Never a Dull Moment at Albany Common Council

On Monday night, I attended my first Albany Common Council caucus since the "new" Council took over in January. And, the dynamic was most interesting. Before you get your hopes up, there was no yelling...but even more interestingly than legislative screaming...Mayor Sheehan made a presentation to the Common Council. Or should I say, "Mayor" Sheehan told a tale of casino woe.

It seems "Mayor" Sheehan never recieved a written proposal for neither the East Greenbush nor the Rensselaer Casino for financial support or anything else for that matter. Sheehan starts off the timeline with a meeting with Sheehan by Mayor Dwyer in which a verbal offer of $1 million dollars a year..."Mayor" Sheehan's response? "Put it in writing."

 As "Mayor"Sheehan reminds the Council, "cause, ya know, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." Of course, this is in reference to the E-23 opportunity going across the river. Well, "Mayor" Sheehan, this is not an example of "fooling" you, this is an example of a business man realizing that if you (and your gatekeeper, Matt Peters) are this much of a pain in the ass during the initial conversations, a ten year commitment to dealing with a pain in the ass is not going to be in the cards.

Next up, naive "Mayor" Sheehan notes that no one will get back to her...she has sent MOUs which have been rejected...she has sent emails, Matt has sent emails...but the big boy developers and the Mayors willing to work with them like "big boys and girls" are done with Albany. The City is not business friendly and not willing to become business friendly..."Mayor" Sheehan, you are being snubbed and the personalities within your administration are a big part of your problem.

Sheehan laments that Dwyers sent his deadline via media...dissing her and her sidekick PIA. Heck, he just sent his latest rejection of her MOU at 4PM this afternoon. Can you say snubbed? Sheehan notes that she has merely been handed a "take it or leave it" offer. She goes on to remind the members of the Common Council that they don't NEED to officially support either the East Greenbush or Rensselaer Casino, they can support both...ya know, so they win either way noting that they will be on the winning side either way....that gives them leverage. Uhm..."Mayor" Sheehan, the value of your support is that you are supporting one project over the other...that gives that project leverage. Doofus....yeah, give support to both Casinos...perhaps that's why you are not even getting a call  back on your MOU.

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APD: Implosion Awareness

APD announces Downtown advisories for building implosion:


Traffic Advisory - Road Closures and Parking Restrictions




Columbia Development Companies have announced plans to implode the Wellington Annex on the morning of Thursday, August 21. Therefore, the following road closures and parking restrictions are announced for August 21, 2014 in the City of Albany.




Parking Restrictions:




August 21, 2014 12:01AM - approximately 1PM




State Street, both sides from S. Swan Street to Eagle Street


State Street, both sides from Eagle Street to Lodge Street


State Street, north side from N. Pearl Street to Lodge Street


Park Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street


Eagle Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street


Howard Street, both sides from N. Pearl Street to Eagle Street


S. Pearl Street, both sides from State Street to Hudson Avenue


Market Street, both sides from S. Pearl Street to Eagle Street


Lodge Street, both sides from Beaver Street to State Street


Wendell Street, both sides from Howard Street to Beaver Street

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Tonko Disses Lou Gehrig's Disease Fundraiser

From Jim Fischer, Candidate for NY20 Congressional District…Against Paul Tonko, the Dancing Bear.


I'm disappointed to have no response from Congressman Tonko to my offer to hold joint voter forums across the Capital District. And not even a response to my friendly ALS Icebucket challenge to raise awareness or donations for that good cause. CEOs, Governors and elected colleagues of his are all participating but not a peep. It's a great way to cool off!"


"I know the voters I speak with daily don't believe the country is on the right track and have lost faith in their elected leaders who are more focused on partisanship than problem-solving. Perhaps the Congressman's lock-step voting record with the Pelosi led Democrats in the House is not a record he wants to defend?"

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Albany County Executive Sets Public Hearing Date on Local Law D

From the County Executive:


Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy will hold a public hearing on Local Law D on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 5 pm in the Cahill Room at the Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building.


Local Law D prohibits the sale of tobacco products in licensed health care institutions, pharmacies and retail establishments containing a pharmacy in Albany County.


County Legislature Surprisingly Votes for Good Government

I’m at the County Legislature on Monday night, unlike the Chair of the County Legislature who is vacationing at the beach.  The first speaker addressing the audience and a vacant chair points out, like I have, that the silly “Cyber-bullying” Law is constitutionally flawed.  The Legislators seem confused in front of the television cameras as the speaker points out that this would be a “foolish” law as it would criminalize actions against children which are likely to be perpetrated against children.

While the crowd at the County Legislature seems a bit sparse in comparison to past meetings, I was thrilled to find that the majority of the speakers seem to be in opposition to selling tobacco in pharmacy. Now, let me tell ya, I spend a lot of time in pharmacies and working with pharmacies….as a matter of fact, I have an intimate relationship with information these folks are peddling. (Maybe I’ll tell ya about it sometime.) Anyway, I’m an ex-smoker, and I could care less if the pharmacies sold tobacco….I didn’t even know that they did!! So, who the heck cares against the militant anti-tobacco groups.  Hey, here’s the real problem, these folks are tired of standing behind smokers who have to wait for the cashier to go unlock the tobacco safe to satisfy their sale…send ‘em to the bodegas where all the kids go to get their smokes!

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