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must be repealed with Houses of Worship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

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