Wednesday, July 19, 2017


As Mayor I will:

1. Issue an Executive Order Declaring
    that the City of Albany is NOT a
    Sanctuary City and directing the
    Albany Police to cooperate with ICE
    in enforcing U S Immigration Laws.

    This will make Albany a safer place
    and prevent loss of more than 7 million
    dollars in annual federal aid to the City
    of Albany. 

2.  Call on Governor Cuomo to have NYS
     make 15 million dollar annual PILOT
     payments to the City of Albany for the
     Harriman State Office Campus.

     NYS pays a similar PILOT to the City
     for the Empire State Plaza. It is only
     just that the State do the same for the
     Harriman Office Campus.

     Governor Cuomo may not love Mayor
     Sheehan and City Treasurer Shahinfar
     because they backed his primary foe
     Teachout in the last gubernatorial race.

     But, Governor Cuomo loves Albany and
     will do what is just and proper for the
     people and City of Albany. 

     They will show their gratitude next year.

So,  7 million and 15 million adds up to
22 million dollars and restoration of fiscal
solvency for the City of Albany.

However, the City of Albany must reign in
spending , repeal and/or amend the Rezone
Albany provisions relating to  promoting 
mixed use in the prime single family zoned
residential neighborhoods of  wards 4, 7, 8
9,12,13,14 and 15 which pay the lions share
of property taxes that support City schools
and City government services.

The new definition of Religious Institutions 
must be repealed with Houses of Worship
restored as the only other use, beside single
family dwellings, permitted in these single 
family zoned neighborhoods,  along with
the few other permitted uses as allowed in
the former City Zoning Code.

Listen to today's Focus on State Capitol
podcast Fred Dicker interview with
Westchester County Executive Astorino
re: HUD settlement relating to zoning
and social engineering of neighborhoods.
Same as what Sheehan Administration
and Rezone Albany is about.

The City Charter should be amended to
abolish the Office of City Auditor and to
make the City  Assessor an elected office
as it was in the O'Connell era.

The State Comptroller should continue
to provide audits of City government and
the City schools.

City schools should be consolidated with
City government, with one tax roll to
finance both, return to a k-8 neighborhood
school system and making the Mayor of
Albany responsible/accountable for the
operation/performance of City schools.

This question should be  appear as a ballot
proposition to be voted upon by city voters.

Mixed use development and/or sale of the
City golf course is opposed because this
is a multi use open space that includes
golf, winter skiing. sledding, walking
and a place for people and their dogs to
enjoy space to exercise with magnificent
views of the Catskills and Helderberg.

In short the City golf course is an asset
for all city residents and contributes to
the quality of life, home values and city 
tax base of the surrounding single family 
zoned neighborhoods.

                                     Joe Sullivan
                                     for Albany Mayor
                                     Row C November 7

The Sheehan administration is
promoting a pay as you throw
trash fee for City residents.

Meanwhile, huge sewage spills
from the City of Albany are
polluting the Hudson River.

Is  the remedy to be found in
separating sewage from storm
water lines? Or in upgrading the
City sewage treatment plant?
Or both?

In any case, these remedies will
cost lots of money.

What about a pay as you go
solution to finance these upgrades?

City homeowners already pay as
they go. They pay quarterly water/
sewer rates (taxes). For every dollar
of water usage, homeowners pay a
corresponding dollar in sewers fees.
Even if most of the water consumed
is used for watering their lawns and
washing their cars.

Are schools, colleges, universities
hospitals, state-federal office buildings
religious institutions, apartment
buildings, hotels/motels, restaurants
and public housing complexes paying
the same dollar for dollar water-
sewer  fees?

What about the daily surge of  
commuters who come to the City of
Albany daily to work...and to go?

If not, why not?  A full disclosure
audit is in order.  A job for the State
Comptroller's Office.

Treated waste water could be used
in hydro-fracking for natural gas in
the Southern Tier, instead of dumping
it in the Hudson.

Clean natural gas can spur economic
development in Albany and elsewhere
Upstate. Clean energy translating to
needed jobs, as well as contributing
revenues for upgrading  aged urban
water-sewer systems.

Time for politicians at the state and
local levels to get their heads out of
the toilets and take action to upgrade
water-sewer systems in Albany and
along the Hudson-Mohawk-Erie Canal
urban axis.

                                    Joe Sullivan

What if the Mayor and other candidates
contributed what they spend on campaigns
toward closing the City budget gap? 

City property tax payers should demand
that the Mayor produce a balanced 2018
City budget before the September 12
Democratic Primary.

October 1 is when the Mayor submits her
2018 budget to the Common Council.
Last year the Council approved a 2017
City budget with 12.5 million dollar gap.

City property tax payers deserve to know
the details of the 2018 City budget BEFORE
the September 12 Democratic primary.

Voter remorse will result if  home owners
and businesses discover that a hefty property
tax will be announced AFTER the primary 
if they vote to return the incumbent Mayor
Treasurer and Common Council to office
but, by then, it may be too late. 

Show us your balanced budget with no
property tax increases now, Mayor Sheehan.

                                    Joe Sullivan
                                    For Albany Mayor
                                    Row C  November 7


Wednesday, July 5, 2017




have been in office for years.

How come they haven't dealt with traffic
pedestrian safety problems all the time
they have been in office?

Sheehan wants to raise funds for another
study. McLaughlin wants to " educate" dumb
ass drivers and pedestrians  how to utilize
traffic lights and crosswalks

At the same time Sheehan rams through
her REZONE ALBANY zoning changes
with the vote of her 12 rubber stramps
on the Common Council, including the
Common Council Members who are
supposed to represent Wards 8, 9, 10
12, 13 and 14.

REZONE ALBANY will spur a rush
of development which will destroy the
residential integrity, quality of life, homes
values and City property tax base that
supports City schools and City government
services, adversely impacting every City
resident.  Traffic/pedestrian safety issues
will only get worse!

Councilman Robinson , Common Council
President candidate, gets beat up in Council
caucus, called an "angry black man" for
wanting the Council to Vote on his Resolution
for a Moratorium on Rezone Albany until
January 2018, when the Mayor and Common
Council Members who are elected in the
November General Election are seated.

Current Council President Carolyn McLaughlin
leads the attack on Robinson. Is she really a
mayoral candidate or just a shill for Sheehan
to split the anti Sheehan primary vote?

Council Member Conti slyly cons Robinson
into withdrawing the Resolution and resubmitting
an amendment to th effective date of Rezone
Albany to January 2018. That amendment would
die in Committee and never make it to the floor
for a vote of the full Council. Clever dodge by

This avoids the other Council Members having
to cast a vote on the Robinson REZONE ALBANY
Moratorium Resolution.

9th Ward Council Member Judy Deshante a
Sheehan ally and wife of former City Court
Judge Keefe, admits that passage of the Resolution
would harm development plans already in progress
in Uptown single family neighborhoods as a result
of the June 1st effective date.

What development plans? Where? By whom?

Why haven't these development plans been
made known to residents of the uptown single
family residential neighborhoods?

Oh, after the Democratic Primary September 12?
OK? Really?

Is it any wonder that 4 sale signs outnumber
political candidate lawn signs in uptown Albany?

Voters that can, have another vision of Albany -
in the rear view mirror!

                                        Joe Sullivan

                                        for Albany Mayor
                                        Row C

Monday, July 3, 2017


Councilman Mark Robinson 
Ward 5, will call for a vote of
the 15 Member Albany Common
Council on Robinson's Resolution
Declaring a Moratorium on Rezone
Albany until January 2018 when
the Mayor and Common Council
elected at the November 7, 2017
General Election take office.

Rezone Albany opens up single 
family residential neighborhoods
in the City of Albany to mixed use
development, which will destroy
neighborhood residential integrity
quality of life, home values and
the City property tax base, as well
as support for City schools and City
government services.

Not a smart move for a City on
the brink of fiscal insolvency.

Every resident of Albany will be
effected by this outcome.

Pay attention and see how your
Common Council Member votes
on this Rezone Albany Moratorium
Resolution tonight.

                               Joe Sullivan

Friday, June 30, 2017


Consolidate City schools with
City government, create one
property tax roll to finance both
return to neighborhood k-8
schools, make the mayor responsible
accountable for operation/performance
of Albany City Schools.

The City of Albany is at the brink
of fiscal insolvency. The 2017 City
budget was passed by the Albany
Common Council with a 12.5 million
gap, which was closed by a one time
grant of 12.5 million dollars in state aid
this year arranged by Governor Cuomo.

However, because the Mayor and
Common Council have declared
Albany to be a Sanctuary City
The City of Albany will loose 7
million , or more, dollars annual
federal aid. 

The Albany City School District
has a  $224 million annual budget and
in 2015 pushed through a $ 200 million
dollar bond act for a complete renovation
and expansion of Albany High School.
In 2016 another referendum was approved
to acquire and add a 4th middle school.
Work begins on both measures this year.

Albany city schools have a 50 percent
drop out rate. Not a good return for
crushing property taxes imposed on
home owners and small businesses  in
the City.

The school district population has
grown because of the thousands of
refugees settled in Albany as a result
of, policies of former President Obama
with the support of Congressman Tonko.

The School District is converting the
former North Albany K-8 neighborhood
school to a special school for non-English
speaking arrivals.

The Albany City schools are sure to
face fiscal shortfalls in future years
resulting in huge increases in property

School property taxes account for 2/3 of
 high property tax burden paid by home
owners and small businesses in the City
of Albany.

A bill shifting school board elections from
November to May was passed by the State
Legislature this session and before the
Governor for signature.

Governor Cuomo, a great proponent of
consolidation as a means of achieving
fiscal  solvency, should veto this bill.
Governor Cuomo called the State Legislature
back to Albany this week ,for a special session
to extend mayoral control of NYC schools
for another two years.

Furthermore, the new Mayor and Common
Council elected in the November 7, 2017
City General Election should send a Home
Rule Message to the State Legislature in
January 2018 calling for amendments to
State Law providing for consolidation of
City schools with city government as proposed

State Legislators representing Albany voters 
should sponsor, introduce and push the requisite
legislation  to passage in the 2018 session.

The Consolidation Question should appear
on the November 7, 2017 General Election
ballot to be voted upon by Albany city voters.

                                               Joe Sullivan


Monday, June 12, 2017


The PFM consultant report
recommends increasing
property taxes, selling the
Harriman State Office Campus
and Albany Municipal Golf

Conservative Mayoral candidate
Sullivan says keep the Harriman
State Office Campus. NYS should
compensate the City of Albany 
with an annual 15 million dollar
PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes).

The Common Council should
declare that the City of Albany
is NOT a Sanctuary City. This
declaration  will avoid a loss
of 7, or more, million dollars 
Federal aid to the City of Albany.

!5 million plus 7 million equals
22 million; closing the projected
looming budget gap highlighted
in the PFM report.

Mixed use development and/or
sale of the Albany Municipal
Golf Course is strongly opposed
by Sullivan.


                            Joe Sullivan