needs while the City of Albany works to repair sewer and water lines at South Lake Avenue, the City of Albany, per order of Water Department Commissioner Joseph Coffey, has instituted the following mandatory restrictions on outdoor use of water until further notice:

1. No lawn watering, either by automatic systems or manual methods;
2. No car washing with open hoses;
3. No hosing of sidewalks or driveways;
4. No filling of swimming pools.

Watering of vegetable garden plots is permitted by hand. Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a fine.
If you have questions about these restrictions, call the Department of Water & Water Supply at 434-5300.

By Order of: Joseph E. Coffey, Jr., P.E., Commissioner
Department of Water & Water Supply

August 2, 2016
Advisory: Guidance Regarding Discolored Water Caused by Water Main Break

For your information,
Dianne

Guidance Regarding Discolored Water Caused by Water Main Break

Albany—The discolored water caused in some Albany residences by the water main break at Elberon Place and South Lake Avenue is safe to drink and does not need to be boiled. To eliminate the discoloration, run cold water (not hot) until the water is clear.

Refrain from washing clothes if your water is discolored to prevent stained clothing.

July 10, 2016
MBNA Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

I have scheduled a neighborhood meeting with our community policing representative, Brian Hawley,for Wednesday, July 20 at 7PM at my house. It will give us an opportunity to discuss the problems that we have been having on the street.

Dianne

June 22, 2016
MBNA Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

I have been receiving more reports of car break-ins on our street. Also there have been several other incidents. I have been wanting to have a meeting with our new Community Police rep for a while but I believe, due to these issues, it is time. I will not be available next week but the following week I am planning on contacting Brian Hawley, who replaced Janet, and set up a time when he could come talk to us. I realize that the police cannot patrol our street 24/7 but perhaps Brian could offer some advice. And it will give us an opportunity to express our concerns. I will let you know when he is available to meet with us.

Dianne

June 1, 2016
Fw: Reminder: Freihofer's Run Road Closures and Parking Restrictions.

Hi Neighbors, ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Steven Smith To: Steven Smith Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 10:11 AM Subject: REMINDER: Freihofer's Run Road Closures and Parking Restrictions Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to pass this along to you all.
Dianne

----Forwarded Message----

FREIHOFER’S RUN FOR WOMEN
ROAD CLOSURES AND PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Emergency No Parking June 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. until June 5, 6:00 p.m. for race vehicles:
· State Street, south side from Eagle Street east 5 spaces

Emergency No Parking June 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. until June 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. for event deliveries and vehicle:
· State Street, north side from Executive driveway at NYS Capital east to Eagle Street:

Emergency No Parking, June 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. until June 4, 2015 at 6:00 a.m.:
· Lancaster Street, north side from Lark Street west 8 spaces
· N. Hawk Street, east side from Washington Avenue to Elk Street

Emergency No Parking, June 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. until June 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.:
· Washington Avenue, both sides from Eagle Street to S. Swan Street
· Park Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
· N. Hawk Street, west side from Elk Street to Washington Avenue

Emergency No Parking, June 4, 2016 12:01 a.m. –2:00 p.m.:
· All roads in Washington Park — both sides of all interior roadways

Emergency No Parking, June 4, 2016 5:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.:
· Washington Avenue, both sides from S. Swan Street to Lexington Avenue
· Western Avenue, both sides from Washington Avenue to Robin Street
· Sprague Place, both sides from Western Avenue to State Street
· Eagle Street, both sides from Corning Place to Columbia Street
· State Street both sides from S Swan Street east to Eagle Street
· S. Swan Street, both sides from Washington Avenue north 6 spaces each side

Road Closures:

Road Closure: June 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. until June 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.:
· Washington Avenue, eastbound and westbound between Eagle Street and S. Swan Street
· Washington Avenue, eastbound at Lark Street
· Washington Avenue, eastbound at Dove Street
· N. Hawk Street, northbound and southbound between Elk Street and Washington Avenue

Road Closure: June 4, 2016 12:01 a.m.-2:00 p.m.:
· Washington Park – all park roadways (including Henry Johnson Boulevard between State Street and Madison Avenue)

Road Closures: June 4, 2016 5:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.:
· Washington Avenue from S. Swan Street to Lexington Avenue
· Western Avenue, from Washington Avenue to Lake Avenue
· Robin Street from Washington Avenue to Western Avenue
· Sprague Place from Washington Avenue to State Street
· Henry Johnson Boulevard from Central Avenue to Madison Avenue
· Lark Street from Elk Street to State Street
· Dove Street from Elk Street to State Street
· S. Swan Street from State Street to Elk Street
· Eagle Street from State Street to Pine Street
· Corning Place from Lodge Street to Eagle Street
· Willett Street from Madison Avenue to State Street
· Lancaster Street from Lark Street to Willett Street
· Hudson Avenue from Lark Street to Willett Street

Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, New York 12210
Email: ssmith@albany-ny.org

Dianne

May 15, 2016
Mowing the Very LONG GRASS

Hi Neighbors,

I called the City today and asked them if they could come and mow the grass on the berm... I don't think I have ever seen it this long. I know we have had a lot of rain but the grass is a least a foot high in some places and is way overdue to be mowed.

Dianne

May 25, 2016
Advisory: APD-Update on Road Closures-Madison and New Scotland Ave

Hi Neighbors,

TRAFFIC ADVISORY - ROAD CLOSURES

The City of Albany Water Department is currently on the scene of a sinkhole in the area of Madison Avenue and New Scotland Avenue. The following road closures will be in effect until further notice:

- Madison Avenue from South Lake Avenue to Willett Street will be closed in both directions;

- New Scotland Avenue from Dana Avenue to Washington Park will be closed in both directions.

Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes during this closure.

Ambulances en route to Albany Medical Center's Emergency Department may access the hospital from South Lake Avenue to Myrtle Avenue or Delaware Avenue to Morris Street.

Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 889-9446

Dianne

May 15, 2016
Mowing the Very LONG GRASS

Hi Neighbors,

I called the City today and asked them if they could come and mow the grass on the berm... I don't think I have ever seen it this long. I know we have had a lot of rain but the grass is a least a foot high in some places and is way overdue to be mowed.

Dianne

March 21, 2016
FW: Mayor Sheehan Announces Nine Hazardous Waste and Electronics Drop-off Days

Hi Neighbors,

In addition to the free hazardous waste and electronics drop-off days, the date for our neighborhood's Spring Clean-up day is Friday, April 15. You may put all your household items out with your regular trash on Thursday evening.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Communications Office
To: Communications Office Subject: PRESS ADVISORY: MAYOR SHEEHAN ANNOUNCES NINE FREE HAZARDOUS WASTE & ELECTRONICS DROP-OFF DAYS

CITY OF ALBANY
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
24 EAGLE STREET
ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207
TELEPHONE (518) 434-5100

Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Date: March 21, 2016

Contact: Contact: Frank Zeoli, Director of Operations, Dept. of General Services
518-434-2489/fzeoli@albanyny.gov

MAYOR SHEEHAN ANNOUNCES NINE FREE HAZARDOUS WASTE & ELECTRONICS DROP-OFF DAYS FOR ALBANY RESIDENTS

ALBANY, NY – Today, Mayor Sheehan announced that the City has scheduled nine days in 2016 that Albany residents can drop off hazardous waste and electronics at the Albany Rapp Road Landfill. Pre-registration is required;
“These drop-off events are scheduled for the convenience of Albany residents,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “They also provide environmentally friendly ways to dispose of unwanted electronic goods and hazardous wastes.”
The drop-off dates for 2016 are: April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, September 1, September 15, October 6 and October 20.

Dianne

April 2, 2016
New Community Policing Representative

Hi Neighbors,

We now have a new community policing rep. Janet Zalatan, our previous rep, retired this week. I was sad to hear it but wished her well in her retirement and told her how much I appreciated all she did for us. She gave me the contact information for her replacement. His name is Brian Hawley and he is a twenty-two year member of the APD. I have already contacted him about a problem some neighbors were having and he was very responsive. He said he would be happy to attend a neighborhood meeting and meet us. So I will set something up.

His contact information is Brian Hawley, Center Station, bhawley@albany-ny.org. His office phone #458-5668 and his cell #331-1512.

Dianne

March 7, 2016
FW:Press Advisory: Plan for Madison Avnue Road Diet

Hi Neighbors,

I wanted to pass this announcement along to any neighbors ho might be interested in attending this meeting.

Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Communications Office
To: Communications Office
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2016 11:13 AM

Subject: PRESS ADVISORY: PLAN FOR MADISON AVENUE ROAD DIET TO BE PRESENTED AT PUBLIC MEETING, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 6:30-7:30 P.M.

CITY OF ALBANY
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
24 EAGLE STREET
ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207
TELEPHONE (518) 434-5100

Kathy Sheehan
Mayor

Contact: Bill Trudeau, Traffic Coordinator, City of Albany
wtrudeau@albany-ny.org/434-5719

For Immediate Release

Bike Infrastructure to Be Presented at Lally School at the College of St. Rose
ALBANY, NY – On Wednesday, March 9, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., the City of Albany is holding an informational public meeting on the Madison Avenue Road Diet from South Allen Street to Lark Street. The project will reduce the number of travel lanes, while improving bicycle accommodations and making the road safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The meeting will present the preferred Complete Streets alternative, including the selected bicycle infrastructure.

WHO: Bill Trudeau, Traffic Coordinator, City of Albany

WHAT: Presentation on Madison Avenue Road Diet Plan

WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9

WHERE: Touhey Forum at the Lally School of Education, College of St. Rose, 1009 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY

Dianne

March 4, 2016
FW:Press Advisory Albany's Water Supply has no Detectable Levels of PFOA's

Hi Neighbors,

I received this message from the City. In light of the communities experiencing water problems, I though I would pass this along to everyone.

CITY OF ALBANY
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
24 EAGLE STREET
ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207
TELEPHONE (518) 434-5100


KATHY SHEEHAN
MAYOR

Date: March 3, 2016
Contact: Dennis Gaffney
communicationsoffice@albanyny.gov
518-434-5076 (wk) 518-281-7252 (cell)

For Immediate Release

ALBANY’S WATER SUPPLY HAS NO DETECTABLE LEVELS OF PFOAs

ALBANY, NY – Today, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan released results of recent tests done by the City of Albany Water Department at the Alcove Reservoir, the City’s source of drinking water. The results demonstrated no detectable levels of PFOAs, or perfluorooctanoic acid. The testing was done given recent reports of PFOAs that have been found in water supplies in nearby communities.*

“While these results were expected, because of the concerns in other communities, the Water Department believed it was important to reassure residents that our water supply is safe,” said Mayor Sheehan. “I want to thank Commissioner Joe Coffey and the dedicated men and women in our Water Department for the work they do to ensure our water is up to the standards residents expect in the City of Albany.”

*Tests were done on February 17th, 2016."

Dianne

January 28, 2016
MBNA Meeting, January 28, 2016

Hi Neighbors,

I just wanted to clarify the date and time for the meeting. I heard that someone thought it was tomorrow evening, Thursday, January 28. It is Monday February 1 at 7PM at 22 Manning.

Also, I recently received an e-mail from our community policing rep, Janet Zalatan, who asked me if she could stop by. Of course I said yes as it has turned out to be very timely. Today I heard from two neighbors in houses nearer to Washington Avenue that their cars had been broken into again. In one case the windows were smashed. So this will be a good time to talk to Janet.

Dianne

January 23, 2016
Neighborhood Meeting, January 23, 2016

Hi Neighbors,

I was recently contacted by Eva Petkanas, Community Relations Coordinator for the Department of General Services. She is reaching out to the city neighborhood groups and is interested in attending one of our meetings. She is available to come to a meeting on Monday, February 1. I am scheduling it for that evening for 7PM at my house (22 Manning). I think this is an excellent opportunity to establish a personal relationship with someone at DGS, particularly those of us who received citations from the City last winter due to the condition of our sidewalks. In addition we can talk to her about any other issues we might have. Hope to see you on February 1.

Dianne

January 18, 2016
Annual Dues, January 18, 2016

Hi Neighbors,

I would like to remind everyone to kindly send in their annual MBNA dues. The dues are $10 per household per year and help with the cost for the flowers and the greens in the beds and the urns. Please send your money or check to Ann D'Attilio, 97 Manning, 12203. Thanks.

Dianne

December 21, 2015
Neighborhood Car Breakins December 21, 2015

Hi Neighbors,

Just wanted to alert all of you to some car vandalism that happened on our street last night. I heard from three neighbors today who had their cars gone through and, in one case, some items were taken. None of these cars were locked. Just a reminder to please keep your car doors locked, particularly at night

Dianne

November 13, 2015
Reminder MBNA Meeting - November 16, 2015

Hi Neighbors,

Just a reminder about the MBNA meeting Monday evening, November 16 at 7PM at my house, 22 Manning. Our guest will be Robert Magee, the new head of the Codes Department.

Dianne


November 5, 2015
Madison Avenue Road Diet Public Information Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

This is for those of you who might be interested in the proposal to reduce the lanes on Madison Avenue between Allen and Lark...similar to what we had done on Manning.

Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Steven Smith
To: Steven Smith
Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 2:45 PM Good afternoon:
Attached please find a flyer for the Madison Avenue Road Diet Public Information Meeting that is scheduled for November 9, at The College of St. Rose.
Click to view flyer

Best,
Steve
Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, New York 12210


November 3, 2015
FW. ReZone Albany, Public Review Meeting 0n Module

Hi Neighbors.....just in case anyone is interested in this meeting.
Please see information below or - Click for full details Dianne

-----Forwarded Message-----
From: Bradley Glass
Sent: Nov 2, 2015 11:06 AM
To: rezone
Subject: ReZone Albany - Public Review Meetings on Module 1

Module 1 of Albany’s new Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO) will soon be released for public review. Please follow at http://www.rezonealbany.com/ for a mid-week release.

Module 1 of the USDO (Zone Districts and Permitted Uses) includes:
• The purpose and intent of each of the new zoning districts that will be available in Albany;
• The permitted, conditional, accessory, and temporary uses available in that district;
• Any special conditions attached to available uses in some locations (for instance, limits on the size or operation of that use); and
• The definitions of each of the listed uses

Two public meetings have been schedule to receive your comments and suggestions on the draft.

Public Review Meetings on Module 1
November 10, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00PM
College of Saint Rose, Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Avenue

November 12, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00PM
Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Avenue

REZONE ALBANY

ReZone Albany is a major new initiative to update and streamline the city’s antiquated zoning code. This two year effort – funded largely by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) – is designed to reduce make the city a better place to live, work, invest and play. The project will create a new Unified Development Ordinance that:

• Is simpler, more user-friendly, and highly illustrated
• Is better aligned with the city’s Albany 2030 planning priorities,
• Promotes energy conservation and sustainable development,
• Reduces burdens on small business owners,
• Streamlines the city’s procedures for reviewing and approving new development,
• Protects established neighborhoods.


November 3, 2015
MBNA Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

Albany now has a new Director of Codes. His name is Robert Magee and he recently contacted me about attending a NA meeting. He is trying to meet with all the neighborhood groups. I think this is a subject that many of us are interested in so I have scheduled a meeting with him at our house, 22 Manning, for Monday, November 16 at 7PM. Come and bring your questions.

Dianne

October 14, 2015
Traffic Light

Hi Neighbors,

Some of you might already have noticed, but I just wanted to report that there is now (FINALLY) a left turn light coming east on Western to allow us to finally make the left turn onto Manning without worrying about either running a red light or being run over! I have not had an opportunity to check on whether or not there is also now a pedestrian crossing light but I will check it out.

Dianne


October 13, 2015

Neighbor's Missing Cat
Hi Neighbors,

One of our neighbors, Carla Silverstein, is asking neighbors to let her know if you see her missing cat, Nippy. Nippy is a house cat and not at all used to be outside but is now missing. Nippy is a grayish/black tiger cat and is very shy. If anyone spots Nippy and can coax her in, please call Carla at 470-8541 or her son Charlie at 428-0439. Thank you.

Dianne


July 16, 2015
Fw: Red Light Cameras
Hi Neighbors... for your information:
Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----
To: Steven Smith
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2015 4:00 PM
Subject: Red Light Cameras

Good afternoon:
On Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m., the red light cameras at the eastbound approach of Shaker Road and Northern Boulevard and the westbound approach of Washington Avenue and Quail Street will be fully operational and going “live.”

There will be a warning period for the first ten days at each of the intersections. Starting at 12:00 a.m. on July 31, motorists who are captured passing through a red light may be subject to a red light camera citation.

Red light camera citations will not add points to a driving record. Each violation will be treated as a parking ticket, and will include a fine of $50 issued to car owners rather than drivers.

Under a contract with the GATSO USA, a number of features to ensure citations are issued and processed fairly, include:
· having Albany Police Department make the final determination of whether a citation will be issued; · having contested citations handled by Albany City Court, as are parking tickets.
For more information about the red light cameras in Albany, please visit www.albanyny.gov
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO AND ATTACHED FLYER! Steven A. Smith Public Information Officer Albany Police Department 165 Henry Johnson Boulevard Albany, New York 12210 Office: 518-462-8756 Email: ssmith@albany-ny.org



June 15, 2015
Just a Reminder
Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder about the neighborhood garage sale this coming Saturday, June 20 from 9AM to 3PM...in that time frame. That is how I am going to advertise it. I will put out signs at each end of the street and also put an ad on Craig's List. Let's hope for good weather.

Dianne

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May 15, 2015
Neighborhood Garage Sale
Hi Everyone,

I have heard from enough people who would be interested in having a garage sale to make it a "neighborhood" sale. I am suggesting either Saturday, June 20 or Saturday June 27 as possible dates. My thinking is that it would be before people might be thinking about summer vacations. Let me know if either of these would work.

Dianne

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April 28, 2015
Neighborhood Garage Sale
Hi Everyone,

I have had a couple of inquiries regarding a neighborhood garage sale. Is anyone interested in having one?

Dianne

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April 18, 2015
Fw: MEDIA ADVISORY ALBANY TO SPONSOR 2 FREE PAPER SHREDDING & ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVEMTS
Hi Neighbors, I just wanted tp pass this along to everyone, Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Communications Office
To: Communications Office
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 1:20 PM
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: ALBANY TO SPONSOR 2 FREE PAPER SHREDDING & ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENTS
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
24 EAGLE STREET
ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207
TELEPHONE (518) 434-5100

Kathy Sheehan
Mayor

April 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Frank Zeoli, Director of Operations, Dept. of General Services fzeoli@albanyny.gov


CITY OF ALBANY TO SPONSOR TWO
FREE PAPER SHREDDING
& ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENTS


Albany NY—The Department of General Services will be sponsoring two free Paper Shredding,
Book & Electronics Recycling Events this year. Additionally, for the convenience of our residents,
electronics recycling, which is now mandatory under NY Sttate law, is being offered at these events.

Hard and soft cover books will be collected and recycled. Please note that the books will not be
shredded. All documents brought by residents will be shredded on site by 3N Document Destruction.

WHERE:.......... Washington Park Lakehouse

WHEN:............. Thursday, April 30, 2015, 4-7 p.m.

......................... Saturday, October 24, 2015, 1-5 p.m.


For a list of material accepted at this event please visit www.albanyrecycles.com



April 15, 2015
A reminder and a question
Hi Neighbors,

I want to remind everyone that this Friday, April 17 is Household Spring Clean-Up Day. You may put items out with your trash tomorrow evening.

Question: Has anyone ever had a concrete walk put in? One of our neighbors is interested in replacing his walk and is looking for a recommendation for someone who does good work. If anyone knows such a person, please let me know and I will pass it along to him.

Thanks....Dianne
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March 30, 2015
Household Spring Cleanup Date
Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that the Household Spring Cleanup date for our street is Friday, April 17. Whatever you would like to get rid of can be placed on the curb after 7PM along with the regular trash and recycling. If you have any questions about particular items, you may call DGS at 434-2489.

Also, I would appreciate it if you could send in your $10 per household yearly dues. This money helps with the flowers for the street and the greens in the urns for the holidays. You can mail your dues to Ann D'Attilio at 97 Manning. Thank you very much.

Dianne

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March 7, 2015
Press Release: 2015 Dates for Albany's Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off
Hi Neighbors,

CITY OF ALBANY
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
24 EAGLE STREET
ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207
TELEPHONE (518) 434-5100

Kathy Sheehan
Mayor

February 27, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Frank Zeoli, Director of Operations, DGS
518-434-2489

CITY OF ALBANY ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE FOR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS AND ELECTRONIC WASTE DROP-OFF PROGRAM

Albany NY--The City of Albany has announced the 2015 schedule for its annual Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Drop-off Program, which will take place at the City of Albany Rapp Road Landfill on the dates below. The dates are provided so Albany residents have numerous opportunities to dispose of their electronic & hazardous waste in a legal and an environmentally safe way. To make a drop-off, residents must pre-register by calling the Department of General Services at 434-CITY (2489) or registering online at www.albanyrecycles.com. The following Thursdays have been scheduled:

April 9, 2015, April 23, 2015, May 7, 2015, May 21, 2015, June 4, 2015,
September 3, 2015, September 17, 2015, October 1, 2015, October 15, 2015.

The electronic and hazardous waste drop-off events are held from 4-7 p.m. At no time should hazardous waste or electronics be placed curbside. If you have questions regarding the City’s Household Electronic & Hazardous Waste program, call the Department of General Services at 434-2489. For information on acceptable and non-acceptable material for a drop-off visit www.albanyrecycles.com ###

Dianne

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February 21, 2015
Snow Emergencies and other issues
Hi Neighbors,

I spoke with Dan Dilillo, Deputy Commissioner of DGS and explained to him that there has been some confusion on our street during snow emergencies due to the fact that we have the carriage/bridle path. He agreed that the even/odd side parking during the snow emergencies could be somewhat confusing in our situation so he spoke with Bill Trudeau, head of Traffic Engineering, to get clarification. I explained that I was looking for a consistent policy for us so I could notify everyone. He said what we should pay attention to is which side of the street the APD puts out the "no parking this side of the street" signs when DGS is getting ready to plow and not to worry about the even/odd rule. Also, the no parking on the berm does not apply when the signs go up.
We also discussed the "icy sidewalks" notices. Mr. Dilillo agrees that there are problem areas and his department will come around in the spring to look at the low areas. I told him that I had a list of all the house numbers of neighbors who had received the notice and that I would give that to him so he would be able to check all the problem areas.

I will be in Pennsylvania this weekend visiting my family but I will be home tomorrow afternoon if anyone wants to contact me ith any questions about this.

Dianne

P.S. I am also going to contact Janet again about why it took so long for the, van which sat through three snow emergencies, to be ticketed or towed. .



February 17, 2015
Icy sidewalk notices and a few other issues
Hi Neighbors,

First of all, I apologize in advance for this rather lengthy e-mail but due to snow (mostly) we have had a few issues on the street.

For those of you who received the "icy sidewalks" notice from the City, I wanted to give you an update on what some of us have hear back from DGS. Several neighbors received e-mail responses and phone calls and Phil and I received a response to our letter from Commissioner Mirabile at DGS. Everyone said pretty much the same thing. Because DGS received complaints from some people, DGS is legally required to post the notices and the homeowners are responsible for keeping the sidewalks clear of ice and snow. they did acknowledge that there is a problem with many sections of the sidewalks in our neighborhood and said they would come around in the spring to look at the problem areas and, hopefully, repair them. Unfortunately, that is not particularly helpful for us know. I am keeping a list of all the houses that I know received the notice and plan to pass it along to the person at DGS in charge of sidewalk replacement.

In addition to that issue, we also have the parking issue during snow emergencies. Some people are confused by the even-odd side of the street because that is not really clear with our unique bridle-carriage path road configuration. I would like to have a consistent rule which applies to our street from a city official so we are all clear on the rule. After being given six different phone numbers, I was directed to Dan Dilillo, Deputy Commissioner of DGS. I believe he is also the person in charge of sidewalk replacement.

I will send out an e-mail about that when I hear back from him! :)

Also, for those of you who were frustrated by the van which sat in the same spot on the same side of the street through three snow emergencies, I have a phone number for the police dispatcher--438-4000. Two people, Janet, our policing rep, and a person in the Parking Authority, gave me the same number. If this happens again and nothing seems to be happening with a vehicle, call that number.

One more thing...I have a call into Bill Trudeau in Traffic Engineering about when we might expect to get a left turn arrow at the light at the intersection of Manning and Western. I will let you know about that as well. Whew! That is it for now

Dianne


"WHEN IT SNOWS IN ALBANY...Guide for Residents and Visitors of the City of Albany"

----- Forwarded Message -----


February 3,, 2015
Fw: Albany Snow Emergency

Hi Neighbors,

UPDATED INFORMATION

The city has prepared a pamphlet with vital snow information that you can download:


From: Steven Smith
To: Steven Smith
Sent: Monday, February 2, 2015 12:37 PM
Subject: Albany Snow Emergency

ALBANY DECLARES A SNOW EMERGENCY BEGINNING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, AT 8 P.M.


SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING LOTS
AVAILABLE AT 8 P.M. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9


ALBANY – Albany city officials have declared a Snow Emergency that will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, at which time all normal parking rules and regulations will be temporarily suspended (see Snow Emergency parking rules below). Residents are urged to find off-street parking, but emergency parking lots will also be open as of 8 p.m. Monday, February 9, at the following locations:

ARBOR HILL/SHERIDAN HOLLOW
• PARKING AREA ADJOINING ARBOR HILL SOFTBALL FIELD (NORTH LARK ST.)
• 230 COLONIE ST. (PLAYGROUND LOT)
• 178 COLONIE ST. (PLAYGROUND LOT)
• TEN BROECK MANSION (PARKING LOT & SIDEWALK, WEST END)

PINE HILLS
• RIDGEFIELD PARK (ENTER ON PARTRIDGE ST.)
• WOODLAWN PARK LITTLE LEAGUE
• WATERSON PARK (WESTLAND HILLS) ENTER ON COLVIN AVE.
• WASHINGTON PARK (ALL ROADWAYS AND PARKING AREAS

SOUTH END
• KRANK PARK AREA
• FRANKLIN ST. (BETWEEN SCHUYLER & BASSETT STS. – EAST SIDE)
• LINCOLN PARK (ALL INTERIOR ROADWAYS & PARKING AREA)
• FRISBEE AVENUE (PARKING LOT BTW SECOND AVENUE AND MCCARTY AVE)

CENTER SQUARE/MANSION
• 77 PHILIP ST. (PLAYGROUND)
• 88 PHILIP ST. (PLAYGROUND)
• 179 MYRTLE AVENUE (LOT IN FRONT OF COMMUNITY GARDENS)

NORTH ALBANY
• PARKING AREA ACROSS FROM NORTH ALBANY AMERICAN LEGION POST

WEST END
• BLEECKER STADIUM (PARKING AREA & ROADWAYS)
• NORTH SIDE OF LIVINGSTON AVE. PARKING LOT (OPPOSITE JUDSON ST.)

During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency all vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street. Beginning at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, all vehicles must be parked on the odd numbered side of the street for the next 24-hour period. After the second 24-hour period please stay tuned for further announcements. For Snow Emergency information, call 476-SNOW or visit the City of Albany’s website at www.albanyny.org (see other listings below).

If you are parked on the wrong side of the street during the Snow Emergency your car will be ticketed, and may be towed. If your vehicle has been towed, call Albany Police Department at 438-4000 for information on how to retrieve your vehicle. Snow Emergency information is available on the city’s website at www.albanyny.org or in brochures available at any Albany firehouse, police station, or any open branch of the Albany Public Library.

IMPORTANT CONTACTS DURING THE SNOW EMERGENCY

· * The Snow Emergency Hotline is 476-SNOW (7669); for general snow inquiries call DGS at 434-CITY

· * To report power outages and determine area repair schedules, call National Grid at 800-642-4272; in an emergency, call 911; if extensive power outages do occur during the storm, emergency shelters will be openend around the city

· * News Radio & TV

· * Electronic message boards & orange signs placed on streets throughout the city

· * Facebook.com/CityofAlbanyMayorsOffice or Facebook.com/AlbanyNYPolice

· * City Hall’s Twitter Site: @AlbanyCityHall or Albany Police at @albanypolice · www.nyalert.gov

· * If you’d like to receive a text or email about a snow emergency, you can sign up at : www.albanyny.org/Government/Departments/PublicSafety/PoliceDepartment/Nixle.aspx

· * For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service (http://www.weather.gov/)

Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Blvd
Albany, NY 12210
Office 462-8736
Cell 889-9446
Email: ssmith@albany-ny.org

Dianne



January 26,, 2015
Icy Walks
Hi Neighbors,

Last Thursday a number of us on Manning received a "Notice and Order" indicating that the city was responding to a complaint about ice on the sidewalk. There is no fine associated with this notice, but failure to comply results in being billed for the city's removal of the ice. For the most part, ice was found where the sidewalk is below grade and collects melt water. Therefore, a number of us (1) attended to the ice (to avoid being billed) and (2) contacted Albany DGS requesting replacement of the sections of sidewalk that are below grade. We will let you know the outcome.

Dianne



November 26, 2014
Fw: Press Advisory: Staying Safe During the First Snows of the Season

For your information.

----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Communications Office
To: Communications Office
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 3:06 PM

Subject: PRESS ADVISORY: STAYING SAFE DURING THE FIRST ALBANY SNOWS OF THE SEASON

CITY OF ALBANY
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
24 EAGLE STREET
ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207

Kathy Sheehan
Mayor

Contact: Dennis Gaffney
communicationsoffice@albanyny.gov

Date: November 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

STAYING SAFE DURING THE FIRST SNOWS OF THE SEASON

ALBANY, NY - - With the first snowfall of winter upon us, it is important to remember what you can do to make snow removal by the City of Albany easier, which improves safety for everyone.

To find out if a snow emergency has been declared, call the Snow Emergency Hotline at 476-SNOW (7669).

Here’s a short list of what to keep in mind and what you can do to keep you, your neighbors, and your city safe.

Parking

· When possible, park in a lot or a driveway instead of on city streets
· Avoid parking across the street from another car to make plowing easier
· Follow all parking regulations and move your car when required so the plows can clear the entire road instead of having to return to clear single parking spaces

Shoveling

· By law, property owners must shovel their sidewalks
· To minimize your snow shoveling, try to wait to clear the end of your driveways until the street is totally clear; this will prevent the plows from pushing snow back into your driveway
· When clearing sidewalks, driveways, or your car, do not place snow in the street. This not only makes roads unsafe for those in the street—it’s against the law

In Case of a Snow Emergency

· Snow emergencies are usually called after a storm is over to clear roads and parking spaces of remaining snow. In a snow emergency, normal parking rules are temporarily suspended. The city usually provides approximately 12 hours of notice before parking restrictions take effect
· Cars must be parked on the even side of the road for the first 24 hours of a snow emergency
· They must be moved to the odd side of the street for the next 24 hours or until the storm is over. Failure to do this may result in cars being ticketed and towed. To retrieve towed cars, owners should call 518-438-4000

Snow emergencies are announced and publicized in a number of ways, including:

· The Snow Emergency Hotline at 476-SNOW (7669)
· News Radio & TV
· Electronic message boards & orange signs placed on streets throughout the city
· Facebook.com/CityofAlbanyMayorsOffice
· City Hall’s Twitter Site: @AlbanyCityHall
· www.nyalert.gov Click Here

If you’d like to receive a text or email about a snow emergency, you can sign up at: http://albanyny.org/Government/Departments/PublicSafety/PoliceDepartment/Nixle.aspx

To find out more information about Albany snow emergencies, click here.

Chartered in 1686, the City of Albany is the oldest continuously chartered city in the United States, and has been the State Capital since 1797. Although the City is the seat of State Government and a thriving center of education, culture and commerce, its real spirit lies in its diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. In January 2014 Kathy M. Sheehan became the City’s 75th Mayor.

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November 17, 2014
Fw Albany Police Dept-Advisory More Thefts from Motor Vehicles in the Melrose Area
Hi Neighbors

Hi Neighbors,

I realize that I already sent you one notice about car break-ins but this is from our neighborhood police rep and I wanted to send this along as well.
Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----

From:Janet Zalatan

' Subject: APD - Advisory Thefts from Motor Vehicles in the Melrose Area

Hello,
I just wanted to send out some important information regarding a recent number of thefts from motor vehicles. On two separate dates in October (Wednesday 10/5 and Thursday 10/23) there were more than 16 reported thefts from motor vehicles (All incidents occurred during overnight hours) in the Rte 85 and Manning Blvd Corridor (Eileen St., Edgewood, Melrose, Western, Davis, Holmes, Lenox, Berkshire, Ormond, and Krumkill.) One of these incidents is classified as a burglary since the suspects entered a garage to steal from a car. The most common items reported stolen were change and other small items, which were stolen from consoles and rummaged through glove compartments. Most of the vehicles were entered through unlocked vehicle doors.

Please share this information with your neighbors and ask that everyone keep an eye out for suspicious individuals or activity. I have also added some prevention tips for you to share…

Tips to Help Prevent Theft from Vehicles ü Lock your car. Most thieves will try multiple car doors to look for one that is unlocked.
ü Don’t hide a second set of keys in your car. They don’t serve a purpose and if a thief gets in your car they could steal it
ü Park in well-lighted areas.
ü Park in Attended Lots. Auto thieves do not like witnesses and prefer unattended lots.
ü Close your car windows when parking. Don’t make it any easier for the thief to enter your vehicle.
ü Hide Your Valuables. Don’t make your car a more desirable target for thieves by leaving valuables (GPS Systems, I-Pod’s, Purses, Laptops, Carry Bags or Loose Change)
ü Make the interior of your car look the same way it did when you bought It. Clean out the visible change in the center console and anything else that is in plain view from the outside of the car. Coin change is enough for a thief to break into your car.
ü Unplug charging devices from auxiliary power outlets. Thieves will think that there are electronic devices in the car if they see charging devices plugged into power outlets.
ü Record serial numbers of expensive electronic items.
ü Report suspicious activity, such as people looking into or trying the door handles on vehicles, to the Albany Police Department at #438-4000.
“If You See Something, Say Something.”

Please report all suspicious person(s) or activities to the Albany Police Department at 438-4000

Thanks,
Janet
Officer Janet Zalatan
Albany Police Department
Community Services Unit

Center Station
536 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

Office: (518) 458-5668
Fax: (518) 458-5662
Email: jzalatan@albany-ny.org
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November 11, 2014
Car Break-ins
Hi Neighbors

Hi Neighbors, I want to alert you to a couple of car break-ins that occurred on the street over the weekend. Neighbors at #42 and #64 had their cars entered. I say entered because some of the doors were not locked. A cell phone was taken from one of the cars. Janet Zalatan, our neighborhood police rep always strongly urges us to keep our car doors locked at all times.


Dianne

November 10, 2014
Fwd: Victorian Furniture
Hi Neighbors

Natalie Criscione asked me to send this around to see if any neighbors would be interested in Victorian furniture, You can contact her via e-mail if you are interested:

Hi, I have some furniture that would like a new home.

My email address is: natmc@nycap.rr.com

November 9, 2014
Traffice Signal Improvement Project

Hi Neighbors,

Attached please find the Newsletter for the Traffic Improvement Project:

TRAFFIC SIGNAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
WASHINGTON, WESTERN AND NEW SCOTLAND AVENUES
CITY OF ALBANY

PROJECT NEWSLETTER

October 23, 2014

The City of Albany has begun the replacement/rehabilitation/upgrade of traffic signal equipment on Washington, Western, and New Scotland Avenues. This project involves the complete replacement or upgrades to sixty-one signalized intersections within the City of Albany. The project limits for each roadway are as follows: Washington Avenue, eighteen (18) intersections over 3.4 miles, from the eastern connection with Western Avenue west to the intersection with SUYNA’s main entrance; Western Avenue, twenty-four (24) intersections over 3.1 miles, from the eastern connection with Washington Avenue west to Homestead Street; New Scotland Avenue, nineteen (19) intersections over 2.7 miles, from Madison Avenue to Whitehall Road. All construction activities will occur within the City right of way. The contractor performing the work will be Stilsing Electric, Inc. from Rensselaer, NY. The project kicked off in late September with work scheduled to continue through the end of 2015. Should the winter weather require us to shut down or slow down the contractors work, the project will extend into early 2016.

Project Description:

Each of the intersections on the project will receive equipment that will improve transportation for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian traffic. New control equipment, vehicle traffic signal heads, pedestrian signal heads and countdown timers, pedestrian pushbuttons, and vehicle detectors will be installed at each intersection. At a majority of the intersections, new traffic signal support poles will also be installed, with the existing pole reused at the remaining intersections. We will interconnect the traffic signals to allow for a coordinated progression of green signals on each corridor based upon time of day and predominant traffic flow. We will enhance and improve pedestrian crossings by installing pedestrian signals, countdown timers, and pushbuttons. The traffic signal coordination/progression will be based upon the posted 30 mile per hour speed limit. The progression will move groups of traffic through the corridor at the posted speed limit. A central system will monitor each intersection through a wireless or wired interconnect that will be constructed as part of the project. This central system will allow for City maintenance personnel to remotely monitor operations and make some changes to the traffic signals that are connected to the system. New traffic signal timings will be implemented that will assure both vehicles and pedestrians have the appropriate time to navigate the intersections and corridors. As part of the timing intervals, a minimum four second yellow time and minimum one second all red (all traffic stopped) time between vehicle movements/phases will be programmed. The project will also have equipment that will work with emergency response vehicles to permit a green signal in the direction of the responding vehicle and display red to the other approaches at an intersection. In addition, this equipment will work with CDTA buses for the future BRT project proposed for these corridors.

Daily Work Hours:

The Contractor is authorized to work 10 hour days six days a week, 6AM-6PM Monday through Saturday. Although they are authorized to work these hours and days, in general they are working 6:30 AM until 4PM Monday through Friday. The additional day and hours have been authorized to allow the contractor to perform work activities in areas where traffic prohibits their safe work at particular locations.

Current Work Schedule for the next 14 days:

The Contractor will begin installing the portions of the new signal systems that are underground, to include conduits and pole foundations. This work has begun on Washington Avenue from the west end of the project at SUNYA’s main entrance and is progressing east toward Washington Avenue and Brevator Street. It is anticipated that the work on in this area will continue for the next week. After the ground work is completed in these areas, it is anticipated that the contractor will move their activities to Western Avenue starting at the western end of the project, Homestead Street, and progress east.

Project Contact Information:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this project you can call or visit the project office during regular business hours.

Creighton Manning Engineering, LLP is the City’s design and construction firm overseeing the work activities

Washington, Western, and New Scotland Avenues Traffic Signal Project Office
50 Colvin Avenue
Suite 104
Albany, New York 12206
Phone: (518) 650-7621
Fax: (518) 650-7623
Email: albanysignalswwn@cmellp.com

Resident Engineer for this project: Mr. Thomas Giammattei

Should you have any project questions that you would like to direct to the City of Albany, you may also contact Bill Trudeau, Chief Supervisor of Traffic Engineering at (518) 434-5791

The City will be providing updated newsletters as construction progresses.

Dianne


November 4, 2014

Fwd: Press Release: Mayor Sheeham Presents ReZone Albany and Code Changes

Hi Neighbors, Just wanted to forward this information along to everyone.

Date: October 29, 2014 For Immediate Release-Today, Wed., Oct. 29

MAYOR SHEEHAN PRESENTS
ReZONE ALBANY: THE VIBRANT CITY INITIATIVE, AND CODE UPDATE

Historic Update Will “Unleash the Potential” of Albany

Albany, NY--Today, Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced the launch of ReZone Albany-The Vibrant City Initiative, a historic process to improve Albany’s dated zoning code in order to reduce burdens for small business owners and make the city a better place to live, work, and invest. Simplifying and modernizing Albany’s zoning and regulations is expected to encourage investments by homeowners, landlords, small businesses, and developers, making Albany more economically vibrant and attractive.

The City also announced that it has hired Clarion Associates, a nationally recognized planning and land-use firm, to lead the undertaking. The initiative will include an extensive outreach component embracing community-wide participation, education, and an evaluation process that will involve numerous meetings, workshops, and public hearings.

“This is long overdue,” said Mayor Sheehan, “and a change that will unleash the potential in Albany’s downtown and the city’s neighborhoods. Working together to rezone Albany will allow residents to protect the character of their neighborhoods, yet also responsibly encourage an even better place to live, work, and play.”

This comprehensive code revision is made possible through financial support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). ReZone Albany will cost up to $750,000 and will include green building guidelines, smart growth principles, and water conservation standards.

"Albany's zoning code efforts will encourage smarter and more efficient building designs and development, thereby helping to contribute to efforts under Governor Cuomo to develop a resilient, reliable and affordable energy infrastructure," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of NYSERDA. "The Cleaner, Greener Communities program encourages municipalities across the state to become more sustainable and energy-efficient.”

“The city’s lack of an integrated approach to zoning, land development, and building regulations has made something as simple as putting up a fence, opening a business, or painting a house extremely difficult, uncertain, and frustrating,” added Christopher Spencer, Albany’s Director of Planning. “The goal is to create a more straightforward, fair, and predictable process for building improvements or development—ultimately expanding the tax base, while adding to the quality of life.”

The initiative is expected to take two years to complete. Particular areas such as the downtown and the warehouse district will be prioritized to ensure current development proposals in those areas are done in a way consistent with the Albany 2030, the city’s first comprehensive plan, passed by Albany’s Common Council in 2012.

Although revisions were made to Albany’s zoning code in 1993, a major rewrite has not been undertaken of Albany’s zoning code since 1968. The current code has discouraged development in the city and resulted in buildings unsuited to the character of particular Albany neighborhoods.

The intricacies of Albany’s existing zoning code and the permitting process made it difficult for business owner Anton Pasquill to launch the Hudson River Coffee House, which opened on Quail Street in 2010. “People who want to set up a neighborhood business almost always have to hire an attorney or engineering firm to get through the Board of Zoning Appeals,” Pasquill said. “If we want small businesses to set up shop in Albany, we have to change the code.”

“This is going to create a much more livable city,” said Al De Salvo, chair of Albany’s Planning Board. “The new code will be more friendly to responsible development that enhances our neighborhoods.”

“Albany has had a zoning code that stifles innovation, investment and smart growth,” said Richard Berkley, chair of Albany’s Board of Zoning Appeals. “Our historic city, New York State’s capital, deserves better, and with The Vibrant City Initiative it will get a flexible 21st Century zoning code that will promote entrepreneurial business growth, and protect and improve our historic neighborhoods and architecture.”

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Chartered in 1686, the City of Albany is the oldest continuously chartered city in the United States, and has been the State Capital since 1797. Although the City is the seat of State Government and a thriving center of education, culture and commerce, its real spirit lies in its diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. In January 2014 Kathy M. Sheehan became the City’s 75th Mayor.

Dianne


September 29, 2014
Fwd: Pine Hills 2015 Town Hall Budget Presentation

Hi Neighbors,

Forwarded from Kaleigh Ziobro, Scheduling for Mayor Sheehan:

Good afternoon, As you may know, the Mayor will be presenting the city’s 2015 budget for the first time on Wednesday, October 1. Following this announcement, the Mayor will be holding town hall style budget presentations at various locations in the city throughout the month of October. At each of these community meetings, the Mayor will present a power point budget presentation (approximately 40 minutes) followed by Q&A from meeting participants.

The first of these budget meetings will be held on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Pine Hills Library. On behalf of the Mayor, I’d like to invite the Manning Boulevard Neighborhood Association to help cosponsor this Town Hall Budget Presentation through advertising the meeting to your members and encouraging community participation. Thank you very much for your consideration a nd I look forward to speaking with you soon! Best regards, Kaleigh

Kaleigh Ziobro
Scheduling for Mayor Kathy Sheehan
City of Albany
24 Eagle Street, Room 102
Albany NY 12207
518-434-5100

Dianne

June 14, 2014
Upcoming Garage Sale

Hi Neighbors,

About a half dozen people responded to my e-mail to say they were interested in having a neighborhood garage sale. So there will be one next Saturday, June 21 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Everyone is invited to participate. There will be signs on each end of the street as well as a few other places and I will post something online. Let's hope for no rain!

Dianne

May 4, 2014
Neighborhood Garage Sale

Hi Neighbors,

There has been some interest in having a neighborhood garage sale. I could certainly organize one...no date in mind yet ..but we would really need to have a minimum of about six households to make it worthwhile. Let me know if any of you are interested.

Dianne


April 19, 2014
Hi Neighbors,

Fwd: [PineHills] Interested in Local History? - These programs are for you.

Hi Neighbors,

I am passing this information along to you, courtesy of Ann. Perhaps some of you would like to research your house's history. Dianne

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Ann D'Attilio To: Hansen Dianne Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:04 PM Subject: Fwd: [PineHills] Interested in Local History - These programs are for you Hi Dianne, I thought residents of the MBNA might be interested in these programs. Ann

Begin forwarded message: From: "D'ATTILIO, MIKE" Date: April 11, 2014 3:59:45 PM EDT To: Ann D'Attilio Subject: Fwd: [PineHills] Interested in Local History - These programs are for you.

From: Virgina Hammer Date: April 11, 2014 at 2:55:06 PM EDT To: "pinehills@yahoogroups.com" Subject: [PineHills] Interested in Local History - These programs are for you Reply-To: "pinehills@yahoogroups.com"

A "Research your home's history" program: CLICK HERE,

And "A walking tour of the neighborhood" (specifically, Manning Blvd): CLICK HERE --

Virginia Hammer VHammer@gmail.com 52 S. Allen St., Albany, NY 12208 518-438-0195

Dianne


April 1, 2014
Two City Events

Hi Neighbors,

I just wanted to remind you that the Spring Household Clean-up Day is a week from Friday, April 11. You can put things out on Thursday evening along with your regular trash.

Also, on Thursday April 24 from 4PM to 7PM, the city will be sponsoring a Free Paper Shredding and Book Recycling Event in Washington Park. All paper will be shredded, books both hard and soft cover will be recycled. It will take place at the Washington Park Lake House so use the Madison Avenue entranceto he park.

Dianne


March 10, 2014
Date for Household Spring Cleanup Day

Hi Neighbors,

I realize this notice is a bit early but I just wanted to give you a "heads-up" so you can put it on your calendar, if you are interested. Our date is Friday (the normal collection day) April ll. As usual everything can be put out on the street, including your regular trash, on Thursday evening, after 7PM. I will send out a "reminder" about a week efore. It is a bit earlier than usual this year....it has been in May in the past.

Dianne


December 17, 2013
Snow Emergency

Hi Neighbors,

CITY OF ALBANY SNOW EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Please be advised that the City of Albany has issued a SNOW EMERGENCY that will begin at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
at which time all normal parking rules and regulations are temporarily suspended.

During the first 24 hours of the snow emergency all vehicles must be parked on the even numbered side of the street.

Beginning at 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 all vehicles must be parked on the odd numbered side of the street for the next 24-hour period.

If you are parked on the wrong side of the street during the snow emergency your car will be ticketed and may result in it being towed.
After the second 24-hour period please stay tuned for further announcements. For SNOW EMERGENCY information, call 476-SNOW or visit www.albanyny.gov If your vehicle has been towed, call the Albany Police Department at 438-4000 for information on how to retrieve your vehicle.

Steven A. Smith
Public Information Officer
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, New York 12206
Work: (518) 462-8756
Cell: (518) 889-9446
Email: ssmith@albany-ny.org

Dianne


December 7, 2013
Two Upcoming Events

Hi Neighbors,
I want to let you know about two upcoming events. I must apologize for the first one as it is VERY last minute. I sent it out last week (or so I thought) but discovered that it never went. It is the Holiday House Tour which is tomorrow, December 8 from 12 - 4PM. The houses are located in the Washington Park neighborhood and the Pine Hills neighborhood. There is one house on Manning Blvd....ours. Tickets can be purchased at the Ester Massry Gallery, 1002 Madison Ave. from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. The tickets are $25.00 for Historic Albany Foundation members and $30 for non-members. The proceeds benefit Historic Albany's programs.

The next event is this coming Thursday, December 12 at 7:00PM. It is the annual Upper Madison tree-lighting in front of Center Station.

Dianne


November 26, 2013
Traffic Light Reconfiguration

Hi Neighbors,
Last week I attended a meeting with the Traffic Engineering Department about their plan to reconfigure-replace 24 stop lights on Western Avenue. The project includes the light at the intersection of Western Avenue and Manning Blvd. The stoplight is scheduled to be programmed so that traffic heading west on Western will now have an arrow to enable turning left onto South Manning Blvd and traffic heading east on Western will now have an arrow to enable turning left onto Manning Blvd. There will also be a timed program in to allow pedestrians to cross. According to Bill Trudeau, the head of Traffice Engineering, there will be public notices as to when the workwill be done on what intersections as the work progresses. Also there may be some additional public meetings. I will let you know when I hear any more information This project is due to start in the summer of 2014.

Dianne


September 9, 2013
Missing Child ALERT

Hi Neighbors,
The Albany Police just notified me that they are looking for a 10-year old autistic boy.His description is as follows: black male wearing black shorts and a green and brown striped shirt, riding a BMX bike. His name is Shakir Anderson. The Officer said if any of us should see him to try to engage him and call the police #438-4000. That is the dispatch number...they can have a car sent out right away.

Dianne


October 23, 2013
Invitation to Police Station Visitors Week - Albany Police Department

Hi Neighbors,
Are any of you interested in participating in this program? It sounds very worthwhile. I e-mailed our Community Policing Rep, Janet, just to check with her to confirm that this was legitimate. She said that it was. If any of you are interested, you can e-mail or call me. 482-9131. I am going to contact this person on Friday to get more specific details.

Dianne

----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Aminou Yaya
To: "'hansenpd@verizon.net'" Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 10:24 AM Subject: Invitation to Police Station Visitors Week - Albany Police Department

Dear Ms. Hansen,

Commander Robert A. Sears suggested I reach out to you to invite you to participate in the Albany Police Department’s participation in Police Station Visitors Week (PSVW), which will be held globally from November 2 – 5.

PSVW is a unique global event that invites groups of community members to assess the quality of service delivered by local police departments, to identify best practices and to strengthen ties between police and the communities they serve. This event has occurred in more than 40 countries around the world, and has attracted more than 15,000 visitors to more than 5,000 local police stations; we’re excited to add the Albany PD to that list. The feedback provided during this event has proved incredibly valuable for participating stations, and we have no doubt the same successes will be seen this year. For more information please visit www.altus.org.

During Police Station Visitors Week, community leaders, such as yourself, are asked to organize a small group of friends or colleagues (5-10) to take a tour of a participating police station and fill out a simple questionnaire, focusing on areas including community orientation, physical conditions, transparency and accountability, treatment of the public, and detention conditions (where applicable). The overall winning station from each region is invited to attend a global conference on policing, where winning stations from around the world are honored and presented with an award.

Commander Sears suggested you would be a great participant for this year’s event. I’d be happy to give you a call to discuss the event in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this important global event. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best, Aminou Aminou Yaya| Program Associate International Program Vera Institute of Justice 233 Broadway - 12th Floor New York, NY 10279-1299 T: (212) 376-3060 C: (646) 369-5084 F: (212) 941-9407 ayaya@vera.org www.vera.org

Dianne


September 9, 2013
Madison Street Fair

Hi Neighbors,
Just to let you know that the annual Madison Street Fair will be held again this year. The date is Sunday, September 22 from 12N to 5PM between Allen and Lawrence Streets. There will be music, food, crafts, displays, games for children and a book sale. If any of you have gently used books you would like to donate, you can drop them off at 52 South Allen (just leave them on the front porch) before September 21 or leave them at Steamer 10 between 10AM-2PM September 21.

Dianne


September 9, 2013
Meeting with Assemblywoman Pat Fahey

Hi Neighbors,
The Pine Hills NA has graciously invited us to join them at their meeting on Thursday, September 19. The speaker will be Assemblywoman Pat Fahey. The meeting will be held at the LaSalle School, Hanner Cultural Center, 396 Western Avenue at 7PM. This is a great opportunity to talk to Pat about any questions and concerns you may have.

Dianne


August 11, 2013
Two Incidents in the Neighborhood

Hi Neighbors,
I want to alert you to two situations that we have had in the neighborhood recently. One of our neighbors was the victim of a "driveway sealer" scam. A man showed up unannounced at the homeowner's house offering to seal the driveway.After the job was done the man demanded an exorbitant amount of money in payment. The homeowner was intimidated by the man's hostile attitude so he paid the money. Several weeks later two more men showed up on bikes. Another neighbor saw what was happening and called the police; the men left but the neighbor was able to give the police a description of the two men.

I have spoken with our community policing representative, Janet Zalatan, about this and she is going to alert other police units and neighborhood groups. She strongly suggests asking any person coming to the door to sell anything or to offer any services to show ID and their permit from the City to solicit. The City does have an ordinance forbidding solicitation without a City permit.

The other incident happened this weekend when a neighbor's car was vandalized. A person or persons threw a rock through the car window sometime during the night damaging the dashboard and the radio as well as destroying the window. Several items were stolen from the front seat. The police who responded the next morning when the neighbor discovered the break-in ask that I remind everyone, particularly those of you who park on the carriage path, not to keep anything visible in your car that might attract the attention of vandals.

Dianne


June 14, 2013
FY1 - Kiosk Corner of Madison and West Lawrence

Hi Neighbors,
Some of you may have noticed the blue wooden structure that is now in front of the cleaners at the corner of Madison and West Lawrence Streets. Starting tomorrow the kiosk will have a list of neighborhood shops, restaurants and services that are available in the Upper Madison neighborhood. Also there will be announcements of upcoming neighborhood events posted.

This is sponsored by BUMP (Beautify Upper Madison Project).

Dianne


April 24, 2013
Association Dues

Hi Neighbors,
Recently several of you have asked me about dues. Dues are $10 per year per household. For a number of years only new members have been asked to pay an initial $10 fee when they join the neighborhood association, but we have not been collecting dues on a yearly basis. We have some money in the treasury and have not had any major expenses. So I did not really feel comfortable collecting dues.

It seems to me that now might be a good time to start collecting dues again. The main reason is to be able to continue to maintain and plant the flower beds on the street. In the past the City has provided us with all the flowers and tulip bulbs that we needed. Due to budget constraints they no longer do that. So my thought is that the $10 per household per year could help us to continue to maintain the beds. We get many compliments from people walking and driving by on how nice the street looks.

You can send your check to our Treasurer, Ann D’Attilio at 97 Manning made out to Manning Blvd Neighborhood Association. Thanks.

Dianne


March 17, 2013
Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day

Hi Neighbors,
I have attached an e-mail from Nick D"Antonio at DGS regarding hazardous waste and electronics disposal.
Please Click Here


Also I received a notice that our day for Household Spring Clean-up Day is Friday, April 19.
Dianne


February 11, 2013
Some Information

Hi Neighbors,
At our recent MBNA meeting some of you asked for Janet Zalatan's contact information. Janet's e-mail address is jzalatan@albany-ny.org. Her office phone # is 458-5668 and her cell phone is 331-1512. Another question was the MBNA web-site address. I checked it this morning and it is up and running, thanks to Ed Shepard, who maintains it for us. It is http://www.manningbna.org/.

Another topic that came up for discussion was a MBNA garage sale. It had been discussed last fall but there was not really enough time for people to get organized. I could schedule one for this spring...say late April or May...if anyone is interested. Let me know; if enough people are interested, I could put an ad in the paper and we could put up some signs.
Dianne


January 27, 2013,
NA Meeting Thursday January 31 at 7PM

Hi Neighbors
Just a reminder to everyone about the upcoming meeting with Janet Zalatan, our Community Policing Representative this Thursday. Come and meet Janet.
Dianne


January 16, 2013,
Neighborhood Meeting

Hi Neighbors
Four or five years ago Janet Zalatan, our community policing representative, came to our neighborhood meeting. She would like to attend another meeting; she feels it is important to meet neighbors face-to-face and keep in touch with the neighborhood associations.

I have scheduled a neighborhood association meeting for Thursday, January 31 at 7PM at Mike and Ann D'Attilio's house #97 Manning. Come and meet Janet and bring any questions you might have.
Dianne


August 25, 2010
Madison Street Festival

Hi Neighbors,

Save the date! Sunday, September 12 from 1-4PM is the Madison Street Festival. This neighborhood event will be held on Madison Avenue between South Allen and West Lawrence. It will be a family-friendly, fun event with musical performances, activities for the kids and informational booths from various neighborhood resources like the Pine Hills Library. Come and meet your neighbors and also see some of what is happening on Madison Avenue.

Dianne


May 30, 2010
Hidden House and Garden Tour

Historic Albany Foundation is sponsoring a "Hidden House and Garden Tour" in the Pine Hills neighborhood planned for Tuesday, June 29 from 5-8PM. For many years this tour was focused on the downtown/Center Square area, but this year the focus is the Pine Hills neighborhood.

If any of you are interested in having your garden on the tour, let me know and I will send you more details. I am told that, in addition to your garden, the organizers would very much like the hosts to also open up the first floor of their homes, as visitors are also interested in seeing the inside of our lovely homes! That can be negotiated, however; if you would really prefer not to open up your house. Our house is on the tour so you would not be alone if you volunteered.

Dianne


March 26, 2010
Upper Madison Spring Clean-Up Day

Hi Neighbors

On Saturday, April 24, several neighborhood associations and some merchants on Madison Ave. around the Madison and Western triangle are sponsoring a Spring Clean-Up Day for the area. They are looking for volunteers who might be able to spend some time helping out any time between 9:30AM and l2:30 PM on Saturday. All that you would need to bring with you would be a pair of work gloves.

Dianne


March 17, 2010
Fw: APD - Safety Advisory

Hi Neighbors

I realize these car break-ins all happened around Washington Park and not in our area but I just wanted to remind people
about Officer Parker's advice about keeping your cars locked and not keeping any valuables in view.

--- On Thu, 3/18/10, Janet L Parker wrote:

From: Janet L Parker Subject: APD - Safety Advisory Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 1:46 PM

Please read and forward the following information to all of your members, students, employees and local businesses:

Broken Windows of Vehicles

Since Saturday, March 13th, there have been a number of incidents involving broken windows on vehicles.
In all of the incidents, windows were broken, and in (9) of the incidents various electronic items were stolen.
In (2) incidents, the methods of breaking the windows were determined to be a brick and a sparkplug.
In (2) of the incidents suspects were described as 2 black males, 14-15 years of age, approx 5'4" and 140 lbs.
Most of the incidents occurred during the evening hours.

Vehicle Safety Tips
ü When parking your vehicle, be certain to lock your doors and windows.

ü Secure your valuables. Thieves are frequently attracted to items such as GPS Systems, IPods,
Cell Phones, Loose Change in Holders, Laptop Computers, etc. that are left exposed in a vehicle.

ü When possible, please take any valuables with you.

ü During night hours, please be certain to park your car in a well lit area.

ü Have your key ready when you go back to your car.
BR> ü Do not leave your car running and unattended!

“If you see something, Say Something.”

Please report all suspicious person(s) or activities to the Albany Police Department at 438-4000
Thanks,
Janet
Officer Janet Parker
Albany Police Department
Community Services Unit
Center Station
536 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Office: (518) 458-5668
Fax: (518) 458-5662
Email: jparker@albany-ny.org

Dianne


March 17, 2010
Fw: APD Advisory - Bank Robbery Key Bank on Colvin Ave

Hi Neighbors

I realize that this robbery was reported in the paper, but I thought I would pass this along anyway:
--- On Tue, 3/16/10, Janet L Parker wrote:

Please read and forward the following information to all of your members, students, employees and local businesses:

A Bank Robbery occurred at 11:45 AM today at the Key Bank, 2 Colvin Avenue. The pictured suspect entered the bank, handed the teller and note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect walked out of the bank in an unknown direction.
He is described as a white male, 20’s wearing a black/brown/tan jacket, and sunglasses.
Anyone with information should contact the Detective Division at 462-8039

Dianne


March 11, 2010
Fw: NYS rehabilitation credit

Hi All

Arlene Gilbert sent this along to me...in case anyone is interested.

--- On Thu, 3/11/10, arly96@verizon.net wrote:

From: arly96@verizon.net br> Subject: NYS rehabilitation credit
To: "Manning Blvd Assoc" Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 10:11 AM
There is a meeting for homeowners tonight at 7pm at the Congregational Church at 405 Quail St
concerning funding for repairs to homes listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places. Is Manning Blvd on any such list.?
The info came from Mc Eneny's office. Have you seen it? I have the brochure and thought you might be interested.
Arlene Gilbert

Dianne


March 12, 2010
Questions (RE: March 10 Meeting)

Hi Neighbors

Officer Parker got back to us already with answers to some questions/concerns that some people had at the meeting Wednesday night.
I am forwarding the e-mail everyone:

Hi Dianne,
I just want to follow up on a few of the concerns brought up at the meeting last evening.

1. Damage to Stop Sign & Pole on Manning Blvd/ Washington Ave. I sent an e-mail to Bill Trudeau requesting repair of the sign and pole.

2. The Date for the Pine Hills N.A. Community Policing Workshop.
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 6:30pm-8:30pm BR> Pine Hills elementary School - 41 N Allen S

3. Question about shooting – 200 Block of Manning Blvd.
It appears that the incident in question occurred on August 23, 2009. I was out of work during this time period, which is why I couldn’t recall the incident. It was determined that the individual was targeted and not a random act, which is probably why you didn’t hear more about it.

A 27 year old Albany man is in stable condition at Albany Medical after being shot multiple times outside of his Manning Blvd apartment. Kareen Bandy, who lives in the 200 block of Manning Blvd, was transferred to Albany Med after a neighbor initially drove him to St. Peter’s. Brandy was shot at approximately 12:35 AM this morning while he was sitting in his car outside of his house. He went to a nearby neighbor who drove him to St. Peter’s. Brandy was struck in the upper body and was in stable condition this morning. No motive or suspects have been identified as of yet.

Detective James Miller
Department Spokesperson
City of Albany Police Dept
165 Henry Johnson Bl
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 462-8756 (518) 469-0379 Cell (518) 447-7801 Fax
Police - The Official Site of the City of Albany, NY
Thanks,
Janet
Officer Janet Parker
Albany Police Department
Community Services Unit
Center Station
536 Western Avenue, Albany, NY

Dianne


March 12, 2010
Spring Clean-up Day

Hi Neighbors

I just want to let everyone know that the yearly Household Spring Clean-Up Day for our street will be Friday, April 16.
Because of confusion about the correct date in past years, I called the Department of General Services just to confirm that it was definitely Friday, April l6.
If you have any questions about specific items, you can call DGS at 434-2489.

Dianne


March 8, 2010
Hazardous Waste Schedule

Hi Neighbors

I am sending this along for your information:



Dianne


January 19, 2010
Planning Meeting

Hi Neighbors

Doug Melnick, City Planning Director, asked me to pass this information along to our neighborhood association members.

Dianne

January 14, 2010
Recycling

Hi Neighbors

This is a very big attachment but it contains lots of new recyclying information. We can now recycle many more things.
Click Here to view.

Dianne

January 14, 2010
phone Book Recycling

This is from Nick D'Antonio:

It’s that time of year again! That’s correct,
PHONE BOOK DELIVERY
We are asking all city residents to recycle their used or unwanted phone books. Residents should not place them in the trash. Doing so wastes valuable space in
the Landfill. Phone books can be placed loosely in the green recycling bin or on top of the commingled recycling in the blue recycling bin.
NOTE: All plastic bags must be removed prior to placing them in the bin.

If you would like to opt out of receiving unwanted phone books visit YELLOWBOOK www.yellowbook.com Click on "Directory Options" at bottom of page.

December 15, 2009
Trash Pickup on the Holidays

Hi Everyone,
A neighbor had a question about the trash pick-up schedule for the holidays, since both Christmas and New Year's Day fall on our regular pickup day. I checked with DGS and was told that trash will be picked up on both Fridays....Christmas and New Year's Day.

Dianne
December 15, 2009
Message from the Albany Police Department

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to pass this info along to everyone:





Dianne
December 15, 2009
New Pictures on Web Site

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to let you know that Ed Shepard put the pictures of the luminaires on the website. For the moment, the picture on our home page is of luminiares, not tulips! Thanks again to Ed for his work and check it out.

Dianne
December 14, 2009
Fw: New Year's Open House

Hi Neighbors,
Alex Streznewski asked me to pass along this invitation to stop by and help celebrate the New Year:



Dianne
December 14, 2009
Albany Police Dept. Twitter Site

From Detective James Miller, Albany Police Dept:

Morning Everyone,

As of yesterday we have a Twitter Site up and running for the Albany Police Department. The web address is www.twitter.com/albanypolice

We would like to notify as many residents, commuters, and students as possible through neighborhood associations, colleges and universities and state agencies.

There will be informational updates daily that followers will be able to access. Press releases, snow emergencies, crime prevention education and overnight arrest blotters will be just some of the postings.

We expect postings to start appearing by the end of this week or by the beginning of next week. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Thanks

Detective James Miller
Department Spokesperson
City of Albany Police Dept
165 Henry Johnson Blvd
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 462-8756 (518) 469-0379 Cell (518) 447-7801 Fax Police - The Official Site of the City of Albany, NY
December 13, 2009
Luminaires

Hi All,
I just want to say THANKS to everyone for helping out on Sunday....I really appreciate everyone's participation. I am grateful that the weather co-operated; that made being out there not unpleasant. Phil has sent a few pictures to Ed to put on the web site; I will let you know when they are up. Thanks again.

Dianne
December 8, 2009
Luminaires

Hi All,
I just want to say THANKS to everyone for helping out on Sunday....I really appreciate everyone's participation. I am grateful that the weather co-operated; that made being out there not unpleasant. Phil has sent a few pictures to Ed to put on the web site; I will let you know when they are up. Thanks again.

Dianne
November 2, 2009
Holiday House Tour

Hi Neighbors,
Historic Albany Foundation is still looking for homeowners in our neighborhood who would be interested in participating in the Holiday House Tour. I just want to mention that this would not mean that people would be touring your entire house....it would just be the area (first floor) that you would decorate for the holidays. You would not have to monitor visitors coming and going....there will be at least one volunteer at each house to guide people through whatever rooms you wish to show. Also, if you are not interested in having your house on the tour but would like to volunteer to help in some other way, HAF is still looking for docents for the homes on the tour. Once again, the date is Sunday, December 13 from 12 to 5PM.

Dianne
October 22, 2009
Pine Hills Holiday House Tour

Hi Neighbors,
Save the Date

Sunday, December 13, noon to 5

Holiday House Tour 2009 sponsored by the Historic Albany Foundation.


The Pine Hills area neighborhood associations are proud and excited that for the first time, the Holiday House Tour will take place in Pine Hills. This tour promises to be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beautiful houses in our area and the entire Upper Madison district. The tour is a continuation of the neighborhood associations' effort, begun with "A Taste of Madison", to highlight the attractions of this family friendly area with its rich mixture of residences, schools, churches, businesses, and higher education venues.

We are looking for (a) neighbors willing to show their homes and (b) docents for the tour. Details about what would be involved in showing your house and how to volunteer to be a docent will be sent shortly. In the meantime, mark your calendars for this important and fun event.

Dianne
October 22, 2009
Luminaires

Hi Neighbors,
Several neighbors have asked me recently if we might be able to put the lights along the street like we have done in past years. I would be happy to organize this but I would need a commitment from a minimum of twenty people to set up the lights plus about six people to help assemble the bags. So far about ten people have said they would help. If I hear from at least ten more of you, I will set up a short meeting just to go over the details with everyone. We would tentatively set out the candles on Sunday evening, December 6 around 5PM and take them in about 8PM. You can call (482-9131) or e-mail me at hansenpd@verizon.net if you are interested in participating.

Dianne
September 23, 2009
"A Taste of Madison - A Neighborhood Celebration"

Hi Neighbors,

On Saturday, October 3 "A Taste of Madison -- A Neighborhood Celebration" will be held from 11AM to 3PM. Madison Avenue will be closed to traffic from West Lawrence to South Allen and the roadway and surrounding area will be the site of many fun free activities including musical entertainment, art exhibits, a scavenger hunt, a waiters' race, uided Footsteps children's dance group, chess tournament, a bicycle safety program and much more. The Bookmobile, an Albany fire truck and St. Peter's mobile dental clinic will be on hand. Come enjoy the day for free or purchase a "Taste" ticket ($10 day of $8 in advance) and sample a variety of food, services and products donated by area merchants. Money raised from the event will go toward additional promotion of the area. The City of Albany and community not-for-profits will be on hand to discuss their programs. Steamer 10, the City of Albany and neighborhood associations are working with area businesses and organizations as part of a plan to promote the Upper Madison Neighborhood. To purchase tickets contact Steamer 10 Theatre, 438-5503, art4kids@nycap.rr.com or http://www.PineHillsNA.org. Or if you have any more questions, you can call me 482-9131 or e-mail me.

Dianne
September 22, 2009
MBNA Shirts

Hi Neighbors,

We now have MBNA shirts for sale. The shirt is white, short-sleeved with a collar and has the MBNA logo in green on the uppper left side. Price is $l5 and the sizes are S, M, L, XL and a few XXL. You can contact me if you are interested in purchasing a shirt or shirts. If I don't have the size you need, I can order it. Also, I can order child sizes if you are interested.

See photo of shirt: CLICK!

Dianne
July 2, 2009
MBNA Book Sale

Hi Neighbors,

As I mentioned at the neighborhood meeting last month, Bob Alper has volunteered to organize and run a book sale to benefit the MBNA. He has extensive knowledge of books and so would be able to price them appropriately. Bob is tentatively planning to have the book sale on or around Labor Day Weekend. He would need a few volunteers to help with putting up signs, set up and clean up after the sale. He would collect the books at his house and catalog them and price them. Right now he is only available on weekends, although he will be at his house most of the week after July 4th. If anyone is interested in getting rid of old books and participating in the book sale, please contact Bob at 917-693-8487 (cell phone) or by e-mail at RAlper@advmgt.com.

Dianne Hansen
June 3, 2009
Carriage Path

Hi Neighbors,

I want to give a "heads up" about the carriage path repaving to those of you who will be unable to attend the meeting tomorrow evening. The project is moving along faster than was originally thought. One of the supervisors of the project will be attending our meeting tomorrow evening to answer questions and explain the process. I did speak with him today about what will happen and this is what I can tell you. On Friday a crew will remove all the old paving and prepare the bed. We will be able to drive on it over the weekend. Then on Monday they will put down a base which they call a "binder". We will also be able to drive on this. Over the course of the next week they will be checking to see if any adjustments need to be made to help with the drainage problems. Then a week from Monday the top coat will be put down. You will need to find off-street parking for Friday and the next two Mondays while the work is actually being done.

Dianne Hansen
May 27, 2009
NEWS

Hi Neighbors,

As some of you already know, there was a robbery at 45 Manning Blvd. yesterday afternoon. No one was home at the time; the robbers came in the back door. Jewelry was taken. The homeowner called the police when she arrived home and discovered the theft. They are investigating. I told the homeowner that I would notify people on the street; she asked me to please tell everyone to be aware of any suspicious activity on the street. I will let you know when I get more information.

Also, you may have received a flyer on your front porch today from DGS announcing upcoming road and sidewalk work. I believe that this is the project to repair the carriage path. Nick D'Antonio, Commissioner of DGS, told me that when the project was approved he would let me know how this will affect the parking on the carriage path. I have left a message at his office today and have also sent him an e-mail to try to confirm that this is the project that will start June 2. I will let you know as soon as I hear from him. Hope to see you June 4.

Dianne Hansen
May 19, 2009
Neighborhood Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

It has been quite a while since we have had a neighborhood association meeting and there are a number of things that we should discuss.

The date is Thursday, June 4, 7:00pm, at 22 Manning Blvd.

We have been asked for our NA support, along with the Pine Hills and New Albany NAs, to support the businesses along upper Madison and to encourage them to keep up their properties. Also we should discuss some ideas for our own street--several neighbors have suggested a street-wide garage sale and a block party. Other items on the agenda will be the carriage path, street signs for Manning, summer plantings in the flower beds and a book sale. I also want to let you know that Albany has a new farmers' market located in the parking lot of WAMC's Linda Norris Auditorium at 339 Central Ave. It will be open from 9-1 Saturday, May 23 through Saturday, September 26. Also, the $10 per household dues can be mailed to Ann D'Atilio at 97 Manning. That would be appreciated. Thanks

Dianne Hansen
March 30, 2009
City Clean Up Day and Haardous Waste Drop-off

Hi Neighbors,

Nick D'Antonio has sent flyers about
(1) our spring cleanup day, which appears to be Friday April 24 Click for Flyer!

(2) hazardous waste drop-off is first and third Thursday of April and May and then one Thursday each following month - Click for Flyer!

In addition, Ed Mashmann wanted to share some information about the junior programs at the Albany Tennis Club this year. They are starting a QuickStart Tennis Program for younger children on Saturday afternoons. This is a new concept that gets 5 year olds through 10 year olds playing tennis in a very short time. On May 2nd there wiill be a workshop for interested parents. The Albany Tennis Club is a not for profit organization that operates eight clay courts in Ridgefield Park. Ed can be reached at 928 7507.
March 9, 2009
Albany Tree Planting Program

Hi Neighbors,

I want to pass along an e-mail from Nick D'Antonio, Commissioner of Albany's DGS concerning the Street Tree Planting Program.

Click here for FLYER!

Dianne Hansen

Date: 3/9/2009 1:08:58 PM
Subject: Street tree planting program

I wanted to make you aware of a program we are offering once again this year.
Our Street Tree Planting program affords city residents the opportunity to have
a street tree planted in front of their home. To encourage plantings the city will
underwrite one half the cost of purchasing and planting each tree.

I have attached a flyer regarding this great program and I would like to
ask that all of you share it with your constituents and neighbors.

Applications can be obtained by calling the Department of General Services
at 434-CITY (2489) or by visiting the City of Albany's website at www.albanyny.gov.

The deadline for the spring planting is April 15th. Trees will be offered again in the fall.
The deadline for fall planting orders is September 15th.

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Nick D'Antonio
Commissioner
Department of General Service
City of Albany
(518)434-2489
June 13, 2008
Mowing the Median

Hi Neighbors,

I know that some of you have been frustrated by the lack of mowing on the median and have called or written to DGS. We recently heard from both Judy Stacey, the city gardener, and Nick D'Antonio, the new Commissioner of DGS about this issue. Both Judy and Mr. D'Antonio said pretty much the same thing. For some reason, our section of Manning, along with only a few other streets in the city, are mowed by the people from the Parks and Recreation Division located at Bleeker Stadium. So we need to speak with them about any mowing issues we might have. The second thing both Mr. D'Antonio and Judy mentioned was the fact that bags and other yard waste like branches are supposed to go out to the curb on Thursday evening. I know it is tempting to put them out as you fill them but both Mr. D'Antonio and Judy said it makes the mowing more difficult and then iot doesn't look as good as it should. Also,the mowers should not be expected to move all the bags. He also said branches and brush need to be cut into 4-foot lenghts and tied. So perhaps we could keep this in mind this summer and fall so the median can be mowed on a regular basis.

If you have any questions or comments, you can e-mail me or phone me #482-9131.

Dianne Hansen
March 18, 2008
Reminder

Hi Neighbors

Just a reminder about the MBNA meeting this coming Monday, March 24 with Mike Breslin. Also, I want to let you know that starting this week, DGS with be picking up leaf bags again...not that the weather has been spring-like enough to do yard work but I just wanted to let everyone know. Hopefully, spring will be coming. Also, the Spring Tree Planting program through the City is available until April 15, for anyone who is interested. If you subscribe to the Sunday TU, there was a flyer about it in the paper (click here for copy) If you need more information, you can call or e-mail me.

Dianne
March 10, 2008
Rescheduled Meeting with Mike Breslin

Hi Neighbors,

The meeting with Mike Breslin has been rescheduled for Monday, March 24 at 7 PM at 22 Manning Blvd. Hope to see you.

Dianne Hansen
February 26, 2008
Rescheduled Meeting with Mike Breslin

Hi Neighbors,

Due to a scheduling conflict for Mr. Breslin, I am gong to have to reschedule this Thursday's MBNA meeting. I am sorry for such short notice. Ms Murphy in his office also apologizes. Apparently, there is a County function that night that requires Mr. Breslin's attendence that his office found out about yesterday. I received a voice mail late yesterday afternoon from Ms. Murphy. When I spoke with her, she said Mr. Breslin would still be able to come if we could have the meeting at 6PM but I declined. I was concerned that it would be too early for some people and that it would also be rushed as Mr. Breslin would have to leave by 6:45PM I did not think that would be fair to either him or us...I would rather we have enough time to have a good conversation and have people be able to ask questions. So, I hope to let you know within the next week about a new date.

Dianne Hansen
February 15, 2008
Meeting with Mike Breslin

Hi Neighbors,

Mike Breslin, the County Executive, has expressed an interest in attending neighborhood association meetings to meet people in the various neighborhoods. So I have scheduled a meeting for Thursday, February 28 at 7PM at my house, 22 Manning Blvd. Maureen Murphy, Mr. Breslin's communication specialist who set this meeting up for us, said that Mr. Breslin would be happy to answer specific questions that neighbors might have. If anyone has specific concerns that they would like addressed, if you could let me know in advance, I would pass the questions along to Mr. Breslin so he could possibly have an answer for you the night of the meeting.

Hope to see you on February 28

Dianne Hansen
November 1, 2007
August 31, 2007
Raised Beds Project - September 8

Hi Neighbors,

This note is for all those who volunteered to help with building the raised beds next Saturday morning, September 8. Judy and her crew will be there at 8AM./ We hope to build both beds Saturday morning. I will bring coffee, donuts and juice like last year. And Judy would like everyone who is helping to wear work/hiking boots (no sandals or sneakers) and bring some kind of work gloves (if possible). See you next Saturday.

Dianne
August 17, 2007
Mike Breslin and Albany Police Review Board

Hi Neighbors,

Over the past several weeks I have sent out two or three e-mails using the manningbna site. I have always used the BCC so that people's e-mail addresses are kept private. But in talking with several neighbors, I discovered that they had never received those e-mails.I began to wonder if, for some reason, the messages were not going through and that no one on the MBNA list had received them. So I am going to try again but this time not use the BCC. I will try to find out why the old system is not working; but, in the meantime, I did want to be able to get these messages out to you.

Several months ago I received an e-mail from Maureen Murphy, a member of Mike Breslin's staff. In it she said that Mr. Breslin was interested in meeting with all the neighborhood associations to speak for a few minutes on Albany County affairs as well as hear about members' concerns, questions or ideas on how to improve County government. I don't know what, if any, influence he has on the property tax issue but we could at least let him know our concerns. I would be happy to set up a meeting with Mr. Breslin, if anyone is interested. Please e-mail or call me if you are interested.

Also, I recently received a letter from the Albany Citizens' Police Review Board. The Board is implementing a new program to work closely with the neighborhood associations. They would like to have a representative from each neighborhood association to serve as a liaison between the Board and the neighborhood association. the lisison would be the point person for our association to the Board to enable us to communicate quickly and directly any concerns and/or ideas we might have. An e-mail list/telephone list is being created to enable the Board to easily contact the community for important events, meetings and other issues. If anyone is interested in being our contact person, please e-mail or call me at 482-9131. There is a form that needs to be filled out and sent to them.

Dianne
August 17, 2007
Planters for Washington & Manning

Hi Neighbors,

I am still having trouble with my e-mail, so I am going to hand-deliver these because I want to get them out now as I will be out of town for a week starting on Sunday. When I get back I hope to have the problem fixed. Bill Bruce has approved the other two planters; I spoke to Judy on Monday (the meeting with her was announced in an e-mail that never made it to you). She has ordered the blocks but has to speak to several people about all the various underground services that on the west side of Washington and Manning before her crew starts putting anything down. We have tentatively scheduled a work party for Saturday, September 8 in the AM. I will call Judy when I get back and she will let me know if that date is a definite. Even if people can only spare an hour of their time that day, it would be helpful. We are planning to do both planters on the same day--all help is appreciated. Thanks

Dianne
April 25, 2007
Road Relining

Hi Neighbors

I wanted to let you know that I recently spoke with Bill Trudeau in Traffic Engineering about the status of the street re-lining project. I wanted to confirm that the plan that is going to be implemented is the one that was originally proposed to us by Traffic Engineering (one lane in each direction with a turning lane). Mr. Trudeau assured me that it was the plan. He said that the materials had been ordered and they hoped to start the project at the beginning of June. I asked him about a crosswalk at Lancaster Street---he said he did not remember that being part of the original proposal. I took a look at the original plans that we had been given and he is correct--there is no crosswalk indicated. I said I thought we had at least discussed it and asked him if a crosswalk could be incorporated into the re-lining since the project has not started yet. I pointed out that there is no designated crosswalk for pedestrians except at each end of the street. He said he would look into it. I stressed that we are trying to create a more walkable neighborhood. I will call him at the beginning of May to check on this.

The other issue I talked to him about was a re-programed traffic light at the intersection of Western and Manning--is there a plan for that on the drawing board. He told me that he was not at liberty to discuss that at this time. We can keep working on that issue.

Dianne
April 15, 2007
Fwd: Assessment Meeting on 4/2

Hi Neighbors

Jeanne Finley wrote up a summary of the meeting that was held Monday, April 2 about the recent property reassessments so I could send it out to let people know what was discussed. Also, Dan Herring stopped by my house with copies of the "neighborhood zones" that he was talking about. Those of you at the meeting who expressed an interest in having a copy can stop by my house and pick one up.

Dianne Hansen

Note: forwarded message from Jeanne Finley attached:

Dear Lorraine and Andy,

Thanks for your e-mails about the assessment meeting of the neighborhood association here (at #125) on Monday. We had about 17-18 people come, as well as Dan Herring, our Common council rep. He gave a lot of information on the main thing we were concerned about, which was the tax rate possibly being hiked as a result of increased assessments (he doesn't know, no one does, yet!) and how the assessments were done. Then Ed (my husband) talked, I did too, and others spoke about their responses to the full market value assessment. I took some notes, we did come to some consensus on what we would do, and so we can all be on the same page I'm copying Dianne Hansen with this (she attended too).

From my notes: (as per Dan): The whole city's assessments went up. Our area saw a 90% increase; the lowest increase was in the South End, where assessments went up 60-80%. Center Square had the highest increase, 110%. As you move west through the city, values go up. This does not mean the tax rate will increase, however (but it also doesn't mean it will stay the same as last year's, and no one thinks it will drop); setting the rate will depend on lots of factors, mainly passage of the state budget (this has been passed, but I haven't seen any announcement yet of the school tax rate). Dan seemed to think that if the current levy held in the budget, there wouldn't be a rate increase. However, taxes have not gone down in 7 years.

The people who came all indicated they would be challenging their assessments, although Dianne said that no one from her end of the block (either side, nearest to Western) was challenging the assessments, and she and Phil will not either. Here are some points that were discussed:

There is widespread dissatisfaction across/throughout the city with increased assessments.

Assessments on our street seem to be all over the place (also in Dan's neighborhood, Melrose, at least with regard to sale prices). Some people's doubled (ours); some more than doubled (Cynthia Galivan, #129); some in comparison with other similar houses on the block didn't seem equitable. Challenging individual assessment is going to be an individual effort, though there are some things we can do as a group.

A real estate agent/friend I know said she would be willing to give us a list of recent sales in our area. I will call her to get this. She told me in a phone conversation that 1) the market has slipped and is lower right now; 2) that as of 3/26 there were only 5 houses in the entire city of Albany for sale that were listed at or above $300K. This can mean that people with houses worth that much are holding onto them, OR that the market is not bearing quite as high prices as when assessments were done, in July 2006.

Assessments reevaluated every 4 years. (but quite unlikely they will ever go down from each new high reached).

Much discussion on the wisdom (or not) of basing assessments on a "bubble" real estate market, and some bad results from this (Ed and Jeanne had experience in City of Schenectady, with property values having dropped dramatically but school and property taxes remaining exorbitant--Union St., just over line into Rotterdam). Dan said that surrounding areas (Colonie, Delmar, Guilderland, Voorheesville, etc.) all had full-market assessments also, and this is being implemented in many cities and towns nationwide.

Though there is a new 2007 tax deduction for expenses involved in rehabbing a historic home, we cannot get this, since the city has categorized Manning Blvd. as an "historic overlay" district rather than as an official historic district. Perhaps this indicates a lack of commitment to MB on the part of the city. Also discussion of condition of bridle path and sidewalks, as well as planned re-striping of street (which is general neighborhood association business, though it relates to value of properties). Discussion on getting some services from city in exchange for these higher values.

Dan recommended that, for those intending to challenge assessments, here are some things to be aware of:

Be sure the description and labeling of your house is correct (1 family as opposed to 2, or vice versa; number of rooms described correctly, etc.) If not, get it changed immediately; this may then automatically affect the assessment.
There are 5 "sectors" for sales in the city, that the city used for arriving at its numbers. Manning Blvd. was compared within its sector, as of July 2006 (this seems to be an important point: what other neighborhoods does our sector include?) Can perhaps get boundaries of sector from City Assessor's office downtown (see next item)

Only City Assessor's office (NOT the publicly displayed books at the Elks' Club) can give you pictures of the houses to which your house was compared re value. The books can give you the square footage, number of rooms, etc. City Assessor's office may also be able to give you general parameters of sector (this will be important when trying to target the area/neighborhood in which you are looking for houses of similar size and layout to yours).

The city will take an appraisal of value (done by a real estate agent, for example) as proof if you want your assessment lowered. This saves you a lot of research in the open books, but will cost (ca. $200). Calculate whether it's worth it to you (and be sure it doesn't come in higher or the same as what your new assesssment is !).

Deadline for submission of assessment challenges is May 22. At Elks' Club/open books (the nearest outlet on South Allen St., across from Pine Hills Post Office), you can get all forms and booklets you need for challenging. Reps there can answer questions. It is a pretty involved process. If you want to compare your assessment to a similar house (in terms of square footage, rooms, etc.), you will have to pick one in a similar neighborhood--and that's the issue. Is there a neighborhood similar to Manning? Or is it unique re the mix of historic homes, 1- and 2-family residences (some more than 2-family), on a 4-lane street, with (so far) a lack of city services or at least commitment to fixing? (much discussion here). Best to try and get the borders of the sector in which Manning was compared by the city, that will give you reasonably similar neighborhoods (maybe).

We decided to do 2 things:

1. Write a letter from the MBNA to the mayor, saying that given these assessments, we request him to hold taxes to acceptable levels, and to keep the budget the same, so the tax rate goes down.

2. Write a letter from MBNA to the other neighborhood associations in this area, via CANA, saying that someone from our NA would like to come to talk at the May CANA meeting about assessments. Meeting is 1st Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m., Albany Public Library. Someone from MBNA will go (Dianne?), though anyone can. Questions to be raised: do other neighborhood associations want to get together with us and talk about assessments? Are other NAs already looking to connect? We would probably focus on Pine Hills, Melrose, Buckingham, and New Albany NAs, since they are in our closest area (and probably within our city "sector" that was used for assessments).

Ed has done drafts of both letters. I will send to Dianne, and she will probably send to the whole NA, so you will get these.

Hope this helps and answers some questions! And more to come,

Jeanne Finley
March 27, 2007
Two Notices From The City

Hi Neighbors

Yesterday I received a notice from the city listing the Spring Cleanup Days for this year. It looks like ours will be Friday, May 4. You can start putting items out by the curb the night before, of course.

Also, there was a notice about the tree planting program--the deadline for the spring trees is April 15. If you are interested, you can call 434-2489.
Dianne
March 26, 2007
Neighborhood Meeting April 2, 2007

Hi Neighbors,

There will be a neighborhood meeting next Monday, April 2. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss concerns neighbors might have about the recent property re-assessments. The meeting will be held at 125 Manning, the home of Jeanne Finley and Ed Landing, at 7PM. Jeanne would appreciate an e-mail RSVP if you are interested in attending. Her e-mail is finlandia@nycap.rr.com .

Dianne Hansen
March 1, 2007
Meting March 12, 2007

Hi Neighbors,

I am planning a meeting on Monday, March 12, 7PM at my house (22 Manning) to develop a plan for the flower beds for the summer for anyone who is interested in participating. I realize we can't even see the beds right now, but I would like us to have a plan to present to Judy Stacey for her approval so we can do some planting after the tulips have bloomed.

Also, I will plan to re-schedule a meeting for the end of March with Officer Isgro of Code Enforcement and I am also going to include Officer Kathy Rissberger, our neighborhood police representative, who is at the Western Avenue station. She has expressed an interest in coming to talk to us. This time I will ask Officer Isgro if he would have a backup person in case he gets called away to another fire!

I also called Bill Trudeau in Traffic Engineering this week. I would like to see if we can see a actual street plan of the propsosed re-lining. When I spoke with him last year he said that because the project had not yet been approved, he could not release that information. But now the project has been approved so I would like us to be able to see a plan. I was told he is out of the office until next week--I will call him back then. I am going to be away myself until Monday but, hopefully, I will have some news by the end of next week.

Dianne Hansen
January 31, 2007
Code Enforcement Officer

Hi Neighbors,

For those of you who attended last night's MBNA meeting, I found out why Officer Isgro did not make it to our meeting. He appeared at my house about 5PM this evening. He apologized for missing our meeting--he said that he had been called to a fire at 6:30PM and was there until almost 9:30PM. He had left my phone number at his office so he couldn't call me. He would still very much like to meet with us sometime to talk about codes, how to report problems, etc. He also said that if anyone has any questions or concerns feel free to e-mail him at bisgro@albany-ny.org. So we will try again, maybe in a month or so. I was thinking we might combine it with a visit from Officer Kathy Rissberger, who is at our neighborhood station because she has also expressed an interest in meeting with us.

Dianne
January 22, 2007
MBNA Meeting

Hi Neighbors
I would like to schedule a MBNA meeting for Tuesday, January 30 at 7PM at my house. There are a couple of items on the agenda. One of our neighbors has asked to give a short presentation about the School Facilities Improvement Project which will be up for a vote on February 6. Also, a library representative might be able to give a short presentation on the Library Plan which is also up for a vote at the same time. I am waiting to hear about that. Then we will hear from Joe Isgro, who is an investigator with the Albany Fire Department Bureau of Fire Prevention and Investigation. He is the Fire Department's liaison with the neighborhood associations and will be talking to us about code enforcement issues. Some of you may already have spoken with him about recent concerns on the street. I am forwarding to you the e-mail he sent to me. He suggests that anyone with a specific question or problem let him know in advance so he can perhaps have an answer when he comes to the meeting on Tuesday. Hope to see you then

Dianne

Dianne
The 30th will be fine. I will be attending the meeting myself so please let everyone that I will field any and all questions regarding code enforcement, fire operations and EMS questionns. Should any of the neighbors in your association have specific properties or issues that need to be addressed maybe you can forward them to me in advance so I may possibly have an answer for them on the 30th. In the meantime, don't hestiate to call or email me at your conveinence.
Thanx,

Joe Isgro

January 6, 2007
Letter from the Mayor



December 28, 2006
Grand Opening for the Pine Hills Elementary School

The Grand Opening for the new Pine Hills Elementary School (formerly School 16) will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 5pm at 41 North Allen St in Albany. All neighbors and Albany residents are invited to see the ribbon cutting, tour the new buildng, and learn about Pine Hills Elementary School.

The Pine Hills Elementary Chorus will perform during the ribbon cutting ceremony and the Albany High Jazz Ensemble will perform during the reception. Students will be conducting tours of the building, which will include powerpoint presentations about our various programs. We will also be taking this opportunity to thank the voters and taxpayers for our new building.

You can contact the school at 475-6425 after 1/3/07 with any questions about this event.

Please join us to celebrate!

Carolyn Keefe, President, School 16 PTA
November 12, 2006
Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

I just wanted to update everyone on what happened at the last meeting. We made several decisions. One was to send one more letter to Chief Tuffey about the re-stripping. One of our members, Cynthia Galivan, was told by Jack McEneny that there would be money for our project if the city said they didn't have money in the budget for it. The city would just have to put in a request for it. The other decision we made was to take our request to other people in city government and, if necessary, the media. The Mayor has not responded to our most recent letter. Chief Tuffey told Terri Crowley that he would call her this week--she will call him if she does not hear from him. So we will be contacting members of the Common Council this week and attending a meeting.

If you are interested in a copy of the letter or more details about this, just let me know by e-mail.

Dianne.

December 14, 2006
Luminaires

Hi Neighbors,

I want to thank everyone who volunteered to help with the luminaires. Nine people volunteered to help put the bags together but only four people were able to help put the bags out and light the candles. But we can try again next year--perhaps more people will be able to help with lighting the candles.

Dianne

November 12, 2006
Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

I just wanted to update everyone on what happened at the last meeting. We made several decisions. One was to send one more letter to Chief Tuffey about the re-stripping. One of our members, Cynthia Galivan, was told by Jack McEneny that there would be money for our project if the city said they didn't have money in the budget for it. The city would just have to put in a request for it. The other decision we made was to take our request to other people in city government and, if necessary, the media. The Mayor has not responded to our most recent letter. Chief Tuffey told Terri Crowley that he would call her this week--she will call him if she does not hear from him. So we will be contacting members of the Common Council this week and attending a meeting.

If you are interested in a copy of the letter or more details about this, just let me know by e-mail.

Dianne.

December 5, 2006
News From the Mayor

Hi Everyone,

I have news. Mayor Jennings called me late yesterday afternoon. He said he had received our letters and he had also been speaking with Chief Tuffey about our request for the street re-stripping. The Mayor said that he and the Chief were going to look at the traffic reports and the plan for the restripping and see if it would be possible to complete the project before winter. I thanked him. I am planning to send the Mayor a letter confirming our phone conversation and thank him again. I will send out a copy of the letter which I will write up today. I will keep everyone posted.

Dianne

December 4, 2006
Luminaires

Hi Neighbors,

Several of you have asked me if we are doing the luminaires this year. I am certainly willing to organize it if I could get at least six volunteers to assemble the bags and at least twelve volunteers to put them out, light them and then collect them at the end of the evening. The problem last year was that there were not enough people to help with assembling the bags--only one person came and, with 400 bags to fill, it would have taken a very long time. They do look quite spectacular and people driving by are very impressed; but it is too much work for only a handful of people. If there are enough of you interested in doing it this year, we could put them out Sunday evening, December 17 from 5PM to 8PM or so and assemble them at my house on Saturday morning, December 16. A few people have asked about doing it right before Christmas but I don''t think that is practical--some people are away and others have family and social things going on. I don't think enough people could be available to help then. If anyone is interested in doing it again, you can just e-mail or call me. If I get enough very firm committments, I will let everyone know.

Dianne

November 12, 2006
Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

I just wanted to update everyone on what happened at the last meeting. We made several decisions. One was to send one more letter to Chief Tuffey about the re-stripping. One of our members, Cynthia Galivan, was told by Jack McEneny that there would be money for our project if the city said they didn't have money in the budget for it. The city would just have to put in a request for it. The other decision we made was to take our request to other people in city government and, if necessary, the media. The Mayor has not responded to our most recent letter. Chief Tuffey told Terri Crowley that he would call her this week--she will call him if she does not hear from him. So we will be contacting members of the Common Council this week and attending a meeting.

If you are interested in a copy of the letter or more details about this, just let me know by e-mail.

Dianne.

December 3, 2006
Letters to City Officials

Hi Neighbors,

At the last neighborhood meeting, the decision was made to send out two more letters--one to Chief Tuffey with copies to about eight other city officials in various offices and one to the Mayor, also with copies to these other people--the idea being to make other officials in the city aware of what we are trying to do and aware of the lack of response we are receiving. Copies of the letters are attached. We have not heard back from anyone about the letters. It was also decided at our meeting that our next step will be to go to speak at a Common Council meeting about our request and all of our efforts to have our request addressed. Duane has been in touch with Dominick Calsolaro about our proposal. Dominick seemed receptive and he was going to get back to Duane about a good time for us to speak to the Council. If Duane doesn't hear from him soon, we will just go ahead and do it. The plan is to get a group of neighbors together to go to speak at the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

Dianne

Mayor Jennings
November 21, 2006 Albany City Hall
Albany, New York 12224

Mayor Jennings:

Since 2003, the Manning Boulevard Neighborhood Association (MBNA) has dutifully followed procedures in building consensus and enlisting advisement from city officials in an attempt to address the traffic issues associated with Manning Boulevard between Western and Washington Avenues, the extent of which makes up the MBNA. We have held meetings inviting the offices of Traffic Engineering, Traffic Safety (APD), circulated a petition to show unanimity, and asked our Council representative, Dan Herring, to advocate for us and to provide us with the proper protocol with which to pursue our interests with the city.

Attached is a timeline showing the dates and associated actions that we have taken to date

Mayor Jennings, in March of this year you and Chief Tuffey made the time in your schedules to meet with the MBNA, and the prospect of finally gaining some insight as to what we might expect - or not - was exciting to us all. What we learned, however, was that we were expected to 'be patient' for another six months. After the meeting, a 'speed machine' was set up on the street for a few days; as residents can attest, this is a completely ineffective tool, not only as a temporary deterrent, but certainly as a gesture of understanding. Among the individuals we have enlisted in order to gain some knowledge surrounding our situation, we have met with Joshua Poppel of the New York State Bicyclist Coalition, who has supplemented our own research with additional information on 'road diets' and traffic calming effects. These effects can be achieved creating not only a safer road for all users (including drivers), but one which has uninterrupted flow, with the allowances for dedicated turn lanes removing turning vehicles from the flow or cues of through-traffic. We are aware of the cost of re-striping this stretch of Manning Blvd., and due to its relatively small portion (~ $25,000) of the city budget, we are at a loss to comprehend why we have been summarily ignored by all city officials to date. We are not told, “No it’s impossible because….”; Yes, we can do it in next year’s budget”; or “Yes, we can do it, but not until the normal cycle for repainting, which is 20……” Nothing. The city of Saratoga Springs has undertaken a 'pedestrian study' to examine how the city meets the transportation needs of its residents and where the gaps are that can be addressed in a way that is inclusive of all users of the system. Albany has no such plan that we are aware of, and judging by the reaction we have received from anyone we have attempted to reach out to for answers, no such plan will be forthcoming. Recent media reports have drawn attention to the idea that city officials need to focus on the neighborhoods that make up the fabric of this town. Those of us who live here count ourselves fortunate to do so; Albany has so much more to offer than most are aware of.

However, when members of a small neighborhood come to a city administration to ask that the one and only concern that they have as residents are met with excuses, unreturned communications, and even derision, there is a serious problem in the functionality of the government.Manning Boulevard, between Western and Washington Avenues is one of the few streets of its type in the nation, designed as a parkway and wholly residential in nature. Currently, our curbings are broken, missing, or were never installed. The carriage paths are full of potholes, and in fact were never properly paved when they were widened. While these conditions may exist, the MBNA has actually subordinated the subject of the degenerated condition of our street, instead focusing on what we see as the primary concern - the safety of residents and those who use the street. In fact, we have even set side the idea of asking that the intersection of Western and Manning be overhauled to address the critical safety issues that exist there for ALL users. We have tried to remain focused on re-striping the Boulevard to reduce excessive speeding, not wanting to 'overstep our bounds' or expect too much. This deference and careful prioritization strikes us as ironic now, as all our respectful inquiries and background work have amounted to a 'no response'.

Our stretch of Manning is inexplicably the only part of the Blvd. with four lanes, and since this re-lining was done in the 1970's without notice to residents, we have no reason - nor have we been offered any - as to why it should be so. The reduction to two travel lanes with a center turning lane is without question the solution to the passing of vehicles at speeds in excess of 40-50 mph that we experience. In addition, we ask that a pedestrian crosswalk be installed at the intersection of Lancaster and Manning, consisting minimally of painted striping, though preferably an appropriate paver-type surface should be considered (such as the new pressed-blacktop 'brick' used at the Lark/Washington intersection). It cannot be overemphasized that the speeding/passing conditions that exist not only on our street but on other major thoroughfares in town have a deleterious effect on quality of life for residents.

Enclosed is a sample of materials and studies we have collected showing the benefits of making the changes we ask for, which have proven highly successful in other cities. In light of the issues of speeding, red-light running, and highway conditions that exist within and throughout the city, these materials could prove useful in a forward-thinking approach to the future transportation needs of our city. Lane additions made in the 70's to streets not intended for such configurations are outdated and dangerous, demonstrating a regressive engineering view. In view of the fact that we live with a traffic situation that detracts from our quality of life and in fact threatens our safety, we will continue our efforts in the hope that our legitimate concerns will eventually be considered with a modicum of respect. We recognize and have full appreciation for the street improvements being made city-wide, and ask that thought be given to the historic asset that Manning Boulevard represents to the city of Albany.

Sincerely,

Members of the Manning Boulevard Neighborhood Association
Dianne Hansen, President
22 Manning Blvd
482-9131

cc: Jack McEneny, Neal Breslin, Chief Tuffey, Chris Leo, Shawn Morris, Dan Herring, John Poorman,, Rocco Ferraro, Bill Trudeau, Jordan Carleo-Evangelist


November 6, 2006

Police Chief Tuffey

Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Blvd.
Albany, New York 12210

Dear Chief Tuffey:

As you may remember, you and Mayor Jennings attended a meeting of the Manning Blvd. Neighborhood Association in March of this year at which we recommended repainting the traffic lines on Manning Blvd. between Western and Washington Avenues, reducing the current four-lane configuration to a three-lane design: one lane in each direction and a center turning lane. We submitted a petition bearing the signatures of more than sixty residents of our neighborhood, in an attempt to persuade the city to look favorably upon our plan.

At that meeting, Mayor Jennings told us that he would consider our request in the light of the results of a study the city was conducting involving new uses for the Averill Harriman State Office Campus. Mayor Jennings assured us that the Harriman study would be completed in six months and we would then be hearing from the city regarding our request. Therefore, we could reasonably anticipate a response this September. Six months passed. We waited, somewhat impatiently; but we waited. We did not hear from anyone in city government in September--or October! It is now November and we still have not heard from anyone in city government about our petition even though we have sent a written request regarding the results of the study.

We are confident that you can understand our frustration at the city’s apparent lack of attention to our needs and our desire to accomplish our goal of making the street that defines and bisects our neighborhood a safer and quieter one.

We have, therefore, pursued alternative means of funding for the project. Assemblymember Jack McEneny was the guest speaker at a meeting of our neighborhood association last May. His topic was the history of Manning Blvd. As you might expect, the subject of our campaign for re-striping came up. It comes up at every meeting. Assemblymember McEneny was sympathetic to our endeavors and offered to fund the project through multi-modal monies that are available from his office for projects such as ours.

We did not immediately accept his offer in May because we considered it only courteous to wait for the city’s promised response. Now, as winter rapidly approaches, the time for working outdoors is almost over while we still wait for our response. Any roadwork ordered at this late date will probably have to be put off until the spring of 2007. Assemblymember McEneny has warned us that if we do not encumber the money he has offered from this year’s state budget, we risk not having another opportunity next year. All that we need to make our vision a reality is a letter from the city requesting the funds from Assemblymember McEneny. As you are most likely aware, he cannot order state money for a job involving city-owned streets unless he is specifically asked to do so by city government.

Chief Tuffey, you have an opportunity to make the residents of Manning Blvd. very happy at absolutely no cost to the city. Please help us to realize our objective.

Sincerely,

Residents of Manning Boulevard

cc: Jack McEneny Neal Breslin Chris Leo Shawn Morris Dan Herring John Poorman Rocco Ferraro Bill Trudeau Jordon Carleo-Evangelist


November 12, 2006
Meeting

Hi Neighbors,

I just wanted to update everyone on what happened at the last meeting. We made several decisions. One was to send one more letter to Chief Tuffey about the re-stripping. One of our members, Cynthia Galivan, was told by Jack McEneny that there would be money for our project if the city said they didn't have money in the budget for it. The city would just have to put in a request for it. The other decision we made was to take our request to other people in city government and, if necessary, the media. The Mayor has not responded to our most recent letter. Chief Tuffey told Terri Crowley that he would call her this week--she will call him if she does not hear from him. So we will be contacting members of the Common Council this week and attending a meeting.

If you are interested in a copy of the letter or more details about this, just let me know by e-mail.

Dianne.

October 26, 2006
Strategy

Hi Neighbors,

Well, the letters have gone out to the Mayor, Chief Tuffey, the Corporation Counsel and Bill Trudeau of Traffic Engineering. Since I fully expect that there won't be any response, I will call the offices at the beginning of the week to make sure the letters were received.

One of our neighbors has suggested a plan for the next step. Volunteers would be needed o make repeated phone calls over the next six weeks to the Mayor and Chief Tuffey's offices asking for a response to the letter and/or a meeting. A record would be kept of every call made and what the response was. At the end of the six weeks we will meet to plan the next step.

Anyone who might be interested in the plan or an alternative is invited to 22 Manning Blvd. on Wednesday, Nov.1 at 7:00PM.

Dianne Hansen

October 26, 2006
New Website Address

Dear Neighbors,

Hi Neighbors, Just wanted to let you know that we have a new web address--Ed tried to get MBNA for us but it was taken so we are using www.manningbna.org. It is a little easier to remember than the previous one. Ed said to be sure to use the www; otherwise you will get the site for his basketball league first.

Dianne

NOTE: Oct 27, 2006 - Site NOW works fine with or without the www.

October 15, 2006
Letter to the Editor, Times Union:
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October 12, 2006
Letter to the Mayor and Chief Tuffey

Hi Neighbors,

Terri Crowley has updated a letter that we have been planning to send to the Mayor and Chief Tuffey now that the six-months time that they requested is up. Once again we thought it would be effective if we collected as many signatures as we could to accompany this letter. Duane Barker suggested that, instead of having people sign the l etter again, we just use the signatures from the last time we did this. If this plan is agreeable, after you read the letter you can just let me know if you would still like your signature to be included. If you don't remember whether or not you signed the original letter, you can also e-mail me and I can let you know. As a follow-up to this letter, I would like to schedule a neighborhood meeting, not for next week but the week after on the assumption that no response will be forthcoming. So we need to discuss when steps to take next. A number of people have some ideas and we just need to figure out what to do first. The letter is pretty much to let the Mayor and the Chief know that we have not gone away. I will let you know next week about a date but you can count on it being sometime during the week of the 23rd.

Dianne Hansen,

Jennings/Tuffy Letter:
Mayor Jennings
Albany City Hall
Albany, New York 12224

Police Chief Tuffey
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Blvd.
Albany, New York 12210

Dear Mayor Jennings and Police Chief Tuffey:

As residents of Manning Blvd., we would like to thank you for attending our Manning Blvd. Association several months ago to discuss the serious problems related to the excessive speed in which vehicles travel up and down Manning Blvd. and your commitment to find a expedious and effective solution to this problem. At this meeting, you asked the residents to be patient and give the City another six months to examine this situation with the goal of finding a solution. Now that nearly seven months have passed, we are hoping that a proposed solution has been identified and you can attend our next Manning Blvd. Association meeting to discuss your ideas.

As residents of Manning Blvd. we have become increasingly more frustrated and concerned about the City’s lack of attention and follow through to this on-going serious problem. We would like to underscore with both of you the seriousness of this situation and why we feel so strongly that a solution must be found.

As we know you are aware, Manning Blvd. is one of the most beautiful streets in the City of Albany. In addition to its history and beauty, it has a diversity of residents, from those who have lived on the street for 40-50 years to newer younger families who have recently moved here and made a commitment to stay in the City, despite the pressures to move to the suburban areas. Each and every one of us however has one goal-to ensure that our neighborhood is safe. For us, the traffic problems that we have discussed with you and many others, represent a serious safety concern and are adversely affecting the quality of life in our neighborhood.

We feel that despite the on-going traffic studies that have already been completed by the City that document our contention that many vehicles travel at speeds well in excess of the speed limit, the police reports that have shown that there are a disproportionate number of accidents occurring on Manning Blvd. and our day-to-day observations of the speeding vehicles, no real solutions to this problem have been implemented. As residents, we believe that returning Manning Blvd. to a two lane street, from its current configuration of four lanes would be a major improvement and have advanced t his solution to the City for its serious consideration. For these reasons, we would again like to thank you for your attention to this problem and we look forward to hearing from you soon on any progress that has been made in this regard.

Please feel free to contact Dianne Hansen, President of the Manning Blvd. Association at 482-9131 with any questions you may have or with any follow-up action.

Sincerely,
October 12, 2006
City Charter Revisions

Dear Neighbors,

The New Albany Neighborhood Association will hold its regular monthly meeting next Wednesday, Oct. 18. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Steamer No. 10 Theatre at 500 Western Ave.
City Clerk John Marsolais (who lives on the corner of Pine and Western) will speak about city charter amendments that will go before voters on Election Day in November.

Dianne Hansen
September 20, 2006
Estate Sale #6 manning Blvd

Hi Neighbors,

I just want to let everyone know that this Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, there will be an estate sale at #6 Manning Blvd and that there will most likely be a lot of traffic at this end of the street. Today I spoke with the woman handling the sale. She told me that if any neighbors have a problem with cars parking in front of driveways to please come to the house and let her know. Her name is Ann Van Dervort and she will take care of it.

You might want to check out the MBNA website. There are pictures of the planter project we did about a week ago to build the raised beds at the corner of Manning and Western. The website address is www.members.aol.com/manningna We do have plans to actually put plants in but Judy Stacey, the city gardener, suggested we wait until the spring to give the soil a chance to settle. We will put tulips in this fall and any help with that would be greatly appreciated. It won't be until the beginning of October at the earliest. If anyone wants to volunteer, you can just send me an e-mail.

Dianne Hansen
September 6, 2006
Planting Project

Dear Neighbors,

This Saturday, September 9 ( assuming we don't have another torrential rainstorm), some of the gardeners on the street will be assisting Judy Stacey and her crew in building two raised planters at the intersection of Western and Manning. Next year we hope to build two more at the intersection of Washington and Manning. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if you can only spare a little time. If you do decide you might want to help out, please bring work gloves and wear workboot-type shoes as we will be stacking blocks. Judy will confirm a time with me on Firday and I will let you know; we are tentatively scheduled to start at 8AM.

Also, the Mayor's six months is up. Next week I will look at the calender to see about scheduling a meeting to discuss our next move.

Dianne Hansen
May 10, 2006
Neighborhood Meeting With Assemblyman Jack McEneny

Dear Neighbors,

Assemblyman Jack McEneny has graciously accepted an invitation to come speak to our neighborhood association. The date is Thursday, May 18, at 7PM at my house--22 Manning. As most of you are probably aware, Assemblyman McEneny is an authority on Albany history past and present. He will be speaking specifically about the history of Manning Blvd--how it came to be, how it developed and how it changed. I believe his insights will be helpful to us in planning the proposal we will present to the Mayor in September if the plans for our street that he told us he would like to see happen, don't happen.

I hope to see you here next Thursday, May 18.

Dianne
April 18, 2006
Meeting With Joshua Poppel and Other Things

Dear Neighbors,

The meeting with Joshua Poppel of the NY Bike Coalition was informative and helpful. He had a number of suggestions. He felt that we should stress the historical aspects of our street and continue to make the city aware of our desire to return it to a more neighborhood-friendly street. We talked about our immediate wish for traffic calming and perhaps some long-terms wishes for new curbing, drainage and street repaving. He suggested letting our immediately adjacent neighborhood associations know what we are working on and perhaps doing it through CANA (Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations) which meets once a month. Perhaps other neighborhood associations would have suggestions or ideas we could use. (The New Albany Neighborhood Association recently won a big victory against an Albany landlord in their neighborhood.) I am planning to attend the June meeting to talk to some people.

In l998 our neighborhood association drafted the Manning Boulevard Renaissance Plan which lists some of the things people wanted to see done. Lorraine Noval has offered to update this for us to use in our planning now. (see attachment).

Plans are going forward for the planters on the east and west corners of Manning and Western. Sometime in the next few weeks, Judy Stacey, he city gardener, will be laying out blocks there so we can have an idea of the shape of the raised beds. Then sometime in May, after the tulips have bloomed, her crew will build the planters. She told me she hoped to have them completed by the end of May so that we can plant them for the summer.

I am planning a neighborhood meeting for mid-May. I am hoping Jack McEneny will be speaking about the history of Manning Boulevard. I will let you know a date as soon as possible. It will not be until at least the second week in May.

Also, I plan to call Chief Tuffey this week to ask him if he has had an opportunity to look at the traffic study that was done previously and to ask about the speed-reading sign that we have on the street right now. I see that it has been moved to the other side now. I'll let you know if I get any information.

Dianne Hansen

March 24, 2006
Traffic calming on the street

Dear Neighbors,

Mayor Jennings asked us to be patient and to give him six months to come up with a comprehensive plan for our street. However, that should not prevent us from exploring alternatives to the lane restripping and options for additional work on the street. If the Mayor is successful in what he says he would like to accomplish, it might be to our advantage to have additional suggestions for street improvement ready--just in case he actually is able to get more money and has a plan. So, Wednesday evening, March 29, there will be a meeting at my house at 7PM with Joshua Poppel who is the Executive Director of the NY Bike Coalition. This organization promotes pedestrian as well as bike friendly streets. Josh will be talking to any i nterested neighbors about his ideas for traffic calming on the street. I will find out what other options there are for traffic calming in addition to reducing the lanes, which we still certainly want to push for. Also, I will be calling Chief Tuffey at the beginning of April, as I told him I would, to see if he has had an opportunity to read the police evaluation of the traffic on the street. I'll let you know what he says.

Also, on an unrealted subject: for those of you who have not received notices of the date for this year's Household Spring Cleanup Day--it is Friday, May 5. I called DGS because there has been some confusion in past years about the date for our street, and I was told that the section between Washington and Western will have pickup on May 5.

Dianne
March 8, 2006

Dear Neighbors,

I just wanted to follow up on last Monday evening's meeting with the Mayor and Chief Tuffy.

For those of you who were unable to attend the meeting, what we heard was disappointing at best. While both the Mayor and Chief Tuffy agreed that the speed of the traffic on the street is a problem, they were unwilling to commit to a specific solution at this time.

I feel that we were misled. I spoke with Dan Herring this week about what happened. I wanted him to know that I did not consider what we heard from the Mayor to be "good news". Dan told me that the Mayor told him only minutes before the start of the meeting that plans had changed; that the Mayor agreed that there was a problem but that he wanted to wait to see how the comprehensive plan for the whole area developed.

I told Dan that those of us at the meeting had agreed we would respect the Mayor's request to wait six months, but during that time we would be discussing and developing a list of additional projects for the street in the event all of this extra money materializes. Also, I and other neighbors will be calling the Mayor and the Chief monthly to see what is happening with the project.

I am disappointed by what happened but we are going to continue to push to get the number of lanes reduced.

Dianne
February 13, 2006

Meeting with Mayor Jennings

Dear Neighbors,

Please save the date of Wednesday, March 1. That is the date the mayor is available to attend a MBNA meeting. Hopefully, the mayor will have good news for us. I would very much appreciate it if as many people as possible try to attend, even if you can only stay while the mayor is making his presentation. I would like the mayor to see that our request for the street re-stripping is something that many neighbors supported.

So--Wednesday, March 1 at 7PM at 97 Manning

February 13, 2006

Fw: New Albany Neighborhood Association

Please see the attached notice from the College of St. Rose:



February 5, 2006

Fw: New Albany Neighborhood Association

In keeping with the school board’s plan to stop using numbers in the names of elementary schools, the Albany City School District has decided that School 16 is to get a new name this spring. To make sure as many people as possible have a chance to offer suggestions, we need o create a small committee of teachers, staff, parents, and community members to sift through the suggestions and come up with three possibilities from which the District will choose.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact School 16 at 462-7230 and provide your contact information as soon as possible. Once the committee is up and running, we will let everyone know where to send suggestions. In the meantime, start thinking of ideas.

Carolyn Keefe
School 16 PTA President
482-2504
kpbitbox@nycap.rr.com

PS -- Please note, this decision has come from the Board and the District, not the school. If you have concerns about the decision to change the name, please direct them appropriately.
February 1, 2006

Dear Neighbors,

Dan Herring called me last night to update us on the meeting that took place yeaterday regarding our request to have the street re-stripped. The meeting was attended by Dan, the mayor, Cmdr. Flanger and Joe Rabito. Dan said the meeting "went very well" and was "very, very positive". He said he was not at liberty to tell us yes or no--the announcement of a decision will come from the mayor. The mayor would like to attend a meeting of the MBNA. Dan said that there are still details to be worked out but he said he would get back to me within a week with some dates. I asked him if we could have about a week's notice to notify the members so that people would have time to plan. I would like to think this is a positive development. I'll let you know as soon as I hear from Dan.

Dianne
January 29, 2006

Dear Neighbors,

I wanted to let you know that I received a message from Dan Herring regarding the re-stripping project. A meeting has been scheduled for this Tuesday, January 31, with Dan, Mayor Jennings, Cmdr. Flanger, Bill Bruce of DGS and possibly others. Also John Criscione spoke with Phil Calderone, the deputy mayor, who confirmed this also. Dan said he would report to us on the outcome of the meeting. Hopefully, it will be positive. If not, then we will start writing letters. I will let you know as soon as I hear anything. I will call Dan on Wednesday if I don't hear from him.

On another note, Manning Blvd Neighborhood Association now has a web site. Ed Shepard kindly volunteered to set it up for us and maintain it. Take a look--it"s http://members.aol.com/manningna. We are looking for old pictures of the street, any bits of hsitorical interest, etc. Also I will be giving Ed some general information to put under "services" See what you think--comments and suggestions are welcome.

One more item for now--I have a new e-mail address: hansenpd@verizon.net. However, we still have our earthlink address also for now. We are keeping it until we can transfer all our addresses over, so you can reach me at either address.

Dianne
January 9, 2006

Dear Cmdr. Flanger,
I am writing on behalf of the Manning Blvd. Neighborhood Association about our desire to have our section of Manning Blvd re-stripped. I don't know if you are still involved with this project; but, if you are, we are wondering if you could give us any information on what the current status of this project is. Thank you.

Dianne Hansen Manning Blvd Neighborhood Association
January 6, 2006

Dear Neighbors,

Due to unforseen circumstances I need to change the date of the neighborhood meeting I had scheduled for Wednesday, January 11. I would like to reschedule it for a week from Wednesday, January 18. I have not had time to get together all the information I wanted for this meeting, and I did not want people to give up their valuable time to come to a meeting that would not be totally productive. I hope this change will not inconvenience anyone.

One other thing--I would like to ask everyone to send in their dues for this year ($10 per house) to Ann D"Attilio at 97 Manning.

See you on the 18th--place to be announced. Is anyone interested in having the meeting at their house?

Dianne
December 17, 2005

Neighbors,

For those of you who had volunteered to help put out the candles; unfortunately, I felt I needed to cancel it. Only two people were able to come to the house this AM to help assemble the bags. I became concerned that only a few people would be able to put out the candles tomorrow evening and I was uncomfortable asking only those few to take on the whole job. I know it is a busy time of year for everyone. If more people are able to help next year, maybe we can try again.

Dianne
December 4, 2005

Dear Neighbors,
I realize this is a busy time of the year for everyone, so I thought it would be better to have a neighborhood meeting after the first of the year. I would like to schedule one for Wednesday, January 11, with the location to be announced later. The main topic will be the street re-lining project, which is temporarily stalled. The reason is unclear. I and two other members of the association have each contacted the Mayor’s office several times to ask about this and/or to request a meeting with the Mayor. We have received little or no responses to the requests. We have been told that the project has been approved and that money has been allocated but no reason is given for why the project has not been scheduled. So I would like us to talk about what our next steps should be to get this project going.

Next, some of the neighbors would like to have the luminaires on the street again this year. I hope some of you might be able to help again with this—the time consuming part is putting the bags out and lighting the candles. If people could even do ten , that would be very helpful. There are 200 on each side of the street—just to give you an idea. We will be assembling the bags at my house (22 Manning) Saturday morning December 17 at 10 AM and putting them out on the street Sunday night, December 18 at about 5 PM.

I will send out a reminder notice of the January meeting after the New Year.

Dianne
December 2, 2005

Neighbors,

Kermit Hall, the new president of SUNYA, will be speaking at a meeting of the Pine Hills NA on Monday, December 5 at 7pm at St.Vincent's Parish Center (984 Madison Ave). He is expected to talk about the impact of the university on Pine Hills. He will discuss his vision and plans for the university and how the university intends to build a new relationship with the nieghborhood.
Dianne & Phil Hansen

November 1, 2005

Neighbors, This e-mail is for all of you who are interested in the planting project at each end of the street. Judy will be at my house this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 12 noon to go over the plans for the raised beds at each end of the street. Several of us met this spring and took approximate meassurments but Judy told us at a meeting this past winter that a project like that would need to be approved by the city. So she is stopping by to get the plans and any suggestions and/or changes that we might want to make. She has agreed to take our idea to the city--in particular to Mr. Bill Bruce, who has to give his approval. So, if anyone is interested--my house (22) on Saturday.

Dianne
October 28, 2005

This from the Albany Police Department:

(Note: On Nov 14 Albany police arrested an individual in connection with this crime.)
On Wednesday evening at about 10 PM, Albany Police responded to 802 Washington Ave., where they discovered the body of an elderly resident, apparently stabbed to death. His wife and vehicle were missing. This afternoon, at about 1PM, the missing vehicle was found on the Troy river front, with the dead body of the missing woman from 802 WashingtonAve., in the trunk of the car.

At this time, APD is conducting an investigation into this double homicide. If any residents or others may have been in the area of upper Washington Ave. last evening and may have seen anything or anybody suspicious, please call Albany Police Detectives at 462-8039.

As always, residents should be alert and practice safety: Lock your doors; leave porch lights on; do not let anyone into your home without first seeing who it is, etc.

Free security surveys are available from the Abany Police by calling 447-8763 and making an appointment.

Thank you,
Sgt. Fred Aliberti
447-8763
October 16, 2005

Dear Neighbors,
It is tulip planting time again. Lorraine Noval at 112 Manning has made up bags of 150 tulips each to be planted in the beds on the street. The beds will need to be cleared of the summer flowers and then planted. There are eight beds--seven on the street and one up at the corner of Manning and Washington. If anyone is able to volunteer to plant a bed--perhaps the one nearest you--please call or e-mail me. Lorraine put the bags on her front porch so they can be picked up there. Also, if the people who volunteered to take care of the urns this summer could take a few minutes to clean them out, it would be greatly apppreciated.
I am still hoping to get approval for the raised beds at the intersection of Manning and Western before f all is over. If that doesn't happen, I can try to plant some tulips in those beds eventhough planting in those beds is very difficult because of all the tree roots.
Thanks to anyone who can help.

Dianne
October 15, 2005 (3 of 3)

Subject: New Albany Neighborhood Association

Subject: Taste of Madison Community Event- October 15th, 1-5PM- Please Circulate to your Neighbors

To the Pine Hills Neighborhood and Community: Saturday, October 15, 2005 - 1:pm to 5:pm
Steamer No.10 Theatre has organized a fundraiser to help it raise some much needed funds so it can complete our new castle/lobby entrance. We also want to have some fun and promote the terrific restaurants and businesses in our own business district.
Taste of Madison -- $10 Donation gets you a Ticket To Taste - each of the participating venues will prepare a small sampling of their menus for you to sample
Entertainment - we've rounded a series of performers to keep you entertained throughout the afternoon - Magicians, musicians, comedians, mimes and more.
Capital Region Waiter's Race - the servers that make our region's restaurants possible never get enough recognition. We're trying draw attention to their skill and having some fun as well.
Waiters and Waitresses will compete over a one Kilometer course carrying a tray with several glasses and a bottle of water. They must walk (running = disqualification) the course as quickly as possible and the fastest waiter and fastest waitress each win a $250 prize and bragging rights to Fastest Service in the Capital Region. Come out and cheer on your favorite wait staff.
Volunteers are wanted and needed to keep the neighborhood clean, to help run the event, and to assist setting up and judging the Waiter's Race.

For more information, to donate your time or financial assistance, contact Steamer No.10 Theatre at (518) 438-5503 or art4kids@nycap.rr.com or stop by Steamer No.10 - 500 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203
October 15, 2005 (2 of 3)

Subject: New Albany Neighborhood Association

Following are three items that may be of interest to New Albany Neighborhood residents and New Albany Neighborhood Association members.

1. Upper Madison Neighborhood Design Workshop
The city’s Department of Development & Planning will host a neighborhood design workshop on Saturday, Oct. 22, to solicit ideas about the Upper Madison Avenue commercial area. Please find attached a flyer about this event. The workshop is part of an initiative begun last June by the city agency seeking to build neighborhood consensus, identify existing resources and market potential for new business and recommend improvements for the commercial district. The Department of Development & Planning formed a steering committee and hired consultant Troy Architectural Program (TAP, Inc.) to plan for the future of the Upper Madison commercial corridor. TAP will produce a report following the design workshop identifying the most important recommendations and ways to achieve them. The city and neighbors distributed a survey to residents in August, asking them how they shop, work and live in and around the Upper Madison commercial area. Preliminary findings from that surveying were presented at a meeting on Sept. 14. The Oct. 22 workshop will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Hall on the College of Saint Rose campus. Lunch will be provided at this meeting. Questions about the upcoming meeting or the overall plan may be directed to the Department of Development and Planning at 434-2532, ext. 14.

2. Madison Theater to Showcase Local Filmmakers The Madison Theater in Albany is creating an opportunity for five local filmmakers to showcase their movies. The event, called the "Upstate Filmmakers Showcase," will take place on Oct. 26 with two showings at the Madison Theater at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Local filmmakers Jeff Burns, Tom Mercer, Shawn Schaffer, Mike Kazlo and Terry Field will be on hand for Q&A sessions following both screenings. Their five short films, which were all independently produced and shot in the Capital Region, range from drama to comedy and are aimed at lovers of independent cinema. Ed Peck, the Madison Theater's general manager, said, "We're pleased to support local moviemakers and present this special event for the community." He added that the Madison would like to continue this type of community-based programming in addition to its regular diet of mainstream films. "We will continue to be the neighborhood theater where our patrons can see popular current run films," Peck said, "but it's fun to expand our selection from time to time and show films people wouldn't normally get a chance to see." To encourage support of local filmmaking, the Madison Theater is offering a special reduced price for these showings only. Tickets are only $5 per person, nearly half the price of what many area theaters charge. "There will be something for everyone," promised Shawn Schaffer. "These events are great fun for filmmakers and audiences alike. We want our works to be seen," Mike Kazlo added. Following the screenings there will be an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and ask them questions about their work. "This is a special treat for audiences. Something usually found only at film festivals," Tom Mercer said. "We usually get a lively discussion rolling." Speaking for the group of filmmakers as a whole, Terry Field enthused, "We live and work out of the Capital Region but our films often travel around the country. It's a true pleasure to have them play in our backyard and we look forward to a post screening Q&A session where we can answer questions f rom an audience who lives where we do." Field continued, "We are deeply grateful to the Madison Theater for including local filmmakers as a part of its programming. We hope audiences will find this offering an entertaining mix of short films." Jeff Burns, President of Upstate Independents – a 150-member network of filmmakers based in the Capital Region – added, "There's a lot more independent filmmaking happening in the region than the general public knows about. This will be an excellent opportunity for people to be introduced to local filmmaking and to see some of the original and compelling work area filmmakers have to offer." The Madison Theater is located at 1036 Madison Avenue in Albany. The film hotline is (518) 438-0040. On the internet, visit http://atthemadison.com. For more information about the screenings, contact Jeff Burns at (518) 366-1538.

3. School 16 Brick Sale & Pick Up
School 16 and its PTA are selling bricks from the building that was razed this summer to raise funds for a new playground. Bricks will be available on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., behind the Harriet Gibbons High School at 75 Watervliet Avenue, for people who have previously placed order as well as for those who have not placed orders. As mementos of Albany history, the bricks may make great gifts for former students and staff. The cost s $5 for each brick. The PTA will serve light refreshments at the Oct. 29 event and play Halloween music. Its guestbook will be open for those who would like to share their memories of School 16. Those who would like to buy bricks but are unable to attend this event can contact the school PTA to arrange a purchase or pickup at another time. Call Carolyn Keefe at 482-2504, or School 16 at 462-7230.
October 15, 2005 (1 of 3)

Please forward to your neighborhood association email lists. Thank you! Carolyn Keefe School 16 PTA 482-2504 or kpbitbox@nycap.rr.com

School 16 Brick Sale & Pick Up Saturday, October 29th from 10am to 1pm Behind Harriet Gibbons High School, 75 Watervliet Ave in Albany
Bricks from the former School 16 building are almost ready to pick up!! If you wish to purchase a brick and have not done so, this would be a great time to buy them -- we have plenty left.
To raise funds for our new playground, School 16 is holding a Brick Sale & Pick Up. The District has reserved 2000 bricks from the former School 16 building at 41 North Allen Street to sell as mementos. In addition to the brick sale, this is a chance to pick up those bricks already sold.
These bricks are pieces of School 16 and mementos of Albany history that make great gifts for former students and staff. Bricks sell for $5 each and donations go to the School 16 PTA to help fund the new playground.
We will serve light refreshments, listen to some seasonal Halloween music, and have fun while remembering School 16’s past. Our guest book will be out for those who would like to share their memories of School 16.
We will continue to sell bricks after this event. Those unable to attend can contact the School 16 PTA to arrange purchase or pick up another time.
For more information, contact Carolyn Keefe of the School 16 PTA, 482-2504, or School 16 in our temporary home at 141 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203, 462-7230.
Phillip Hansen hansenpd@earthlink.net
September 12, 2005

Meeting on Upper Madison Neighborhood Commercial Block Planning
Note that this meeting is part one of a two-part process. It is intended as an informational presentation by the planners, the purpose of which is to tell attendees what the city believes it has learned from its surveys. It is not intended as a forum for taking input from neighbors. The forum for input, which is part two of the two-part process, will be in October (Date to be announced.) Wednesday, September 14th 7PM to 9PM. Saint Joseph's Hall. College of Saint Rose on Madison Avenue
A summary of survey responses will be presented at a community meeting on September 14th from 7PM to 9PM at Saint Joseph's Hall on Madison Avenue, part of the College of Saint Rose Campus. Please join us for the meeting, as we will discuss the objectives and goals of this planning effort, and present plans for the second stage of the effort; a community design charrette to be held in mid-October.

Phil & Dianne Hansen
September 7, 2005

Dear Neighbors,
A number of houses on the northeast side of Manning and also people on North Pine and maybe North Allen have experienced frequent and unexplained power outtages over the last year. Jeanne Finley at 125 Manning Blvd has been in contact with several people at NiMo and other agencies about the problem. A meeting has been arranged with several officials to answer questions about what is being done and what can be done about the situation. Attending the meeting will be Raymond Joyce, who is NIMo's outtage co-ordinator , as well as the Albany County Legislator from the 14th District, and Jim Murphy, a technician with Nimo who has also been in contact with Jean.
The meeting will be Thursday, September 15, at 7PM at Jeanne's house--125 Manning. Everyone is invited.

Dianne
May 17, 2005

Dear Neighbors,
I had planned to have a meeting at the end of April so we could make some decisions about the plantings on the street. All of a sudden, it is the middle of May? How did that happen?! Lorraine Noval reminded me that Judy, the city gardener, has limited resources and many neighborhoods and that by June 1 that isn't much left. So-o, I am having a meeting at my house this Monday, May 23 at 7:30 PM. Anyone who can help and/or has some ideas is welcome. Thanks.

Dianne
May 16, 2005

Dear Neighbors,
Today I spoke with Matt LaFountain from NiMo. He stopped by to tell me that perhaps as soon as tomorrow work will begin on the new street lights. He said that the project should take about three weeks and during that time a trailer containing the light fixtures will need to be parked on the carriage path. He assured me that cars will be able to get by. I told him he could park in front of my house while they were working on this end of the street--he said it would be necessary to park up closer to Washington Avenue when they are working at that end of the street. Is there someone north of Lancaster who would welcome the trailer while NiMo is working on that end of the street?

Dianne
April 28, 2005

Please forward the following message to the your neighborhood association distribution lists. Thank you. Esther Thornton & Carolyn Keefe
School 16 PTA

School 16 PTA is holding our annual flower sale on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Neighborhood association members are welcome to order flowers before the sale for pick-up at the s chool during the sale. (We will be there rain or shine.)
Recognizing it is inconvenient for neighborhood residents to bring pre-sale orders to the school before the sale, those residents who would like to order flowers can email their orders to esther_thornton@keybank.com or leave a message at 489-6828 and pay for the flowers on the pick-up day. Please also include a contact name and phone number with the order in case any problems should arise.
School 16 PTA sells very healthy plants at competitve prices. Our flower sale gives you the chance to get exactly the flowers you want, for pick-up right in your neighborhood, while supporting a good cause.
See the attached order form for a list of varieties and prices. Also, feel free to contact Esther Thornton to arrange special orders or deliveries.

Thank you, School 16 PTA
April 25, 2005

Dear Neighbors,

Here is an update on the street project from Cmdr. Flanger--looks good!
Dianne

Hello Dianne,
The formal proposal was submitted to the Mayor's office by Assistant Chief Reilly a few weeks ago. I believe it will be approved as soon as funding can be appropriated. Finally, it will have to be scheduled. (That will be the hardest part) As I said before, this is moving along rather quickly as compared to other cap projects.

Regards,

Aaron Flanger

-----Original Message-----
From: Phillip Hansen
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 5:42 PM
To: Aaron Flanger
Subject: Manning Blvd Street Re-Alignment

Cmdr. Flanger,
I just wanted to check in with you to see what the status of the street re-striping is . Is anything happening with the project? I am writing up at newsletter to send out to the neighborhood members and I thought I would see if you had any news for us. Thanks for all your effort with this project.

Dianne Hansen
April 24, 2005

Dear Neighbors,

Friday, May 13, is the annual Neighborhood Spring Clean Up Day for our street. Any items you have for spring clean up should be put out with your trash Thursday evening after 7PM. I also have a list of the days that hazardous wastes can be dropped off at the Albany landfill. There are 11 dates; so, if anyone s interested, I can e-mail them to you. Just let me know. You must pre-register for this.

I called NiMo about our new street lights. Mr. Quinlin, who I have spoken with before, said they now hope to start within the next two-three weeks. I will keep in touch with him. I also have e-mailed Cmdr. Flanger about the street re-lining project. I have not heard anything from him yet---if I don't hear by the middle of the week, I will call him.

I recently received a phone call from Kathleen O"Leary of the Pine Hills Montessori School (located between West Lawrence and South Allen). On May 21 from 1PM to 4PM on Yates Street, the school is having a neighborhood block party. There will be live music, crafts, food, a bouncy-bouncy and pony rides and games for the kids. The event is to celebrate the school's 15th year, hopefully raise some funds for the school and serve as a fun neighborhood event. Kathleen wanted me to tell people that all the surrounding neighborhoods are invited to attend. It sounds like a great family event.

I will be scheduling a meeting soon regarding plantings for the beds this summer. This meeting will be to put together a plan for what we want so we can contact Judy Stacey about getting the materials. We also need to talk about who is going take care of what beds.

Dianne
April 19, 2005

Dear Neighbors,
We have been invited by the New Albany Neighborhood Association to attend their next meeting this
Wednesday. Bill Stoneman called me to extend the invitation. He thought it might be a good opportunity
for us to get to know each other. Since our neighborhoods are right next to each other, there are and will
be issues in the future that concern us both. I am forwarding to everyone the details and what will be
discussed at the meeting.

Dianne

Greetings,
Here's another reminder that Lori Harris, Albany's commissioner of planning and development, will talk
about the city's Mid-Town Plan on Wednesday, April 20, at the regular monthly meeting of the New Albany
Neighborhood Association. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at Steamer 10 Theatre next to the police station on
Western Avenue. The Mid-Town Plan is a city plan to spur home ownership and investment in an area
roughly bound by Lark Street on the east, West Lawrence Avenue on the west, Central Avenue on the
north and University Heights on the south.

Also of interest, the city school board awarded two contracts last week relating to redevelopment of
School 16 on North Allen Street. Demolition of the existing building will likely begin in July. School district
officials expect to schedule a meeting in the next several weeks to brief the community on the demolition
and construction process, including the time of day during which work will occur, truck traffic, parking for
construction workers and a contact phone number.

Sano Rubin, which has been the general contractor on two other new city school buildings, the Sheridan
Preparatory Academy on Sheridan Drive and the nearly completed Montessori Magnet School just west of
Westland Hills Park, will be the general contractor. Its contract is worth $5.5 million. Atlantic Construction
was awarded a $119,000 asbestos abatement contract for work in the existing building. Three additional
contracts, for mechancal systems, electrical work and plumbing, are still to be awarded.
Bill Stoneman Phillip Hansen
February 6, 2005

Dear Neighbors,
There is lots of news so this will be a rather long e-mail. I spoke with Cmdr. Flanger last week about the status of our request to re-draw the lanes on Manning from four to three with a turning lane. Cmdr. Flanger said that he and the Traffic Engineering people had done the necessary traffic studies and that he was now drawing up plans of what the new configuration would look like. Cmdr. Flanger is very supportive of our request and optimistic. He also indicated that Dan Herring has been meeting with him and Traffic Engineering people on our behalf. Cmdr. Flanger said he would be happy to come to our next meeting to show us the plan and to talk to us about what happens next. I assume people are interested in his offer to come to a meeting so I have a call in to him to see when he would be able to come, hopefully, sometime next week. It can be here at my house unless anyone has another suggestion. I will e-mail you as soon as I hear from him.

For those of you who have been hearing or reading about the CVS proposal to tear down the Madison Theater and several nearby buildings to build a “big box” pharmacy with a drive-thru --- there is a lot of opposition to this plan from all the surrounding neighborhood groups. Several Manning Blvd. neighbors, ncluding myself, attended a Pine Hills Neighborhood meeting right before Christmas to get more information about what is happening. No one at the meeting except the representative from CVS appeared to be in favor of the plan. According to the engineer’s report given at the meeting, the building is still structurally very sound. There are leaks in the roof which would require replacing the roof at a cost of $30-40,000. The basement is flooded, but the electrical service is still good and much of the original detail inside is still intact. CVS’s first proposal to the Zoning Board last October was denied. They have not yet submitted a new proposal but are expected to do so. An informational meeting is going to be held Tuesday, Feb.8 at 8PM (I think) at a location to be announced. I will let you know where as soon as I hear. For anyone int erested in hearing more or in joining the “Friends of the Madison” you can e-mail or call Anne Savage (489-7426; savageanne@aol.com).

I will e-mail everyone after I hear from Cmdr. Flanger.

Dianne Hansen

December 4, 2004

Dear Neighbors,
Sunday, December 19, from 5 PM to 8 PM is the tentative date to put the candles on the street. Ed Landing suggested that we also pick an alternative date in the event of rain or snow. The only problem is time—does anyone have any suggestions as to another date? Saturday night December 8 is an option if the weather forecast for Sunday looks bad; but I will be out of town that night so someone else would have to coordinate the project.

I am looking for volunteers to help assemble the bags on Saturday, December 11, at 10 AM at 22 Manning and then as many people as possible to put the bags out and them pick them up at the end of the evening. Judging from last year’s experience, we should start putting bags on the street no later than 4:15 PM. If you remember, it takes a while to light that many candles and we would want them to be lit by 5 PM, if possible. The more volunteers there are, the faster it will go. There will be 200 luminaires for each side of the street. I will have all the bags and lighters at my house. People can e-mail r phone me (482-9131) about signing up to help.

Thanks to everyone—it really looks beautiful and, as far as I know, no other street in the city does this!

Dianne Hansen

November 28, 2004

Neighbors, At our meeting on Monday we agreed that the first step in our campaign to keep the pressure on was a letter to Commander Flanger reinforcing what we understand to be his willingness to move the project orward.

Attached is a copy of the letter that will go out intomorrow's mail.

Dianne Hansen

November 17, 2004

The Pine Hills Neighborhood Assoc is actively pursuing the issue of CVS' request to demolish the Madison Theater. Duane Barker has kindly forwarded the Pine HIlls NA request for input. Their urvey is attached. If you would like to provide input, they would like comments by Friday.

See you all Monday at 7:30.

Dianne & Phil Hansen

November 15, 2004

Dear Neighbors,
Neighborhood Meeting: Monday, November 22 7:30PM at Hansens’ house 22 Manning .

I realize this is a busy time of year for everyone but I thought people would like an update on the status of our request for re-striping the traffic lanes on the street. Dan Herring recently attended a meeting with some city officials about our request and will be here to tell us the results of that meeting. I would also like to briefly discuss CVS’s proposal to tear down the Madison movie theatre and replace it with a “big box” drugstore. The last item on the agenda will be to find out if people are interested in having the candles on the street for Christmas again.

For those of you who are unable to attend the meeting, I will send an e-mail right after Thanksgiving to let people know what was discussed. Hope you all have a good Thanksgiving.

Dianne Hansen
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