HOW TO RESTORE THE CITY OF
ALBANY TO FISCAL SOLVENCY
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
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must be repealed with Houses of Worship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
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